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 • 1 912

  • Caden Hoffman
    Caden Hoffman  23 minutes back

    We must protect this man at *all* costs.

    • The ninja 101 vlogs
      The ninja 101 vlogs  41 minutes back

      Can we thank the people who saved rays shop

      • LevinTheError
        LevinTheError  52 minutes back

        Ray is an extremely cute old man

        • IceCream Larry
          IceCream Larry  1 hours back

          They protecc
          They pay for his RENT
          but most importantly

          he jumped off a boat, somehow got to America, called himself Ray, pretended to be puertorican, and created his own junk food establishmENT!

          • fAt gaMer234
            fAt gaMer234  1 hours back

            So hes an illegal? Donald trump boutta smack yo ass

            • Joker Main
              Joker Main  2 hours back

              Does anybody know where this is located because I would like to go.

              • John Frisella
                John Frisella  2 hours back

                *pulls out simple Hershey bar*

                “This is my favorite thing in the world.”

                • Giulia
                  Giulia  2 hours back

                  this is so cute!

                  • Isabelle Thompson
                    Isabelle Thompson  2 hours back

                    Thought she said Jay Alverez and I got hella confused for a minute

                    • hrcutz
                      hrcutz  3 hours back

                      Don’t let trump see this video...

                      • NoobyGamez
                        NoobyGamez  3 hours back

                        This guy clearly doesn’t care about your health and cares more about profit. Have you seen the colour of the oil? That’s used way too many times without being replaced.

                        • Fizzle
                          Fizzle  4 hours back

                          2:18 *eye creams*

                          • Luke Curran
                            Luke Curran  4 hours back

                            What a legend

                            • Daniel Scruffletop
                              Daniel Scruffletop  4 hours back

                              THGIS VOICE IS SO ANNOYING

                              • Paul glandy
                                Paul glandy  4 hours back

                                What a dump. Only in american could such junk food sell so well for so long.

                                • oidiesss
                                  oidiesss  4 hours back

                                  Inshallah hell live long ❤

                                  • Sideshow Bob
                                    Sideshow Bob  4 hours back

                                    Key eating shit you americunts, the .ore shit you eat the sooner the world will be free from your so called ownership of the world

                                    • cute sea urchin
                                      cute sea urchin  4 hours back

                                      Her lack of lips make me uncomfortable lol

                                      • XI34
                                        XI34  4 hours back

                                        I’ve never seen this man in my life and swear if I don’t I will leave earth and fly into the sun

                                        • Kuma
                                          Kuma  5 hours back

                                          aww the thought of being 83 years old and still not retiring to enjoy his life makes me sad :( he should be enjoying his life rn instead of working so hard-
                                          God bless him <3

                                          • Y'ain’t
                                            Y'ain’t  6 hours back

                                            This 👏 man 👏 is 👏 the 👏 Stan 👏 Lee 👏 of 👏 snacks
                                            *protect him at all costs*

                                            • Henry Crick
                                              Henry Crick  6 hours back

                                              This guy at this age working 4pm till the next morning, and som people just sat living on benefits and the government god bless this man

                                              • shittyG1
                                                shittyG1  6 hours back

                                                He is a real immigrant truly living the American dream. Bless him

                                                • Shaun Twed
                                                  Shaun Twed  7 hours back

                                                  I've heard of a Deep Fried Marsbar but Oreo's 😯

                                                  • KW
                                                    KW  7 hours back

                                                    She has the most irritating voice. Ever.

                                                    • ni loo
                                                      ni loo  8 hours back

                                                      Love from Iran.❤❤❤❤
                                                      Proud of you 👏

                                                      • Shani Samuels
                                                        Shani Samuels  8 hours back

                                                        He’s a national treasure protect him at all costs

                                                        • A VC
                                                          A VC  8 hours back

                                                          Never heard of them but I know that Dylan's candy is more popular.

                                                          • Omar Maayouf
                                                            Omar Maayouf  8 hours back

                                                            LIKE ME PLEASE

                                                            -|_|- feed me likes me hungry =_= no feed me likes

                                                            • Samuel
                                                              Samuel  8 hours back

                                                              Can’t stand this, never anything like this good in the UK 😭

                                                              • no name
                                                                no name  9 hours back

                                                                so he's one of those dangerous illegal immigrants

                                                                • Yep its Marcry
                                                                  Yep its Marcry  9 hours back

                                                                  If I was in new york I would love to visit the store

                                                                  • plushpuppy32
                                                                    plushpuppy32  9 hours back

                                                                    Support your local business

                                                                    • Sherry Guns
                                                                      Sherry Guns  10 hours back

                                                                      Omg what an amazingly sweet soul. I hope he has a lot of beautiful years left on this planet ❤️❤️❤️

                                                                      • Alexander Ma
                                                                        Alexander Ma  10 hours back

                                                                        Recpect Ray you are a Real legend but im in dk so Can cant taste the sweets you Got ray

                                                                        • Joyce Celine Asuque
                                                                          Joyce Celine Asuque  11 hours back

                                                                          Calling out Mr. Beast please get this guy a happy vacation.

                                                                          • Ryan Dale
                                                                            Ryan Dale  11 hours back

                                                                            He’s like a modern day Willy Wonka

                                                                            • Ryan Dale
                                                                              Ryan Dale  11 hours back

                                                                              He’s like a modern day Willy Wonka

                                                                              • aditya adr
                                                                                aditya adr  12 hours back

                                                                                @4:36 guy is high af 😂😂😂😂

                                                                                • Bris Vegas
                                                                                  Bris Vegas  12 hours back

                                                                                  I can't believe he has only had one day off is that even possible?

                                                                                  • Exploding Paint
                                                                                    Exploding Paint  12 hours back

                                                                                    I grew up in the East Village and I would always go to Rays with my nana. I’m almost in college now and I still take my friends to Rays. I love this place and Ray so much.

                                                                                    • Love Nurtures
                                                                                      Love Nurtures  12 hours back

                                                                                      Kendall Jenner and the Kardashians love to go there for the deep fried Oreos that Ray the geriatric illegal immigrant makes...😻Immigrants add an immense value to any society if given the chance...

                                                                                      • Euphoria
                                                                                        Euphoria  13 hours back

                                                                                        Doesn’t he have coworkers? I couldn’t imagine running a shop all by myself, With a whole line of hungry hippos.

                                                                                        • vee c:
                                                                                          vee c:  13 hours back

                                                                                          i need to go here

                                                                                          • ernestine
                                                                                            ernestine  14 hours back

                                                                                            uwu im soft 🥺

                                                                                            • SunyiSideUp
                                                                                              SunyiSideUp  15 hours back

                                                                                              I miss this place so bad! I lived in East Village for a while, and I always got fries and fried Oreos late at night from here. I had no idea it was so famous, it was just a place I liked to get snacks lol. As soon as I get back to East Village, I'm going to get fried Oreos!

                                                                                              • Clio Sze
                                                                                                Clio Sze  15 hours back

                                                                                                Aww... he’s adorable and the food looks amazing, God please make this man immortal!

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                                                                                                  Awww I’m crying he’s sooo cute!!! He’s the cutest little old man in the world!!! 🥺🥺🥺🤣🤣😭😭😭🥰