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 April 10, 2005
“You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best”
"You've Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best" has been on pizza boxes for about forty or fifty years. The saying is over 100 years old.

I found it first used by a New York City restaurant in the 1920s.

28 September 1902, Atlanta Constitution, pg. C1:
YOU'VE TRIED THE REST, NOW TRY THE BEST.
Stoddard's Dye Works, 85 N. Pryor.

11 May 1904, Sandusky (Ohio) Star, pg. 4, col. 2:
You've Tried the Rest,
Now Try the Best.
(Screen Enamel ad - ed.)

14 November 1907, Washington Post, pg. 9:
You have tried the rest, now try the BEST.
Yale Laundry

7 February 1925, The Restaurateur, pg. 7, col. 1:
You've tried the Rest, Now - Try the Best
Geo. Thompson & Son
"All Varieties Oysters and Clams," Foot Pike Street, New York City,
Telephone: Drydock 2933-2934-5658:

2 January 1949, New York Herald Tribune, This Week, pg. 8, col. 1:
CORN: Signs on walls are as old as the hills
(Above this photo caption are the following - ed.}

YOU HAVE TRIED THE REST,
NOW TRY THE BEST.

IF WE PLEASE YOU
TELL YOUR FRIENDS.
IF NOT TELL US.

14 March 1902, Washington Post, pg. 2:
OUR MOTTO:
If we please you, tell your friends; if not, tell us.

S. Goldheim & Sons
Leading Tailors
403-405 Seventh Street.
Established 28 Years.

Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • (0) Comments • Sunday, April 10, 2005 • Permalink


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