Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday XII:11 New York Comfort Foods

Thirteen New York City Comfort Foods (Besides Pizza)
I Miss:

Manhattan Special Espresso Soda (they have other flavors, too!)

Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda (black cherry and cream are runner-ups)

Real New York Cheesecake (No graham cracker crust!)

Italian Ices (from Lemon Ice King in Corona)

Babka (at any good Jewish Bakery - remember to take a number!)

Blintzes (cheese and cherry in Brighton Beach)

Nathan’s Hot Dogs (at Coney Island)

Chocolate or coffee eggcreams (I used to get it at Gem Spa)

Bagels and Bialies (from H&H Bagels)

Potato and Kasha Knishes (at Knish Nosh in Forest Hills- with deli mustard at)

Appetizing (smoked fish from Barney Greengrass)

A 'regular' coffee (in a Greek Blue and White paper cup)

Rice Pudding after enjoying the Blue Plate Special (at any Greek coffeeshop)

If you don't know what any of these are, don't hesitate to ask!


Mrs Mecomber said...

Uh oh! No Buffalo wings??

The Tour Marm said...

I grew up before Buffalo Wings - and in New York City.

But please be assured that my students will be served Buffalo Wings for lunch while they are Niagara Falls!

colleen said...

Isn't New York known for its subs?

Great idea for a blog!

The Tour Marm said...

Welcome Pink Sneakers!

In New York We called them Hero(es).

Other cities called them subs (for submarine), hoagies, and grinders. New Orleans has the muffalattas.

And of course, since Subway started, now almost everyone calls them subs or subways.

Hey! I only had thirteen choices in the best food city in the world!

I also left out pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye bread with deli mustard!

Mayo is only used on BLT's!

Mrs Mecomber said...

New York has so many regional delights that it is overwhelming to list them. Of course, New York City dominates the menu [and just about everything else-- as an Upstater I think this dominion is unjustified ;)].

Have you ever tried spiedies from the Southern Tier? Or Chicken Riggies from Central NY?

Oooo... the greatest thing the Italians brought to NY was their cookbook! I have a smashing good Chicken Riggie recipe. Try it, try it, Sam I am!

Alasandra said...

I LOVE New York Cheesecake

ms. whatsit said...

I used to order a "coffee regular" along with a sesame bagel and butter.

Good list, though I could never bring myself to drink eggcreams.

The Tour Marm said...

Egg Creams don't have any egg in them! It's normally milk, seltzer, and chocolate (preferably U-Bet) syrup! (Chocolate milk with seltzer, essentially.)

The 'head' of the egg cream is made by mixing the seltzer into the milk and is denser than the bottom.
The chocolate syrup should be put in later so that the top is pure white and the liquid part is brown.

Blending the three ingredients perfectly is almost a lost art form.

ms. whatsit said...

I never knew that.

I had a friend who loved egg creams, and she insisted that there was an egg involved. However, I will say that they never looked chocolate-y to me. They looked more like vanilla malts.

The Tour Marm said...

Well it depends what type of syrup one puts in. There are vanilla eggcreams, strawberry eggcreams, and my favorite, coffee eggcreams. But chocolate is the traditional one and again, U-Bet is the syrup of choice.

graycie said...

This summer, a sort of hole-in-the-wall place called Pop's opened up. They serve wonderful and exotic grilled cheese sandwiches and (ta-ta!) egg creams. Here, in our small-ish Blue Ridge city -- I couldn't believe it. I hadn't had an egg cream in decades (really) -- and since they import the syrup from NYC, it was REAL.

I did the Happy Dance.