Friday, August 6, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Original New York Seltzer

Man, I loved The Original New York Seltzer (add in the "The" so you can abbreviate it as TONYS).

It was so cool in so many ways. The squat glass bottles! The flavors, which I think were always clear! The fizziness! The peel-off-able foamy-feeling labels! And I think for those of us who didn't grow up on the East Coast, there was a weird cachet to the idea of seltzer water that was kind of cool.

Here's one man's memories of the drink. (Yes, he remembers the labels.)

One of the founders of the company, Randy Miller, a pretty young guy at the time, went on to train exotic animals for movies. Here's his bio from TONYS days, and here's his Web site. And below I've embedded a great clip of him on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," the ultimate 1980s show. Includes a classic TONYS commercial. I wish this stuff was still around.


Gigi said...

I used to LOVE NYS. The creme soda was the one I liked best.

Anonymous said...

This stuff was the precursor to Clearly Canadian and a lot of the flavored waters today. Loved this stuff, it's a shame it's no longer produced.