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Sep 15, 2009 10:11 AM

easy to transport NY food gift ideas

I normally bring rugelach and mini black and white cookies when I travel abroad for work. Any other suggestions for some variety (no chocolate, as it's already plentiful where I'm going)? In addition to being something that travels well (i.e., needs to clear Security and Customs), whatever it is should serve, say, up to 40 or so people, and stay fresh for a couple of days. Finally, extra points for things *special* to NY. Oh, and would prefer something not particularly extravagant or costly.

Thanks for any recommendations.

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  1. travelling with food for 40 is alot, regardless, but nothing beats a NYC bagel. Even if you're going to NJ.

    1. Bagels are very New York, but after a couple of days they won't taste very good. How about something like Zabar's Russian coffee cake? I think it's actually better after it's slightly stale and a little goes a long way -- very dense. It comes in pre-wrapped chunks but you could probably inquire about a larger piece, wrapped well for travel.

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      1. re: City Kid

        That's an idea! I've been meaning to check out Zabar's Russian coffee cake. And since I would buy the rugelach and mini B&W's there anyway, it would be very convenient indeed.

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          It is fabulous and I swear it keeps forever! What could be more NY?!

      2. pork buns from chinatown!! they will keep for at least 3 days. baked or steamed, you can get them at chatham square restaurant..

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        1. re: scattoni

          Uhm, are you talking the bbq pork buns or the xiao long bao type? I don't know that most bbq pork buns of the type found in Chinatown bakeries are that good after 3 days and I would have definite qualms about the latter after 1 or 1.5 days.