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Chock Full o’Nuts Restaurant: Date Nut Sandwiches Like the Old Days

Chock Full o'Nuts Coffee Shop. Photo: Chock Full o'Nuts.

I know it’s hard to pass up Eataly for the humble Chock Full o’Nuts restaurant next door on 23rd Street. But when you’ve had your full of pasta and salumi, a Chock Full o’Nuts date nut sandwich is a great all-American comfort food chaser.

I had tried the place right after it opened. and the last time I was there, the date nut bread was a huge disappointment—pale and tasteless it barely resembled the treat I remembered from the countless times I stopped by there with my mother.

A few weeks ago, I decided to give Chock Full o’Nuts another try. This time, it was a direct trip down memory lane. The date nut bread was rich, dark brown and just sweet enough. It tasted exactly as I remembered. And it was filled with just the right amount of cream cheese to add a slightly tart accent to the iconic sandwich.

So if you’re in the mood for a bit of food nostalgia—or you’ve never tried this American classic—give high-toned Italian a break and sidle over to  the counter at the Chock Full o Nuts.

Chock Full o’Nuts
119 East 23rd Street
NY 10010
(212) 228-9620

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Chock Full o’Nuts To Bring Back Nutted Cheese Sandwiches

New Yorkers love their sandwiches. There are fans of pastrami on rye. There’s the ban minh crowd.  Subs bursting with cold cuts have their partisans, too.

Photo: chockfullonuts.com.

Photo: Chock fullonuts.com

But, the best sandwich of all, hands down, is the Chock Full o’ Nuts “nutted” cheese sandwich. Sadly, this little snack disappeared when in the 1970s, the company decided to close down its coffee shops and focus on beverages instead.

But, happy day! Chock Full o’ Nuts has just announced that it will be opening a full service restaurant in the space on 23rd Street recently occupied by the Comfort Diner, according to a report from Crain’s New York Business. Why am I excited? The restaurant chain will be bringing back its divine cream cheese and nut sandwich.

Back in the day, Chock full o’ Nuts was where you’d go for lunch with your mother after a back to school shopping trip.You’d perch on a stool at the counter. And if your mother was like my mother, there was only one thing she’d suggest that you order—that divine nuts and cheese sandwich. It’s two pieces of raisin bread enclosing a mixture of cream cheese and chopped nuts.  Yum!

There’s no announcement yet of when exactly the resurrected eatery will open. When it does, I’ll be first in line.

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