Ray's Candy Store, East Village, Manhattan
Ray’s Candy is a fabulous little store. It opened its doors in 1974! Very few businesses in the East Village can make that claim. Ray is an Iranian immigrant who paid $30,000 for the space. He became a US citizen in 2011.
It would be easy to pass by Ray’s and not notice it if you’re looking across the street at the mural of Joe Strummer. But it is definitely worth going in and trying their fried Oreo cookies, egg creams and Belgian fries to name a few.
Ray’s has been featured by Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown as well as many books and films. Do make a point of checking out Ray’s and you can also read up about his history as well.
Ray’s Candy Store - 113 Avenue A near St Mark’s Place