A few months ago I read on this board about the Speckled Trout on Hudson (near St Lukes) next to Anglers and Writers. The report was it served real old fashioned fountain soda treats. Well today, even in this cold, the craving for a real chocolate malted hit and I decided to stop torturing myself with the ever downhill ones at the Gem Spa and dragged my husband to the Speckeld Trout. Wow this place is unbelievable. The chocolate malted was the real thing made with horlicks that the owner crushes. The owner is a real purists - gets his milk from a special source to ensure it has the right amount of fat in it, has installed a real old time seltzer dispenser, (and counter to sit at) makes his own sauces, syrups etc. and soon will have a special syrup for real root beer. We spoke to the owner for over an hour and this guy is devoted to preserving and replicating these traditional soda treats.
He also treated us to a fabulous root beer float (which he apoligetically said would be better once he got a hold of this other syrup - but it was so good anyway) and the best coffee soda (I think it was blended with vanilla icecream or milk) that i've ever had.He also mentioned he has a sourcherry milkshake which I would have tried but I couldn't bring myself to consume one more thing! The place also has about four types of licorace and my husband who loves this stuff assures me these were great. There are also homemade chocolates along with all kinds of traditional penny candies. He told us he had to close up for a while after 9/11 and business is still slow. What a shame it would be to lose this gem. For all you hounds out there who are devotees to these real old-style fountain treats get yourselves over there! Note that there appears ro be no menu so don't hesitate to ask him what is avaiable or if you have a craving for something ask if he can make it!