081508eggcream.JPGWhile the City Room recently asserted that "the egg cream seems to have gone the way of stickball, soda fountains and other elements of lost New York," others say rumors of the classic drink's demise are greatly exaggerated. Jeremiah Moss (Vanishing New York) and Eater have hit the streets to assess the situation, and the diagnosis from Katz's co-owner Fred Austin says it all: “The state of the egg cream is good. But it has to be served by a middle-aged Jewish guy with an unlit cigar clenched between his teeth and a wet napkin draped over his arm. Otherwise, it’s not a real egg cream.”