I used to drink Manhattan Special in Italian Harlem as a kid.
So happy your still in business ..... always on our table during the holidays
I am 86 years old. As a boy in Brooklyn I watched my father play Briscola in a shack filled with Italian cigar smoke and the beautiful sound of Sicilian being spoken. My special treat was to buy a slim bottle of delicious Manhattan Special. I will order some of this heavenly nectar soon and let the memories flood back of the good old days.
Traveled up from North Carolina to New Jersey and while there, hit the Shop Rite and found Manhattan Special on the lowest shelf in the beverage aisle. Thanks to a nice Italian guy who pointed it out and gave me a couple of his secret night caps. Now all I have to do is find a store in North Carolina that has it??? The quest begins!
I've been drinking this every day on my way to work with ice and milk. So much better than an iced coffee. Just delicious!
Born and raised on the Lower East Side, Market Street, and we used to drink this all the time. I now live in MD but everytime I go up to NY I buy a few bottles. I'm drinking one right now, ice cold out of the refrig. I'm placing an order today. Yummy!
MY GRANDMOTHERS, BOTH SIDES OF THE FAMILY LIVED IN SOUTH BROOKLYN, KANE STREET AND CARROLL STREET. WHEN WE WHERE KIDS WE WOULD GO VISIT AND MY UNCLE WOULD GO TO A CERTAIN STORE TO GET HERO'S WITH THE WORKS (OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR) AND OF COURSE MANHATTAN SPECIAL. THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND, WE THOUGHT THEY'D NEVER END. I AM NOW 65 YRS OLF AND WHEN I DRINK MY FAVORITE SODA IT BRINGS ME RIGHT BACK TO THE "GOOD OLD DAYS"
Enjoyed as a child in Brooklyn, now plentiful here in Florida. Why would you drink any other type of soft drink when there is espresso coffee soda? Starbucks who?!
Have been drinking this for YEARS! Love it. The companies customer service is "the best"!
I use to live in brooklyn i love coffee soda you should try selling it in savannah ga. there are a lot of coffee drinkers out here love your product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Omg I found this black cherry at uncommon market 100% Italian in Pittsburgh pa thanks for bringing back the Italy trip I took in 1990 when I had a drink which was so similar to yours love this
just found manhattan coffee soda in westren beefin lantana fl
Had my first while on holiday in New York courtesy of Famous Fat Dave's food tour. It's amazing. Not sure how I'm going to get a supply in Scotland!
Picked one up on a whim here on the Upper West Side. Just as delicious as I remembered it from my youth in Queens. And thankful for the sugar-free version. Keep it up!
I grew up watching my dad drink a manhattan special with every meal. He told me all his stories from when he lived in Brooklyn with my pop and grandma, and how this is the "real drink of italians". After I moved out for college, I thought I would never see it again. I found this cute Italian deli in Montclair, NJ who sells it, and my life is now complete 🙂 Manhattan Special is more than just a drink, it's family.
Really miss my daily Manhattan Special Cawfee drink with cawfee tawk. NOthing close to this in Montana,
Just had my first, and second, bottle at Giovanni's in Albuquerque. I love coffee, I love caffene, I love soda, I love cane sugar and I now love Manhatan Special! Awesome!!! Warning, opening at 5000ft is a bit of an experience. The guys at Giovanni's showed me the trick. Thanks
Born and raised in Hoboken, NJ, I have been drinking espresso since 5 years old. Moving to Florida soon and planning on being a constant orderer. I was given a case last Christmas, and felt like someone gave me a million dollars.
I bought the diet soda and had to check the label to make sure it was diet. It is delicious. It is my new obsession.
I love your soda. It makes me go back to fond memories of Christmas dinner at grandmas house on Mulberry St in Little Italy. The table was long and the kids sat on one side on the bed in this 3 room railroad apartment while all the adults sat on the other side in chairs. The meal went on for hours and all I remember was this wonderful soda that I only drank when I went to the city. It was so delicous, bottles got passed around all night of it. There was about 25 people shoved into this little apartment but what fun we had. Now its 37 years later and when I take just one sip of it my mind goes like a hundred miles an hour back to my childhood sitting at that table. Please never stop or change this stuff or that memory will never pop back again. Love you Manhatten Special with all my heart Christine
Seriously, this stuff is awesome! I grew up in LI and this was one of my favorite treats. It makes my day when I run into a place that sells it!
FORGETTABOUDIT!!! It's the best!
Born and raised in Bensonhurst , Brooklyn I can remember going to the soda shop with my Father after baseball practice or LB pizzeria to have slice of square. Days like that I will never forget even today I still enjoy manhattan special . For yesterday today and tomorrow thanks .
Never change. I love this drink.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY drinking Manhattan Soda nearly daily! Now I live in TX outside of Dallas, I jump up and down when I find a vendor who sells the stuff! I'm in my 30's and my finacee(a Texan Cowboy) gets a kick out of watching me get so excited over a soda! I got him to try it and now he's addicted too! I hope you expand your market beyond specialty shops and contact some of the mainstream supermarkets in this area! (HEB, Tom Thumb, Kroeger) The south needs to taste what is great in NY!!!
Never!!! Never!!! Stop making this product...I have been drinking this since the beginning of time...Lived in lower Manhattan as a child...I am Italian and we as children were allowed to drink Black Coffee...So Manhattan Special was ok for the children as well... Four generations in my family drink this beverage and I am glad to see they offer de-caffinated as well as sugar free... Again you never change a good thing...Thanks for the memories of family lunches and dinners with your Manhattan Special at our table always... The Mammano's, Di Modica's, Voerman's and Troise's Thank you from the bottom of their Hearts!!!! Linda Troise
I lived on skillman Ave for 23 years... My first job at 16 was delivering Manhatten Special.... I worked with Earnie and Al Pasaro and thier Father Mr. Pasaro.. Went all over different parts of Bklyn....Also worked with a couple of other drivers going to the BX and Patteron NJ....Great experience... The neighborhood was like "Goodfellers"...Everybody took care of each other..I still buy "COFFEE SODA" at least once a week...
So happy to have found a vendor in Brooklyn for your Sarsaparilla! Now if they'd only stock the Cherry and Cream, I'd be completely content. 🙂 Keep up the great work--your sodas are in a class of their own.
Just found your website. I discovered MS when I lived in NY in the 60's. I'm now in Worcester, Mass and hope I can find it here. Otherwise I will order it online. It brings back such great memories.
Born and raised on Skillman avenue between manhattan and leonard. My younger brother Anthony worked for manhattan special delivering soda on the trucks during summer breaks from school. I remember having a manhattan special in Charlie Polito's pool hall. Live on Long island but go to the old neighborhood fairly regularly and always pick up a case of manhattan special, it's the best. I also like emily's sausage on Graham ave, and lets not forget Gasper Como the barber on Leonard street.. miss the old days...firstname.lastname@example.org
One of my fondest childhood memories is sharing an Italian hero and the giant size Manhattan Special with my parents and my brother. Good flavors, good memories. Never stop making this soda. It's amazing. <3!
Love it! Drinking Manhattan Special since it was in High School( De Witt Clinton, in the Bronx.) I am now 65. Still the same, Love it more. thanks, Charlie
Always a fan of the Manhatten Special and will always .I started drinking Manhatten Special when I lived as a child in the Little of The Bronx East 187th St and Arthur Ave.
Nothing like a proscuitto & Mozzarella hero and a bottle of manhattan special its the best with a sandwich
I've been drinking Manhattan Special since I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn. There are certain things in life that should never change, and Manhattan Special is one of them. I still live in Brooklyn and I still love Manhattan Special. It IS a Brooklyn thing. The company got its name from where it is located. Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn N.Y. Best Wishes to all at Manhattan Special! Tony Sabbarese
I started drinking Manhattan Special in roughly 1968 when I was 10 years old. My parents were Italian so I guess they didn't think there was anything wrong with me drinking coffee. I used to drink 1 or 2 a day. Only in the last 10 years (I'm 54 now) did I finally figure out why I couldn't get to sleep as a child....Manhattan Special. I love the stuff and drink it every opportunity I get. It's taste hasn't changed a bit. Keep going strong! 😉
I moved to Texas a few months ago and was excited when I found out I could order Manhattan Specials online.
I moved out to L.A. quite a while ago. I was watching a reality show & she was drinking a M.S. I forgot how much I missed them. I just ordered and can't wait for it to arrive.
Just tried a small bottle that I brought to work with me. This stuff with some ice really did the trick for a man working the graveyard shift on a hot day. Glad I have some more bottles at home.
hello from texas=) im hopin prehaps i can locate M.S out this way in Amarillo Tx a friend from NY told me of this great product so im glad he posted yalls link ! if not i will order online.. tk you kitty chiarovano
What a beautiful memory this Manhattan Special brings to me! Of all the things that made life so very "special"! the hard times the good tiomes the tears the smiles - the love and the love of My Life _ my wife - - A Life of Passion! WHat they are all missing out on today - they need to drink this stuff and make memories! Love ot always - Thank you and thanks to all those other guests too! Salute la Bella Vita!
My cousin brought some of this wonderful product to Massachusetts for our family reunion this past weekend. I am SO GLAD that I found your site, and hope to be able to buy some Manhattan Special locally!
Absolutely love Manhattan Special. Grew up on this stuff and how appropriate for my 60th birthday my son bought me a case of it from your Williamsburg factory Thank you it was the best birthday gift. Bought back tons of great memories of my grandmother and summer afternoons spent with her.
It has been said that Bacchus became the god of wine because Jupiter wouldn't share the Manhattan Special with lesser deities. It's nice be amongst my own kind. I relocated from Brooklyn to Long Island and am happy to announce that I located our precious nectar at the local Shoprite! That's right....Shoprite!
To all my fellow fans who are confused about the name, Manhattan Special's factory has always been on Manhattan Ave. in Brooklyn. It is a very unique Brooklyn tradition and all us Brooklynites , even myself in South Carolina, would have it NO other way. Manhattan Special is truly special.
Growing up in Harlem, I think my mother put my baby nipple on a bottle because I been drinking it ever sine. It is GREAT....
It was always a favorite of my parents around the old neighborhood at Arthur Ave in The Bronx. We had some of the best food in that old Italian neighborhood. I miss those days but I still have Manhattan Special since I relocated to Texas.
I grew up going to my grandfather's pastry shop "DeLuca Brothers" at the corner of North 6th Street & Havemeyer in Brooklyn. He used to give me a Sfogliatelle & a Manhattan Special right when I walked into the store because he knew it was my favorite. I still love them and it brings back great memories every time I have one.
Forget Starbucks, can't compare to Manhattan Special!
Love love love Manhattan Special!!!
I love Manhattan Special.
I grew up in Queens and been addicted to Coffee Soda since I was 17. Thanks to distributer, Orlando Grecco who brings it to the Mid-West. I now buy it at an Italian Deli (Glorioso's) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WOW!!!) I just got my 2 cases of diet yesterday. I live in the north Burb's of Chicago (ok, Illinois) and wish I can someone to carry it in my area. Come on Orlando Grecco, pitch it to Joe Caputo's....
I came across Manhattan Special at Pop's in Arcadia, Oklahoma. I am hooked! At first I had no idea what to expect, except a coffee flavored soda - but it was so much more! The pure cane, the sharpness of soda water, and the intensity of the espresso ran across my tongue. It tasted so great! The after taste was even better. Thanks for keeping this great soda alive for over 100 years!
Love them.. My grandmother was from Harlem and she introduced me to this tasty treat when I was a little girl.I enjoy them today with my family.. Before Starbucks and dunkin donuts.. Manhattan specials were the originators.. True memories from my Italian heritage... Bronx, NY. Nicole
CANT WAIT FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL IN BROOKLYN,, A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AWAY AND YOU KNOW WHAT I WILL BE DRINKING !!! WHY DO YOU GUYS CALL IT MANHATTAN SPECIAL IF ITS MADE IN BROOKLYN ??? ANYWAY, I L-O-V-E THIS PRODUCT !!
I'm an Irishman from the Bronx who got turned onto Manhattan Special at an early age.Later in life I married an Italian from the Bronx and we started doing carnivals on Long Island with an Italian ice truck selling Lemon Ice King ices.These ices were great tasting but the biggest hit was my Frosty Cappuccino creation Manhattan Special,Coffee ice,milk, blend it all and top with whipped cream and cinnamon,what a refreshing treat. Thank You Manhattan Special.
Been drinking Manhattans since the mid 80's growing up and still living in Brooklyn..no other drink like it..never change it!
My sister sent me a video of memories of Brooklyn,I passed it along to my sons.my oldest son,age 32, said he remembered the coffee soda! We move to LA in1989. For his birthday this month,I will order a case for him as a surprise! Will let you know how the surprise turns out! Grew up in Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn
I've been drinking Manhattan Special now for 30 years (or since my parents would let me drink soda), it is a beverage me and my family always shared and kept a supply of. Every time I see it in one of many corner stores or grocery store it reminds me of my childhood. Keep up the good work I hope to enjoy Manhattan Special for another 30 plus years. Chris
I remember having this when i was a kid in Brooklyn. Hadn't had it for years but i saw it in an Italian specialty store here in Jersey and was so happy to find it has diet. I buy 4 qt.bottles every week...can't get enough of it!Looking to but it by the case.
Just tried it after 50 years. I am thrilled to be transported back to my Italian roots in NYC. I oredered 4 more cases for my family - even the non-Italian members.
Always loved drinking Manhattan Special growing up with my Italian Family. It has an unique taste of real Italy.
First time that I had the Manhattan Special was at a restaurant called "O Sole Mio." Figured that I would get one of them since they looked interesting. Now I get 2 bottles every time I visit the place!
My son is a huge fan of your Manhattan Special and for a while I could not find it. I am so glad that is now back in the supermarkets. When my family comes for dinner I surprise him with a bottle.
I just wanna say that I am 40 years old and I was born in Queens NY and my father who was born in Greenpoint Brooklyn NY lived on Manhattan Special.. I grew up on it from him and I love it... I currently live in the Richmond VA area now and I have to get my "fix" of Manhattan Special by buying a case every 2 weeks through a Pizzeria in Concord NC called "Brooklyn's". How ironic of the name of the Pizzeria, right? Anyway, I ABSOLUTELY love your product and am currently looking for a retail store closer to me that sells it. I love Manhattan Special and won't stop until I find a location close to me, otherwise I have to take that 3 1/2 hour trip to Concord every other week...
I grew up in Bath Beach, and worked at the Emilio Brothers Deli on Bath Ave and 16th Ave. My FAVORITE treat was an ice cold bottle of manhattan Special on my walk home. Godd memories
Just needed to tell you, just like so many others, I have wonderful memories of Manhattan Special. But I also remember some of the great folks from years ago who were part of the family that made your product great. I Remember Michael and Margret Rapissardi. And Albert my cousin Frank (Toddy) Tuozzo's best friend. We spent many happy times at the Rapissardi's Oyster Bay home drinking manhattan special and a wonderful cold drink they made from the syrup that was made into your other great soda,Gassosa. I'm 69 now but those childhood memories will stay with me forever thanks to a wonderful family such as yours! God Bless!
I am 64. I have seen Manhattan Specials in the stores all my life. Never thought that "coffee favored" soda would taste any good. Manhattan Specials are tasty and refreshing. No more colas for me!
Found this stuff at Glorioso's Grocery in Milwaukee. First coffee soda I've ever tried... Man, forget energy drinks! This is so much better! XD
brooklyn born now living in atlanta...i grew up thinking that was my middle name.. hey,yo al get me a special... it was to my surprise that i found ms here in atlanta...
I have just opened my first bottle of Expresso Coffee Soda and I am hooked!! I dont want the bottle to end. From a new Australian fan... in Australia.
The Best Soda drink ever growing up in Brooklyn some 60 years ago on Devoe Street between humboldt and Graham my mom would always have what she called coffee soda on hand I would always go to the supermarket and pick up Manhattan special soda or go to Tonys pizzeria for Pizza and soda met my husband Frank (BI) who was also born and raised on Withers street in B'klyn we now live on Long Island and make it a point to visit the old neighborhood often I was thrilled to find Manhattan Special in my local grocery store now I can just visit the neighborhood without lugging cases home with me. introduced my children to it and they are also hooked. thanks so much for the wonderful years of delicious soda and memories that go with it.nothing like sitting out on the stoop with a bottle of manhattan special and good friends. Arlene Napolitano Biamonte
How I love love love you, my Manhattan Special. The love affair reaches back to the beginning of my memories and the mid 1970s. The yellow labeled glass bottle immediately brings joyful thoughts of family, good food, Brooklyn, my grandparents, and eventually visits to NYC. I've lived in the South for many years but I am a Northerner and try and visit regularly. Find Manhattan Special is one of the firsts things I do after leaving the airport.
Grew up enjoying a Manhattan Special with my family in Brooklyn and Queens. Still to this day a refreshing change and treat.
I have enjoyed the soda since the 1960s A Brooklyn boy now in Los Angeles The best refreshment anytime
I saw your drink on the History Channel and just had to try to get some. I love coffee and anything with coffee in it. Hope I find some near me soon, as I live in South Carolina.
I used to drink these all the time, when I was a Paramedic working for FDNY. Refreshing and well they always had a little kick. Now I ordered a few cases and give a few bottles away to friends in the Christmas Baskets I make for my friends here in Miami Beach, Florida who don't get back to New York all that much, it always brings back memories and they always ask where can I get more. If only more retailers had it in Miami Beach, it would be a real hit ! I will drink a Manhattan Special over a Starbucks any day !
Married 44 years to Justine Giafone who grew up on Withers Street off Manhattan Av. I have been consuming Manhattan Special since before I married.
reminds me of the old days when I was a kid, visited my grandmother who lived on Manhattan Ave. in Brooklyn, around the corner from the plant. In the summer they would leave the garage door open and I would like to watch the guys making the soda. To this day I drink it regularly. Nice to know some things haven't changed!
I went to a bagel shop over the summer in Florida and discovered your soda. I couldn't buy just one!
Maybe if people didn't move away and stayed in the neighborhood and married and raised their families, thing would always be the same. Just like Manhattan Special!!! We drink it almost everyday.
manhattan special is the best and only soda i like. it brings back memories of visiting my grandma in brooklyn when i was kid in the 70's. we would walk around the corner for pizza and coffee soda.
a good friend of mine lived next door to manhattan special he lived on Skillman ave his name was mike aka SPANKY, good times hanging out in front of Wandas candy store corner of skillman and graham aves.
I lived across the street on 349 manhattan ave in brooklyn n.y I love your soda.i buy it in Toms River n.j thank you, Virginia Lalama
Thanks for having such a great product! Keep it up!
Thank you for continuing the tradition! Only wish it was more available in Australia. Never let it die!
Thank you for the continuation of a great tradition. We have a feast.......www.eastharlemgiglio.com in our old neighborhood and always make sure your coffee soda is available. I now live in Yonkers which has many transplants from the city...though we miss the city..we are happy for many a Deli here has your soda.
please send some to South Carolina, the Charleston area. an Italian deli. just opened in Summerville and I reminded the owners of your product since one guy was a Bronx native. I hope to see you soon here. this South Brooklyn kid needs his Manhattan Special. Thanks
Your products are the best there is. I read the labels on EVERYTHING my family eats or drinks and when I saw how you make your soda I decided to give it a try. Every one of them is the most incredibly fine tasting soda I ever had anytime anywhere! I have been drinking nothing but selzer for the past 30 years becuase of the horrid chemicals and artificial everything in regular soda. Now I can relax and enjoy GOOD soda!From one Brooklyn Goombah to another - BRAVO! AL P. fisherdoc.com
My first taste of Manhattan Special was at the Biscegliese social club in Brooklyn when I was 6 years old 69 years ago. Tastes the same as I remember. Had it many times since. Bought it yesterday at Capobasso Fairview 28 Oz for $2.99.Is there a less expensive store or do you have a larger bottle?
i was born in italy, this drink brings me back to old style ways on my home town. bellisimo
I grew up on Arthur Ave, Bronx NY, where my father owned a Deli. Every day for lunch we'd have italian heros and manhattan special. Every time I drink a Manhattan Speical, it brings me back to the bronx and back to the good old days
After having one of your Espresso Coffe Sodas I was instantly hit with the lack of an acid after effect!! What I would give to brew my morning coffee and have it come off with the non-acidic smooth taste of your soda! Please let me know if you sell your coffee or if there is a trick you can share to keep the acid away from my mug of hot java!!!
I'm gonna bring you back now. An ice cold Manhattan Special with a knish at Nathan's, or a pastrami on rye from Hy Tulip, or how about with a hot slice from Lenny's pizza or Spumoni Gardens. Or maybe right after a big bowl of vanilla ice cream at Jahn's. Maybe with a hot roast beef sandwich at Roll N Roaster. Either way, Manhattan Special goes with anything you wish.
i grew up in staten island but spent a lot of time in brooklyn with friends, er like coney island and downtown court street. like your manhattan specials, coney was one of a kind but unlike your immortal product, coney isn't what it used to be. fortunately, your wonderful life's elixor lives on. i'm now 68, loaded with wonderful memories, making new ones everyday and still enjoying your superior products. for all those who are looking for the fountain of youth, look no further. one sip of the manhattan special and i'm 16 again, traveling to coney island, riding the mechanical horses and haven't a care in the world. what a way to go!
I have always loved Manhattan Special! After moving to FL, I couldn't find it anywhere. Recently my husband checked a new, small-town grocer & there it was! I was instantly transported back to happy times with my old friends in Brooklyn, where we always had a case of Manhattan Special on ice! Thanks so much for still making it exactly as I remember! Bravo! PS: It also makes an amazing float with vanilla ice cream! Bellissima! Keep up the good work! ;D
this product is the best in the world i know because i travel it..bless to you all and make the more......
OMG !! ordered the Gassosa , Can you say FABULOUSSSSSSSSS !!! Brings me back to my childhood in Italy. The Manhattan Special Diet is great too ! U GUYS ARE AWESOME !!
This drink takes me back to my youth in Brookyln. I still drink it every day and it just seems to get better and better. Hats off to my uncle Joe who is also a big fan!!! Way to go Manhattan Special!
Found an old bottle that had been used as a "Home Brew" bottle by this older couple. The bottle has Manhattan Bottling Co. 342 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY in raised lettering on it. Your family truly has lived the American Dream! Congratulations! Do you ship your soda to Indiana? Best wishes, Paul