Cherry coke tastes a lot better when it comes from a man who just walked out of an Edward Hopper painting, especially when your palate is much more accustomed to Coke Cherry Zero. At Lexington Candy Shop, it's a reddish-black color (all that real cherry syrup), not the blackish-black you're used to from a convenience store Coke. A large is $3.50 but you're not just paying for the drink. There's a hidden fee for the bar stools, the spying on your fur-coated neighbor noshing on a liverwurst sandwich, the old air vents (ehh, those can't be safe, nevermind), and the fact that it's a "candy shop" with no apparent candy on the menu. Make it a cherry coke float for $7.50.
Lexington Candy Shop 1226 Lexington Ave, New York NY 10028 (map) 212-288-0057
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