Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain


513 Henry Street


Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Photo by Dominic Perri

The Platonic ideal of its 1950s kind, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain has been mixing up egg creams in a restored apothecary on Henry Street since 2010. “My brother lived in the building,” says co-owner Gia Giasullo. “And he became fascinated with the long-abandoned space. It was so beautiful, with tin ceilings and penny tiles. The place presented the idea — because soda fountains originated in pharmacies — and it became our dream.” Perched on barstools or gathered around antique tables lined with apothecary drawers (with vintage pill packets still inside), customers young and old listen to the jitterbug and dig into sundaes so over the top and gorgeous it's almost a shame to eat them. There's the “Cookie Monster,” bedecked with blue sprinkles and chocolate chip cookies, or the “Mr. Potato Head,” made with peanut butter, caramel sauce, and crushed North Fork potato chips. “We made it as a Father's Day special, but it's never been taken off the menu,” Giasullo says of the latter. “My favorite is the ‘Sundae of Broken Dreams,’” she adds. “We created it to use up crushed pretzel logs. They're such a proud thing, you can't serve them broken, but the sundae turns them into a celebration.” Sodas are made in-house with small-batch seasonal fruit syrups, mixed to order into nostalgic classics like the “Cherry Lime Rickey.” And egg creams — made with Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup, of course, says Giasullo — are a popular choice. “We wanted them to be back in the culinary conversation,” says the owner. “Now we have nine-year-olds ordering them at the counter!”