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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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Upper West Side Restaurant Opening: Gus & Gabriel Offers Comfort Food

Chef Michael  of Greek eateries Anthos and Kefi is turning to comfort food. Apparently inspired by his son Gabriel’s food preferences—they range from grilled cheese to hot dogs—Psilakis’ new Upper West Side diner-like menu will feature comfort food favorites.

Photo:  National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Photo: National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

The gastropub is named after Psilakis’ late father, Gus, and his son Gabriel.  It’s in the same spot on 79th Street that was once occupied by Kefi, Psilakis’ enormously popular neighborhood Greek spot.

“I was making simple, kid-friendly American foods for my son. We’re talking grilled cheese, turkey sandwiches, nachos, hot dogs.  He was enjoying them and I was having a blast,” says Psilakis.  “I wondered, why not take these comfort foods to a new level by preparing them in a professional kitchen?”

The top price for any item is $15. There are standards like chili, French onion soup, and sandwiches composed of homemade pastrami and corn beef, not to mention a full list of drinks for grownups in your group. From the bar, there are 50 beers and 70 varieties of bourbon, scotch, rum and tequila.

If you try Gus & Gabriel, let me know…

Gus & Gabriel
222 W. 79th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues.
Reservations and credit cards are not accepted.
(212) 362-7470
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