Soft Pretzel is an extremely popular knot bread shaped for Americans. Despite this, it was the Germans who first brought the pretzel to the United States. Therefore, the name comes from a German word. In addition, in the 1800s when pretzels arrived as crunchy and soft in Pennsylvania, where the immigrants were known as the Pennsylvania Dutch. Soon, the opening of bakeries helped to spread the pretzel.

Rapidly the popularity continues growing, and cities such as Philadelphia and New York adopted the pretzel as part of their traditional food. Although, there has always been a war from where the knotted bread started. In fact, it was the city of Philadelphia in the beginning.


Pretzel in New York

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Pretzel in New York City is definitely part of the New Yorkers’ street food. Almost in every corner, you can find it. Besides, it has been for two centuries on these streets. Normally, it is found in food trucks. But today also, it can be found in bar food, chain bakeries and even restaurants.

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Usually, Pretzels have been eaten as a snack, typically served with grainy yellow mustard since the 1900s. Indeed, a German-American creation. However, nowadays, there are many options for what you want in your soft-knotted bread.

Sweet or salted are the primary choice, and then the sauces vary about the place. For example, you can find cinnamon sugar, sriracha honey, glazed, etc., on the sweet side. On the other hand, salted pretzels you can find such as garlic parmesan, truffle cheddar and more. These accompaniments are based on the bar food Fool’s Gold and how they served pretzels. In short, the bar food count with a really good pretzel.

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One of the main characteristics of a good pretzel is the shiny skin on the outside and soft on the interior as bread. Besides the sprinkled coarse salt on the surface, it will take you back to the 1800s and how the New Yorkers ate the soft pretzel at that age for 3 dollars only in Union Square.


Auntie Anne’s an American chain of Pretzel

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Although Auntie Anne’s started in Pennsylvania in 1988. When Anne Beiler, the owner of the chain, bought a stand in a farmer’s market. After that, the rest is story. Today, the pretzel chain count more than 1500 locations around the world and of course, New York is into of them.

Besides, they offer beverages, dips and another homemade baking mix.

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Location New York, United States


Key Information

Auntie Anne’s

Qualification: Grateful/Excellent

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price: Average per person $12 USD

Contact:(212) 764-1562


Instagram: auntieannespretzels

Address: 664 8th Ave New York, NY 10036


  1. I enjoyed reading this. I’m originally from Philadelphia. No other pretzel does have the taste of the Philadelphia soft pretzel that his sold on the streets of Philadelphia. I think a secret ingredient might be malt.

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