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Catering a Bris in Lower Westchester

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amybeth451 Nov 20, 2007 03:25 AM

I'm due in about a month and I may be having a boy (given it's a 50/50 shot) :) My husband and I are being surprised, but want to be prepared. It doesn't have to be Kosher, I just am not sure where to go. I looked at the Standing Room Only website and it looks a little more "fine" that what I had in mind. Where is a good place to have some wraps and salads and maybe some bagels and lox catered? Does SRO offer that? It didn't look like it on the site. Also I saw people mention Lulu's for cakes...where are they located? I"m not locked into the menu, so Any help and suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    5pmshadow Nov 20, 2007 04:25 AM

    there is a small place in larchmont called the east ave. cafe. the lady does a great job with platters and salads and the like. she did platters for my nephew's bris, and everyone kept commenting about how great the stuff was. who knew?? anyway, its right off palmer ave. on east. good luck!!!

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      laylag Nov 20, 2007 10:21 AM

      There is a great smoked fish place in Mamaroneck - is called La Maree but now called Portier Fine Foods - I think they fairly recently changed names. They do great smoked fish platters - you'd have to get the bagels and accoutrements separately. I had the fish at a Yom Kippur break fast meal about two years ago - it was excellent quality.

      http://www.portierfinefoods.com/

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        valerie Nov 20, 2007 12:01 PM

        I posted this report from my son's first birthday party. SRO is very accommodating and easy to work with. They do bagels/lox too.

        Lulu's is on Garth Road near the train station. I'm hooked.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/447256

        http://sweetsbylulu.com/page.asp?cont...

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          tarrytown hound Nov 20, 2007 03:39 PM

          We used Standing Room Only for our daughter's babynaming. They couldn't be nicer and were so accomodating. We did a combination of salads and wraps/sandwiches. Their presentation is beautiful and everything was great. They also do lox and bagels, though we didn't do it. Both Standing Room Only and Lulu's are in Scarsdale.

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            stu Nov 20, 2007 07:24 PM

            Barney Greengrass on the upper west side will deliver up here. You won't regret it. Or the Hartsdale Cheesery

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              laylag Nov 21, 2007 11:38 AM

              Stu, went into the Harsdale Cheesery for the first time a few weeks ago to buy some cheees. I was not impressed by the store itself, thought the prepared foods looked old and tired and the prices were exhorbitant - $7 for a small bag of cheese twist crackers?! We also weren't wowed by the limited selection of cheeses and the high prices on those too. The smoked fishes also didn't look as fresh as they should.

              Now, that said the quality of two of the three cheeses we did get were exceptional - an aged gouda and an aged goat. The brie was fine but not anything you can't get elsewhere for less. I won't stop running down to Fairway when but for every now and then I will go back in.

              Not feeling it on the fish though. I think La Maree/Portier probably has better.

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                lucyis Nov 21, 2007 02:58 PM

                Turcos always made wonderful platters and Morton Williams has great appy so why not try them. I's check out Stew Leonards too.

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                  stu Dec 2, 2007 07:15 PM

                  Went back this past Saturday. I hear you on the crackers etc. but this is a classic APPETIZING place. They used to be all over the NY area. Growing up in Brooklyn there were a few to choose from in my neighborhood alone. They along with most all of the others no longer exist. You go there for the FISH. three different kinds of lox that are hand sliced by people who know how. Plus whitefish, Sable, etc. The blintzes are first rate too. If somebody can tell me of another shop that is akin to this in Westchester, please pass it along.Barney Greengrass is a temple to this type of food but is in NYC. I live near La Maree and gladly make the 20 minute drive to Hartsdale.

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                    laylag Dec 3, 2007 07:02 AM

                    I'll have to take your word for now Stu as I didn't pick up any fish from Hartsdale Cheesery and only had La Maree at someone's home - didn't buy the stuff myself.

                    I too grew up eating food my family bought from classic appetizing places such as Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn so am pretty particular. I didn't try the fishes at hartsdale cheesery but they just didn't look moist and fresh to me. Ditto the prepared foods on the other side of the counter near the back wall.

                    It's good to know about the blintzes - not too many sources for that around. I didn't check the prices on the smoked fish but am guessing that Fairway's are better and since I love several of Fairway's smoked salmons - hand sliced very professionally, I'm sticking with them when I can get there. Perhaps we'll give a try to the cheesery next time we need some local nova.

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                Skookie31 Nov 21, 2007 04:24 PM

                You're in lower Westchester, that's pretty wide open. I would go to 3 or 4 bagel shops nearby and see if they also carry a full line of deli and appetizing (most do). Ask if they do catering (most do as well). Sample a few of your favorites -- if you like em' ask for a estimate for the party. I've always found that local businesses try harder and are a little friendlier that the catering "specialists". Over the years I've used the "local guy" several times in different places, always happy with the result (and the price!)

                1. nbermas Nov 23, 2007 11:48 AM

                  I have a friend of mine who caters and would love to chat with you. She a done alot of bris's and many lovely events. Would you be interested in speaking with her? Her food is excellent.

                  Nancy

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                    RawTunaFan Dec 2, 2007 09:27 PM

                    I would just cut to the chase and order the real deal, Barneys from the city. Lulu's would be the obvious choice for cakes since they taste and look good and are kosher, if thats a concern or if your rabbi is planning on noshing on the schmear.
                    Congratulations!

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