I first remember hearing the term "regular coffee" when I moved to New York City in 1975, and I didn't know what it meant. The definition I found gave the location for this description to New York City and Eastern Massachusetts (Boston). I'd lived in New England, including Western Massachusetts, but I don't remember the term being used there. I quickly learned it meant coffee with milk and one sugar.
After my spinal surgery in 2012 I was slowly regaining the ability to walk, one block at a time. After the first couple of weeks I felt comfortable going out by myself and could walk two to three blocks slowly. I was also going stir-crazy from being indoors. My exercise for the day was to walk two and a half blocks -- there were benches along the way, if needed -- and get an iced coffee at Tal's Bagels. I'd bring my New York Times or a magazine and enjoy being out of my apartment. By the time I was ready to go back to work they knew my order. I was a "regular."
When I retired I did a more comprehensive sampling of my neighborhood's places for iced coffee. Excepting the big chains -- Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are within two blocks of my apartment -- I found I liked Tal's coffee the best. Tal remained my favorite. Is it great? No, but it is a very solid B.
Sometimes -- often -- I got a bagel, too, and I think they have some of the best bagels in New York City. I love bagels -- sesame with butter -- and I'd love to do an A to Z of bagels, but I might need a new wardrobe when the month was finished.
I'm off to Yorkville on the Upper East Side for the elusive Y. I hope to be back later for a discussion of Stumptown Coffee. Blogging is a tough life, isn't it!
So much coffee and so little time! Have a cup for me and enjoy your day.