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Jul 10, 2013 12:29 AM

"Only in NY" type foods

where can we find some "Only in NY" type foods like: papaya juice, black and white cookies, cheesecake, egg creams?

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  1. I wouldn't call them "NY only" since most are available all over the USA (cheesecakes, papaya juice, and Ubet). I actually have a harder time finding seltzer outside NYC than I do chocolate Ubet syrup.

    Just about every NYC bakery has NY style cheesecakes. Venieros, Juniors, Lady M, 2 little red hens, etc. Most will have B&W cookies too.

    Any juice bar will have fresh papaya juice, Papaya King on 86th and Grey's Papaya in Greenwich village will have a papaya "drink".

    Egg creams are served by most diners and old-school delis like Eisenbergs, B&H, and Gem Spa. There's more the names have escaped me.

    I'm sure there's more places and others will chime in.

    1. Great pizza, bagels and don't forget bialys!!
      Hot pastrami sammiches too!!

      6 Replies
      1. re: Motosport

        Mmmm Bagels! Now that I'll admit is "NY only" because I've never had a good bagel anywhere else. My fave bagel spot is Ess A Bagel, and if you love fish get a bagel at Russ & Daughters with belly lox or whatever tickles your fancy.

        1. re: alkonost

          Ess-A-Bagel rocks my world!! Kossar's for bialys!!

          1. re: Motosport

            I really, really miss Ess A Bagel. I'm in Dallas and I had an "everything" bagel from Einstein Bros (ick) and they had FENNEL seeds on it... Sacrilege!

            1. re: alkonost

              Ess-A-Bagel ships their bagels. They freeze well. Whatever it costs it's gotta be worth it.

              1. re: Motosport

                OMG OMG OMG... Bless you for that info Moto! I'm going to check it out, to hell with money- a good bagel is worth it's weight in gold!!

                Once my hubs decides to end his low-carb diet I'm placing an order. Otherwise if I buy some he's going to eat them, then he'll blame me for cheating on his diet.

                1. re: alkonost

                  I buy Ess-A-Bagels and Kossar's bialys a dozen at a time. I double bag them in zip lock freezer bags and they last a while.
                  The night before I take what I need out of the freezer and put into the fridge. A short time in the toaster oven brings them back to life.

      2. You're not looking for papaya "juice," you're looking for papaya "drink," the kind of stuff that is found at hot dog stands across the city thanks to the popularity of the tropical beverages Papaya King originally focused on. You might as well go to the birthplace of papaya drink at 86th St and 3rd Ave stand.

        Black and white cookies are available at most corner stores and many bakeries. I have never tasted one I thought was palatable (is it a cookie? is it a cake? what is that icing?) so I can't give a recommendation.

        For cheesecake, Junior's is the local favorite for New York-style cheesecake, but I think the offerings at Eileen's Special Cheesecake or Two Little Red Hens are better.

        For an egg cream: you have many options:

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        1. re: JungMann

          I've had Junior's cheesecake. It's not bad but it's sure not great. Sometimes places acquire a reputation that lasts and lasts in spite of what the dish actually tastes like.

          1. re: Bob Martinez

            I.M.H.O. Junior's is one of the best cream cheese cakes in NYC. Eileen's too!!
            I love their Strawberry cheese pie so much we had it for our wedding cake!!

          1. Yonah Shimmel's Knish Bakery!