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What was your best Manhattan bought airplane meal?

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With the airlines cutting back on everything, especially the food service, what was the best meal you brought on board for a trip to Europe, or the West Coast?

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  1. Di Palos for slices of prosciutto, salami, olives, crackers and any non foul smelling cheese. In Chinatown I would pick up some grapes from a fruit stall and beef jerky on Elizabeth street(conveniently close by) to go along as well.

    I try to be mindful of my seat neighbors and choose items that would not stink up the cabin. I don't want the person 5 rows away from me know what I'm having for lunch.

    1. I loved to get a pastrami sandwich (rich, not lean, sliced thin) from 2nd Ave. when they were on 2nd Ave. My most memorable plane meal was pate - but what smelled wonderful at home had the aroma of cat food a couple of aisles away. (At least that's what I gathered from all of the dirty looks I got from my fellow passengers.) But it still tasted great.

      1. Any sandwich from (and on) Amy's Bread: a baguette sandwich easily keeps for a half-dozen hours without getting soggy, cold, smell, etc., is very portable, and plenty tasty. Add some Dirty Chips and grab a soda from the flight attendant's cart.

        1. Bagels with 2 different spreads from Ess-a-Bagel.

          1. 1/2 of a day old leftover Woody Allen from Carnegie on a fresh ess-a-bagel. I felt a lot of jealous stares, including the flight attendant.

            1. Lamazou sandwich - special number 1.

              1. The night before an early flight, I go to Whole Foods and buy: smoke salmon, sourdough bread, scallion cream cheese, goat cheese (those get mashed together), and the works. Makes a fantastic breakfast sandiwich on a long haul cross country.