- Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
513 Henry St., nr. Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260
Odds are, your kid hasn’t heard of an egg cream. Peter Freeman and Gia Giasullo, the city’s foremost champions of old-school dessert, are out to change that. Their exceedingly kid-friendly soda fountain lets moms and dads (and grandmas and grandpas) share with their progeny the Proustian thrill of their childhood desserts. Sodas are all made with Brooklyn-based P&H Soda Co. syrups; ice cream comes from a small, all-natural producer in the Adirondacks; and the cupcakes, pies, and even red-velvet Twinkies hail from local bakeries. Stop by on Saturday mornings to hear Karen K and the Jitterbugs strum twenties classics or on Tuesday evenings for the regular fiddle jam. If you’re looking for a low-stress birthday spot, packages start at $75, plus the menu bill. The Farmacy gang just opened a satellite at the East Village Kiehl’s flagship (109 Third Ave., nr. 13th St.), taking the drugstore soda fountain back to basics.
Best Weekend Treat
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).