In July 1985 I read a newspaper article about the best ice cream in the New York City area. After visiting several of the ice cream parlours listed in the article, the one that I favored the most was Walt Itgen's Ice Cream Parlour located in the downtown village of Valley Stream Long Island.
Itgen’s is a classic, old-fashioned parlour that also serves as a luncheonette, soda fountain and sweet shoppe. Owned and operated by Walter and his sons, Walter Jr. and Mike, Itgen's has been making and serving their very own exquisitely rich and flavorful French Style ice cream for around thirty seven years. There are 25 flavors listed with seasonal favorites such as Peach.
You can choose from many varieties of sundaes to choose from including the 15 scoops Sock-It-To-Me Sundae. All can be drenched with your favorite toppings including marshmallow, butterscotch and hot fudge. Itgen's also makes it's own fresh whipped cream, which is a must on any dessert including the magnificent fresh hot waffle, with a smell that almost demands that you order it.
Itgen's also serve great luncheonette style food too. Sit down and order a cooling gorilla, a drink consisting of freshly squeezed fruits in an ice filled glass, and a country style burger and fries. These are not frozen patties but fresh beef, hand formed and slapped on the griddle. Or maybe an open-faced turkey sandwich carved fresh from the bird.
I've been a regular customer for seventeen years. Home cooking and reasonable prices makes Itgens a true roadfood experience.