Entering the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain feels like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting, thanks to the meticulous restoration its owners undertook at this special shop in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood.
The building was once a real neighborhood pharmacy dating back to the 1920s, and the current owners, siblings Peter Freeman and his sister Gia Giasullo, have gone out of their way to keep things authentic. The whole shop is decorated with “artifacts” left behind by the building’s former owners — old jars of tonics and books, typewriters, and even a scale that will tell your fortune for an extra nickel.
Peter Freeman, one of the owners of Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. (Photo: Melanie Dunea)
Luckily, that obsession to period detail extends to their menu as well. Peter and Gia installed a seltzer tap to make handcrafted sodas from their own recipes, sourcing local and seasonal ingredients. They also serve classic soda fountain fare like ice cream floats, sundaes, and egg creams. Their creatively named menu — featuring such creations as the Pink Poodle, the Tootsie, the Cookie Monster, and the Flyin’ Hawaiian — will tempt even the most modern of customers.
Making an egg cream. (Photo: Melanie Dunea)
Why Go: To taste soda made by a real “soda jerk,” try a classic Brooklyn egg cream or just to sit at the counter and savor the atmosphere.
When to Go: They’re open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and serve simple diner-style fare like grilled cheeses and hot dogs to go with your dessert.
Where: The Farmacy is located at 513 Henry Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-522-6260
Fun Fact: An egg cream contains neither egg nor cream. For killer recipes and to learn more about the history of the soda fountain, check out “The Soda Fountain: Floats, Sundaes, Egg Creams & More,” written by Farmacy owners Peter Freeman and Gia Giasullo.
More: If you prefer to travel ahead in time, check out this ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen for its futuristic made-to-order scoops.
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