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Dec 17, 2007 06:19 AM

Foodie shopping destinations in Midtown?

We're headed to Times Square (I know, I know) for the Xmas weekend in the city, and I'm already working on a list of food shopping nearby for my last day, with goodies to bring back home. I've already got Amy's Bread (9th ave and 46th), Maison du Chocolat (30 Rock) and Garrett's Popcorn (5th Ave and 46th) on my list. I'd love to get to Fairway or Zabars, but I think it's too far to walk, and I'm short on time. Any recommendations for places to get olive oil, great coffee beans, breads or cupcakes, decent bagels, french pastries, or anything else you'd suggest?

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  1. If you're going to be at Ninth and 46th, you could get cupcakes at Cupcake Cafe, 545 Ninth between 40th and 41st. And if you're going to be at Rock Center, you could try the Dean and DeLuca outpost there for coffee, muffins etc. But basically, midtown isn't a great food-shopping area. And yes, it'd be a hike to Zabar's or Fairway. A short subway ride though.

    1. It is a bit of a walk up to Fairway and Zabar's (but only a quick subway ride, as NYCkaren says). It's totally worth it.

      But along 9th Ave there are a couple of things ... Poseiden Bakery (between 44th & 45th for amazing bird's nests, baklava, and other Greek specialties - I highly recommend); Little Pie Company (43rd between 9th & 10th - I'm not as big a fan as others); and if you're going really west, there's the H&H Bagel big factory location (42nd and 11/12th, I think - I love these bagels).

      1. Sullivan Street Baking Companyis on 47th between 10th and 11th.

        But I'm with the others -- take the train up to Fairway or Zabar's, or better yet, a cab. You'll

        Of course if you were walking, you could always stop into Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center, and then Jacques Torres on West 74th. Or Grom. Or Grandaisy.

        1. If you're stuck in that area hop on the shuttle for a quick trip to Grand Central and go to the Grand Central market. They have Murray's cheese and there is also an olive oil store in the station that's pretty good. Downstairs there is a Juniors if you want to bring home a cheesecake or some black & whites.

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          1. re: lookingforpig

            I second the olive oil store in Grand Central. I think it's called Oliver's & Co. They offer a duo of orange infused orange olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar for salad dressing or whatever. It tried it in the store and fell in love. So I got this for my uncle for Christmas and have almost opened his gift 3 times. I've been daydreaming about the combination of this certain oil oil with this certain balsmic ever since. It is the best. Seriously. You will not believe how good it is.

            1. re: princess43215

              Is the Grand Central Market open every day?

              1. re: EarlyDrive

                Yup, open everyday. Not sure until what time, but I know it's fairly late (until at least 8pm).

          2. You can also go to the Oren's outpost in Grand Central for freshly roasted coffee beans. They're right across from the Murray's station.

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            1. re: midtownfoodie

              take the 7th Ave subway to 72nd Street and Broadway
              Visit Grey's Papaya for the BEST hotdogs + drinks
              Walk 2 blocks north to Fairway
              Then walk another 2 blocks north to Beard Papa for the BEST creme puffs
              Then walk up to 81st Street to Zabars
              When finished there, board the downtown subway at 79th Street
              back to where you started

              Very easy

              1. re: Lettucepray

                Perfect outline. I'd add -- 74th St (Amsterdam) for Jacques Torres, 75th St (Bway) for Citarella, and 80th St (Bway) for H&H Bagels. There's also Grandaisy and Grom right there too.

                1. re: LNG212

                  Excellent suggestions, but I'll be lucky to have an hour total to sneak away. Bouchon Bakery looks intriguing. Is it worth the $$? Also, is there anything else in/near TWC?

                  1. re: LNG212

                    If you're going to the UWS you can't leave without Levain cookies. 74th & Amsterdam.