Written by Steve Mosco, Smosco@antonnews.com Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
A mountainous bowl of ice cream dripping with toppings screams summertime and is alluring enough to freeze time for the eater, no matter the age.
The cold and creamy treat harkens back to easygoing childhood days when the most daunting task was deciding between marshmallow or hot fudge—a decision almost always decided in favor of both.
Massapequa residents have been reliving those simpler times through ice cream since 1955, when the current incarnation of Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour opened at 11 Central Ave. Steven McCue has been the man at the helm welcoming customers since 1993, when he became owner after starting as a busboy a decade earlier.
“It was a great place to work as a kid,” said McCue. “It wasn’t about making money, it was about being with your friends and having that sense of camaraderie.”
McCue spent his days at Krisch’s working in every possible capacity—he bussed tables, worked the counter, churned ice cream, washed dishes and did just about anything else that needed doing. Working in the restaurant, he developed a passion for food, and soon found himself enrolled in culinary school at the New York Institute of Technology’s Central Islip campus.
With a pantry full of food knowledge, and a business degree, McCue gained ownership of Krisch’s after its previous owner nearly destroyed the business.
“He didn’t have a love for the business or any respect for the history,” said McCue, who was given a sweetheart deal to take over the restaurant by the landlord. “I had faith in the business. The name was there. There was a core and I knew we had to emphasize that core.”
That core was first developed in Bayridge, Brooklyn, Krisch’s original home, in 1920. After a move to Hollis, Queens in the 1930s, the venerable ice cream parlor found its current home on Long Island’s south shore.
Remaining at the same location for close to 60 years is a great way to build a loyal customer base spanning generations. McCue said about 80 percent of his customers are regulars, a fact plainly obvious as the owner greets nearly every patron by name.
“This place has history and a great atmosphere, but they keep coming back because we offer top quality products,” he said, adding that all the ice cream and chocolate is made in-house and he buys fresh products whenever possible. “Our prices might not be the cheapest, but our products are the absolute top of the line.”
McCue’s standards extend from top quality meats for Krisch’s famous hamburgers to, of course, its ice cream. Even his vanilla, the most basic of ice cream flavors, is anything but plain. McCue shuns squeeze bottle extract in favor of Madagascar vanilla beans and the end result remains Krisch’s most popular flavor.
“If you come back in 10 years, vanilla will still be the most popular,” he said. “It’s the core flavor of everything we do.”
And everything they do with ice cream is enough to induce brain freeze. Krisch’s churns out a vast array of creations including dark chocolate strawberry, rainbow cookie, fluffernutter, burgundy cherry and many, may more.
A full lunch and dinner menu is also available, along with a staggering and enticing breakfast menu.
McCue said he will continue respecting the past while also looking toward the future, with plans to expand Krisch’s current location and possibly churn out more shops on Long Island.
But no matter what the future might hold, McCue said he will always honor Krisch’s commitment to the highest standards and its overall mission -- to offer an escape from life’s everyday pressures with a bowl of indulgence.
“I like when the customer leaves happy,” he said. “We give them a taste of history and a good product and they get a bit of happiness for the day. I here the sound of a spoon hitting an empty bowl and I know I’ve done my job.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.