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#1 Economy Candy
Second only to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, LES’s Economy Candy has it all. Even Wonka Bars. What makes this place so special is the wide range of candy’s from your childhood, your parents’ childhood, and even their parents’ childhood. Other unique features include international candy, and candy that has since gone extinct. Well, nearly.
#2 Westsider Books
Come on, just look at this place. Where else but in Harry Potter have you seen this kind of shop. This is one of the last of a dying breed of book sellers and a relic of what New York once was. When Westside opened in the 70’s on the upper west side they fit snugly with many other bookshops; now they are nearly all gone. Fun fact: Woody Allen filmed ‘Fading Gigolo’ here.
#3 Absolute Bagels
Rated the number one bagel spot by Serious Eats, Time Out, NewYork.com, and many happy customers, Absolute is bagel perfection. As a native upper west sider, I grew up on these bagels. They are baked to a mouth-watering perfection, and are generously seasoned. Pair a toasted and buttered or cream cheesed Everything with one of their thai iced teas for the ride of your life.
#4 Di Fara Pizza
Face it, like everyone else you’re obsessed with pizza. But unlike everyone else, you’re going to Midwood and getting what is quite possibly the best pizza this side of Italy. Owned and operated for the past 50 years by Domenico DeMarco, Di Fara’s has received high acclaim from Frommer’s, Zagat, and many others. My father took me when I was young just after a fishing trip in Sheepshead Bay and I watched DeMarco shoveling pizzas in and out of that old wood burning oven. To this day Di Fara’s is the best pizza I’ve had outside of southern Italy. They open at noon. Get there early.
#5 Glasers Bake Shop
Glasers goes back over a century; that’s three generations of Glasers, the first of which were German immigrants. It has remained at the same location since 1896, in Germantown, or as it is now called, Yorkville. It’s cheap, delicious, and a truly historic New York staple. Word is they make the best black and white cookie in town. Find out for yourself.
Alright guys, go get your old New York on.