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 October 04, 2012
Coney Island Butter (mustard)

"Coney Island butter” is another term for “mustard,” a condiment used on the popular Coney Island hot dogs. There is only one known print citation for “Coney Island butter” (in 1947), but it probably was a minor slang term in New York City at that time.


Google Books
American Notes & Queries
Volume 7
1947
Pg. 86:
“CONEY ISLAND BUTTER”: mustard; term overheard in New York rathskeller.

Google Books
Dictionary of American Regional English, Vol. I, A-C
Frederic G. Cassidy, Chief Editor
Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
1985
Pg. 749:
Coney Island butter n
1947 American Notes & Queries 7.86 NY, “Coney Island Butter”: mustard, term overheard in New York rathskeller.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 04, 2012 • Permalink