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 January 06, 2005
Manhattan Special Espresso Coffee Soda (from Brooklyn)
Manhattan Special ("since 1895") proudly proclaims on its web site (http://www.manhattanspecial.com) that it makes "the world's most famous espresso coffee soda." Other sodas include cherry, gassosa, orange, sarsaparilla, and vanilla cream. Other iced coffee drinks include cappuccino, French vanilla, hazelnut, and mocha.
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I noticed that Manhattan Special has an office on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. That isn't Manhattan, but it's a good deal better than where they make "Brooklyn Chewing Gum."

http://www.bevnet.com/reviews/manhattanspecial/
Brand Overview: Take a little pride and a little loving care, that's what has been going into the production of Manhattan Special since 1895. As the original and award-winning Pure Espresso Coffee Soda, we have satisfied loyal consumers with our family's secret recipe for over 100 years. Our unique blend of the world's finest coffee beans (which are hand brewed to perfection), along with the use of pure cane sugar, has allowed us to create a truly delicious coffee experience!

Espresso Coffee Soda
Category: Coffee Soda; Packaging: 10 & 24 fl oz

This is one of the most unique, yet classic beverages ever created. This is a very simple concept for a beverage: pure coffee, carbonated water, and sugar. The result is simply spectacular! It is very smooth and easy to drink and the carbonation adds a nice sparkle to the product. It is, however, slightly too sweet, but this is more than made up for with the fine taste of the coffee.

Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • (0) Comments • Thursday, January 06, 2005 • Permalink