Here's a Chowhound challenge. You folks never let me down.
What foods are characteristic of Times Square? Not the present clean Times Square. Characteristic of the Times Square of yesteryear.
Each August, we throw a party with a wildly bad-taste theme.
This year, we're throwing a party that involves an oldschool Times Square theme. (I won't list the themes we pursued in bygone years, because someone always gets mad at me.) More generally, our theme involves the grindhouse exploitation films formerly popular in Times Square.
I want to serve food consistent with our Times Square theme. Only I wanna supe it up and somehow serve Times Square-themed food that everyone LOVES.
For example, I (CLAMS247) will serve spectacular fresh homemade fried clams, in homage to the lousy awful ptui ptui frozen fried clams of Howard Johnson's on Broadway and 46th. My fried clams will educate everyone how good fried clams can be.
Another example. I obviously have to serve hotdogs and pretzels, but I will serve EXQUISITE hotdogs and pretzels that remind my guests how good hotdogs and pretzels can be.
But hotdogs and pretzels aren't terribly exciting.
What other foods are characteristic of Times Square? of Times Square of yesteryear, mind you, of the days of sleezy grindhouse theaters.
I know, it's a strange objective. Thanks for your help.