12. The best versions in the city are on the East Side and in Brooklyn
The best egg creams in the city can be found, for the most part, on the East Side of Manhattan. This is not surprising, because it’s here, in the traditionally Jewish neighborhoods, where egg creams once thrived. Among the best is the aforementioned Shopsin’s, which manages to be both light and full-flavored at the same time. Gem Spa also has a recognized favorite, perfectly balanced and admirably frothy, though you can also find excellent renditions at Joe Jr. and Gramercy Park Cafe a bit further North. In Brooklyn, Peter Pan’s egg cream should be sampled along with a donut, while the Brooklyn Farmacy egg cream is terrific, especially in a place that looks exactly like the type of place your Grandfather drank 'em at.
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Noah Arenstein is a practicing lawyer, freelance writer, cook, and co-founder and managing editor of Real Cheap Eats. In 2013, Noah founded the “Global Jewish Sandwich” stand Scharf & Zoyer. He also produces food events and pop-ups, including the Crow Hill Supper Club.