Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor - Jackson Heights, Queens, New York

Jahn’s is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor chain that was born in New York. The huge Kitchen Sink Sundae was their signature dessert.

Jahn’s had two locations in South Florida: 249 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables and 17262 Collins Avenue in North Miami Beach.

Jahn's ad from the Miami Herald 12-18-66
Ad from the Miami Herald 12-18-66

I’m not sure exactly as to the dates of operation in South Florida, but the first location opened in the Bronx, 1897. By the 1950’s Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor had spread to other parts of New York, New Jersey, and the two South Florida locations.

1960s era Jahn’s Menu, part of my Burger Beast Museum collection

I stumbled across the last Jahn’s restaurant (81-04 37th Ave, Jackson Heights) when I was in New York. With its wood grain panels and dodgeball-sized lights lining the wall, Jahn’s sets the mood for an old-school ice cream shop.

Jahn’s Lamp Shade, part of my Burger Beast Museum collection

We arrived near 10 PM during a rainstorm, and while everyone in my party decided to have some sort of dessert, I opted for a burger, duh. Their BBQ Burger has an American cheese slice melted on the bottom and top bun, well at least mine did.

Some BBQ sauce, bacon, tomatoes, and a couple of onion rings completed the sandwich. This is your standard diner burger. It will satisfy your late-night burger cravings, at least it did for me.

Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor Cheeseburger Platter
Jahn’s cheeseburger that I ate

As a late-night plus, they have an extensive dessert menu to look through and indulge in.

Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor Menu
Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor Menu
Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor Sundae
Marcela‘s Sundae
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  1. Growing up in the 60’s we would periodically hit Jahn’s in the outer boroughs… in the late 60’s we would periodically go to a massive stand-alone Jahn’s in New Jersey. In the mid 70’s while attending and living at Fordham University in the Bronx we would go to Jahn’s on Kingsbridge Road right off of Fordham Road, and after moving to Queens we would go to Jahn’s in Richmond Hill right off of Jamaica Ave. One evening when my wife and I were heading to Jahn’s we ran into my brother and invited him to join us – and afterwards when we were leaving Jahn’s I saw a Help Wanted sign and jokingly told my brother he could work there. He joined Jahn’s working in the kitchen and after the cook left he became the cook there! I now see that the term Kitchen Sink has been adopted by many private ice cream parlours – and by Disney for use in Disney parks.

  2. I lived near 23rd Ave. & 86th St. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in the 50’s & 60’s & part of the 70’s. Jahn’s was our favorite lunch/dessert/late night hangout. It was a great place for a snack after a movie or bowling at Louisiana Lanes. Our favorites were the shrimp salad or chicken salad piled inside a big club roll, with a side of crispy fries & a coke. If still hungry, we would share a sundae. If we were 8 or more we would share the “kitchen sink”. Their banana splits could feed 4. Their toppings were fresh & delicious. The decor took us back in time. It really was a unique place.
    Wish they would open another one like that; it would be worth the drive back to Brooklyn.

  3. I used to go to the Bensonhurst one all the time for veal cutlet parmigiana. I loved the way it was heavily breaded and deep fried.

  4. Beast,
    I frequented Jahn's as a kid. For me, this place was ice cream heaven! It was the first time I ever heard of the kitchen sink–lol.
    Actually, I don't remember any of the regular food (but then again, this was over thirty years ago.)

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