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Shani Sep 1, 2000 01:21 AM

I'm a major carbo addict and I'm sick and tired of eating those defrosted, stale soft pretzels all over the city. Does anyone know of a place anywhere in Manhattan that actually sells them fresh and tasty??

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    Jerry Sep 1, 2000 10:12 AM

    Martin's, from the Amish country, sets up a booth in the Union Square Greenmarket, on the West Side of the Park. The pretzels are outstanding.

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      Jill Sep 1, 2000 02:13 PM

      They are indeed and they are at the Greenmarket by the courts in downtown Bklyn on Tuesdays too...BUT

      they are really hard and crunchy (in the style of "Bavarian" and "Baldy" pretzels)

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        alfred Sep 1, 2000 02:24 PM

        Thank you Shani! I'm "The Martin's Pretzel Man" from Union Square where we've been selling the real thing--all handmade Pennsylvania Dutch (they're hard) pretzels for 18 years. Everyone from Julia Child, a few NYC Mayors, Lauren Bacall, to Sammy the tailor, and a few million other New Yorkers tell us they're the best. Check out our site www.MartinsPretzels.com or the link below for a video clip form the New York Eats pretzel tasting http://playlist.broadcast.com/makestream.asp?ID=327037. You can also look up CITYNYMAG.COM (a great site) in a few weeks when they post the i-version of their September/October issue--look under the ACTION section for "Alfred Milanese."

        Link: http://playlist.broadcast.com/makestr...

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          Barry Strugatz Sep 1, 2000 04:25 PM

          Hi Alfred:

          You guys sell great pretzels. Why not sell authentic Pennsylvania Dutch chocolate covered pretzels? They are the best and as I've noticed more and more candy stories are carrying (mostly mediocre) c.c. pretzels. They are growing in popularity.

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            alfred Sep 1, 2000 09:33 PM

            During the cooler season, one of the best Choclatiers in New York--Christopher Norman--chocolate covers our pretzels. We sell covered "pieces" at the stand. He uses Callebaut Chocolate and wraps them "real nice" for Bendel's close to the holidays (I think the price is somewhere over $20 for six pretzels.)

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            Jason Perlow Sep 1, 2000 04:46 PM

            I wasnt aware Martins made soft pretzels... I do really dig their hard pretzels though. I like the everythings and the bald ones.

            They are kinda tough to find in NJ, but I usually pick up a bag every so often from Poultry Place in Fort Lee, NJ right on Lemoine Avenue.

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          MU Sep 1, 2000 11:27 AM

          Folks may or may not think these are good, but there are a couple of branches of Auntie Anne's Pretzels (ubiquitous in shopping malls) around Manhattan. They sell hot, elongated soft pretzels, both plain/buttered or coated in a variety of flavoring agents (sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar, etc). I like them a lot when they're fresh. Also have okay fresh lemonade. There's one right in Penn Station.

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            Mike Zurer Sep 1, 2000 01:52 PM

            I had an Aunt Annie's pretzel in the Pittsburgh Airport a fw months ago. It was great, and the lemonade wasn't bad either...

            Travelling back about ten-fifteen years or so, I recall my Dad brought about five pounds of pretzels back from Philly for the family to gnaw on... They were really good even after the plane ride, but I most clearly recall that there were not in the traditional pretzel knot shape...

            -MZ

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              Mike Zurer Sep 1, 2000 01:53 PM

              I had an Aunt Annie's pretzel in the Pittsburgh Airport a fw months ago. It was great, and the lemonade wasn't bad either...

              Travelling back about ten-fifteen years or so, I recall my Dad brought about five pounds of pretzels back from Philly for the family to gnaw on... They were really good even after the plane ride, but I most clearly recall that there were not in the traditional pretzel knot shape...

              -MZ

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              Jason Perlow Sep 1, 2000 01:14 PM

              You want -good- soft pretzels? What the hell for?

              Unless it smells like it was just warmed up over lit gasoline, and piping hot from a push cart vendor, I don't want one!

              The whole aura of pushcart pretzels is that they are a impulse purchase. Who the heck wants to travel out of the way to get them? But I agree, its gotta be hot and chewy!

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                Marguerite Sep 1, 2000 01:17 PM

                *jeez* i love this city.

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                  Bilmo Sep 1, 2000 01:35 PM

                  As a former NYer, I always loved those hard, stale pushcart pretzels, but lemmee tell ya, there's nothing to compare to a Philly pretzel with a bright yellow ribbon of mustard. Can't eat the NY ones anymore.

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                  lol Sep 1, 2000 01:53 PM

                  First has the best pretzels I have found so far in New York. I think Munich has the best pretzels, but these come a close second. They are served warm and seem to be slightly buttery, and come with a mustard (and probably mayonaise) sauce that is very delicious. Of course, you cannot just take it to go but the rest of the food at First is pretty good too (especially the Buffalo Wings).

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                    Lisa Z Sep 7, 2000 02:13 PM

                    I just read in the Q&A column from an old NYT City Section that all the pretzel cart pretzels are now made by the same factory. No use shopping around!

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