Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chocolate Egg Cream at Ray's Candy Store

Ray's Candy Store is an East Village institution.  It's on the one hand an extremely simple store, but it's almost impossible to describe.  It's basically just a counter, behind which sits... everything.  And let's not even get started on Ray.  You just need to meet him.

on the other end of the awning is a picture of bob arihood
Ray's has a number of popular items, from cheese fries to beignets, but their most popular is the egg cream, particularly the chocolate egg cream.  It makes sense.  The egg cream is the classic New York, lower east side beverage.  Ray claims he used to sell thousands of them a day, but I think he might have just been saying that.  In any case, he definitely makes the best egg creams in the city.

bringing one of these to tompkins and sitting at the chess tables is one of life's great pleasures
The ingredients are unbelievably simple: seltzer, milk, and Fox's U-Bet syrup.  Sometimes he uses Bosco instead of U-Bet.  He wants to use Hershey's, but it's too expensive.  I think it's perfect the way it is.

The style is oft-imitated.  Fancy, Michelin-recognized brunchery Untitled offered an egg cream using U-Bet (for $5 as compared with Ray's $2 -- honestly less of a markup than I would have expected).  But no one mixes it like Ray.  And I mean this literally.  If someone else is behind the counter, you can taste the difference.

Bottom Line:  It's rare for such a classic institution to make a product that is still as relevant and delicious as Ray's chocolate egg cream.  I feel incredibly lucky to have it as a regular part of my life.

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