Lexington Candy Shop

Don’t let the name fool you – Lexington Candy Shop is not a place to go when you need to stock up on sweets. It’s actually an old school lunch counter. It’s the kind of place my La La talks about going to as a child. In fact, having opened in 1925, it’s four years older than she is.

I am the queen of nostalgia so this place is right up my alley. On a day off from work, I sauntered up to the counter to enjoy a little brekkie and a book. That’s where I noticed they still have an operating soda fountain. My entire life, my grandparents had a full working soda fountain in their living room We’re talking the stools, the reach-in ice cream tubs, the milkshake machines – the whole nine. It was a highlight of my childhood (and my adulthood, if we’re being honest) that I hope/plan to recreate if I ever leave NYC and build a house of my own.

If you’re looking for a place that still mixes Coke by hand and will refill your coffee mug as often as you’d like, this is it. It’s not anywhere that you can get a root beer float or lemonade made to order. The club sandwiches are great and, while I haven’t tried it, I bet they make a bangin tuna melt.

Look at the worn counters, the booths…this is a classic luncheonette.

Not to sound hyperbolic, but this may have been the best BEC I’ve ever had. It’s a good thing I don’t live any closer because I would legitimately stop by 2x/week before work if I did.

If you want classic, you can’t beat this place.