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 26, 2006
Broadway soda
The "Broadway soda" is a combination of coffee an chocolate. It isn't served anymore, but it probably should be!

And I remember going to Garcia Vega every Monday in the summertime with my parents for a Broadway soda—chocolate soda with coffee ice cream.

Skip the eggcream. Order a Broadway soda + 2 straws. [To NYC sodajerks, "Broadway" = coffee icecream + chocolate syrup.] Classic sodajerking: Rumpelmayer's, Central Park So.: PL-5-5800.

What wonderful names: Broadway soda- vanilla and chocolate ice cream with chocolate, coffee syrup and fine stream soda,

November 1927, Trade Sweets, pg. 10:
Broadway Soda
This is one of the best known sodas in New York City and is a wonderful combination. Pump 3/4 of an ounce each of chocolate and coffee flavor into a 12-ounce glass. Add teaspoonful of whipped cream, leaving spoon in glass. Use fine stream until glass is 3/4 full and add a No. 16 ball of ice cream, filling the glass with a coarse stream.

19 July 1937, Washington Post, pg. 5 ad:
Broadway Soda, chocolate ice cream with coffee syrup...15c
Woodward & Lothrop

7 February 1979, Los Angeles Times, pg. E5:
Now we are going to the mezzanine, to Hudson's mezzanine luncheon room, for a Broadway soda. They are made with coffee syrup and vanilla ice cream and they come frothed the same color as the waves that lap onto our Higgins Lake sand after there has been a storm, the palest whipped sand color. They are the most sophisticated of sodas, Setty says.

8 July 1979, New York Times, pg. LI6:
The Broadway soda, a chocolate soda-coffee ice cream confection, is made with seltzer from the fountain and sprinkled with nutmeg.
Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • Sunday, February 26, 2006 • Permalink

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