Ray’s Candy Shop on Avenue A – NYC [updated]
While browsing the Internet, I stumbled upon a page describing an old fry shop I never heard of.
Curiously, the shop’s name is Ray’s Candy Shop . No reference to (Belgian) Fries at all, but looking at the pictures I see many hand-written signs mentioning sales of Belgian Fries.
A quote from the blog:
The 132 hand-written signs touting Belgian Fries notwithstanding, Ray’s has always been best known as a weird little hole in the wall that somehow makes some of the best egg creams in the City. The fries must have been added in the mid-90s, when New York City lay helpless in the face of a Belgian food craze. A Mr. Ray Alvaz opened the place back in 1975. It look very much in keeping with the East Village of 1975 and very out of place with the East Village of 2007, which may still have soul, according to a recent issue of Time Out New York, but also has a lot of neon and fancy cocktail lounges.
Another picture from the blog:
Update: I recently found another blog reporting on Ray’s Candy Shop. The article includes a very nice picture which I shamelessly include below because it’s so nice:
Ray’s Candy Shop – also known as Belgian Fries
113 Avenue A
(between 7th St & St Marks Pl)
New York, NY 10009
Please let me know if it still exists (both posts are dated in 2007, so I guess it will be still there). Pictures are welcome too, of course.
Found a video on YouTube filmed at Ray’s Candy Shop.