Six NYC Restaurant Versions of Treats You Loved as a Kid

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There was once a simpler time. A time when instead of finding satisfaction in a craft brew or the truffle supplement, you had Mondo and PB Maxx. And while those old school treats have been discontinued, nostalgia never dies, and even fancy chefs pay attention.

Here are six restaurant versions of treats you loved as a kid, each one a throwback indulgence that'll help you relive your childhood.

Jimmy's Diner
6. B&W Shake from Jimmy's Diner, 577 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-218-7174
This old school greasy spoon acts the part issuing disco fries smothered in brown gravy and cheddar and latkes topped with applesauce or sour cream until midnight. This black and white milkshake blends vanilla ice cream from Delicious Dessert with a healthy dose of U-bet chocolate syrup. By default, this gets finished with a mountain of swirled whipped cream, so warn your server off if that sounds like too much fun. Bonus: Fries make the perfect accomplice for dipping.

Courtesy of The Vanderbilt
5. Chocolate pudding pops at The Vanderbilt, 570 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-623-0570
Harnessing the power of that nostalgic frozen section favorite, The Vanderbilt creates the pudding centers of these lickable treats with a mixture of milk, cream, butter, gelatin, sugar, and dark chocolate. That all gets poured into rectangular molds, and once frozen, the blocks are popped out, stabbed with a small wooden skewer, and dipped into a layer of velvety dark Guanaja chocolate for the thin shell. Finished with a dusting of Maldon sea salt, and it's served atop Oreo cookie crumbs and a caramel sauce puddle.

Courtesy Joe and Misses Doe
4. Mac & Cheese at Joe and Misses Doe, 45 East First Street, 212-780-0262
This mac and cheese is a welcome riff on the humble blue box after-school snack minus that packet of suspicious orange dust. Joe Doe bakes pasta shells in the croc they're served in and goes just heavy enough on the cheese sauce combining cheddar, pecorino, and Dijon mustard. He tops it off with crumbled Ritz crackers for that familiar sweet aftertaste. You can order yours spiked with thickly cut Berkshire bacon ($2) or peas ($1) (Mom, remember, would choose the peas).

Location Info

The Vanderbilt

570 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Joe & Misses Doe

45 East 1st Street, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


50 Clinton St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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