having an egg cream at Eisenberg's.
Not many of these places left in NYC--
The little hole-in-the wall lunch counter. Eisenberg's has been around for eighty years. Walk inside and you're hit with the kitschy decor. But this isn't manufactured kitsch--this is the real thing.
You want an organic arugula and mozzarella panini-- substitute pesto for the honey mustard? Well, you won't get it at Eisenberg's.
But if you want a lox and onion omelet, a tuna salad, a pastrami on rye, a grilled cheese with tomato or some sour pickles--then go take a seat on a squeaky swivel stool at Eisenberg's.
And to drink? You can have coffee or a Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Tonic. But make sure to top the meal off with an egg cream!
With the disappearance of lunch counters and candy store soda fountains, the authentic chocolate egg cream is another relic from the past.
What's an egg cream? The name doesn't give it away since it contains neither eggs nor cream.
Fox's U Bet Chocolate Syrup, a splash of cold whole milk and seltzer from a soda fountain spigot or from a siphon bottle. (Not Hershey's Syrup, not Canadian Dry bottled seltzer, not skim milk.)
Stir it all together. Chocolate and foam! Heaven in a glass!
It's not to be sipped slowly--gulp it down!
New Yorkers are passionate about their egg creams! Native New Yorker Lou Reed even sang about them: