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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 15, 2013
Big Apple Shake (Johnny Rockets, 2005)

Johnny Rockets is a 1950s-style American chain restaurant, specializing in hamburgers, french fries, shakes and malts. The “Big Apple” shake was introduced by at least 2005—a vanilla milkshake with pieces of apple pie mixed in. Johnny Rockets was based on The Apple Pan restaurant in West Los Angeles, California, that opened in 1947, but its “Big Apple” shake refers to the apple pie ingredient and not necessarily to The Apple Pan or to New York City’s nickname. Johnny Rockets opened at the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.

Johnny Rockets’ Big Apple shake achieved dubious distinction in January 2013, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest gave the shake its Xtreme Eating Award for having an excessive amount of calories.

“The Big Apple” is the name of an ice cream shake at Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce in Columbus, Ohio. “Big Apple Blizzard” was the name of a Dairy Queen ice cream treat.

Wikipedia: Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rockets is an American restaurant franchise whose concept is to create a classic American restaurant atmosphere. The theme is the diner-style restaurant that had become a common sight by the 1950s. Decor includes Coca-Cola advertising featuring nearly life-size cardboard illustrations of women in World War II armed services uniforms, individual jukebox stations, chrome accents and red vinyl seats. The staff at some locations are known to sing and dance every half-hour. Making a smiley face with ketchup on the paper plate when served French fries is a Johnny Rockets trademark.

The menu, presentation, counter seating and grilling area are based on an original restaurant from 1947 (still operating today), The Apple Pan in West Los Angeles. The restaurants feature a small two-sided menu, hamburgers wrapped in paper on cardboard plates, hamburgers grilled-to-order in full view of the counter-seated customers.
In April 2009, the new Yankee Stadium opened with Johnny Rockets stands throughout the site. These stands serve traditional Johnny Rockets hamburgers, french fries, shakes, and malts among other menu items.

Johnny Rockets—menu
Super Deluxe Shakes & Malts
Our Super Deluxe Shakes & Malts feature signature ingredients and out-of-this-world decadent flavors, such as our Dark Chocolate Shake made with Ghirardelli® Chocolate, of our legendary Big Apple Shake made with an actual slice of apple pie, and our Chocolate Madness Shake.

October 23 2005, 14:35:51 UTC link Collapse
I ate at Johnny Rocket’s yesterday too!!!!
I had a Big Apple shake, though. Do you guys have that, or is it an NYC thing? It’s basically a vanilla milkshake with chunks of apple pie in it. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

Thu, Apr. 19th, 2007, 10:11 pm
Walking and walking
Let me rewind a few hours back to the Hollywood sign. Before we saw it, we ate at Johnny Rockets :D Some of you know this place as the place that serves the greatest milkshakes ever to walk the earth. The same is true here. I had a shake called “The Big Apple”. It was vanilla ice cream… with an ENTIRE SLICE of APPLE PIE crushed into it! What a wonderful idea! It was a tasty beverage if i ever saw one.

Green Bay (WI) Press-Gazette
Restaurant meals go to ‘Xtremes’
Jan 17, 2013
Take a milkshake, blend in a piece of apple pie and voila, you have an 1,140-calorie Big Apple Shake from Johnny Rockets. The milkshake earned the dubios Xtreme Eating Award from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Manhattan Beach (CA) Patch
Chili’s, Johnny Rockets Earn Dubious Distinction
The two chain restaurants are on an “Xtreme Eating 2013” list.

By Liz Spear
February 8, 2013
Then there are the shakes; most of are around 1,000-calories due to their 20-ounce size and their “premium vanilla ice cream, whole milk, and real whipped cream.”

The Big Apple Shake offers 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and an estimated 13 teaspoons of added sugar. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, February 15, 2013 • Permalink