A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 04, 2015
Nutted Cheese Sandwich

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Chock full o’Nuts
Chock full o’Nuts is a brand of coffee originating from a chain of New York City coffee shops.

Its unusual name derives from the eighteen shelled nut shops founder William Black had established under that banner in the city beginning in 1926. When the Depression struck he converted them to lunch counters serving a cup of coffee and a sandwich for 5 cents.

In time the brand grew popular, being introduced to the consumer market through grocery stores starting in 1953. Today it is owned by coffee giant Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, the largest privately held firm in the industry.

The chain was founded by William Black (1898–1983), an American immigrant who sold nuts in Times Square to theater-goers. In 1926, he opened a store on Broadway and 43rd Street, eventually adding seventeen more. When the Depression settled in, New Yorkers could no longer afford the luxury of shelled nuts, so Black converted his shops into lunch counters, selling coffee and sandwiches.[1]

Their signature “nutted cheese” sandwich, made of cream cheese and chopped nuts on dark raisin bread, cost a nickel with a cup of coffee when the company was founded.

Eater - NY
10 More of the Craziest New York Sandwiches
by Robert Sietsema, Jun 30, 2015, 2:00p
Nutted Cheese Sandwich — Long ago our city was paved with Chock Full O’Nuts, a chain of lunch counters founded in 1932 that later became famous for its supermarket coffee. Its most notorious sandwich was something called the nutted cheese, which featured cream cheese embedded with crushed walnuts on date nut bread. The sandwich was universally recognized as unique to New York but seemed totally weird to outsiders. Find it at: Chock Full O’Nuts, 8521 4th Ave, Brooklyn,

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, August 04, 2015 • Permalink

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