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

The Last Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor in New York

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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, of course. 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.

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
My wife’s Sundae
Jahn's Cheeseburger Platter
Jahn’s Cheeseburger Platter


  1. 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.)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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