Food of the Eighties, New York Seltzer
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Possibly one of the tastiest non-alcoholic beverages ever. It was seltzer water with a lot of flavor in it so that it sparkled and tasted great. At some point in the early 90's, it ust dissappeared. They came in small bottles with a cartoon picture of the New York cityline on it.
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Teresa - May 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I have such fond memories of New York Seltzer! Going to pizza places with my mom and ordering it and pretending that is was something else fizzy to go along with my speghetti and meat balls! So excited to see I'm not the only one who remembers one of the most fabulous drinks ever!!!
Celeste - May 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I could have lived on New York Seltzer if it was enough to sustain human life. I liked the root beer and the grape most of all.
zzz - May 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I don't know where Big Lots found this stuff, but I found it there too. I had the impression that maybe they found a crate sitting around since the 80's! However, one reason it wasn't quite as I remembered is that all of it at the Big Lots I saw were sugar free and had a Splenda-type (sucralose) sweetener.
sheryll - May 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I also bought the 4pack at Big Lots. The strawberry is ok, but the peach is terrible, nothing like it used to be. What happened to the real stuff. I wish they would bring it back!
Celeste - May 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Are you sure you picked up a case of New York Seltzer zzz? The way I remember it the Original New York Seltzer didn't have anything even close to being artificial in it.
d9 - May 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Ijust found a variety of NYS at a Big Lots in Indianapolis. The vanilla cream is good, but it's been so long since I've had NYS, I can't really tell how similar it is to the old stuff. They definitely didn't used to be an 'all diet' line - I remember distinctly there being diet and full-sugared versions of some flavors. They never used to have much color, either - but most of the flavors I saw are now brightly/intensely colored. The URL www.newyorkseltzer.net is on the label, but I can't get the site to come up. I'd love to find out more - why is NYS back, and why is it so different than before? Man, the peach and blueberry flavors were the best way back when.
Dwayne White - May 20, 2007 - Report this comment
I also found and purchased a 4 pack at the local Big Lots in Tacoma, Washington. An old memory brought back, I thought. I put those babies on ice took a big gulp and what the hell. This was the nastest thing I ever tasted. Black Cherry was my favorite back in the day but this stuff here should be removed from the shelves before you make some one sick. It's bitter, has nothing sweet tasting in it. I fact I would be very pleased to get my 2 bucks back. Buyer beware, other flavors maybe o'kay but I'm not willing to risk my taste buds or another duce on this stuff.
kell - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
Big Lots in Kansas as well...at least we know where to get it now. Not in the little bottles like they used to be, but still the same logo. Next thing you know they will have Garbage Pail Kids also...LOL
Dave - May 23, 2007 - Report this comment
I also found it at Big Lots and it was just as good as I remembered... I think it was just a little before it's time... I'm sure that if it was back on the market it would do great. There are so many flavored waters on the market today and none of them are as good as the Orignal New York Seltzer.. What a Blast From The Past Thanks Big Lots...
joe - May 25, 2007 - Report this comment
found this stuff at Big Lots in Orlando FL. I used to love the stuff back in the 80s. This is now with sucralose. i thought the old stuff had sugar. I bought vanilla cream. Why is this stuff only at big lots?
Carol Myers - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I bought some New York Seltzer when I was visiting my son in St. Louis at Dierbergs grocery store and it was great--light colored--really good black cherry. I went to Big Lots and the label is exactly the same but the colors are real dark and the taste is completely different. I have tried the web site but it doesn't work. I would like to know why they are marketing two different drinks under the same label. I know the cost is a lot cheaper at Big Lots but the drinks should be the same with the exact same label. I need to find out what is going on.
J - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
New York Seltzer (I mean "The Original New York Seltzer")doesn't seem like the type of company to set up a distribution channel exclusively for Big Lots. I hope it's not because they feel they can't compete with Vitamin Water and Red Bull, because New York Seltzer is different and the public (namely us) knows it. BTW, I loved that Concord Grape when I was growing up. Good Stuff!
Lois - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
I also bought some New York Seltzer at Big Lots recently. It was nothing at all like I remembered. The New York Seltzer I remembered was always clear but the different taste were absolutely fantastic. The stuff I bought yesterday tasted like some sort of diet water. They had vanilla cream and peach, the peach has a color to it. I really wish I could have the original. I have been searching for it for the last 14years without success. I was very disappointed when I tasted the stuff from Big Lots. Please does anyone know how to find the real "The Original New York Seltzer"?
Josh - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Big Lots is where product goes to die once the big vendors don't want it anywhere. They are just what the name states "Big Lots" as in, they by lots of leftover items other stores don't want at a deal and sell it for a deal. I beleive Festival Foods was carrying the New York Seltzer line. Now that they've stopped acarrying it. Big Lots is clearing it out....
Celeste - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Whoa whoa whoa! I thought they stopped making this stuff sometime in the mid 90s
Josh - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Just so you don't think I'm totally illiterate. I just type too fast for my brain to keep up. I see I meant anymore but put anywhere. Instead of buy I used by, I forgot the i before e except after c theory, and there's no a in carrying
Summer - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Wow, I can't see my prior post here, I hope you all can. Anyhow I was just going to say that even Wikipedia has no info, *sigh*. There is actually no page in the english WP for NYS at all, sadly.
Summer - May 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Alright well it's still missing, so here it is again- Read some of those labels more carefully folks - some of these new versions (the Vanilla Cream and Raspberry, that we found- not Peach, Strawberry, or Orange Tangerine) contain sugar (actual sugar- which is rare these days). Then they contain sucralose as well, and yes, I think it used to be an all-sugar or all-diet thing, in the past. Also they have definitely changed the color concept (from the barely-colored versions of the 80's). I tried the VC today, one I remember loving, and it is basically just excellent diet Cream Soda. But it is definitely diet- even the claim that a serving is only 5 Calories is one I remember being printed on the [labels of] diet line NYS. Now all the labels say that, though they don't identify the product as "diet". I too, am frustrated in my attempts to get the story about where NYS went, why it's back and why it's different. The URL is definitely not working. I wish somebody who knew something would bring us up to date! And I definitely wish someone would buy the rights not just to the art/label/name, but to the *original actual recipes*. With you guys on that one, big time!
joe - May 29, 2007 - Report this comment
The original went bankrupt in 1993. Someone must has bought the rights to the name http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-14833387.html
Celeste - May 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Well, this is good to know, sort of.
Justin - May 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I saw it on the shelf and about fell over. Even though it's not the same, I still enjoyed it. It would be great if the original product would come back full-force. I truly believe it would be competitive in an over-saturated market. It's nice to see so many loyal fans out there. Blueberry was my all-time favorite!
amie - May 31, 2007 - Report this comment
I had gotten the big lots ad in the newpaper today. To my suprise they have new york seltzer for sell. I havent seen this stuff in many years. I'm glad I came across this website. I dont think I'll be buying any. Alot of people say It's not the same. I remember It coming in a little glass bottle. I sure did love the stuff.
Jayleen - June 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I totally remember these drinks from way back. It was practically the only thing my mom drank when pregnant with my youngest sister. Now pregnant with my third child, I find myself getting very frustrated trying to find this marvelous drink to quench my thirst and satisfy my own cravings! I've found them at Big Lots as well (in Redding,CA), but the only flavor available is Vanilla Cream. I agree the blueberry was great, but the all-time best was the chocolate cherry!!!
Katie - June 03, 2007 - Report this comment
My mom brought be back some from Big Lots in Lincoln, NE. My sister and I used to drink this stuff all the time- we used to have so much fun picking out all the different kinds we wanted before we took off for vaction. I thought it tasted great. I would love for someone to develop this again! My nephew even loved it.
Meredith - June 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Uncle John's Pancake House in Toledo, OH has 4 flavors of New York Seltzer on the menu. I had the Vanilla Creme today and it brought back tons of memories from my childhood (having a New York Seltzer was a treat for me and my siblings!) Now I just have to find out who supplies the restaurant and I am set!
STACI - June 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I WAS WALKING THRU BIG LOTS HERE IN OMAHA, NE LAST WEEK AND MUCH TO MY SURPRISE I SAW A SHELF FULL OF NEW YORK SELTZER. I BOUGHT 4 PACKS AND WENT BACK THE OTHER DAY FOR MORE. I LOVED THIS STUFF THEN AND STILL DO NOW!! ALTHOUGH THE ORANGE TANGERINE...I COULD DO WITHOUT.
Mykel-Duvant Peters - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I also found some at Big Lots in Harrisburg, Pa. Vanilla & Cream, Strawberry, Tangerine....my memory is of a pizza w/ Root Beer NewYork Seltzer. Almost as heavenly as Nikkia in 11th grade. One sugesstion, lose the sucralose and sugar, it will be just as good and better for you, w/o that after taste. Bring back Root Beer!!
PAT - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Big Lots in AZ also has NYS but in limited supply. I agree not exactly the same but who cares still tastes better than most other soft drinks. Also if anyone lives in Royal Oak MI that's where the cartons say it was bottled. I've had no luck in finding the bottler - maybe someone who lives near there can find the plant.
Stevo - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
My mother said she had a surprise for me inside the fridge. When I opened it up I saw my childhood favoritse NYS, she even remembered my favorite flavor, rasberry. I quickly opened one despite the color looking more like a soda. I was very disappointed. NOTHING like the original. The color and taste were closer to a dark cherry soda compared the the transparent pink color and light flavoring of the past. Someone Please bring back the original!!
DLad - June 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I to found the New York Seltzer at BigLots, but it is not the NYS of the past. It taste like a diet soda. I was really disappointed.I have the cream and cherry. The cherry never had color like this stuff does. BRING BACK THE REAL NEW YORK SELTZER
RRDUBB - June 15, 2007 - Report this comment
IM SO SAD THAT NYS NO LONGER EXISTS...ATLEAST AS I REMEMBER IT GROWING UP, IN THE LITTLE 10 oz BOTTLES. BLUEBERRY, AND PEACH WERE MY FAVS, I HEARD COKE IS THE ONE THAT OWNED THE RIGHTS TO IT SINCE THEY OWN ALOT OF OTHER DRINKS BESIDES COCA COLA, ANYWAYS IM GLAD THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE, BESIDES ME WHO WISH THEY WOULD BRING BACK OUR FAVORITE DRINK, PLUS FOND MEMORIES OF BEING A KID. YOU ALL ARE WONDERFUL. :O)
KLS - June 15, 2007 - Report this comment
Found ONYS at Big Lots in Western KY. Not the same for sure, but it sure brought back memories. Why is this version colored? Why the artificial ingredients? Does anyone remember who first bottled it? Check out this article: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3289/is_n11_v159/ai_9099446 Apparently the brand name has been discontinued. Someone needs to buy it and resurrect the product!Where the Big Lots supply has come from is anyone's guess.
Angela - June 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I also just by chance saw the NYS at the cash wrap as I was leaving the Big Lots store. I couldn't believe that it was there. I too used to love this drink..but it does have an aftertaste that the other did not. I hope that someone does resurrect the orginal version. Someone could make a grip of cash on this. Someboday better get on the ball. I think there difinitely is a market for this. Especially for all those who grew up in the 80's drinking this product. I loved the Root Beer, BB, and vanilla cream. My suggestion is less artifical and continue to keep it in glass bottles. :)
Nate - June 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I just got some of the Big Lots NYS and all I have to say is, no wonder the new owners didn't succeed it taste nothing like the original, yuck!!! I almost bought a bunch I'm glad I didn't. If I remember correctly the only color the real stuff had was from the label. They were overpriced 10oz. bottles of heaven and worth every overpriced cent. Someone has gotta have the old recipes. I happened to have some capitol to play with, I'm going to look into it. Oh what a fun little side business. Maybe I'll let my 13yr. run it. Wish me luck loyal "real" NYS drinkers!!!!!!!!!
bts30 - June 17, 2007 - Report this comment
The only flavors of NYS I remember were lime, raspberry, peach, original, lime/raspberry, lemon and cherry. There were no sweeteners and they were absolutely delicious ice cold. I use to drink a six pack a day and kids I went to school with thought I was crazy because they would rather have soda.
jubei - June 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I found this stuff the other day and bought it due to all the fond memories seeing it produced. I was really bummed though when I drank it and realized it is made with sucrolose, yuck! I guess as a kid anything that isn't water is great.
Shifty - July 04, 2007 - Report this comment
i found 2 4 packs at Big Lots in Uniontown PA, Raspberry and Strawberry, back in the day i hardly ever drank these flavors (i was a Peach and Grape man) but the taste seems familiar, anyhow the nostaligia of the bottle makes me want to ride my bike
Jon from Burnt Hills - July 23, 2007 - Report this comment
Does anyone have a picture of the original to show the differences side by side? I too would take long walks as a kid to a convenient store in the later '80's... just to pick up a little glass bottle or three of the Original New York Seltzer. Yes, it was great how it was only faintly colored, no artificial sweeteners and tasted fantastic. I have never found an only sugar-sweetened flavored seltzer ever since. Really, the closest thing is normal seltzer water with flavoring and NO sweeteners of any sort. All the rest today are just plain gross.
Jeannie - July 24, 2007 - Report this comment
I recently bought an individual bottle from a random party store in Canton, MI. The owner of the store says the supplier brings them in once in awhile. Three weeks later I found a four-pack at Hillers Market in Ann Arbor. I thought it was interesting to find it twice within three weeks after not seeing it for 15-20 years. It is supposedly bottled in Royal Oak, MI. I'm planning to ask around, as I live in the Detroit, MI area. Someone is bound to know.
Gina - July 27, 2007 - Report this comment
Okay so today I was out at a Gyro Restuarant and they had a color of NYS and I was like "OMG no way" I was such a huge drinker of this "Original" stuff. I was so excited and bought the raspberry one. I was so disappointed too. It had an after tase, color was darker, and it was not at all like the Original. I too could not get on the link listed on the bottle. But I agree someone needs to re-distributing this again. I think with so many people of the 80's would so buy this and I know my frige would be stocked. I haven't seen it anywhere else. My favorite was the peach. Yum!!!! Maybe someone can find out what is the deal....
Celeste - August 02, 2007 - Report this comment
I find it difficult to believe that they would just sell NYS at Big Lots! I think there's a more logical explaination for all of this becuase the way I remember NYS is that it didn't have anything even close to being arttificial in it.
Shawna - August 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I am excited to see that the New York Seltzer is back! I was just on vacation with my family in Wisconsin and I discovered it at this little grocery store in Balsam Lake! I was sooooo excited because I remember drinking it like crazy as a kid. My husband thought I was crazy because I was so happy to see it again. It was actually exactally how I remembered it. It was still in a glass little bottle with the old label just as I remembered. I only bought one (stupid) the strawberry one-- which I thought was o.k. My favorite back in the day was grape, and black cherry. Next time I go back I will have to buy them all!
nannuck - August 18, 2007 - Report this comment
Holy Crap!! I can't wait to tell all of my childhood friends!!
Kim - August 21, 2007 - Report this comment
Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought it looked different. I found Orange Tangerine, Strawberry and Raspberry flavors at Big Lots in Mattoon, Illinois. I bought the orange, and was excited to get it. Although, it didn't taste like I remembered and it didn't look like I remembered either, it wasn't very sweet. I thought maybe it was just the orange so I got the strawberry and it is too sweet, what gives? I miss the REAL Original New York Seltzer.
Adam - September 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Is there anyway to get some NYS in Canada?? My family and I were just talking about it and we NEED some!!!! It brings back memories for my sister and I...Any ideas of where to get it here, or send it to us?? :)
J Blizzle - September 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Well all we need is the recipe and the rights to manufacture and distribute it...who to get into contact with... I bought two lighte Orignial New York Seltzer Water signs off craigslist. Way too random, they are my prized possesions.
Barry Edelstein - September 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Just to set some of you straight and give you some real history. My Grandfather started a company way back in the day, late 1800's. It was called New York Seltzer Water Co. He made the original seltzer water that came in the old style siphon bottles. He used to deliver it in a horse and wagon. My father took over the business and I remember filling the bottles in our shop in Detroit, MI. It was very big in the Jewish community. Unfortunately, due to ignorance on my father's part, they never trademarked the name and thus, the name was stolen and ended up becoming the industry it became. I still have some of the old crates and am always stumbling across old bottles in antique stores. By the way, the taste wasn't even comparable to ours, not too mention, our never went flat from sitting !
J Palms - September 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Sad story. They were good stuff. A great alternative to the syrupy soft drinks.
Laura N. - September 20, 2007 - Report this comment
While pregnant with my second child (1988), I was hospitalized with kidney stones and was so nauseated I was losing weight FAST. The nurses begged me to tell them what I thought I could stomach, but nothing would do. My husband finally brought me peanut butter and saltines from home, and 2 packs of Grape NYS, all of which I kept in my bedside table. I sipped and nibbled my way back to health, and now, I sure do miss the stuff. The Grape and Orange were my favorites.
Lynn B. - September 24, 2007 - Report this comment
My fiance and I sat reminiscing about these little bottles of seltzer water we used to go to the local gas station for. We couldn't remember the name till I found this sight! What memories! Definitely wish the original was still around!
S. Guire - October 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I was in Big Lots in Dickson TN this weekend and found four single bottles of NYS. I had looked for years for it, but couldn't find it. The label was exactly like I had remembered, I knew what it was as soon as I saw it. They had three Rasberry and one strawberry, I bought all four. I got on line this morning to type in the web site, to see what beverage distributor in this area was carring the product again, and discovered the web site doesn't work and all of you, just like me wanting more of this product. My favorite was always the vanilla cream. I don't remember if it was only 5 calories way back when, but I do remember it being my favorite. I hope Big Lots gets more.
Chris - October 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I stopped at a gas station halfway between Duluth nad Minneapolis MN (in Hinckley, MN very small town) and found this. It's exactly the same as it was..no sugar, calories, etc. I wish I could find it in my hometown.
marie - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Found NYS a few months back at he Big Lots in Warwick, RI. Couldn't believe my eyes! The Vanilla Creme was still yummy. No web site found. I was willing to order some. I'm on a quest.
Richard - October 18, 2007 - Report this comment
So syked to find this stuff...Even if it isn't the same it still beats sucking down a pepsi or coke. Found it at a few corner stores around Michigan..Going to check out BigLots next when i'm feeling trashy.
Juli - October 24, 2007 - Report this comment
After wondering why I couldn't get any info or to the web site I decided to do a search on the domain name. I have not called because I simply don't have the time at the moment. I recently found NYS at Vince & Joe's in Clinton Township. After asking one of the cashiers I was told they carry it all of the time. I bought both the raspberry and the peach and both tasted like they did when I was a teen. Actually a few days later I gave my husband a taste of the raspberry and he cracked me up because he said, "Isn't this the stuff you were drinking the day I proposed to you?" Actually I had a feeling he was going to 'pop the question' and my stomach was turning... the seltzer helped calm it down. I was shocked he even remembered that after all these years! Anyway... This is the info that I found: Domain Name: newyorkseltzer.net Registrar: THE NAME IT CORPORATION DBA NAMESERVICES.NET Registrant Contact Name: Richard C Tenney Address: 4600 Courville Detroit, MI 48224 US Email Address: rctenney@hotmail.com Phone Number: 3136407829 Fax Number: Administrative Contact Name: Richard C Tenney Address: 4600 Courville Detroit, MI 48224 US Email Address: rctenney@hotmail.com Phone Number: 3136407829 Fax Number: Technical Contact Name: Richard C Tenney Address: 4600 Courville Detroit, MI 48224 US Email Address: rctenney@hotmail.com Phone Number: 3136407829 Fax Number: Record Created on........ 2005-04-01 18:01:06.000 Record last updated on... 2005-04-01 18:01:06.000 Expire on................ 2015-04-01 18:01:06.000
Scott J Pulido - November 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Just had a Peach NYS and it was great. Looked for it online and came up with this page. Remember Root Beer Flavor? hmmmmm. Delicious.
Kelly Franklin-Lyons - November 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Its nice to see so many other people like me who miss NYS. man that stuff was great. I am glad someone tracked down some info... I am definitely going to make a call. I can't imagine a product that good going out of business. thats why it was so weird when they disappeared. Hoping to have a sip some time down the line... if its real.
love ^_^ - November 29, 2007 - Report this comment
this actually jus came out again . its soo yummy . YAY !
Rusty Trimble - December 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I am so sad, the Big Lots sold the Peach (better than nothing), but it is gone and not returned. I loved the Cola n Berry flavor the best. I cannot believe this product is not in the aisles competing with the other stuff still!
Fila - December 28, 2007 - Report this comment
it was clear. and in little glass bottles. and wasnt the label some sort of styrofoam wrap? I remember peeling off the labels....bomb stuff....i remember root beer being a fav
jamie - January 06, 2008 - Report this comment
i was just thinking about em tonight and got online to search where to get em, when had em when i was in elementary school in arizona and i live in ohio now and no one seems to no em, i found a site that said discontinued so disappointed i'm goin to look at biglots tomorrow i don't understand if they came from cali i read somewhere, then why would they be at big lots when that's in ohio don't remember a biglots out west and why were they called new york seltzer if they came from cali? and if the idea came from a guy in michigan how did it get all the way to cali to be made? interesting, that sucks they have no glass bottles that was the best and i used to peel the paper too how funny, i think my fav was root beer i can't remember back then.
Heidi Girl - January 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I love the origional it gave such great burps!!! If they would only market it I know it would be a great seller! I too used to peel the label off of the glass bottle. It was sort of foamy like but really thin. I MISS IT!!!
lynn - January 21, 2008 - Report this comment
i have been telling my kids about this drink. i love root beer flavored water. can we by it any more? it is great when i diet. please sell it again.love them new york seltzer
BMC - January 26, 2008 - Report this comment
For a brief, wonderful time, New York Seltzer was the undisputed king of "must have" after school alternative refreshments. The year was 1987. We argued about which LP ruled more: The Joshua Tree or Girls Girls Girls. A young Howie Mandel was our guide to all things funny. Doug Williams was making history as he led the Redskins on an epic rout of the Broncos. These were magical times. As we drove around in our domestic midsize sedans packed to the brim with our stonewashed clad comrades, New York Seltzer was essentially the sidecar to 1987's Kawasaki Ninja. New York Seltzer - the drinktrack of my freshman year. Thanks Pal, Great job!
hoosierdaddy - January 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember that the New York Seltzer brand had a chocolate soda as well. It was something I really enjoyed and have since never been able to find. I really wish that someone would pick up the idea again.
Operator7G - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh god, this stuff needs to make a big comeback!! Root beer was my favorite, followed closely by black cherry.
David - February 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved the raspberry flavor. Wasn't to sweet like the stuff that is out now.
Mike T. - February 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm drinking a vanilla cream NYS right now. Just bought it at the gas station. It's in the glass bottle, says Naturally Flavored and 5 calories per serving. It tastes great. I remember these when I was a kid. I had no idea these are bottled in Royal Oak Mi. That is right down the street from me. From what my friend tells me they are making a comeback. I don't know. Their website isn't up. www.newyorkseltzer.net Hey does anyone know if these have Caffeine in them? It doesn't say anywhere on the bottle one way or the other.
Cynna66 - February 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh how I miss NY Seltzer. Black Cherry was my fave. They really need to bring it back and make it like they did in the 80's. The reason you're finding them at BigLots is because they are a close-out store. They get stock from stores that are closing on the cheap and then resell them at a somewhat lower price to you and me. Obviously someone was bottling a crappy, re-vamped rendition of the original, it didn't sell because it sucked, so they sold the remaining stock to BigLots.
Dalena - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I saw the same at Big Lots here in VA. I didn't buy it because I thought it was different stuff. If I remember correctly, the original came in "glass bottles?" Didn't they?
Whitney - March 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes! Glass bottles...I found them at Big Lots TODAY! I am so excited that they are still in glass bottles with the original label! They have raspberry, strawberry, peach and orange tangerine. Greensboro, NC
Jodi - March 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been searching for something even remotely comparable to NY Seltzer and cannot find it. I would definitely love to see it back in the original form!
Becky - April 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I bought mine at the Big Lots in Perris - the VC was my favorite and it tasted like I remember. You have to chill it like ice to taste the best. Why can't someone bring it back - this was the only stuff I drank!! I hate the new energy drinks, they taste crapier than the Peach flavor!
Chuck - April 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Just stumbled upon a display of NYS today at a Cleveland area Big Lots! I couldnt believe it, it was like finding a 100.00 bill on the ground. I checked the label thinking it was the last of a 1980's surplus that Big Lots was selling out. I was happy to see there was a website Newyorkseltzer.net....but the site didnt work....
Gordon - April 08, 2008 - Report this comment
As most of the people have commented, I was beyond suprised to NYS in Big Lots. It instantly brought back memories of summer camping trips and NYS on ice in the cooler. I was to young to remember how it tasted back them but I do remember it was my favorite drink. I would beg mom to pick some up when she went shopping. The stuff in Big Lots is definitely not the original but the flavor, combinded with nastalga, made it delicious!
Beth - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
My sister found it months ago at Big Lots and I just found it today (both in Richmond, VA). I am just wondering if this is leftover product and started to research to see how old this soda might be. The raspberry tastes ok to me. I also found Peach and Orange-Tangerine. It's not the same as when we were kids, but it's still ok. I am just overly cautious I guess. I still haven't seen anything about it's distribution location.
Maribeth - April 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Add Big Lots in Westminster, MD to the list. My husband and I just found NYS the other day. Sounds like the same type of packaging according to previous posts. We purchased a pack each of orange-tangerine, peach, and raspberry at $2.00/4 16 oz. glass bottles. I just had a glass of the orange-tangerine with pizza tonight. It was okay, definitely diet, but nowhere near what I remember. Wonder whatever happened to Nate with the capitol from June of 2007? Hopefully if he's successful in replicating it, he'll post a link on here!
Dana - April 19, 2008 - Report this comment
SO, DOES ANYONE HERE EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NEW YORK SELTZER LITTLE BOTTLES, BECAUSE I REALLY WANT ONE RIGHT NOW AND CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE! :O( )
Mr. Seltzer - April 24, 2008 - Report this comment
The Seltzer company went broke the orginal owner of the company owns a bear that just killed the owners cousin the trainer.
Sharon - April 29, 2008 - Report this comment
The grape flavor was the absolute best. I used to get myself 2 every morning on my way to work and it was like a grape soda, but better. I've found the ones at BigLots,too and they are just nasty. I truly wish that they would come back out again. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who misses it and has been trying to find it!
Andi- Wyoming - April 29, 2008 - Report this comment
My brother and I use to mow laws and walk down to the local mini mart to get new york seltzers eveyday during the summer. That was our summer treat!!!! Boy, I miss the original.
Daniel - Detroit - May 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the diet chocolate. The taste was like drinking a chocolate bar, and no sugar or fat! Bring it back!
KIM-EASTERN KY - May 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I FOUND NYS AT BIG LOTS YESTERDAY. I HAPPENED TO LOOK ON THE SHELF AND WAS IN SHOCK. I BOUGHT ALL THE FLAVORS THEY HAD STRAWBERRY, RASPBERRY, BLACK CHERRY AND ORANGE. I LOVED THE BLUEBERRY. I HAVE LOOKED FOR NYS FOR YEARS. BUT IS NOTHING LIKE I REMEMBERED. I AGREE WITH EVERYONE. IT IS A LOT DARKER AND IT HAS AN AFTER TASTE. THEY NEED TO BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL. I WONDER IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT CONSUMERS CAN DO TO BRING IT BACK. I AM GOING TO RESEARCH AND SEE IF I CAN FIND ANYTHING.
Dave - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Obviously if you're here reading these posts you have the same thing in common with everyone else who's posted. YOU LIKE NYS AND WANT TO FIND MORE! That's how I ended up here, and though everyone's fond memories of this awesome beverage makes for good reading maybe we all can make an effort and contribute info to find out the voids. Did they really go bankrupt in 1993? If so, why did they go bankrupt? Where are the recipes now? Why were the recipes altered? How come very few have seen this drink until it showed up on the closeout shelves of Big Lots? Why doesn't Wikipedia have any info on NYS? How come www.newyorkseltzer.net is on the label, but there is no website? A couple of these questions do have answers in previous posts. I'm just trying to encourage everyone doing research to post their findings so we can collaboratively find the answers we seek to this great drink. Thanks!
Dave - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I found this site! www.bevnet.com/reviews/nyseltzer/ I clicked the link to contact manufacturer and sent them this email. I'm a big fan. I have found numerous others looking for this great beverage as well as myself. I don't understand how it just vanished and then when I see it's returned, I can only find it at a closeout store. The website printed on the bottles is nonexistent. What happened? What can be done to bring this beverage with it's original ingredients back to store shelves? Please respond as I really miss this beverage. I'll let ya know if I hear anything back.
james - May 14, 2008 - Report this comment
someone mentioned that n.y.s. may be produced in royal oak, mi. i haven't seen it yet, though i would like to find some. if anyone has info on where in the detroit area one might find some of this new version please let me know.
Julie - May 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Okay NYS fans, I found this website post from Dec. 2004 that tells about the man, David Krenbrink, who was making the stuff we remember as kids. He started his trademark in 1982, but it looks like his trademark ended in 1991, so whoever's making this new stuff is probably just using the name and not the original formulas. I haven't found the new ones yet, but I don't like diet drinks, so I think I'm going to be very dissapointed. I hope someone markets the original formulas, that was some good stuff. We sold it in our HS store and I would drink NYS rather than soda any day - that with Otis Spunkmeyer cookies - Good Times!!! http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/original_new_york_seltzer_from_california/
Shannon - May 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I too picked up some New York Seltzer from a Big Lots in Richmond, VA - it was a larger bottle than I remember and it did in fact have some artificial sweetener in it. We purchased raspberry and peach - they were GROSS!!! Not like I remembered. I loved cracking open a fizzy bottle of the cream soda (my favorite)... I miss them!!!!!!
Jeff - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
The Big Lots stores in Denver occasionally carry this drink too, although there's no way of knowing when they will or will not have it. I don't drink soda anymore, although I'm glad to see that the design of the bottle is still the same as it was back in the 80's.
Aaron - May 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I just found the Orange-Tangerine flavor at the Big Lots in Portsmouth, VA today. That was the only flavor they had though and they were in the 4-packs. I just put it on ice, waiting to try it out.
Faith - June 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I have, like others, been trying to find NYS or its equivalent for several years now. Though nothing bottled compares, I find that ordering a Vanilla or Raspberry (or whatever flavor you like) Italian Soda at a coffee shop hits the same spot! I'm not even going to try looking at Big Lots- sounds too disappointing!
t - June 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I just oft New York Seltzer from a Big Lot in the Chicago area (peach) it is ok but my fav was the blackberry. I use to get at high school in the late 80's early 90's untill they got pop machines then they got rid of it. Thanks big lots for bring back the classics they also have Razzles!!. Hopefully more stroes will get it . Having probles bring up web page how ever.
jess in jc, nj - June 12, 2008 - Report this comment
what i love is that so many people are randomly thinking about this drink. as a child it was the best part about grocery shopping with DAD. he would load up the cart with the drinks and then try to blame me and my brother when we got home without half of the shopping list ---OOPS! here's hoping we can get the drinks back on the market.
Tender Roni - June 15, 2008 - Report this comment
WOW! So many people miss the stuff and just imagine how many others there are out there that haven't posted a comment! Whoever has the original formula needs to come out of hiding...I think I speak for us ALL when I say "WE'D HAVE YOUR BACK!!!" MAN! How I could go for a vanilla cream right now! I'm gonna get a bump on my tongue!!LOL!!
DJ Amy - July 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember going up to the local 7-11 here in Danville, IN and getting the little glass barrels of that stuff...It's been so long. WHY WON'T THEY BRING IT BACK!!!! I miss it so much :(
Space Cowgirl - July 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember seeing these in the vending machines at the bowling alley, but my mother would never let me have any!
DazzlingDez - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
My co-worker shared a bottle of black cherry "fruition" from Giant Eagle with me yesterday. I have been thinking about NYS ever since. It has sparked a abnormal craving for my FAVORITE childhood drink. The "fruition" will do until I find NYS. Try it out.
KBW - July 17, 2008 - Report this comment
My cousin and I were just chatting online about NYS this morning while we were both at work. I was so excited to find all these comments about finding it at Big Lots. I immediately grabbed my purse and headed down the street to a Big Lots around the corner from my office. But alack and alas, no NYS for me at my Big Lots in Arlington, TX (DFW area). Y'all enjoy a vanilla cream one for me and my cousin. It's one of our fond childhood memories from hanging out with her dad at the Cheddar's restaurant he managed way back when!
John - Missouri - August 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Black Cherry was my favorite. In the 10 oz bottles! Great flavor but not too sweet like so many sodas today. It was not the same to me in the plastic liter bottles.
Eric Austin-miami - August 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to love it!!!~vanilla cream was #! but root beer, peach and blueberry were favs as well~the blueberrry was too cool...why won't someone reaquire the rights to this and bottle it properly in glass with real sugar???!!? ONYS Rules!!!!
Nanci - August 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I always bought New York Seltzer for myself and my two young sons in West Virginia. I was sad when we couldn't find it any longer. Now that I live in Maryland...I'm going to try to find it at Big Lots in Westminster. My youngest son is now a chef and asked if I could find some Almond Seltzer...like NYS. He said there was NOTHING like that... he IS correct.
The Sizzler - August 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Ahh, so many memories. I found this at a Big Lots the other day, 4 pack of Peach in glass bottles. It was 5 calories per serving. Not my favorite flavor, but I still enjoyed it. Everytime I go into a BL now, I ask about NY Seltzer. All those great flavors, that was the best. I wish they would bring it back. I've tried tons of other drink alternatives to soda, but this is still my #1 all time favorite. BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!
Dorene - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
When I worked at Eckerd's back in '87, their cold-case was full of every flavor of this stuff, and when no one was looking I'd enjoy one or two "on the house" (oops!) They were delicious-loved the vanilla creme and black cherry.
TheSwedestThing - September 17, 2008 - Report this comment
"Original" New York Seltzer was started by Alan Miler, a psychologist in LA, with recipes created by one of his relatives. Alan and his son, Randy, ran the company, but then I don't know what happened to it. I got to drink some of the first batches -little (green, I think) bottles with paper labels - in about '83 or '84, before it got popular. Orange and Raspberry were my favorites
Arielle Miller - September 23, 2008 - Report this comment
yep it was started by my grandpa Alan, and my dad Randy. i never got to try it :(
Mad Man - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Do you know who has the rights to ONYS?
Mad Man - October 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone know who has the rights to New York Seltzer?
NYS fan! - October 08, 2008 - Report this comment
New York Seltzer Concord Grape was the best beverage ever made, hands down. there is a lost verse of the bible that preceeeds the section where Jesus turned water into wine. He actually tried to turn water into New York Seltzer and couldn't do it. So he settled for wine. As a young boy growing up in the mountains of Nebraska I would walk to the local genearl store with was exactly 26.2 miles away. It was a difficult journey, considering that was up hill both ways and the trails was littered with rattlesnakes, King Cobras, scorpions and the fabled Cupacabra! Nonetheless, it was a small risk to assume in exchange for the bubbly sweetness that was New York Seltzer. Point blank, New York Seltzer AKA God's semen, is the best!
OLDSKLCHEVY - October 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember drinking this soda in my childhood. It was truly a "must have" for me after school. I used to go to a deli with my grandfather and get the Bubble Gum and Blueberry flavors. I too wish the ORIGINAL recipe would come back on the market... I believe they would sell millions!
Jamie - November 03, 2008 - Report this comment
yeah, lime new york seltzer was cthe shiz
Katie - November 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I have craving the Vanilla Cream lately and was very disappointed to find out that the brand was discontinued. I've been trying to find it for years. Someone please bring it back!
Celeste - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I posted the link to an article about Alan Miller who is one of the co-founders of the Original New York Seltzer Company and he said that he's trying to find investors who will put money back into the company so maybe this is a good sign of things to come.
SHEILA - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
My dad used to take me to the pizza place across the street from our house and I would get pizza and a bluebery new york seltzer! Sadly, the pizza place has been replaced by corporate crap and new york seltzers are long gone : (
Kepi - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I Loved these!!!! Root beer and raspberry rocked!
Kristen P. - November 19, 2008 - Report this comment
New York Seltzer water brings back so many good memories. I wish that they still sold those little glass bottles. My favorite was rootbeer! We should get a petition going to bring it back. I'm sure there are enough people out there that would like to have it again and for thise that have never had a taste will love it!
Rick - November 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I was a big fan of ONYS, my wife worked for several years at their main distribution center in Walnut. to clear up some misconceptions it was an original family recepie from New York where Randy Miller's grandfather used to peddle it on the streets. Randy and his father brought it to CA. and were very sucessful, it was an ALL NATURAL product and anything else you may find out there is not the same!With their success brought several imitators that flooded the market with flavored waters. The Miller's tried several different flavors to keep ahead of the market but to no avail. The Miller's do not produce ONYS anymore and have kept the family recipie. Randy currently has a wild animal preserve and trains exotic animals for the movies.
Gary Z - November 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't believe that after looking for this stuff for years, I stumble across this site and everyone here shares my enthusiasm for ONYS. I want the original back. I dislike drinks with artificial sweeteners. There is nothing wrong with real sugar. I have been treating my addiction to Original New York Seltzer with the methadone like Jones Cream Soda. Its good, but not the same. At least the sugar is real and there is nothing artificial sweeteners about it. Everyone mucks up anything new with those horrid artificial sweeteners. Please bring back the original!
Dan Dog - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Interesting. Am I the only one here commenting from New York? Most of you seem to be from the midwest or south. We have had New York Seltzer in the small glass bottles since the 80s. We live in Bensohurst, which is in Brooklyn, NY. They never stopped making it here or maybe there was a larger supply and we have never run out in all these years. I just had a black cherry in the small glass bottle. If anyone is interested in the original maybe I can sell you some for a buck or 2 a bottle plus shipping. Let me know. My email is danjcarey@gmail.com
TheSwedestThing - December 12, 2008 - Report this comment
Arielle, I knew your dad and grandfather. We had a mutual friend, James Wohl. Your dad drove an orange corvette...
Humble Farmer - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Guess what... you can replicate NY Seltzer by taking normal fruit flavored soda and adding plain seltzer. Experiment with the ratio, but start with 3 parts soda to 1 part seltzer. It is amazing how great an imitation this is. All we lack is the label!
sneekymee - January 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to buy the apple New York Seltzer almost everyday after school. There's nothing even remotely close to it now. Man, I'd love some of that right now.
Arielle Miller - January 13, 2009 - Report this comment
that's funny you knew them. i never got to try ONYS, but ive heard so much about how amazing it was. i wish my dad would bring it back. http://www.predatorsinaction.net/onysbio.html
Arielle Miller - January 13, 2009 - Report this comment
sign this petition to bring it back: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/bringbackfizzyonys
Eric Austin - January 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Please! Someone bring it back! Arielle, if your dad brought it back it would be a smash hit, again! I loved the vanilla cream but Peach and Blueberry were oustanding the root beer flavor was awesome~we need the original bottle, logo and everything. There used to be a convienience store in my neighborhood that had them all I think the flavors were:vanilla cream, root beer, grape, lemon-lime, peach, raspberry, and blueberry~I loved the way a few of the flavors had a subtle coloration like the blueberry had the faintest puple and the vanilla cream a slight cream color I suppose this was a result of the natural flavors used like real vanilla~I miss this drink terribly!!!!
Amy - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom used to buy these by case at Price Club, good times.
justin - January 21, 2009 - Report this comment
i liked it a lot.
jaws - January 23, 2009 - Report this comment
wow! i just googled new york seltzer out of some random memory and bam! I'm not alone. I used to buy this stuff at the Perry Drugstore my dad worked as a pharmacist at in Rochester, MI. Anyone remember Perry Drugstores? now rite aid, soon to be CVS or Walgreens i was a raspberry man myself... i think it was raspberry. the shape of the bottle is what did it for me. FYI, other classic Detroit beverages include Vernors and Faygo.
Denise - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up on Ft Benning Ga in the 80's, & there was a little store (we call it a shopette) down the street. They had one of those big round cooler things filled with ice & ONYS. My sister & me & our friends would ride our bikes down there & get ONYS all the time. It wasn't overpriced at all (as a couple of people stated). It was cheaper than soda (which we weren't allowed to drink). My faves were vanilla cream & peach. When my dad was in Korea for a couple of years, my mom would take us to the dollar movie every friday night. We'd pack oversized purses with candy & bottles of ONYS & sneak them in (the candy prices at the theatre were just as ridiculous as they are now). When I moved to Colorado I never saw ONYS again. I thought it was a Georgia thing, but I see now I was wrong. I'm glad to know so many other people loved that stuff around the US. Now would someone PLEASE buy the rights to the stuff & bring it back properly?! My sister & I reminisce about the old days all the time, and we always bring up ONYS. Whoever buys it & sells the original recipe would make a fortune off of us alone!
Yvette - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Unbelievable that so many of us have fond memories of ONYS. I'm the hugest fan of blueberry. I plan on checking out my local Big Lots for a quick fix, but will happily sign the petition metioned in Arielle's post. Please tell your family they just have to bring it back. We need it!
Arielle Miller - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ytBtS8Zdqo haha :]
Kelly Whitlow - February 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I was General Manager of "Original New York Seltzer" for several years in the late 80's and early 90's. Greatest company I've ever worked for. Alan and Randy were generous, innovative and pioneers in the new wave beverage catagory. Arielle, wish your father well for me.
BB - February 13, 2009 - Report this comment
If anyone can find ONYS in the Little Rock, AR area please post the location. I really miss that great taste.
Criterionradiohead - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved Original New York Seltzer as a kid growing up in the late '80s & early '90s. I have fond memories of hopping on my bike and riding up to our local corner grocer for a New York Seltzer. The appearance of ONYS with their little glass bottles and colorful foam wrappers made them stand far apart from other soft drinks, but the flavor inside those little bottles... that was nothing short of pure liquid magic! I watched the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous video on youtube (which is quite a blast from the past in and of it self), and was quite surprised to find out how large a company ONYS had grown to be. I read through a lot of the posts here, but didn't see anything talking about how ONYS met it's end. It just seems so strange that a $100,000,000 a year company with an absolutely stellar product, lead by a young and ambitious CEO; seems to completely vanish in about a years time or so. Also, where does this NEW ONYS that everyone is finding at BIG LOTS come in to play? Why do they have the ONYS logo, but not the original recipe? @ Arielle Miller It would seem that entrepreneurship is in your blood. If you're not able to convince your father to start producing ONYS again, perhaps this would be a chance for him to pass the torch on to the next generation of seltzer vendors. At any rate... I hope to again some day soon enjoy an ice-cold delicious bottle of Original New York Seltzer. Don't forget to sign the petition: http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/bringbackfizzyonys
DD - March 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Do you guys know if they carry it here? http://www.sodapopstop.com/ (Galco's) This is Galco's that was featured on PBS with Huell Howser and my first thought was.. If anyplace would have ONYS, this is the place!! I haven't been there yet but might go soon to see if they carry this. I thought I was the only one obsessing over this!! Clear root beer rocks!! It went so well with all the food. And those 3/4 sizes were perfect, not like today's fat inducing mega sizes. Blah. I hate modern america!!
Holly L - March 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I am so amazed that so many people remember this drink as fondly as I do. It was always a special treat when Mom would buy a pack at the store in my favorite flavors or vanilla cream or root beer. I also like peach, and I don't like anything peach flavor usually. Mmmm...
Dave L - March 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I'd stop drinking Coke forever if they brought ONYS back. I used to get it from a fruit market in Orlando, FL back in the late '80s and early '90s. Black Cherry was my personal fave.
Kristine - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I was thinking about this drink a few days ago! I haven't come across any NYS (In the Seattle area), and I'm not keen on buying food or drink from Big Lots (No offense). My husband loves water, so I just buy him Talking Rain. No artificial sweeteners, just water and natural flavor. Only down side? Not a huge selection of flavors. No, it's just not the same as NYS, but it's not too bad. :)
Jen - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been craving a fizzy glass bottle filled with Black Cherry for months. It was like... heaven in a bottle.
Marsel - April 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I favorite was cherry cola because it was the first flavor i tasted it was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. i was in 9th grade.
Travis - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom used to take me to an organic grocery called Sun Harvest when I was little. NYS was pretty much the highlight of the trip. Black Cherry was definitely the best.
elyssa - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Arielle...I think we knew your grandfather too! Was he a war veteran or did he ever drive a truck (before the ONYS took off of course)? I remember my stepfather(in his late 80's now-he's much much older than my Mom) knew someone there who gave us a tour when we moved to California. I also remember going to a nearby diner on the way back. Can't recall what city it was in. Man blueberry was my favorite! Definately signing the petition!!!
Bill - April 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the Black Cherry flavor as my favorite as I regularly swigged bottles down during the hot summers from 1984 to 1988. The only Soft Drinks I like now are Coca Cola and Dr Pepper.
Reed - April 24, 2009 - Report this comment
Dude black cherry...yum. I remember going to the barbershop getting a flat top and grabbing a New York Seltzer in the college market above. I do not remember the plastic bottles. They were always glass. AWESOME flashback!
angel sperry - April 25, 2009 - Report this comment
What happen to the water I can't find it anywhere I loved the water Cause it was just the greatest refreshment and was good for you. Where can I buy it at. please
Holly - April 28, 2009 - Report this comment
Im practically drooling after reading all these, I want one soooo bad! Growing up, a friend of mine's dad worked for a beverage company and they sold NYS; they had a seperate refrigerator in the garage just for Seltzer...I was in heaven. I think my favorite was the cream soda. Despite some of the disappointment from others I think I will try to find it at a local Big Lots....and keep my fingers crossed that it will be back full force some day!
Christina - May 08, 2009 - Report this comment
the memories...all the wonderful memories. Thank you Miller family
Shannon - May 10, 2009 - Report this comment
My brother used to love these, I hated them, but I did see them in Ann Arbor, Michigan like two months ago, the guy at the store said that they brought them back, so check in your area.
Kyle - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I actually still have some of the promotional posters from 1986-ish somewhere. They were giving them out with free samples. We were hooked. Then, one day, it was just gone. This would be a simple product to produce, even a simple 2 color label. The photo at the top of this blog is the new version, and although the main font is the same, it's not the same label. Here is an image URL that will REALLY bring back memories: http://www.flow-design.com/images/seltzer_large.jpg Hopefully, someone with more cashflow than I have will bring this back. I'll buy a carload of it.
Kyle (again) - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
If someone still has one of these newer bottles around and could provide a bottler's name or address from it, that might be helpful for obtaining the trademark.
April - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I just emailed Randy, I wonder if he'll reply? He should at least sell it to BevMo or online! I loved getting NYS out of the vending machine after gymnastics. I always peeled the styrofoam label off in thin strips and put it back in the bottle. Thanks for the links Arielle. I can't believe that you have never tried it!!
maggie jakeway - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the blueberry, rootbeer and peach..I live in Toledo, OHio I am going to Uncle Johns Pancake House tomorrow and getting me some!!I hope they are there!! Not sure if its the original..but man oh man..Im excited!!
MJ Voss - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
People are finding them in glass bottles still.....does that mean they are the originals from the 80's never opened? EW. I loved peach and black cherry too. I remember buying two and trying to ride my bike holding them and one fell and I just stared at it on the ground shattered....wondering how to get it back! At least I still had one left to drink. I am in Washington state and we have Big Lots here but I am NOT about to try one with sucrolose in it...gag. I will keep my eyes open for it because my husband and I were remembering how much we loved it in High School and where had it gone.
Brett - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been looking for this product for the last year and I glad to see others are as passionate as I am about the taste. I liked the peaches and cream, vanilla cream, and black cherry. Here is a link that talkes about the bankruptsy in case it was not posted elsewhere.I hope they are able to reorganize and bring it back so my kids can enjoy it with me and don't have to just listen to my memories. http://www.allbusiness.com/north-america/united-states-california-metro-areas/411732-1.html
Holly - June 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this drink. When my husband and I started dating, we'd play Putt Putt golf and always get a bottle afterward from the concession stand. When I had surgery in the early 90s, my husband found some in a local discount store and surprised me with it in the hospital. Just the other day, we were talking about it and wishing it was still available. My favorites were the cola berry and cream soda.
SelzterLozer - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Original New York Seltzer brings back a LOT of memories. My whole childhood was spent drinking the stuff. It was honestly the best thing that happened in my life, and remains so today. I remember my brother and I would get a couple of bottles of black cherry, shake them up, pop them open and spray them all over ourselves until we sparkled like the seltzer. Then we'd take our sparkling wet clothing off and make passionate love.
Tim - June 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Just happened to google the New York Seltzer name because my wife bought a 4 pack of drinks at a local store that made me think of New York Seltzer. I'm always buying the odd drinks at the store that I thought no one else noticed. Anyway, check out Jones Berry Lemonade, it reminds me exactly of one of the New York Seltzer's I used to drink. Oh and don't worry, this isn't a spam, we just happened to discover them at the store, its from Canada, and we're in the southern US, so it may be better known than I realized for it to make it this far.
Thomas - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to love this drink back in the day. I'd always get the 4 pack of raspberry flavor. I might have had cherry or strawberry, but that light pink label was the one I always looked for. Came in little tiny glass bottles. If you're looking for a drink that tastes similar, there's this brand called Clearly Prestige. It comes in all sorts of flavors like Raspberry, cherry, strawberry, key lime, mandarian orange, etc... So far I've only seen it for sale at Winn-Dixie (if you can still find one of those around) and they come in 1 liter bottles. The taste is just about what I remember from New York Seltzer.
Sean - July 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to love the Vanilla Cream. Any time I smelled vanilla, I assumed it was vanilla cream, because it smelled exactly like the soda. Can't say I have any idea how it was creamy but I loved it. Its sad that it inexplicably disappeared. Someone should bring it back!
Amy - July 06, 2009 - Report this comment
My family owned a deli in upstate NY (Saugerties) and we soold New York Seltzer. I have been thinking about it recently and can't believe how many other people loved it like i did. I LOVED the pink one (I'm thinking it was raspbery). God I miss those cute little bottles. YUM!
tommy - July 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I only wish I could find it somewhere. Any little corner sandwhich shop would have it and the vanilla cream was awesome. Wish it was still around!
PJ - July 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I lived on Peach New York Seltzer, Cheddar cheese Combos and Swedish fish all summer as a kid. You could even drink the stuff warm and it was still good.
Tiffany - August 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I love this stuff, and could find it at close out stores for a few years after the grocery stores stopped carrying it. Wish I had one now!
Joefromendicottny - August 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Excellent product. I thought I was the only one who associated great childhood memories with ONYS. Riding our bikes to Grand Union and sitting with friends in the park.Good Times.LOVED the peach.
Dave - August 19, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a little boy, my grandmother used to buy (I think it was black cherry) New York Seltzer for me. I haven't drank this stuff in 18 years. I'm almost 24 now and can remember when it was in the glass bottles. Which Big Lots store around Rochester, NY sells NYS?
bucketfurter - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow. Blast from the past. When I was a teen, NYS's combination of culture and dime-store pricing really grabbed me. I used to go for the Black Cherry. Where on Earth can anyone find a beverage that simple yet refreshing today?
Jeremiah - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to love drinking this as a kid. Very fond memory and haven't had one in 20 years.
Nichole - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
To my surprize I came across NYS in a random party store at Auburn & Ryan, next to Shelby Grill across from K&W Motorsports in Shelby twp., MI! They had strawberry, grape and peach mango. I had the strawberry and it was great! I remember walking to the corner store everyday to try a different flavor when I was a kid. It was only 5 houses away. And it was a light or diet beverage, I remember it saying only 5 calories on the smaller bottle. And it was that barley there color I remember. The liquor store owner said its hard to find but on the label it said it was bottled in Royal Oak, MI with permission/authority and a website, but I dont have the bottle anymore. As for buying food from BigLots, now you know that was a risk, lol.
Nichole - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh and they were in glass bottles (not plastic) that were larger than the original but had a label similar to the original. Not like the one that comes up online.
Nichole - August 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I was just reminded that Clearly Canadian in the little blue glass bottle was 2nd choice, but the new version in the larger clear bottle with polka dots sucks, it tastes like mineral water
Dan - August 29, 2009 - Report this comment
If its being bottled in Royal Oak, MI, the most likely source would be Towne Club Bottling (www.towneclub.com). I did not find our beloved product listed but this would be the most likely.
AM - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
the REAL new york seltzer is not being made anymore. peach,strawberry,grape,and mango were not even the original flavors. :)
arielle miller - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ytBtS8Zdqo
robin - September 21, 2009 - Report this comment
wow, that video was pure 80s decadence!
Michael - October 02, 2009 - Report this comment
This was one of the best drinks of the '80s. My dad and I loved the Cream Soda. Was mad when we could never find it anymore.
Dana - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I can't tell you how excited I am to have found this! I have been trying to remember for months the name of the company after having the Peachy Keen drink at Red Robin. I took one sip, and was instantly brought back to the Original New York peach seltzer I used to always get. I wish they still made it! But for those of you who loved it, and have a Red Robin restaurant, try out their Peachy Keen drink. Free refills too! :-)
David - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember sitting in airports waiting for departures and downing these while reading a few expensive magazines from the shops. I loved it soooo much.
Chris - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember handing out scratch and win tickets for NYS at Winnipeg Jet games in the 80s. I must have gotten 6-7 cases of the stuff after the game!!! Good times!
Michael - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I remeber going to the grocery store in St.Louis.MO as a kid and spending my allowance on New York Seltzer my fav was the Rasberry or the black cherry. I was heart broken when they stopped making it. Wish I could get some. I live in san antonio,tx.
Tom - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Completely random. Was watching a 90's made for tv show and saw one of the characters driking a rasberry NYC. I googled it and found this site. My favorite was blackberry and black cherry. Crazy how something can bring you back. NYC was $1.10, which was pricey for a 10yr old. Jolly Ranchers where a penny each. I would huslte some baseball cards or some yard work and skateboard to the 7-Eleven to pick up a blackberry or rasberry NYS. It was the little things that made me happy. 21yrs later I have lost sight of the little things in life. Everything is so damn complicated now...It would be great if someone could bring back the original, not the fake BigLots B.S.
A.D. - December 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVED the New York Seltzer!!! The Grape was my favorite. Even now, I can still recall the waxy feeling of the label. I remember it was 50 cents a bottle and my mom said it was EXPENSIVE! LOL!!! The times, they are a changin'!
Nostalgic Near Seattle - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
The other day I was discussing with some friends about the abundance of soda flavors back in the 80s. I mentioned a Chocolate Soda from New York Seltzer - and you could have heard the crickets - it wasn't until I described the Black Cherry Label that it sunk it - they'd forgotten about the best 8 oz glass bottled drink ever invented. I really wished they'd bring them back - unchanged... nothing is ever better than the original.
TheSwedestThing - January 03, 2010 - Report this comment
@Arielle: That Youtube video is priceless, your dad and granddad... I remember about 25 years ago Randy telling me that his life's ambition was to be a stuntman. Of course I thought he would be jumping off the roofs of buildings, etc., but what he has done is amazing. BUT, I just remember Randy and Alan brianstorming the soda company at the front table of the Rainbow Bar and Grill. You are a lucky young lady to have those two lovely men in your life!
ZG - January 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Does Randy still own the rights to the orginal New York Seltzer recipes? Who owns the patent to the name?
Rabbil - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Bring it back! And Bubblegum Soda! I remember my dad buying the little glass bottles for the both of us. New York Seltzer drinks are in my brain's "happy archives"...
VonGhoul - February 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow it's incredible to see that this product meant as much to others as it did to me. I've got countless memories that I can link to NYS despite how cheesy that sounds. Those tiny glass bottles were mana from heaven then.
Tully - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
If there's one thing I'd give my right arm for just now -- especially after reading all these commenst -- it's a cold Blueberry New York Seltzer. They sold them here in Scotland at the end of the 80s, but they were so hard to find! Blueberry, Raspberry, Cream Soda and Lime were all you could get... adn well I remember the day I was told that "they don't make 'em anymore"... I was destroyed! Been looking for ONYS ever since :-( Good to see I'm not the only one!
Sandy - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm so sad now. 3 months pregnant and all I want is a peach New York Seltzer. Go looking to see if I can find it online and find this.
bobbijo - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to drink grape New York seltzer everyday in the '80's. It wasn't diet but had only 60 calories per bottle. It was as described above a clear liquid with a distinctive bubbly and deliciously refreshing taste. If only someone would bring back this drink and while their at it the Marathon bar as well!!
verbal99 - March 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to love this stuff. I was searching online to try and find someplace that has it. Anyone in the South Eastern Mass area know where I can get it? Although I must say, I wouldn't mind driving outside my region to find it. And I am on my way to sign the petition! http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/bringbackfizzyonys
amy - April 09, 2010 - Report this comment
ahhhh... how awesome! i was just telling my 9 year old about the amazing memories of NYS from when i was a kid! i gre up in wv and we would ride our bikes to the local convienince store to grab a few bottles and chug them down! we were at the store last night and he was buying some cheap nockoff brand of strawberry flavored sparkeling water beverage...lol... if only our kids could taste the original!!!
MATTHEW - April 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I am craveing some root beer right now!
yolanda - April 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I wish I had one right now! I told a friend about it,he didn't know what I was talking about.I could not believe it.I talk to my kids about this drink all the time,they actually like seltzer water! I wish they would bring it back.It was the best drink I ever had! I hope our kids get to taste the original some day!!!!
Jack - May 25, 2010 - Report this comment
As a youngster (60's), I worked on a "soda truck" delivering various soda from different company. Crown, Kirsch, Hammer, Dr. Brown and Good Health seltzer. We delivered in Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens. Nothing ever tasted better than that seltzer with flavored syrups by Fox syrups. I did enjoy the Chocolate Cream or Cel-Ray by Dr. Brown, the Orange and Cream of Kirsch, the Lemon soda of Hammers, Crown Ginger ale and my home made Egg Creams. The Siphon Selzer bottles were the best.
Kevin - June 04, 2010 - Report this comment
OK, well I found an online article from 1993 online about the company... it saddened me to read it. I too miss the original formula sooo much and wish it would make a revival. www. allbusiness .com/ north-america /united-states-california-metro-areas /411732-1.html I tried to edit the link so it would allow me to post it as it is interesting to see what happened. Remove the spaces to use.
DC - June 13, 2010 - Report this comment
ONYC .. Bring it Back... The raspberry is one of the best beverages ever made. I have tried hundreds of different sodas and ONYC's are at the top of my list. If they bring it back it has to be in glass bottles with the foam label that you peel off slowlin in one continuous strip. I read coors holds the original recipes etc.. I have emailed them ....
CM - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Costco sales a sparkling flavored juice called IZZE. The black berry tastes identical to the original New York Seltzer
Rebecca - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm soooo missing the peach flavored.
Jenny - July 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Seems they replaced the "Original New York Seltzer" (made in Cali, but Y~U~M~M~Y as they COME!!!) with "Clearly Canadian" but NOW you CAN'T EVEN FIND THOSE!!! The ONLY THINGS SIMILAR ALL HAVE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!!! I DO NOT like the taste of them, the MESS UP MY STOMACH, & THERE HAS BEEN EVIDENCE LINKING THEM TO CAUSING CANCER!!! Ughhh!!! WHERE HAVE MY NYS GONE TO?
matt - July 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I heard coors bought it back it 1997, but never did anything with it, I hope they bring it back!
Nickysoul - August 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to go to a camp in NY and they sold 10-12 flavors of this. Favorite was root beer, black cherry, and apple. The apple tasted like a really good cider. I am truly dissappointed this company went under. Somebody should suggest this to coke or pepsi and bring it back!!!!!!
Pearl - August 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I love to see so many fans of the original new york seltzer. I have been searching for and requesting it for years. Berry blend was by far my favorite. I grew up living in the shadows of the 7-up company where I was able to buy Original NY seltzer by the case any flavor you wanted and occasionally they did a assortment. When the 7-up company folded so did my direct access to my favorite drink. I miss it dearly! No one knew what I was talking about so I found it comforting to see so many fans. Keep requesting and maybe some day we will be drinking a cold one together again.
Kim B. - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I live in Canada and I fondly remember ONYS from the late 80s. Rootbeer was my favourite flavour. I liked the stubby bottles. They made me feel so grown up. I also used to peel that foam label off in bits. Good times. :)
meg - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Kim- sometimes I read comments like yours and wonder why we aren't best friends.
Tarina - August 30, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG! I just asked my husband if he remembered this little bottle of NYS from the 80's. What are you talking about he said, so to the net I came and am I excited. Not crazy or alone, this is awesome! I would like the black cherry or grape. NYS was replaced by clearly canadian here in MN which were just as good. Please bring back NYS, taking a road trip to Hinkley will let you guys know if it is the original as posted earlier.
Paul - September 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I NEED SOME PEACH NYS!!! I have checked the web several times over the past couple decades hoping that I will find that they had decided to bring it back, but still nothing! This is the first time I am desperate enough to type a message about my state of desperation. What's wrong with us? Why does this matter so? Was NYS some sort of social experiment, and we are the unwitting subjects? I thought for sure that Obama would bring them back! Didn't he say something about NYS?
Jason - September 07, 2010 - Report this comment
You gotta be kidding me. Here I thought I was a freak for remembering something some might think insignificant, only to find that I am only one of many who hold fond memories of this bad a$$ beverage. I'm getting a little older now, so this "remember when" thing has a lot more meaning to me. Growing up outside of Akron, Ohio, my friend Joey & myself would get baked, shoot some hoops & treat my cotton mouth with raspberry ONYS. For the love of God, bring it back!!! I've had cotton mouth for 20 yrs. and these other drinks are slowly giving me cancer. Ahhhhhh, I love the old days. Seriously, bring it back...... Also, eff Big Lots....
Mike - September 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I like everyone else love and miss this stuff! Are the Big Lots rumors true?! You know I am checking that out!
Bruce - October 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I was VP/COO of ONYS in the 80's. It was truly an amazing product. Who knows...maybe one day we'll get it back!
Paul - November 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh we were just talking about these tonight! I remember drinking them then blowing on the bottom of the bottle so the foam label wrapper would slide down the bottle a inch or so then slamming your hand down on the bottom and making them POP! My mom would get so pissed with little bits of foam NYS label all over!
Lore'al - December 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I just got the biggest urge to drink a ONYS after just watching something with Randy Miller (President of ONYS and animal trainer) on Nat Geo. It's been soooo long since I've had one but I can honestly say that I can still taste that bubbly and so flavorful drink in my mouth. Rasberry was my fave! That was the only reason my siblings and I would be ok with going to the dentist.. my mom would treat us to one 30 mins after our appt. There isn't a BigLots here in Hawaii but next time I make it to Cali it's on... BigLots here I come... please don't let me down! Oh and my husband never even heard of ONYS... I feel so sorry for him!
gary - December 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Always had fond memories of ONYS! Black cherry was my favorite, well, all of them were my fave! Found them here in Niles,OH at the local big lots. They had black cherry, orange, root beer,vanilla creme and peach. Yeah they have sucralose in em ;( but at least they're still around! Taste is a little different than what i remember but it's still recognizable as ONYS though. Boy do they bring back memories! 80's sitcoms, big hair,cassettes! Man to have those days back!
Tyrone Biggums - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I really enjoyed New York Seltzer as a kid in the Boston suburbs. I loved it with pizza at Deneno's in Stoughton MA. My favorite was the Raspberry flavor!
cory usry - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I Think That This was the best drink ever and i would love to get this for my children so they too could enjoy greatness that is the ONYS i used to get my dad to buy it at krogers in Augusta GA i remember that it was sold by the six pack we all need to come togeather and combine our money and start a new company i know that it would be a hit all of the flavors that i tried were very good BRING IT BACK I WILL BUY AT LEAST 24 PACKS A MOUNTH
Gary H - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
I was hopeing this was still being produced.I really loved this stuff and was wanting my kids to try it.
speedracer - March 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember eating a lil debbie fudge round or oatmeal cream cookie while having a nys...Cream,Orange or root beer
Dave - April 22, 2011 - Report this comment
This stuff was amazing...it was an era of "Seltzers"...in my area, we had this and we had "zeltzer seltzer" (spelling?). New York Seltzer was my favorite...I used to drink it from morning to night in high school - I would drink it on the bus on the way to school! If I had some serious cash, I would by the original recipe, find a bottling company, and make the stuff - you have to think there would be a market now for something like this? The flavor and texture of the drink can't be found today...it was somewhere between the 0 calorie, barely flavored stuff you can get now (like Polar) and a soda. Perfect...light, moderately clear, but really flavorful. I miss the 80's so much. New York Seltzer and Domino's Pizza (when Domino's was actually really, really good - not like now)...
Beau - May 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember our "little store" in Porverville, CA called "Shop 'N Save" (ALL of the locals still refer to it as "Al's) used to have a "New York Seltzer" fridge with every flavor in it (Raspberry, Blueberry, Root beer, Black Cherry, Cream Soda, Peach, Lemon-Lime and a host of others) in the back of the store. It was was my MISSION in life to try THEM ALL... at least ONCE! Most of my childhood income in 1987 went to New York Seltzer and 1st edition Garbage Pail Kids. I remember my dad drinking them sometimes and saying how they tasted almost like soda did in the '50s when he was a kid. They... were so... STRONG! That little, tiny, clear glass bottle with the Styrofoam label held about 8 oz. of the best liquid that I have ever tasted... to this day. It burned going down and it was so good. I think a few times I tried drinking 2 at the same time (an entire 16 fl oz.) and ended up having thick blankets of foam coming up each time I burped. I remember that soon afterward, a brand called Zeltzer Seltzer came out and like most everything else good about the '80s, they disappeared into thin air -- never to be seen again. I really can't explain what happened there. They were both going strong and making millions... and then they were gone. Maybe it was just another fad like skinny ties, spandex and Duran Duran. Or maybe they were TOO good and the big companies just bought them out and made them "go away". Who knows? At any rate, if it were to come back again, (the REAL stuff) I would definitely be buying it again. I seriously doubt that it will ever return though. Sadly, it seems that anything of any quality has been outlawed in 2011. If it's not filled with corn syrup from genetically modified corn, partially hydrated soybean oil, Yellow #2, #5, #7, #12 & #13, MSG, and formaldehyde, it's bad for you and needs to be outlawed for your safety. At any rate, New York Seltzer was one of those defining GOOD things about the '80s that I really miss. Like Dave said "New York Seltzer and Domino's Pizza" is actually ONE flavor that I can still clearly remember... while playing Atari and Kung-Fu & Super Mario Bros. on the NES or watching "Night Court" or "Cheers" on our B&W T.V. Anyways, no drink compared to it. To me, it's kind of like erasing cheese or bacon from existence. Total party foul dude... and not the least bit radical or tubular or excellent... just a major bummer.
Matthew Prather - June 16, 2011 - Report this comment
There is a strip mall in Wildwood, MO that we used to ride our skateboards up to when I was 11 - 14 years old. At one end of the strip mall was our frequently visited bike/skate shop and at the other end was my favorite quick shop that was very reminiscent of the store from Clerks. During the summers we mowed yards for cash and then visited the little strip mall for skateboard parts and then spent hours at the quick shop dumping quarters into the Double Dragon video game and pinball machines while chasing Milkshake candy bars down with Peach and Blueberry New York Seltzers. I remember they came in little glass bottles, probably 12-14oz with a peel-able label. This was 1986-87ish? I never could find NYS once I got out of High School in 1992, and looked for it here and there for a decade or so. My wife and I were at Dierbergs, a local grocery store chain in Saint Louis, MO, about four years ago and 'voila', sitting there on the shelf was large bottles of NYS. I tried the Strawberry and Peach and they just weren't the same. Tasted, well, artificial and they were colored. All the NYS I had when younger was totally clear. Oh well, perhaps someday they will bring it back to it's original form. Until then, it's Crystal Pepsi for me :)
Eugene Joseph - June 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I drank the NYS peach flavor in very large quantities, then very suddenly the stuff disappeared. You would think with this type of reaction the owners of the brand might take notice? Please. Pretty please.
Lori - September 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I to still long for the orginal formula new york seltzer. Has anyone bought one of those soda machines you can buy at Kohl's or Bed Bath and Beyond to make their own flavored seltzers to try to re-create these flavors of the original?
Stephanie - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! I LOVED New York Seltzers, they were the tastiest-non alcholic drink & they came in so many flavors! I dont know why that company went outta business. Everytime I go down the soda aisle, I always think of these drinks STILL...nothing holds a candle to them.
Corey - September 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember always peeling the foam labels down the glass bottle in a spiral... but don't break it!!!, the thinner and longer the ribbon the better! Loved the Peach, Blueberry and Black Cherry best! Man we had it good as kids in the 80's
Cari - September 11, 2011 - Report this comment
Blueberry or peach all the way!Miss the 80's!My kids will never have it as good as we did for little treats like that!
Art Alexakis (Ev Cl) - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Just bought the rights from Coke, I plan on making and bottling the NYS here in Portland Oregon from an old micro brewery! I've been brewing beer for years and an old friend reminded me of the old NYS. Start up will be in just under a year if everything goes right. I can't make the original styrafoam labels due to the EPA and Oregon D.E.Q. Be on the lookout for the all original NYS! I have to import pure cane sugar from Mexico because all the original recipes use sugar, no sweeteners. Just to show legititimacy: Cost of NYS recipes, name rights, & brewery..... $175,000,000. Not too bad, but hopefully I get enough interest from people that remember NYS to get it off the ground floor. I am planning a major marketing campaign to roll out on the airwaves (XM & Serius) radio, and all the major TV networks..... Wish us luck in bringing your favorite back!
G Bone - November 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Yeah right geek! Oh I can't wait for you to bring back ONYS next year. Good one loser
Cody - November 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember New York Seltzer.....loved it! I remeber going to Circle K and getting New York Seltzer and playing video games! Blueberry New York Seltzer was my fav!
Will - February 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a kid when those little New York Seltzer bottles came out. I loved the flavors, and the little bottles. I collected them and still have 8 or 10 different bottles with the foam labels and all!
MarvinD - February 15, 2012 - Report this comment
What great memories of drinking NYS black cherry and raspberry with my friends! It was the best soda alternative around! I'm sad they are out of business.
Slvrwng - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I can remember trips to Monterey in the eighties were never complete without a stop at 'The Bagle Bakery' to get our fix of bagels and ONYS, black cherry was always our family favorite!
Ron - September 02, 2012 - Report this comment
I had completely forgotten about New York Seltzer. My family and I loved the Black Cherry flavor in particular. I remember the glass bottles, the weird styrofoam labels that you could peel off, and the sharp aluminum caps. I guess they were phased out so slowly I never noticed they went out of business. Thanks for the memories.
mic - September 14, 2012 - Report this comment
I need my choc. cream soda, it was a sip of heaven
KONA KAILANI - September 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I use to work at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood back in the mid to ate 80's. The inventor on NYS was a resident at the hotel. He and his son would give us free cases. They hung out with another long time resident David Coverdale of White Snake. That's another story! Anyhow, it brings back a lot of wild memories of the 80's in West Hollywood!!! I LOVED THE BLUEBERRY!!!! Yummy!
Holly - November 22, 2012 - Report this comment
Please bring this back, it was so good. And with no artificial sweetners and ingredients it was better for you. Nothing now a days compares!
Cebee - November 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Ditto, Okay so I was trying a new drink today,Sparkling ICE. I unscrewed the cap and a smell from my childhood came rushing to my head. What was the name of the drink though that I used to love? I couldn't remember. I know it was something 'seltzer'. I came across this blog while I Googled like mad to find the name. Anyway I had to post a comment right away. Thanks for the memories!!
Tre - November 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Please, ALL OF YOU, contact the original bottling company. Coke, I believe owned the rights, and write an actual hand-written letter asking for them to bring the ORIGINAL back, and I'll do the same. If they get enough actual letters, they WILL consider bringing it back! Please do it while you're thinking about it. Emails are ok, but regular is always best for requests like this. Also, when u get the address, post it to ur FB walls and ask friends to write as well! We can get it back, I know we can!!!! I'm starting mine right now. It's worth a try!
Andre - November 12, 2013 - Report this comment
SHEILA from November 11, 2008 said it best. And I wrote a letter, Tre! Got hard doing it, too. Loved this drink and we need it back. Do you know about V&J Pizza in Wayne, New Jersey? They were in a little mall off Valley Road.
Porsha - December 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone have the address? My sister and I were talking about this today! We will both send a letter but I'm having trouble locating who to send it to. Help! I LOVED this stuff!
Marv - March 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Special mention of Randy Miller and New York Seltzer in connection with Alphy's Soda Pop Club from Hollywood in the 80s in this interview with Corey Haim of the Two Coreys from March 2004. http://www.vice.com/read/him-himself-and-he-0000193-v19n4
sjlear55@gmail.com - March 25, 2014 - Report this comment
OMG BLACK CHERRY NYS WAS MY FAV.I USED TO BUY IT AT THE CORNER STORE ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE I LIVED WHEN MY KIDS WERE LITTLE IN THE 80'S.THE GUY WHO OWNED THE STORE WOULD GET ME A CASE OF IT BECAUSE THAT FLAVOR ALWAYS SOLD OUT SO FAST.I READ SOMEWHERE THAT IT WAS A FATHER/SON OPERATION AND WHEN THEY STARTED RAKIN IN THE PROFITS IT WENT UP THEIR NOSES JUST AS FAST AND THE COMPANY WENT UNDER,VERY SAD BCUZ IT WAS SO DELISH,NOTHIN LIKE AN ICE COLD NYS ON A HOT SUMMER DAY!! AHHHHH
sjlear55@gmail.com - March 25, 2014 - Report this comment
KONA, Did they seem like the type that would just throw away a lucrative business just like that? I can't begin to tell you how many years I've been searching for the formula and maybe try n make it with that soda stream machine.I don't recall who had the rights to the formula,was it Coke or Pepsi? Thanks

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