The return of Manhattan's first full-service Chock full o' Nuts in 30 years also marked the return of the "original nutted cheese sandwich" (above, $5.95), Neufchatel cheese and chopped nuts on whole wheat raisin bread. Like the confusingly named "Chock classic," plain whipped cream cheese on datenut bread, it was prepped ahead of time, perhaps in temporary response to a rush of nostalgic coffee-shop lovers. Sadly, this chilly treatment frustrated the homey, sandwich-counter experience I was hoping for, however warm the service.
Previously, I enjoyed the "classic" at one of the chain's many Chock full o' Nuts Cafes (below, in Hoboken, just $3.19), where the bread was not only unrefrigerated, but toasted, too.
Chock full o' Nuts
25 West 23rd St. (Fifth-Sixth Aves.)
Also shown below: one of many Chock full o' Nuts Cafes
111 River St. (at 1st St.), Hoboken, New Jersey