As far as we’re concerned, ice cream is a year-round indulgence — but in the winter, it’s all the better when smothered in rich hot fudge. Here are our top five hot fudge sundaes in New York City, from a charmingly retro scoop shop to a Michelin-starred steakhouse.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
If part of the reason to eat a hot fudge sundae is the sheer nostalgia of it, there’s no better place to indulge than the century-old Eddie’s Sweet Shop, a charmingly dated and downright charming Queens institution. Oh, and it helps that the sundaes are delicious with three scoops of housemade ice cream, hot fudge, bananas and fluffy whipped cream. 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Queens, 718-520-8514
Ample Hills Creamery
This Prospect Heights scoop shop is one of Brooklyn‘s finest, so it stands to reason that its signature sundae, the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Sundae, would be incredible as well. The hardest part is choosing whether you want a foundation of a rich dark chocolate brownie, or the irresistible ooey-gooey butter cake — both made in-house. The second-hardest part is choosing your scoops of ice cream. From there, it’s hot fudge, caramel, a banana, wet nuts, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry — they’re not fooling around. 623 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 347-240-3926, amplehills.com
I don’t always order ice cream at a restaurant, but I make an exception every time for the sundae at ABC Kitchenin the Flatiron, a dessert menu fixture since its opening. Salted caramel ice cream, Cracker Jack-like candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce — a little sweet, a little snacky, and a lot delicious. 35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829, abckitchennyc.com
Dessert Club Chikalicious
Chikalicious’s vanilla soft-serve is tasty enough all on its own, but it’s even better when covered in hot fudge, toasted pistachio, chocolate pearls, and toasted kataifi — thinly shredded and crisped-up phyllo dough popular in Middle Eastern desserts. 204 E. 10th St., 212-475-0929, dessertclubchikalicious.com
No one goes to this legendary Brooklyn steakhouse for the sundaes, but trust us — save a smidgen of stomach room after your porterhouse for this impressive creation, with decadent mounds of whipped cream, an unimaginably rich hot fudge, and a chocolate cow on top bearing the “Peter Luger” imprint. 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-387-7400, peterluger.com
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