Phil's for a milkshake after school. Once I reached high school we switched to picking up Cokes. Phil's had the best fountain soda, mostly due to their use of crushed ice. In college the highlight of the morning after a party was a bagel and a Coke from Bodo's Bagels. And anytime we could scrape together the money, we were off to Take It Away for delicious house dressing and the grand poobah of fountain sodas (32 ounces of amazing restorative power.)
Fast forward five years and I am perplexed to find that it's impossible to get a fountain Coke in Manhattan. Very quickly I begin to realize a possible reason why (hello rodents and pests) and I shy away from any location that offers them. I assume everything will change once I move to the suburbs. But unfortunately that is not the case, and I can only begin to think that it is a regional thing (so sad, because what would be more complementary to an authentic Italian Combo?). And so like a typical New York resident I drink coffee six plus months of the year (convenient since it is usually freezing) and Starbucks iced tea otherwise. BUT, I am heading south tomorrow and I plan to pick up a drink every day, particularly at Libbie Market in Richmond, which is the place to see and be seen. And if the Coke pounds start to pile on (I'm afraid my metabolism might go into shock), I can always get a great iced tea there. Cheers!