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Ruth from Torrance, CA wrote on February 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm:
Coffee, real good coffee, I will leap tall buildings to obtain. Galco's Soda Pop Stop had a segment on a local TV program. Drove 2 hours & overheated the engine...but scored some Manhattan Special. OMG! Why have I not heard of this beverage perfection before? I bow on one knee to THE most authentic coffee soda & the family that sustains this product, glass bottle, cane sugar & all. Don't you ever,ever stop. Thank you! I am blissed!
Camille Pagnotta wrote on January 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm:
This is the best web site ...I always thought that I was alone with the way I miss the old neighborhood..not the way it is today but the way it was in the early 50s...I live in Georgia now... not a lot of Italians around but I try to cook the dishes my grandmother used to make in East Harlem..."a big shout out to the old neighborhood"......
Dmarie NYC Heart wrote on January 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm:
Well, I can only say that I live out of state in Florida. I went to school by the bottling plant, my grandmothers house you could see the bottling plant, smell the coffee and take a sip if mom had it with a cookie or a sandwhich, from deli doghnut(does not exist anylonger) My family still passes each day the streets of Brooklyn and says hello to your workers and laugh as I yell send me a case. When I moved down here I was in the black whole, no italian food, not an ounce of manhattan special in sight, sausage and peppers unheard of.. Where the hell was I? Nothing against the state but really these people "dont get it". Then one day I found a bottle, I cried when I saw the zip code 11211. Nearly kissed the man behind the counter and thought I had to smuggle it into the state there on after. I bought 3 cases and hid them in my garage and would sneak a few every two weeks. Needless to say I have found a "dealer" but I have to drive 45 minutes when I could walk two down the block. You can take the girl out of brooklyn but never the manhattan special out of the girl. Your product is the best, the memories are better. Our families came over together and had the same dreams. There is truth in the introduction, there is history in the soda and it is made with love of family, people and heart within tradition. For every sip is a taste of success. It is nice to see the old timer Manhattan Special still standing strong against the "invaders" Between Fortunato's canoli and a Manhattan special the trips "home" are more special. Never let go of what your home truly is and without a doubt hold true to the roots.
Joe Imburgia wrote on January 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm:
In Jersey from the midwest and came acroos your soda, it's wonderful. Am looking into getting it bach home.
Eric Stern wrote on January 21, 2010 at 7:16 pm:
I miss that delicious coffee soda! Can't get it upstate here near Poughkeepsie! Haven't seen it since I left Brooklyn 20 years ago.. Stumbled on it while watching Modern Marvels on History! Wish I had a Bottle Now!
Ashaki Taha-Cisse wrote on January 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm:
About 25 years ago, my husband introduced me to Manhattan Special as a treatment for migraine headache instead of the medication "Caffergot". It worked then and it still does. It is the most delicious "medicine" I've ever taken. Thank you!
William P wrote on January 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm:
I love Manhattan Special. I used to drink a 32 ounce size with a hero sandwich. Of course this was 30 years ago when my youth allowed for such things. Now I stick to the small bottles which I have introduced to my daughters and nephews.
Teddy Coluca wrote on January 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm:
I grew up in "the flats" on Metropolitan Ave. between Leonard & Lorimer,and their wasn't anything like running into the candy store on a Hot Day,sticking your hand in the Ice Cold Water,of the Ice Box,and pulling out an Ice Cold Manhattan Special.Those days were wonderful. And we had nothing.
Camille Pagnotta wrote on January 10, 2010 at 10:18 am:
I was born in New York City... East Harlem.. E 112st...as a kid I would buy a Manhattan Special in Doc's candy store....I saw it on the Sopranos...I looked it up on the Internet and here I am....the good old days....who would have thought....
Dann Russo wrote on January 5, 2010 at 5:36 am:
Almost every time I head back to Boston from my parents' house in Brooklyn, I stop by Dyker Bagels for some provisions you can't get in Beantowne - a few dozen bagels and as many Manhattan Specials as I can fit in the bag 🙂 such an awesome drink to get me home and to get me up on Sunday mornings.
Louise D wrote on January 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm:
When I was in middle school in the early 60s, I would drink two Manhattan Specials with lunch and may be after school too. I would have lunch at Millie's on New Utrecht Ave. in Brooklyn. After many years, I have discovered, thanks to a neighbor, that Manhattan Specials are still in production. Wow! That is fantastic. I am sipping some now since my neighbor has found a place near his parents' house in Staten Island that carries your soda. However, since I live in CT, I rely on his purchases and kindness in bringing some back after a visit. Shipping here costs near as much as the soda which makes it prohibitive for me to order for myself. So, I treasure the bottles he has shared.
Michael J wrote on January 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm:
I grew up in Carroll Gardens in the early 60's. It was a great italian neighborhood. With Italian shops and markets down on Union and Columbia Street. There was a store for everything. Meat, Fish, Chicken Market( With Live Chickens and Rabbits) dressed to order. Panella Store and yes what goes better with a Panella sandwich but a ICE COLD MANHATTAN Special. That was living. We would plan shopping days with my grandmother who would bring us to get the sandwich en route to placing her shopping orders at each shop keep. Some days we would pick up 1/2 lb of Procutto and mozzarella at 'Moris' Itatian Lattacini place and go next door to the bakery and eat in the back where my grandmother was friends with the bakers. Accompaning us with these sandwiches Ice Cold Manhattan Specials. Don't ever change that classic receipe. I've since moved out of state however am blessed to be able to get your coffee treat. Happy 2010 !
Joey Sal wrote on December 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm:
I grew up in Italian east harlem in the 50's,60's and the early 70's. And I remember as a kid getting Manhattan Specials at uncle Mo's at 108 St. and second ave. Back you can buy a bottle for 15 cents, those were the days!
Gordon Meyer wrote on December 29, 2009 at 11:52 am:
Living in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, I have access to a great many italian treats, and Manhattan Special is one of my favorites. I get it every time I go to the grocery store (and sarasparilla too) .... please get the other flavors at the Met on Clinton & Sackett Street!!!
joey madrid wrote on December 27, 2009 at 2:04 am:
Love your soda
GEORGE NEWTON wrote on December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm:
Oh how I miss my Manhattan Special. I lived in New York and it available in my local beverage store. I pick up a case when I visit but it goes too fast. It's really special when you don't have it.
Teresa wrote on December 2, 2009 at 9:11 am:
I stayed home from work today because I have a bad sinus infection and feel terrible. After one sip of your espresso soda, however, I feel like I could take on the world! I'll be back!
Brian E. "Cowboy" Trager wrote on November 19, 2009 at 10:14 am:
I met her in Las Vegas. Long brown hair and big brown eyes, and she took me to Montassano's Italian Deli (best deli I ever been in) and introduced me to Brocolli Rabe and Manhatten Specials. I was hooked. That was 19 years ago. I no longer live in Vegas, she & I parted ways, but I still love Brocolli Rabe, and I miss Manhatten Specials. Hope I can get some soon... Thanks for the memories...
John Stathis wrote on November 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm:
I have been drinking Manhattan Special for as long as I can remember. I am 59yrs. old. I grew up in Astoria,N.Y. It was a mixed ethnic neighborhood Greek, Italian, German, Irish, etc. Manhattan special was very available due to the many Italian delis in the neighborhood. I drink Manhattan Special original almost everyday. I try to have a case at home or beleive it or not in the trunk of my car. I have introduced many, many people who have never heard of it to Manhattan Special and everyone has loved it. Please make it more available in the NYC area. thanks and salud.
carol gordon wrote on November 15, 2009 at 12:18 am:
My husband and I discovered Manhattan special when we were dating 26 or so years ago.We became big fans!!! It was one of the things that we could not leave NYC without buying to bring home to CT.. Recently we have been having a problem finding it. This evening we were at a microbewery in NYC and somehow Manhattan Special came up in our conversation with the owner of the brewery and he assured us you were still around..YEAH!!!! Glad we found you ......
Randir Naraine wrote on November 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm:
I really love getting an espresso from my local cafe in Mt. Vernon, but I recently noticed the espresso soda and an italian deli up the block. WOW......that is some punch...This is a fantastic product and it really makes sense why it was around since 1895. I will spread the word....I promise
Jeffrey Haws wrote on November 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm:
Originally saw a podcast featuring sodapopstop.com where they mentioned Manhattan Special. So I added a couple of bottles to my order. I just had one and WOW. Amazing. I am now ordering a case. I so hope that you have a retailer in the greater Seattle area.
Joe Verdoliva wrote on November 4, 2009 at 2:58 am:
I am from Brooklyn, Gravesend to be exact. I currentl live in Seattle. My Grand Father and Father would drink Manhattan Special religously. I have been drinking it since I was able to eat solid foods, Thats about 33 years ago. As a matter of fact, the drink held such regard in my house, that my mom would buy it for me as a "treat" all through my childhood into my young adult years. I just found a deli in my area called "I love New York Deli" they fly in most of thier fare from Brooklyn and Manhattan, Kanishes, Pastrami, Salami, Bagels, you name it, they have it. I have not eaten there yet, but it was recomended to me by a girl i met out here, she is from Long Island. I went in there today for ONE THING Manhattan Special to my dismay they did not stock it, so, so, sad. So I went on line and found this great site and I am going to make an order ASAP. One of my favorite combinations was Lard Bread and Manhattan Special or a gooey chicken parm hero and a Manhattan Special. People wo were raised on the east coast and specifically Brooklyn and the boroughs are as great as they come. You move out of state and it just aint the same, fugettaboudit...
Frank Chaves Jr. wrote on October 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm:
I am from w'burg B'klyn, but I live in Florida how I wish for only one sip.
Sue Dewey wrote on October 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm:
Love your 28oz bottles! I hate that I can't buy Manhattan Special locally in my area (Austin, TX). Wish you sold the 28oz bottles online. For me, 10oz of your supercharged caffeinated goodness just isn't enough!
Cynthia Quintero wrote on October 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm:
Block parties, family, zeppoles, manhattan specials......the best part of my childhood growing up on Smith & Union. I now reside in Buffalo & wish I were able to get my "specials" up here somewhere. In the meantime, I hang onto the memories while waiting for my op to go back "home" to Brooklyn & the grocery store on the corner of Smith & Union (Jim's) to pick up my Manhattan Special.....ahhhh, the good ole days!!
GENEVIEVE AITOLA wrote on October 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm:
I WAS BORN ON UNION ST, BKLYN, THEN MOVED TO 6TH ST BELOW 7TH AVENUE. I REMEMBER MANHATTAN SPECIAL WHILE HANGING OUT WITH THE GANG ON 9TH ST AND 7TH AVENUE. IT WAS DELICIOUS THEN AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER 50 YEARS. GOING TO JOHN JAY H.S. SCHOOL IT WAS THE DRINK OF CHOICE AT PAT KENNY'S ICE CREAM PARLOR, AH THE GOOD OLD DAYS......
Frank V. Cecere wrote on October 2, 2009 at 8:20 pm:
I was born in 1942 in East New York Brooklyn, I was drinking Manhattan special in those little bottles ever since I can remember,.I am 67 years old now and still love the soda.
Ronald Kubik wrote on October 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm:
I just finished an ice cream soda made with vanilla ice cream and manhattan special ... mmm mmm good!
Diane Imbasciani wrote on September 30, 2009 at 8:10 am:
Growing up in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Manhattan Special was our drink of choice. Miss those days when hanging out on the stoop drinking Manhattan Special was all you wanted.
daniel rukaj wrote on September 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm:
i love a manhatten special especially in the morning. such a greal drink
Steve Lopinto wrote on September 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm:
Things I miss about Brooklyn. Stickball, Randazzo's, Pastosa's, best paisons, Manhattan Specials.
Sen. Maria Mazo wrote on September 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm:
I love Manhattan Special!
EJ GUIDO AMATO wrote on September 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm:
I LIVE IN PHOENIX AZ AND I MISS MY SPECIALS ....WOULD LOVE TO GETSOME OUT HERE....WHEN I GET BACK TO NY I GET MY FIX...THANX GUIDO!!
Cynthia Graham wrote on September 13, 2009 at 11:59 am:
My husband and I enjoyed our first Manhattan Special last weekend during a walking tour of Brooklyn Heights. It was a great day, great tour and great soda!
Kelly Kreth wrote on September 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm:
There are few things I like to put in my mouth more than Manhattan Special! I particularly love that a decaf version is offered as I can't have caffeine.
Michael Loamuscio wrote on September 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm:
I had my 1st Manhattan Special this weekend. I must have been living underground somewhere. I am a new fan and will be a regular Manhattan Special patron.
Tom Alessandro wrote on September 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm:
I used to drink Manhattan Special when I was a kid in the Bronx in the 60s. Moved to California and the last time I had any was in 1989. One of my cousins brought me out 6 bottles. I stretched them out for about 6 months. Every time I go into an Italian deli I ask about Manhattan Specials, most of the time they think I'm nuts. Some of my family is going back for a family reunion this month. I'll see if someone brings me back a few.
Bob wrote on September 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm:
I have been drinking Mahattan Special since I was a kid. I was born in B'klyn in 1959. My father drank Manhattan Special since he was a kid. Great NYC tradition. Lots of memories. Mahattan Special - Peanut Chews - Nediks Hot Dogs (standing room only) - A Hot Bag of Peanuts Roasted by a street vendor in Manhattan - Checking the Track Tallie for the daily bookie number in the NY Post, (only a select few people will know what that means.)
Jeremiah Gosse wrote on August 21, 2009 at 1:48 pm:
I am from Charlotte, NC and had the pleasure of living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a couple of years. I stayed on Anslie St. and I often miss being in New York it truely was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One thing I miss the most is an ice cold Manhattan Special and pizza at Cono's on the corner.
Sarah W wrote on August 18, 2009 at 1:35 am:
My husband and I just moved to NYC. We are big coffee fans and when we noticed this "espresso soda" in our local grocery store (Modern Food in the Bronx) we were intrigued. Needless to say we are now HOOKED! If we ever move again, I'm glad you guys ship!
Lisa Juergens wrote on August 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm:
I was born in Brooklyn and my grandparents lived there until they both passed away. They always had several big bottles of the regular Manhattan Special which they would keep just for when we came over. My siblings and I have loved coffee soda from the time we were allowed to drink soda! Needless to say, our family moved to California, where until recently, we have been deprived of Manhattan Special. The grandparents would bring some when they visited but with all of us loving it, it was quick to be gone! We lived in New Jersey for three years and that was good cuz we visited our grandparents and other relatives and we were able to buy and drink the "coffee soda". But,sadly, we are deprived back in Cali and I think about, tell people about and search for Manhattan Special all the time! I am happy that I can buy it directly online, now! Especially, since my fave Brooklyn deli in Cali--the only place I've found Manhattan Special out here--just closed. Keep up the good work! Arrivederci! L
Marion wrote on August 10, 2009 at 8:53 am:
The Diet Manhattan Specials were recommended to me by Weight Watcher Leader. Fortunately for me they carry it in Iavarone's next door to our Weight Watcher's Meeting. With a little milk and crushed ice - it is like a dessert and really cuts the need to eat. We also learned that if you added it to a Weight Watcher's Smoothy - it is like a milkshake. Delicious and filling. If I need a pick me up in the day - I will drink the regular one and in the late afternoons - I will go to the decaf. I am so glad I found this. Go Brooklyn.
Martha J. Yurkins wrote on August 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm:
The week of August 3-7, 2009, my daughter introduced me to your product by way of making me several iced coffees with your soda. Boy was it good! I will buy it on-line if I can't get it at a store near me.
eugene russo wrote on August 1, 2009 at 6:02 pm:
well i was born on skillman street between franklyn and park ave and there was lots of soda shop the frist was jimmys on park ave off skillman street and on skillman street there was a candy store few blocks from myrtle ave and a few others everytimev i came home from school i had a bottle of manhattan specil and it was refreshing on a summer day or when ever this soda was always in ny refrig and as the years went by i always had it everyday no matter then when i came to staten island i had a hared time findind till i saw a manhatten truck and then i was happy i went wherehe went a brought 7 cases thats whatb i did it lasted for the summer but now i drink it every day after work so all u who drank this soda its the best italain drink and noone can not say other wise so i welcome my self to this site
Vinny Butch Greenfield wrote on July 31, 2009 at 9:05 pm:
I grew up in Red Hook [Court and Warren]..The places where we drank MS and where we played hoops and softball.PS 29; PS 32; PS 142 and Congress and Carroll Park have all changed but MS remains the same as when I first cracked open a bottle over 55 years ago and still drink it daily today . Nothing better than a Rice Ball Special from Fernando"s la focceria and a cold MS on tap
Robert Carito wrote on July 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm:
Manhattan Special is sooo much more than a soda to me...It is one of the only memories I have of my Father, who died when I was five...He would take me to a soda shop in downtown Brooklyn in Carrol Gardens on 2nd Place and he would let me open the bottle on the old fashioned bottle opener mounted to the wall...I would always get the first sip...All my life, Manhattan Special has reminded me of my father, and of my absolute love for New York...Next week I am getting a Manhattan Special bottle tattooed on my arm as an homage to my father...and to my dedication to the greatest beverage ever made...Thank you Manhattan Special...you have no IDEA how important you are to me...My day is not a day without at least two...Love you guys! Keep up the good work!!! NEVER CHANGE!!!
FRANKIE FALABELLA wrote on July 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm:
Hi its me Buff's son, Frankie I have been drinking Manhattan Special for 60 years. Its the best! Looking to meet some of my old friends. Email me at this address: lindajayne@optonline.net
Russell Lloyd wrote on July 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm:
What a note about Brooklyn! Grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Midwood and Bensonhurst. Drank MS since I finally got enough allowance to buy it myself (my parents felt it was an unaffordable luxury). Yep, stoop ball, stickball, L&B's, Aliotta's (worth the trip to Flatbush for the pastries), the Del Rio diner, the 18th Avenue feast . . . those were the days. Now I live in Hauppauge where everything's in some insane sweet marinara sauce from Mars and you can't get a decent bagel. Brooklyn was really great. A least I can get my MS for a taste of it.
alan tidwell wrote on July 11, 2009 at 9:49 am:
Oh my goodness, nirvana in a bottle!
Paul (PaulieVan) Leonardo wrote on July 11, 2009 at 3:08 am:
i cant tell you how great it is to read all of these memorable emails from other brooklyn raised italians. born and raised in bensonhurst here, near bath ave. i have drank MS all my life starting at 2 years old and i am now 53. it is the perfect beverage. great taste, just the right amount of carbonation and the best aftertaste ever. i can remeber walking to the west end bakery for the best bread in town and getting a MS at johns deli on 18th ave. going to gentiles bakery on bath ave, or villa bella's bakery on 86th st, or louigi alba's on 18th ave. or the best pizza at lennys pizziaria or spumoni gardens. and i cant forget pastosa's. i now live in this god forsaken state of NJ, where nothing stays open past 9pm at nite. folks here do not comprehend buying your meat in one store, bread in another, pastry in another, ravioli in yet another store. brooklyn was truly a great place to live and an even better place to grow up in. i miss playing stoop ball with a cheap spalldeen, or stick ball in the street between the sewers, or handball at bay 8th park. i so enjoy your website and your soda. just one last comment, and we should all think about this real hard " Why in the world did we all leave the best place on earth, our Brooklyn. maybe if we all moved back we could reclaim it." if it were only that easy. God bless all my italian paesans. Yo Brooklyn we still love ya in our hearts. be well all and FUGETABOUTIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Donna Rose wrote on July 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm:
I was born & raised in South Brooklyn - 3rd generation Italian. Manhattan Special always was and still is my favorite soft drink - now in my early 50's and living in Arizona - it has become a memory drink. Everytime I'm in Brooklyn - the first thing I have is a fresh mozzarella and prosciutto sandwich on crusty seeded Italian bread with an ice cold Manhattan Special! How I wish I was having that right now!
Eddie Mars wrote on July 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm:
So nice to see how many New York expatriates crave this stuff as much as I do. You know how things seem so much better in memory than they do in reality? Definitely not the case here. The second right after I popped the cap and gulped it down, I was back in a Brooklyn summer, holding this clear glass bottle with the roaring 20's era lovebirds in a clinch. Add all the new products you want, but don't change a thing on the original, not the glass bottle, the period label, the glorious dark sweet contents therein. This stuff is the best!
Frank Maffia wrote on June 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm:
I was born in N.Y. and lived in N.Y. and N.J. most of my life. Now I live in CA and there's no Manhattan Special, heck there's barely Boars Head, How am I suppose to survive? 5 words "Mexican Food and Burger Joints." But I get care packages for my Family in N.Y. I dread the day the bottle breaks in the box though, not because it will ruin the contents that remain, not because whomever opens my sticky box will be shreaded by loose shards broken glass everywhere, but because it was so close and I never got to taste it. Great now I'm homesick. Argh!@
Daniel Castorina wrote on June 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm:
I love Manhattan Special! Born and raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island i grew up on Manhattan special! The best drink on Earth!
Harry Goldman wrote on June 18, 2009 at 10:50 am:
I tried the diet-decaffinated expresso products while I was in Florida, good stuff, I'm looking for a retailer in Hamilton, NJ, do you know of any retailers here? Let me know. Trouble100_1@yahoo.com
Susan Campanella wrote on June 16, 2009 at 10:16 pm:
Ever since I had tasted your diet expresso drink, I immediately was hooked!! All of my five sons,varying in age from 11 to 28 years old, also had the pleasure of a taste,they too were immediately hooked!! I used to buy your product by the cases of about 28 10 ounce bottles twice a month. Unfortunately, the only store in South Philly in Pennsylvania that carried your product closed down. I was running very low on our stock, thats how I found your web site. We all love your product!!!!!! Hopefully, you will find or have other dealers in the South Philly area.
PHIL CAPUTO wrote on June 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm:
THIS WAS AND STILL IS THE BEST COFFEE SODA I EVER HAD I AM THANKFUL THAT I GREW UP ON AINSLIE STREET TO BE A PART OF HISTORY.
Frank Johnson wrote on May 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm:
Having been born and raised in Brooklyn, Manhattan Special was always a huge part of my families life. Very few weekends passed where a bottle of Manhattan Special couldn't be found on our dinner table. We moved out of Brooklyn about 10 years ago, and every time family comes to visit, there are only a few requests we make of our arriving guests...Ravioli from Silver Star, Bread from Santi's, and as much Manhattan Special they can fit in the car. After all of the changes New York has been through, it is always nice to know that Manhattan Special still remains a part of the city I remember. And I would also like to thank you for remembering the Twin Towers on your Welcome Page. A subtle insignia serves as a reminder of how proud you are of your heritage. Thank You.
Michael Christ wrote on May 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm:
I moved to Boca Raton Florida in 2001.I found an Italian Market and the first thing I seen was Manhattan Special,this made me feel like I was back in Brooklyn.I only lived a few blocks away from the factory where it was made.
Michael J. Amari wrote on May 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm:
My father was born into an Italian family in brooklyn (red hook)...moved away with my mom and raised us kids in the Napa Valley...everytime my dad went back to ny he ALWAYS returned with a couple of cases of Manhattan Specials...I was sure one lucky kid and I always looked forward to his trips for this reason (and grandma's rocky road and cookies!) I just want to say that my father is a loyal fan and I promised him I would send him a case every month so I am going to start with this Father's Day 2009 and make sure he gets his childhood Manhattan Specials again...maybe a t-shirt, too. Fixer was my dad's street name...anyone know Frank Amari?
Roz Musacchia wrote on May 13, 2009 at 10:03 pm:
Could hardly wait to get back home with my case of Manhattan Specials from Galco's in Los Angeles. This is an early Father's Day gift for my husband Vince. Born and raised in Brooklyn and both of us having grown up drinking ice-cold Manhattan Specials from Ferdinando's Foccacceria on Union Street (still there), you could say one of our dreams came true - we can now have this great espresso drink any time we want! All you Los Angeles folks, try it - you'll love it. (Now if only I could persuade my family to move to LA, I'd really be in heaven!)
Joey Badabing wrote on May 7, 2009 at 10:18 am:
Brings back childhood memories when my dad would take me to work with him and buy me a bagel for breakfast and shared with me his Manhattan Special.
Diane Passaro wrote on May 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm:
My husband and I are both born in Brooklyn,N.Y Both our families are Italian-American. And both of our families always had Manhattan Special around our table. We could always find it in most food markets in our neighborhood. We now live on Staten Island, N.Y. and can easily find it here too. What I wanted to say is around the 1990's my older son brought home a smaller size bottle of Manhattan Special. He bring to my attention that the paper label on the bottle read "Passaro's Famous. All those years my husband had never known that you family and his family shared the same last name. This soda has been part of our lives sinces the 1960's up until now 2009. Now part of my sons lives. A third generation. My son kept that bottle with that paper label with "Passaro's Famous on it to this day. Your company no longer uses that label on the bottles.But we know its an ALL round Passaro family tradition for all of our families. With all things changing or going away I hope Manhattan Special will be around for many years to come. This would be nice because my sons could have their fourth generation of "Passaro's Famous Manhattan Special in their families too! Best Wishes from The Passaro Family.
Sally Mericle wrote on April 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm:
I just found an Italian Deli here in Baltimore that carries Manhattan Special!!! I'm in heaven! Can't wait to make a float.
Doug Morris wrote on April 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm:
Pour it into a tall glass, add a large scoop of chocolate ice cream and it is heaven on earth on a hot summer day! Best drink I have ever had.
CAN MAN DEPOT wrote on April 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm:
YOU CAN NOW BUY YOUR MANHATTAN SPECIAL AT 411 POND ST SYRACUSE NEW YORK. (315)863-0226
Douglas Glenn Brown wrote on April 21, 2009 at 5:04 am:
Manhattan Special... there's no other coffee drink or soda quite like it. From the moment one opens the distinctively labeled glass bottle, it is clear to all the senses that something wonderful is about to happen. Honestly, this Brooklyn resident would be heartbroken if this celebrated (and rightly so!) beverage were no longer available.
Andrew A. wrote on April 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm:
I started drinking Manhattn Special when I was a young boy from Sackett St. between 4th & 5th Ave. Since then I can't drink caffeine anymore and I don't like diet soda. Now that you are making Manhattan Special decaffeinated with out the diet I'm able to drink it again when I see it in the store. But you aren't selling it on you web page, I hope soon it will become available for purchase on your web page. Manhattan Special is a great drink.
Caitlin H. wrote on April 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm:
I love your soda! Especially the diet and decaffinated. I can't really drink sugar drinks so this represents a welcome departure from diet coke! Seriously, when can we expect the other flavors in diet?
John Bredehoft wrote on April 15, 2009 at 11:38 am:
My wife and I visited Galco's in the Los Angeles area last weekend to see their soda collection, and I was intrigued when I saw the Manhattan Special Espresso Coffee Soda - especially when the owner raved about the Manhattan Special products in general. I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not, since I'm not really a fan of iced coffee, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it yesterday - nice taste, not too sweet. Unless we can find a closer vendor (we live in Ontario), we may be making a return trip to Galco's soon.
THE MARCHESE S wrote on April 8, 2009 at 10:42 am:
Although the SPECIAL can be found in some Italian specialty stores here in PHX., its not easy to come by. Recently was back in DA BRONX and brought a bottle home for hubby who loves it. Keep up the TRADITION and wishing you continued success!!
Robert J Marinello wrote on April 7, 2009 at 9:04 am:
Moved to Tennessee in 2008. Need to get some good pizza and "THE SPECIAL" into me again.
Michael A. wrote on March 19, 2009 at 11:33 pm:
there's nothing like eating a fried calzone from the house of pizza & calzone on union st.and washing it down with a cold manhattan special ordeing some to ship to calif. and I can't wait also love reading those from my hood of red hook making me home sick libramichael2aol.com
Greg Biolsi wrote on March 14, 2009 at 9:07 am:
I usual don't like coffee flavored drinks, But I love a good cup of coffee especialy espresso. So when I saw manhattan special original was brewed from real coffee beans I had to try it. It tastes fantastic! I can't wait to try the capuccino!
april roberts wrote on March 12, 2009 at 8:47 am:
i have just received my order and i am hooked. I will buy this product again and again. Thanks from TX
Antimo Farina wrote on March 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm:
just one drink and I am back on 3th st and 5 ave and eating a dirty water dog or a piece of pit-a- io brooklyn in the 50-60's were spent drinking manhattan special
SAL GENTILE wrote on March 6, 2009 at 11:42 am:
WHEN I SEE IT I HAVE TO BUY IT. BECAUSE NOT READILY AVAILABLE I MY AREA LOVE IT WITH GOOD BROOKLYN PIZZA. PUTS ME BACK ON THE CORNER WITH THE BOYS HAVE A FEW LAUGHS NEVER STOP MAKING IT LOVE IT !!!!!!!!
Mart Steward, Chico, TX. wrote on March 3, 2009 at 2:18 pm:
I just love coffee drinks, Starbucks gets into my into my pocket regularly. I have to try yours so I can enjoy it at home. Thanks to online orders.
Anthony Dino Esemplare wrote on March 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm:
one of the best Drink in New york I'm 49 years old and I have ben Drinking it sinc 1980. keep it up
Marc Pollack wrote on March 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm:
Wow, I had almost forgotten about Manhattan Special. Born in Brooklyn, raised upstate, I moved to California about 28 years ago. Manhattan Special is the greatest stuff. I'm glad I can order it on-line. Thanks. I'm sure it will bring back sweet memories.
april roberts wrote on March 3, 2009 at 12:57 pm:
i was so excited to see your product listed on AOL that i just had to try it for myself. I cannot wait to receive my order.
RALPH ESPOSITO wrote on March 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm:
I WAS BORN IN WILLIAMBURG IN 1944. WE LIVED ON SO. 4TH STREET.MY FATHER WOULD ALWAYS SEND ME DOWN ( 5 FLIGHTS ) TO THE CANDY STORE TO BUY MANATTAN SPECIAL.I NOW LIVE IN LONG ISLAND AND STILL DRINK MANHATTEN SPECIAL. MY TWO SONS AND 4 YEAR OLD GRANDSON ALSO LOVE IT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Karen & John Mccroy wrote on March 3, 2009 at 11:20 am:
This is the best stuff!! It is so hard to find! But is now just coming to south New Jersey. We new to protest to get more of this stuff here. Get the supermarkets to get manhattan espresso soda here!! My husband is from patterson and was raised on this. We love it!! Bring it here!! Please dont stop making it. Its definatly an old time tradition and needs to be celebrated forever!! thanks guys keep it up!!!!
Jon Wood wrote on March 3, 2009 at 11:03 am:
I've never tried it. I love Coffee drinks and I want to try this stuff..:)
Angela Pagano wrote on February 19, 2009 at 10:06 am:
I've been drinking Manhattan Special since I was able to walk! I moved to Florida and figured I would never see it again! But, I went into a pizzeria ran by people from NY and there it was, it was like being home again. That is a taste that can never be duplicated!
Rikk Sullenberger wrote on February 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm:
The esresso soda is great!! I was in the Long Island area and stopped at Belagio's to eat. I tried the espresso soda and went back for a second one!! I'm ordering some for home too.
Christopher Willie wrote on February 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm:
I grew up on Leonard st in Brooklyn. As a kid i remember picking up Manhattan Special bottle caps off of the sidewalk. Me and my cousin would walk around the block to Manhattan ave and trade in a handfull for a soda. I am 40 now. Still Love it.
Mario Medori wrote on February 5, 2009 at 10:58 am:
I was introduced to this great product, Espresso Coffee Soda by a friend who is from New York, and I like the taste. I am also interested in other products made by Manhattan Special and can't wait to try the other sodas. Please keep up the good work.
ALAN TIROTTA wrote on January 31, 2009 at 9:09 am:
MANHATTAN SPECIAL HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR FAMILY FOR 3 GENERATIONS. I PREFER IT TO HOT COFFEE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, WINTER OR SUMMER! THANK YOU FOR A CONSISTENTLY EXCELLANT PRODUCT. A. TIROTTA BROOKLYN NY
Red Crest wrote on January 20, 2009 at 7:11 am:
My fathers business was in Williamsburg only blocks from Manhattan Avenue and the factory. I have great memories of the days in the 70's when the coffee was being roasted, and the smell wafted all over the neighborhood. Thanx
Steven P. DeMartino wrote on January 17, 2009 at 11:46 am:
I first tasted this as a young child at my Granmother's apartment on Henry street in Manhattan. My Mother always has this on hand when I was growing up on Long Island and as a special treat she would give us just a bit in a small glass. Great memories along with great taste.
Tommy Bonz wrote on January 16, 2009 at 11:02 am:
I started drinking Manhattan Special when I was 5 years old. My grandfather belong to an Italian club in brooklyn called the 55 knights and I used to go see him and drink Manhattan specials. I only shop in stores that sell your product and live by never drinking it out of a glass but always drink it out of the bottle.
Lou wrote on January 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm:
I first saw "Manhattan Special" in my grandmothers ice box in Providence. I then saw it in the movie, "The Pope of Greenwich Village". I recently had one with a prosciutto sange and it was a revelation.
Dr. Mario C. Barbiere wrote on January 13, 2009 at 10:59 am:
Yes, my student Joe D. turned me on to Manhattan Special and it is great. Santa did bring a supply for the holidays but my 4 sons have discovered how good it is and the supply quickly became depleted. An outstanding product! One of life's little treats! Professor
Joe Della Ferra wrote on January 10, 2009 at 12:04 am:
Simply stated, drinking an ice-cold Manhattan Special(MS) from a 10 oz. bottle is the most awesome soda experience ever! I had returned to college to pursue becoming a teacher after graduating with a B.A. 28 years ago. I turned on one of my professors to MS. He expressed that he "loved it;" and he wanted more for Christmas. I'll have to find out if Santa Claus brought him any.
helen sarcinella wrote on January 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm:
I fell in love with manhattan specials in the 1980's and every time my husband takes me to n.y. (where he is from ) I bring as much as I can in my suitcase haven't had one break yet .better than starbucks where can I get it in No. calif?
Joey boy wrote on January 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm:
I have been drinking these sodas with my dad when i was about 14 years old me and my father use to go to the candy store or pizza parlor on the weekends and have them! love these a real classic
Russ Di Marco wrote on December 31, 2008 at 3:42 pm:
Hello: I am originally from New York and everytime I go back to New York, I go to the Foccaceria on Henry Street in Brooklyn to have Panelle, Rice Ball and Manhattan Special soda. I stumbled upon the soda here in Los Angeles and had to buy some bottles. I am trying to find a retailer here closer and cheaper to home.
Phyllis wrote on December 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm:
Everytime we visited family in Brooklyn, I couldn't wait to get to my Uncle Nino's pizzeria and grab a Manhattan Special. I've thought about having a case shipped to us in Michigan but now I hear that it's sold here! I can't wait to find out where!



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