468 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ
As the hot weather draws near, I continually find myself seeking good sources of ice cream, and particularly, the traditional ice cream parlor and soda shop, a fixture of Americana which like the Jewish Deli is quickly disappearing from the landscape.
Northern New Jersey appears to be blessed with a number of remaining Soda Shops and Ice Cream parlors, such as Holsten’s, which I was convinced was the oldest such surviving example in the area, but was proven wrong. Bischoff’s, in Teaneck, appears to hold that title, preceding the other by five years. Opened in 1934, Bischoff’s has been selling old-school ice cream treats and candy to children of all ages.
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Storefront on Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
This is right before the place got totally packed from the outpour of folks coming out of the nearby movie theater.
Everything you could possibly want to rot your teeth can be purchased here.
Shakes and Sodas are still made the old-fashioned way.
40 flavors of ice cream are made on premises.
Click on the menu photo for hi-res closeup.
We decided to go for a “Battleship Sundae”, one of Bischoff’s signature items. This is two (big) scoops of their home-made ice cream, topped with freshly made whipped cream, walnuts and chocolate chips, with sugar wafer “guns”. You’ll need two very hungry people to sink this battleship.
Visual comparison of the Battleship Sundae with the actual Battleship New Jersey.
On the port side, the battleship is flanked with pineapple.
And on the starboard side, strawberry.
A small dish of Black Raspberry with hot fudge.
An Orange Freeze, made with freshly squeezed orange juice, orange sherbet and seltzer. Incredibly refreshing to drink on a balmy summer evening. The sherbet contains bits of candied orange peel which add a nice little surprise with the occasional sip.
Pre-packed frozen pints are available for take-out if you still get the ice cream craving later. You can also get freshly packed if they don’t have the flavor you want ready to go.