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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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Upper West Side: Artie’s Deli Offers a Fresser’s Dream–A Pastrami Burger

For those who think there’s never too much of a good thing, check out the pastrami burger at Artie’s Deli. Even fressers should take their Lipitor before indulging.  Here’s a review from the Westside Independent:

pastrami burger

By Pervaiz Shallwani
A few weeks ago, we read with some interest about Salt Lake City being home to, of all things, a culture of pastrami burgers. Then we learned this belly-busting mix of down home America meets Jewish deli was right here in our backyard.

Of course, it was not a surprise that the meat-on-meat sandwich was at Artie’s Deli, the homage to since-passed Artie Cutler, the man behind that puzzlingly beloved American-Italian eating establishment Carmines. If a heaping burger is not enough, the Pastrami Burger, comes topped with, yup, a sandwich helping of homemade shaved pastrami.

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Upper West Side: New Deli Opens on Broadway and 97th Street

In most neighborhoods of New York, the opening of a standard issue deli—the kind dishing up generic paninis and salads—would barely green-cafemerit a comment.

But on the services-starved area of the Upper West Side that stretches above 96th Street, the opening of Green Cafe on Broadway between 97th and 98th streets was cause for some modest rejoicing.

The new eatery’s presence “gives you a little hope,” said Valerie, a resident of nearby West End Avenue. “The only things that ever open around here are pharmacies and banks,” she added, gesturing at the scrum of drugstores that clusters around the intersection of 96th Street and Broadway.

“My two kids are excited about it because it’s new,” she said.  Son Sebastian, 8, chimed in that he felt “good” about the new eatery and its selection of breakfast, lunch and snack foods.

What prompted Green Cafe to open at the locale on Broadway? Previously, the block had been occupied by a funky gift store and a children’s clothing boutique.  Now, there’s a barber shop alongside the new cafe, which was festooned with colorful balloons in honor of opening day.

andrade-shoe“It’s a great neighborhood” that’s “changing and improving” said assistant manager Jamil Uddin, who also attributed the choice of location to the unveiling in the next year of the renovated subway station at Broadway and 96th Street.

Meanwhile, Fernando Andrade, longtime owner of Andrade’ General Shoe Repair, located next to the Green Cafe, says he’ll be moving in the next few months to a new spot on Broadway between 99th Street and Broadway.

The reason?  A rent hike.  It makes staying at the current location “impossible,” Andrade said.

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Upper West Side: Edgar’s Cafe Opens Up a Second Location on Amsterdam

Neighborhood stalwart Edgar’s Cafe has opened a second location between 91st and 92nd streets on Amsterdam Ave.

The original locale on W. 84th Street was named after writer Edgar Allen Poe, who once resided at that address. The new Edgar’s has none edgars-cafeof the funky atmosphere of the original; it looks like any other NY sandwich-coffee shop. But the new Edgar’s, like the original, boasts an impressive line-up of coffee drinks. And, there are more than two dozen salads to choose from, including a Mediterranean Bean Salad and a Beef Carpaccio Salad. In a nod to the immediate neighborhood’s large population of observant Jews, items, like Apple Brown Betty, are labeled “kosher.”

Edgar’s doesn’t accept credit cards.

Edgar’s Cafe

650 Amersterdam Ave.

New York, New York

212 595 6261

Edgar’s Cafe (original location)

255 W. 84th St.

New York, NY

212 496 6126

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