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Jan 20, 2010 03:42 AM

Led Zeppole-Whole Lotta Love

Went by last night-no lines despite rather balmy weather for January. had 3 giant zeppoles with powdered sugar for $2.50. They gave me a bottle of Aunt Jemima to squeeze on top. Maple syrup on a zeppole? A Sicilian guy standing next to me said "that's so wrong" but it was so right. The Coney Island carnie atmosphere was made even more authentic as we took turns spinning the zeppole wheel to see if we could win free zeppole inciting shouts of "it's fixed" when nobody won. The ricotta calzone with powdered sugar also shouldn't have worked but the sweet sugar complimented the tangy fried ricotta filled dough perfectly. The Artichoke boys have done it again creating a "Stairway to heaven" or at leat to Coney island. I stopped by Nathan's for a hot dog across the street on the way home. Now we just need a ferris wheel.

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  1. Wow, I NEVER even thought to put maple syrup on my zepp! AWESOME! Did you try a cannoli?

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    1. re: smokeandapancake

      After 3 grapefruit sized zeppole and a calzone? I left the gun AND the cannoli.The cannoli looked good though. Of course, I really did have the Nathan's hot dog too.

      1. re: guttergourmet

        They're big zeppole too?! Oh man! Cannoli is great there btw...

      2. re: smokeandapancake

        Is Aunt Jemina actually Maple Syrup? I thought it was sugar or corn syrup.

      3. Thanks for the Led Zeppole report. I happened to walk by over the weekend, during an afternoon, and it was closed. Too bad for me.

        I just couldn't get over why you would kill the good taste that you had from LZ by going for a, imho, bad hotdog at that Nathan's on 14th? A case of "Good Times Bad Times", imo.

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        1. re: RCC

          keeping up with the coney island feel i guess.

          1. re: smokeandapancake

            It's been a while since I've visited the Coney Island original, but the one on 14th Street is a pathetic version. The ambiance is even worse.

            1. re: RCC

              of course it is, but i think posted was keeping up with the theme!

              1. re: smokeandapancake

                I'm just chiming in with my disdain for the Nathan's in the area (note: just that particular one).

                As long as the poster enjoyed it, it's cool.

            1. re: Steve R

              or "What is and What Should Never Be,"

                1. re: smokeandapancake

                  Clearly we have a "Communication Breakdown"-I agree the Nathan's on 14th (and in Manhattan generally) are nothing but a "Heartbreaker" and the Original Coney Island Nathan's is the last of the "Houses of the Holy", but I was trying to keep the Coney Island feeling alive and just "Ramble On". The "Black (hot) Dog" was overcooked but I guess it was "Nobody's Fault but Mine". I almost got "Trampled Under Foot" crossing the street to avoid getting a parking ticket from the "Living Loving (meter) Maid" who said your "Time is Gonna Come"but I told her "Hey Hey What Can I Do?" I had "No Quarter". I still had the bag of zeppoles with powdered sugar which I shook to evenly coat them with sugar. I peeked in to see how they were doing and they spoke to me "You Shook Me".

                  1. re: guttergourmet

                    ha, good one! ya know, they actrually have a song called, "Hot Dog.."

                    1. re: smokeandapancake

                      Artichoke and Led Zeppole are so small you've gotta go "In Through the Out Door" but at least they're consistent and "The Song Remains the Same".

                      1. re: guttergourmet

                        If you dont get there at the right time, you'll be just another "Fool in the Rain."

                        1. re: smokeandapancake

                          the zeppoli sounds great, but Nathan's? should have just "Let It Be".


                          1. re: coasts

                   actuallyheading to crif dog tonight. looking forward to it.