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Good Bakeries Downtown or near Grand Central?

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Hi,

I am flying to Miami Friday night and want to get a cake or some yummy NY food to take to my family there. I don't have much time to get to the airport so I need something downtown preferably near Broadway and Reade and Duane (maybe even the tip of Tribeca) or very close to Grand Central...even in Grand Central if you had a recommendation.

I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks so much in advance...you Manhattan foodies have helped keep my tummy in pure bliss since I move here :)

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  1. You can get Junior's cheesecake in grand central, or something from the Little Pie Co...

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      That will work perfectly...I forgot about Junior's...thanks!

      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        I second Little Pie Co...they make a fantastic Sour Cream Apple. And the Berry Pie is also to die for. I guess you have to think of non-refrigerated items, and something that will travel well. Cheesecake is out, and a cake may not survive the trip in tact. Good luck!

        1. re: sonofoodie

          Ditto the sour cream apple pie at the LPC. What about Eleni's Cookies or some cookies from Milk and Cookies Bakery? And you can NEVER go wrong with NY bagels.

          1. re: LeahBaila

            Thanks everyone! Bagels sounds like a great idea along with everyone else's suggestions...I am going to refer back to this thread for future trips. I know I sound completely crazy, but where can I get a good bagel? I am from Miami and our bagel is the pastelito so i don't know if I know what a good bagel is. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and preferably near Grand Central. Thanks!!!

            1. re: lorilaw

              I prefer Essa Bagel, others prefer H&H. There is an Essa Bagel around 51st and Lex (not too far from Grand Central).

              1. re: lorilaw

                Just a note on the location - Ess-A is on 51st and 3rd, and blows H&H out of the water any day...

                1. re: theannerska

                  I have been reading reviews elsewhere and it looks like ess-a bagelis the palce to try...thanks so much for the suggestion! I am really excited about tying it...all this time living in NY and I don't think I have ever had a real NY bagel!

                  1. re: lorilaw

                    I still remember the day I was converted to Ess-A... Happy noshing!

            2. re: sonofoodie

              Actually for juniors they will pack it in a bag for travelling (don't remember what they call it) and its fine unrefrigerated for up to 6-10 hours. My cousin took it home to Montreal via train and it was still good 12 hours after.

          2. ceci cela (there is a location on chambers and greenwich st). excellent sweets.

            1. A bit late I guess, but there is a Financier branch in the World Financial Center.

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              1. re: nokitsch

                Thanks to everyone for all of your help...I ended up getting both a juniors cheesecake and the bagels...and then my flight was cancelled and there were no other flights until Monday :(
                At least now I know the routine for next time.