Looking for Really Good "Old Timey New York" Foods in Queens
I'm looking to set up a spread for some non-New York friends and want to have a number of really good foods (the best in Queens) that are typically associated with New York from days gone by.
Would strongly prefer to stay in Queens if possible.
Specifically I'm looking for:
black & white cookies (freshly baked - really high quality chocolate and vanilla icing that isn't cloying)
plain old top-notch cheesecake (again fresh)
egg creams (will actually do this as a outing since they must be drunk immediately—would still prefer Queens if possible)
onion bialys (fresh)
half sour pickles
big chewy pretzels
knishes (not pre-packaged, freshly made on premises if possible)
A lot of this sounds like Jewish delicatessen fare but it doesn't have to be Kosher or Jewish—just delicious.
Also, if there are some items not mentioned that other Chowhounders associate with "Old Timey New York," please chow in with suggestions. Please note, however, this is going to be an informal buffet/finger foods-type thing (so there warn't be none 'a that them thar there Oysters Rockefeller!).
Any and all help will be most appreciated!
Many many thanks!
Glendale is hungry...
Hinsch's has been discussed on chowhound before, but it's been a while. If you're in the neighborhood it's a nice place to go--not sure I would think of it as a destination place, but if you want a trip down memory lane I guess it might be.
It's all about the ice cream--very old timey look and feel. The ice cream is good.
I am eternally grateful to hinsch's because they introduced me to the rootbeer float with coffee ice cream, one of the world's best combos--right up there with chocolate and peanut butter!
8518 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Now that I have images in my head of grubby Russians bobbing for pickles and Ozzie & Harriet cheerily chirping, “Hey kids, come get your chink glop!” I think I’ll just say thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful ideas! You’ve given me a lot to work with and I’m eternally grateful.
Glendale is hungry…
oh wow, can I come, sounds fun! :)
CHEESECAKE: agree on Cascon for the cheesecake, but if you want to trek to the Bronx, my favorite is the vanilla cheescake from missgrimble, they have limited retail hours --call very early to find out...http://www.missgrimble.com/5601/5622.html
BIG CHEWY PRETZELS: In Manhattan--For artisanal, yummy ones, not stale tasting yucky ones---http://www.sigmundnyc.com/
If you've got to stay in queens, guess Auntie Anne's? in Queens center mall..they make them all day fresh there, too..but not in the same league as above--but if kitsch is the goal they will work fine, I guess..
KNISHES: No question, Knish Nosh on Queens Blvd in Forest Hills--they sell to lots of places--get kasha, potato, cabbage, spinach--also, to me totally NY as well as BAR MITZVAH heaven, is the little cocktail franks, theirs are great! http://knishnosh.com/index.php
RUGELACH: While you're at KNISH NOSH, pop next door for the best rugelach in town at Andre's--it's pricey but it's the best...good strudel's too.....
UBET CHOCOLATE SYRUP: You can get it at stop and shop, make sure you have this on hand as well as seltzer (old fashioned would be best--you can get this delivered from The Seltzer Man--see his info here--http://nymag.com/urban/guides/bestofny/services/04/seltzerman.htm and here: http://www.villagevoice.com/bestof/2007/award/best-way-to-get-a-bottle-of-seltzer-493681/ ) chocolate milk or egg creams http://www.foxs-syrups.com/
Make the egg creams yourself, see recipe on their site--and check this out:
The Fox's are like 5th cousins of mine,,met them years ago, at some party, --nice people.
Onion Bialy's, agree with the Hot Bialys suggestion below...and Pickles, any of the Russian deli places in Rego Park, on 63rd drive near LIRR , or on other side 63rd Road past Bagellettee--which used to be really great before they sold it..haven't been there in ages so can't speak of what they have anymore--but this might be a possible bialy stop for you--or in the city: http://www.kossarsbialys.com/
BLACK/WHITE COOKIES: Make sure you call ahead and order, and he will bake them fresh for you--they are very good--La Dolce Italia Bakery 100405 Metropolitan Ave Forest Hills 718 268-5297
100-30 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375
black & white cookies
V & V Bakery
61-19 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY
7-04 149th street
116-63 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-544-0900
100-30 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
russian market on 63rd drive in rego park near LIRR trestle