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Feb 23, 2008 05:20 PM

Dying for a good egg cream

I used to go to Gem's spa in the east village where I will be staying but I heard it is not as good as other places. What's new in the best soda in the world

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  1. Ray's on Ave A and 7th- ask for it sweet.

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      1. re: hungrycomposer

        I totally agree with this rec. However, if one comes to Ave. A looking for "Ray's," it can easily be missed there is no name signage. It's on the block b/t 7th & St. Mark's, literally a hole-in-the-wall candy store with an overhead sign jutting into the street that says, "Belgian Fries."

        Imo, Gem Spa's egg cream is equally as good as the one at Ray's.

        The one egg cream I had at Eisenberg's was poor.

    1. Lexington Candy Shop is great. Worth the hike uptown.

      1. Soupburg on Lexington Ave at 77 Street makes a great chocolate egg cream, just like the ones I remember when I was a kid in the 1950's.

          1. The Gem Spa and the Eisenberg Sandwich Shop are my current favorite places for egg creams. I remember the 2nd Ave Deli making a pretty good one too.

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            1. re: vinegarhill

              It is not possible for you to have had an egg cream at the 2nd Avenue Deli because the original location was kosher, as is the re-incarnated one. Kosher restaurants cannot mix meat and dairy, and since egg creams require milk, they would never be served there. They can serve a mixture of chocolate syrup + seltzer, but that's a chocolate soda, not an egg cream.

              1. re: RGR

                My dear child had her first egg cream, made with loving care, at Russ and Daughters on the LES. It was not only delicious, but the experience of being in the store was wonderful. We especially loved the white lab coats worn by the gave a formal, old-world feel to the experience.

                1. re: RGR

                  In the Midwest when I was growing up, an egg cream without the milk was called a chocolate phosphate. Is that the case here?

                  Also, if you really want to go for oldworld European food (chicken shmaltze on the tables for the bread!) Sammys Romanian will bring you the makings of an egg cream to the table (milk, seltzer, choolate syrump) and you can make your own at the end of the meal.

                  1. re: BW212

                    I'm a NYC native, and I recall that back in the day, candy stores and lunch counters offered carbonated drinks called "phosphates." Googling, I found this explanation re: their composition:

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                      1. re: RGR

                        Heck, we just called it a chocolate soda- syrup and seltzer. Rarely bothered to order it because the seltzer we had delivered to the house did just as good a job. Not so with the egg creams- they were always better at the candy store, probably because their seltzer fountain dispensed with more even force onto the spoon.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Yes, you're right. My mind must be going.