Island’s Most Nostalgic Eatery
Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour, commonly referred to as, “the meeting and eating spot of Massapequa”, has been treating patrons to the finest of homemade ice creams, chocolates, candies and burgers for 91 years. Krisch’s originally opened in 1920 in Bayridge, Brooklyn but due to the depression closed a few years later. The restaurant re-opened in the 1930’s in Hollis, Queens and remained there until 1955 when it moved to its new and current home of Massapequa, Long Island.
ambiance of the restaurant hasn’t changed much since its birth and that is what
makes Krisch’s so appealing to its clientele. It gives off a very retro, 1950’s
feel and is fully equipped with classic, old-fashioned décor. Historical, vintage
pictures of Massapequa throughout the years are displayed on the walls along with
whimsical signs and memorabilia.
Krisch’s is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer an extensive menu featuring a variety of different items. We began with Porky’s Table Topper, which according to owner, Steve, is their most popular appetizer (below left). This generous starter offers a selection of mozzarella sticks, potato skins, buffalo wings and chicken fingers. Everything was cooked to a light, crunchy, delicious crisp and this quintessential appetizer proved to be a fried food lovers delight. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this offering, especially the potato skins, which are made in house.
We continued with the Old Fashioned German Sauerbraten served with potato dumplings and red cabbage (above right). The tasty helping of food is typically served with a cup of soup or a salad, bread and coffee, tea or fountain soda, and with your choice of a single scoop of ice cream, flavor burst jell-o or chocolate pudding. This famous menu item is bound to leave you full and satisfied.
The Mt. Steven Burger, cleverly named after Steve, is a double decker cheeseburger with diced onion, shredded iceberg lettuce, crispy bacon, tomato and pickle served on a Kaiser roll (below). This juicy burger was cooked to a perfect medium and served with French fries, homemade cole slaw and two large, crispy onion rings. With just one bite we could immediately sense the taste of fresh, ground beef and it became clear why Krisch’s is famous for their delicious burgers.
A fresh salad on the menu we can confidently recommend is Krisch’s Cobb Salad prepared with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, onions, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, egg, crispy bacon and croutons (below left). We topped ours with their creamy house Italian dressing, but you have the option of selecting your dressing of choice. The salad is nicely prepared with the freshest ingredients and is largely portioned making it ideal for sharing.
of the most interesting concepts on the menu is the “Thanksgiving Dinner” Wrap,
which features all of your Thanksgiving favorites combined together and presented in
a wrap (above right). It is generously filled with turkey, stuffing and cranberry
sauce and served with delicious dipping gravy on the side. This meal is interestingly delicious,
allowing diners to experience the spirit of
Thanksgiving all year round!
Saving room for dessert at Krisch's is a must! Here they make their own ice cream, chocolates, candies and pies – and we can assure you everything is too delicious to pass up. We started off with an authentic Egg Cream (below left) and creamy Root Beer Float (below right), and for the main dessert course – the Belgian Waffle Sundae (below center). You have the option of customizing your waffle by choosing two of over thirty flavors of amazing, homemade ice cream and then your topping. Ours was topped with whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and finished with a cherry. The homemade Belgian waffle came hot and fresh from the kitchen, was fluffy and delightfully sweet. Combined with the ice cream and toppings created a dessert experience like no other!
With over thirty flavors to choose from, we couldn’t resist sampling a few flavors of ice cream before we left. We tasted banana, pecan, fluffer nutter and rice krispies treat flavored ice cream, but the flavor that really impressed our taste buds was pumpkin, which tasted incredibly similar to a fresh pumpkin pie.
People travel from all over Long Island to Krisch’s to sample their famous, homemade specialties. Not only can you enjoy great food and desserts when you visit, but you can also play lotto and purchase from a collection of scented candles. If you have yet to experience this famous landmark eatery, be sure to take that nostalgic stroll down memory lane and stop in during their 91st year of business!