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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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