Taste some great balls of pan­cakes

New York Daily News - - NEW YORK EATS - BY JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ Breads Bak­ery’s Spit-roasted meats are the spe­cialty at Mer­akia in the Flat­iron.

Cfor $9.95 a bag at three Man­hat­tan lo­ca­tions (breads­bak­ery. com) for a lim­ited time. New this year for Rosh Hashanah — along with ap­ple schmear ($7.95 per jar of cin­na­mon ap­ple but­ter) — it’s avail­able now through Sept. 29. The new­bies join other Jewish New Year faves like raisin chal­lah ($10.95) and marzi­pan honey ($7.95) that Breads is only of­fer­ing over the next cou­ple of weeks.

oked-up cof­fee is a thing — again.

Coca-Cola Cof­fee Plus has been dreamed up by the mad mixol­o­gists at the soft drink gi­ant.

It’s just the drink ticket for caf­feine ad­dicts who can’t de­cide if they want to get a jolt from Coke or java, since it blends both.

This way they can have both in one can. At least if you’re Ja­pan.

That’s where the bev­er­age is sold ex­clu­sively in vend­ing ma­chines, ac­cord­ing to the web­site ex­tracrispy.com.

Cans of the mash-up thirst quencher look like typ­i­cal Coke con­tain­ers, ex­pect for three lit­tle cof­fee beans set against the red back­ground. Each 6.4-ounce can packs 34 mil­ligrams of caf­feine, the same as a 12-ounce can of Coke. By com­par­i­son, a 12-ounce (“tall”) Star­bucks iced cof­fee has 120 mil­ligrams.

Be­yond the jolt fac­tor, a Ja­panese tastetester noted, “To be frank, it’s not a very de­li­cious aroma...but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.”

How do you say “damn­ing with faint praise” in Ja­panese?

This isn’t Coca-Cola’s first cof­fee-fla­vored Coke. In 2006, the com­pany in­tro­duced the U.S. to Coca-Cola Blak.

“Imag­ine the re­fresh­ing taste of an icecold Coca-Cola that fin­ishes with a rich essence of cof­fee,” was the pro­mo­tional pitch. The prod­uct was dis­con­tin­ued two years af­ter its re­lease.

But if you’re crav­ing a cof­fee soft drink and you’re not in Ja­pan, you’re not to­tally out of luck. A Man­hat­tan Spe­cial could do the trick. The espresso soda, which has been around since 1895, just got a la­bel makeover. Look for it at your neigh­bor­hood bodega, deli or bagel store. “We have sat­is­fied loyal con­sumers with our fam­ily’s se­cret recipe for over 100 years,” the com­pany boasts on its site.

We’ll drink to that. Coca-Cola Cof­fee Plus is only in Ja­pan, but at home you can find Man­hat­tan Spe­cial Cof­fee Espresso (right).

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