How Ray's Candy Store Became The Most Legendary Shop In NYC For Late-Night Munchies | Legendary Eats

  • Published: 11 September 2019
  • Ray's Candy Store, an East Village institution, has served late-night munchies since 1974. Owner Ray Alvarez, 86, is well known for his deep-fried Oreos, egg creams, milkshakes, and chili cheese dogs. The store has kept street wanderers and New York University students well fed into the night as they hang around Tompkins Square Park.

    Cult-like customers have been raving about the shop for decades, saying it’s an “unchanged gem in a transforming neighborhood,” “an institution that has brought joy for generations,” and that “it was as good as I remember at 6 years old.” The family-run business continues to serve the same food since it opened and has had recent visits from Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, La La Anthony, and Food God, who documented his time there, saying, "Everybody's talking about this place! EVERYBODY!"

    We visited the shop to get a behind-the-scenes tour, see how their late-night grub is made, and speak to Ray to learn how he turned his small business into a beloved institution.

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    How Ray's Candy Store Became The Most Legendary Shop In NYC For Late-Night Munchies | Legendary Eats

Comments • 2 194

  • RobbedYoAs s
    RobbedYoAs s  1 hours back

    0:55 soft serve is ice cream

    • pbdye
      pbdye  1 hours back

      Dude had me until he said his favorite thing in the world was a Hershey bar. Ugh. Chocolate-flavored palm oil.

      • Gacha bee Bee
        Gacha bee Bee  2 hours back

        “At first they only sold eye-creams”

        • Eduardo Pérez Olivares

          fried oreos? americans eating as if they health service was free

          • Lork Lorkman
            Lork Lorkman  4 hours back

            I don't think i've ever seen an attractive girl from new york. Wth

            • Subscribe to me and I will subscribe back

              We must protect ray at all costs, and keep him alive with Hershey bars.

              • Ethan Garrigan
                Ethan Garrigan  5 hours back

                hersheys are his favourite , he obviously hasnt had cadburys

                • Anotherarmypassingby. Com

                  “Yummy!” Hes So cute

                  • Mini Bees
                    Mini Bees  7 hours back

                    This guy is fuckin neat

                    • ACTIVE NORTE 916
                      ACTIVE NORTE 916  7 hours back

                      2:31 lmao ya old ass betta make that bigger

                      • Jessica Robles
                        Jessica Robles  7 hours back

                        He’s too pure

                        • jojo king
                          jojo king  7 hours back

                          He’s so pureee aww

                          • Willy Glassy
                            Willy Glassy  8 hours back

                            What an awesome man :))

                            • Naypalm 100
                              Naypalm 100  8 hours back

                              What a precious man

                              • Vivian Pham
                                Vivian Pham  8 hours back

                                I wish it was more sanitized.

                                • ABC ABC
                                  ABC ABC  8 hours back

                                  Cash business under reports earnings and he didn't retire he's a multimillionaire

                                  • x a n n y
                                    x a n n y  8 hours back

                                    If a someone tries to rob that store ...

                                    Ya better run

                                    • Doyinsola A
                                      Doyinsola A  9 hours back

                                      I go to manhattan like twice every week and I never see these quote on quote legendary stores

                                      • nut
                                        nut  9 hours back

                                        he’s so cute lol nohomo

                                        • Jessbun doodles
                                          Jessbun doodles  10 hours back

                                          ngl i want him to be my grandpa
                                          hes too friccin cute

                                          • MCPLUSTR
                                            MCPLUSTR  11 hours back

                                            Bless this mans sweet soul ❤️

                                            • Harlem-yt
                                              Harlem-yt  11 hours back

                                              At Least Clean😂

                                              • TrytoFindme
                                                TrytoFindme  13 hours back

                                                Health inspector: *rips page out of checklist

                                                • DreamEhem Lem
                                                  DreamEhem Lem  13 hours back

                                                  More like rays diabetes store

                                                  • Martin Villanueva
                                                    Martin Villanueva  14 hours back

                                                    I have a sweet tooth feels I wanna go there and try it out.

                                                    • Zoran
                                                      Zoran  14 hours back

                                                      He lives the American Dream!

                                                      • Bry O.
                                                        Bry O.  14 hours back

                                                        Dang, this made me miss my grandfather so much. He's a hardworking man and provided for his family, and them took care of me after he retired. But he had a stroke and his body got super weak, now he can barely walk. I'm gonna visit him as soon as possible

                                                        • Orenji ;
                                                          Orenji ;  16 hours back

                                                          2:25 look at the cute drawings , I am crying ;w;

                                                          • Blood/Gold/Life Theory
                                                            Blood/Gold/Life Theory  16 hours back

                                                            Work Your Ass Off For The Lazy Rich LandLords

                                                            • tom fiz
                                                              tom fiz  17 hours back

                                                              And everyone just forgets hes a deserter

                                                              • soggycerealisepic
                                                                soggycerealisepic  17 hours back

                                                                I feel so bad for him, he’s like 86 and working 7 days a week? When does he get free time?

                                                                • B B
                                                                  B B  18 hours back

                                                                  Awww he’s so cute ☹️

                                                                  • musiquefrique
                                                                    musiquefrique  19 hours back

                                                                    God bless Ray and support his amazing work!

                                                                    • Linoose Drawing
                                                                      Linoose Drawing  19 hours back

                                                                      Why is a deep fried Oreo a thing that exists?

                                                                      • PastelLemon
                                                                        PastelLemon  20 hours back

                                                                        I like that dude's Billy Joel shirt

                                                                        • Prince Ali
                                                                          Prince Ali  20 hours back

                                                                          More like a cavity shop.

                                                                          • Krush Patel
                                                                            Krush Patel  21 hours back


                                                                            • abie Sharaby
                                                                              abie Sharaby  21 hours back

                                                                              Hate her tho

                                                                              • Catherine Haikola
                                                                                Catherine Haikola  21 hours back

                                                                                Me being emotional almost started crying because he is just so cute and sweet

                                                                                • J Stewart
                                                                                  J Stewart  22 hours back

                                                                                  I THOUGHT NYC HAD A SUGAR TAX.

                                                                                  • Man Man
                                                                                    Man Man  23 hours back

                                                                                    Love the dude but the reporter was kinda unpleasantly cringe

                                                                                    • Caleb Conde
                                                                                      Caleb Conde  23 hours back

                                                                                      Aka Simply Vanilla

                                                                                      • steve 000000
                                                                                        steve 000000  23 hours back

                                                                                        Somebody's people's comments are so syrupy

                                                                                        • steve 000000
                                                                                          steve 000000  23 hours back

                                                                                          So where is the candy 🍭?

                                                                                          • Nodrip2x
                                                                                            Nodrip2x  1 days back

                                                                                            So much love and diabetes in his shop

                                                                                            • BananaHopper
                                                                                              BananaHopper  1 days back

                                                                                              Living Legend right there

                                                                                              • Khondker Rifat Hossain

                                                                                                Medha Iamam Apa apne Bangladeshi naki?

                                                                                                • Limeade
                                                                                                  Limeade  1 days back

                                                                                                  SHUT UP HEATHER!!
                                                                                                  Oh wrong place.