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Jahn's ice cream parlors
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Posted by Andrea at 10:23 am (PST) on Wed January 29, 2020   
I remember going to Jahn's in the early 1970's with my high school classmates. I always ordered the "Flaming Desire" because it arrived at the table on fire! My best buddy, June, and I bet our other classmates that the 2 of us could eat an entire Kitchen Sink. The bet was for $10.00, which was alot back then! We won! Oh boy, was that alot of ice cream, and lets not forget the bananas!! It is one of my favorite memories of my high school days with friends.
Posted by Karen52 at 6:16 pm (PDT) on Sat September 7, 2019   
Donna Seftel, Your family's Jahn's in Fair Lawn is often a topic of conversation & fond memories in the I grew up in Saddle Brook, NJ Facebook group. Members often ask if anyone has photos of it. There is one photo of several people who obviously ordered a 'Kitchen Sink' that is circulating online & is supposedly from the Fair Lawn ice cream parlor that has been posted in the group. It would be great if you might be able to verify for me that it is indeed from the Fair Lawn restaurant. An old school friend of mine from Saddle Brook sent me some memorabilia from our high school days to post to our group, & one of the items is an unused sugar packet from Jahn's in Fair Lawn from the late '60s with the loose sugar still in it! I enjoyed reading your comments & finding out about the family behind the Fair Lawn Jahn's. I would love to see the old photos, menu, etc. that you have from the Fair Lawn location. Please do post them. Thanks. smile
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Posted by DonD. at 1:50 pm (PDT) on Sun July 16, 2017   
I have fond memories of going to the Jahn's in Long Beach in the early 60's. They had the best burgers and sundaes! I do remember the Kitchen Sink but never ordered one. I miss the summers I spent in LB all through my childhood. We had a small 1920's Bungalow on Oregon St on the beach side. I had my first birthday there back in 1946! My daughter and family built a new beautiful house on the same, small 30x60' property. I'm living in Florida now and go to the Sarasota beaches, which are beautiful, but the sand in Long Beach is soft compared the the sand on the Florida Gulf coast.
Posted by donna seftel at 9:14 pm (PST) on Fri December 19, 2014   
I am thinking of writing a book or document. I have the old menus and postcard and a few photos and my cousin Eric, who worked the rail and the grill, and myself, could muster up some memories. Unfortunately, my father passed away 9 years ago and my uncle was killed in 1973 by a speeding police car while driving home some workers to Patterson at 3 AM. That is why they sold the business to a Greek fish restaurant and closed Jahn's. I had the best birthday parties supplied with Jahn's food and dad would bring home my favorite "swiss rolls"- vanilla ice cream rolled up in chocolate cake! My father was a really good chef at home as well but the restaurant business was physically demanding. He bought all of his fresh fish at the Fulton Fish market, fruits and veggies at Hunts Point and we went to Tribeca for meat,eggs and cheese. Coming from Long Island, they each drove 1 hour each way across the newly built Throgs Neck Bridge. It was a difficult life but everyday brought a new experience and satisfaction because of the engaging and grateful customers.
Posted by chrisbroz at 8:52 pm (PST) on Fri December 19, 2014   
Thank you also, Donna Seftel for your account...iit was your DAD'S Jahns that we went to....I couldn't remember the town of Fair Lawn, but knew it was off Rt 4 west of Paramus...It's one ome cherished memoriers of my childhood...thanx again!!!

CB in FL
Posted by Duff at 8:38 pm (PST) on Fri December 19, 2014   
Thank you, Donna, for that delicious account.
Posted by donna seftel at 7:05 pm (PST) on Fri December 19, 2014   
My father Lawrence Seftel and uncle Kurt Seftel built and owned the best and biggest Jahn's (sat 300-400 people) on Route 4 in Fairlawn, NJ ( now The Palm Steakhouse) from around 1960 to the very late 1970's. I worked there as a waitress and hostess,summers and lived on ice cream. I ate every topping and flavor behind the rail and knew the secret language to place an order: "gorillas" were banana pancakes, "radio" was tuna on toast, "white in " was a vanilla malted (I think), and so on. They had a nickelodean and old time movie machine with flip cards. The kitchen sinks were served with sparklers and you received a free sundae and serenade on your birthday. There were lines out the door and they were open until 2 AM weekends. To this day, everywhere I go, people remember my dad's Jahn's. The menu was huge and he made a special matzah brei on Passover. They were the friendly neighborhood family restaurant and hangout without the need to serve alcohol. They also owned the Jahn's in Union, NJ and Long Beach, NY and Regal House, a fancy French restaurant with piano bar on 69th St. and Lex. Ave. in NYC. I will post some photos soon.
Posted by chrisbroz at 9:05 pm (PST) on Wed December 3, 2014   
I thought the Jahn's was on Rt 4, west of Paramus...went there once as a there are no more ice cream 'parlors'...I don't count either Friendly's or Baskin Robbins as such...I've been living in So FL since Aug of '79 and have yet to see one!!!

CB in FL...thanx for the memories!!!
Posted by John Jensen at 12:16 pm (PST) on Fri February 7, 2014   
There was a Jahn's in Richmond Hill, Queens, next to the RKO theatre. Sadly, I think all the Jahn's are history now.
Posted by Bob Matthews at 9:40 am (PST) on Wed December 4, 2013   
This healthy schoolboy blissfully ordered himself "The Kitchen Sink" at Jahn's many June's ago to celebrate his graduation.

Today? An instant coronary! Foot in Mouth
Posted by unclekipsy at 9:29 am (PST) on Wed December 4, 2013   
Celebrated our Birthdays at Jahn's. Dad took us to Jahn' Queens....Jamaica I think. Old wooden benches and seats with names that customers carved into them over many many years......old place with a nickelodeon in the back.

I never had this, but I was told they had an item on the menu called "The Kitchen Sink". A bowl, shaped like a sink, and loaded up with tons of ice cream and all the fixings (nuts, syrup, whip cream,banannas,etc.)
Posted by Kids TV Kid at 4:48 pm (PST) on Mon November 11, 2013   
I went to the Jahn's on Fordham The Bronx,NYC years ago..I enjoyed their ice cream. It's sad that the one in the Bronx,NYC is gone now.SmileCry
Posted by Bob Matthews at 3:49 pm (PDT) on Sat April 27, 2013   
Yup, Fordham Road in the Bronx. Can still see the large Fordham Road billboard in my mind, right near the Grand Concourse. The ice cream sundaes they made were
to die for.
Posted by Duff at 2:58 pm (PDT) on Tue October 23, 2012   
Huh. I think of that one as being on Jerome Ave., just south of Fordham Rd. (circa 1970)
Posted by Eubean at 11:26 am (PDT) on Tue April 17, 2012   
The aforementioned "Fordham Road Jahn's" was actually on the lower end of Kingsbridge Road, 1 1/2 blocks before it merged with Fordham Rd. My Irish grandmother took me there several times and sat me at the ornate, latticed soda counter for ice cream sodas directly from the tap. My favorite was pistachio ice cream in Coca Cola. The last one I had was in the summer of 1969. I substituted Mint Chocolate Chip. It was just as satisfying. Their ice creams (before the onslaught of designer ice creams) were whipped and very creamy.
Posted by packratjohn at 1:21 pm (PST) on Mon November 7, 2011   
Wife's from Queens. She remembers a dish called "Tall in the Saddle". Says you had to stand up to eat it!
Posted by jbmoran at 5:30 pm (PDT) on Wed October 5, 2011   
The one we went to was in either Paramus or Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, on Rt. 17....
If you ate a Kitchen Sink, you got another one free....urrppp.
Posted by SUBSURF at 9:04 am (PDT) on Tue June 21, 2011   
I remember my Grandma taking me to the one on Fordham Road in The Bronx around 1960.
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 9:19 pm (PDT) on Tue April 20, 2010   
Jahn's also had a popular place in Union Township, NJ, but I think the first one was in Queens in NYC.
Posted by Duff at 3:20 pm (PST) on Wed December 9, 2009   
Other ice cream parlors may now offer huge "Kitchen Sink" sundaes, but Jahn's was arguably first.

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