I don't know about you, but growing up, we always called Woolworth's the Five and Dime. What a marvelous place it was. And having lunch at the "five and dime" was always a treat, and included a sundae for dessert. (it didn't matter that we often had a milkshake with lunch, somehow there was always room for a sundae!).
If we were having lunch in "the city" (meaning Manhattan) it was tradition to eat at Schrafft's.
Lunch at Schrafft's was usually a club sandwich and iced tea. The perfect prelude to an afternoon of shopping and visiting the museums. Schrafft's was such an iconic place, they even developed an advertising slogan, "Meet Me at Schrafft's."
Before heading to Grand Central at the end of the day to take the train back to Westchester, we'd stop for coffee and pastries at Chock Full O'Nuts.
And to fortify ourselves for the journey home, we might even indulge in a date nut bread and cream cheese sandwich. Just a little something to tide us over till dinner time!
Or we might stop at Horn and Hardart for mac n' cheese and a slice of apple pie. So many choices. The last Horn and Hardart closed in 1991, but I read that they may be making a comeback,complete with quinoa salads and more trendy menu items.
Do certain food and restaurants make you feel nostalgic for days gone by? I can't remember the last time I saw a "date nut bread and cream cheese sandwich" on a menu.
Happy memories from some wonderful days gone by.