Real Old-Fashioned NY Soft Pretzels
Does anyone remember the real old-fashioned NY soft pretzels that used to be available, stacked on a vertical wooden stick, at most every corner candy store and drugstore? They were also sometimes sold by independent pretzel men, who warmed them over charcoal grills, but unlike the characterless soft pretzels of today, they were much thicker, much crustier on the outside, and especially much chewier inside, more like a good bagel than the bready things sold today.
More to the point, does anyone know where such soft pretzels can still be found today?
This is so funny because I was taking a walk in my Queens neighborhood the other day doing a little photo scouting for fun on my day off. Lets just say I love soft pretzels. Anyhow, I stopped into this corner delicatessen on a residential street for some hot coffee to warm myself up. It was a very old fashioned type place and the lady behind the counter was trying to make the happy man next to me the perfect sandwich, asking if he wanted salt and pepper, the cheese slices thin, ect.
Well on the top of the cold cuts counter was an unbelievable sight.......
A wooden square with a pole and lined up on the pole were fresh soft pretzels! I was delighted inside and got one and it was FANTASTIC
And dear God I miss the old real bagel...........the only place you can find em now to the best of my knowledge is in Radburn NJ near Paramus, a really old Jewish Community lives there and the bagel shop has block long lines out the door weekend mornings.....nice small sized, hard on the outside chewy on the inside
Now I am hungry!
I sure remember those old pretzels, you're right, they were just like a good bagel. The ones everyone sells nowadays come from 2 different big companies, shiped frozen, and are nothing like that. They are skinny and tough, I wouldn't waste the calories eating one! I don't think you'll find anything else on the street though.