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Leonard J. Pugatch Oct 25, 2010 08:40 AM

Where can you find the best street pretzel; or are they all the same ??

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    fourunder Oct 25, 2010 08:41 AM

    http://www.nypretzel.com/

    http://www.sigmundnyc.com/

    http://www.martinspretzels.com/review...

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      ESNY Oct 25, 2010 08:53 AM

      If you mean an actual street cart selling good pretzels, they don't exist. All carts sell the same crappy pretzel that is often cold and hard and probably reheated dozens of times before its actually sold. If you want good soft pretzels, go to Sigmund Pretzel on the LES, i think Ave B and 3rd street or else eat at Loreley on Rivington and Bowery.

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      Loreley
      7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

      Sigmund Pretzel Shop
      29 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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        kathryn Oct 25, 2010 09:03 AM

        What ESNY said. The Loreley one is OK, the Sigmund one is great. They are both served warm and chewy. The Martin's pretzels at the Greenmarket that fourunder pointed you towards are a different style. Smaller chunks, and crunchy.

        You know those giant frozen pretzels you can get at Costco in the freezer section? That's essentially what the street pretzel vendors sell nowadays. Usually they are as hard as rocks.

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        Loreley
        7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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          fourunder Oct 25, 2010 09:39 AM

          I could be wrong, but I believe the frozen pretzel sold in Costco is made by J &J Foods. New York Street Vendors and both Baseball Stadiums always used the Moore pretzel, which is now called New York Pretzel. The Moore Pretzel Company got its name from its address @ 200 Moore Street, Brooklyn

          http://www.jjsnack.com/Our%20Brands/S...

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            kathryn Oct 25, 2010 09:46 AM

            Perhaps not the same supplier, but the effect is the same, sadly.

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            Bob Martinez Oct 25, 2010 09:59 AM

            I've had very warm good pretzels at Cafe Katja but then again, I also liked the ones at Loreley. Sigmund is on my list.

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            Cafe Katja
            79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

            Loreley
            7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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              kathryn Oct 25, 2010 10:59 AM

              Oh, man, I can't believe I forgot Cafe Katja! That place is great, better than Loreley!

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              Cafe Katja
              79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

              Loreley
              7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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                JungMann Oct 26, 2010 06:58 AM

                Cafe Katja is uneven, but when you can get a good, fresh pretzel, they are phenomenal, particularly with the Liptauer.

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                Cafe Katja
                79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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            Hinterlander Oct 26, 2010 12:50 AM

            Aren't the street cart pretzels all from about 1989?

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              Bob Martinez Oct 26, 2010 05:25 AM

              That's why they're stale.

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              Hey19 Oct 26, 2010 08:22 AM

              Sigmund is great, go there like 2x a week. I think they supply to some restaurants, not sure if Loreley is one, although it would make geographic sense. Sigmund really believes in what they do. I think the small ones are better than the larger ones btw..

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              Loreley
              7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

              1. rifkind81 Oct 26, 2010 07:23 PM

                I am surprised no one has mentioned Whole Foods soft pretzels. They are a bit more expensive (around $2.50), but are totally worth it.

                They seem to have a higher fat content and are much more tender than your average street pretzel. Recommended.

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                  worlok Apr 19, 2011 12:17 PM

                  I just ran outside on the corner of Madison and 49th and paid $3 for a large chewy semi warm pretzel. $3 is a ripoff, but it wasn't stale and it wasn't hard. I don't eat bread that often but after having Sicilian pizza last night and again for lunch today, I'm on a bread kick.. Pretzel hit the spot. I rubbed most of the salt off though... ;-)

                  BTW the Middle Eastern guy running the cart was stone faced and emotionless. Maybe he should call himself the Pretzel Nazi and get famous.

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                    Megbeck Apr 19, 2011 02:50 PM

                    Sigmund is awesome AND they have a cart! My boyfriend and I encountered it outside The Met a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if it is always there or if it moves around, should have asked, but it was nice to have something better than one of those awful frozen Super Pretzels.

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                      kathryn Apr 19, 2011 02:58 PM

                      Only at the Met for now, they said maybe one at Bowling Green in the spring:
                      http://www.sigmundnyc.com/pretzelcart.html
                      http://www.thefeast.com/newyork/Sigmu...

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