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best place for tray of "savory" appetizers or entrees?

csp84 Oct 25, 2009 11:23 AM

I am going to a party on Tuesday and have been assigned to bring a "savory" food. So, I'm looking for a good place to pick up a tray of "savory" appetizers or an entree (like baked ziti, lasagna, etc). It doesn't have to feed too many people (there will only be 15 total at the party and everyone is bringing something). I'd like to spend less than $40 or $50. If I can't think of anything better, I was just going to pick up a half tray of baked ziti or penne vodka from Tony's Di Napoli. I'd prefer to find somewhere in midtown west or on the UWS. Any ideas?


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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: csp84 Oct 25, 2009 11:39 AM

    try Eli's...


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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      Phurstluv RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 25, 2009 12:41 PM

      Don't they have Dufour's pastry in NYC? I would also try Dean & Deluca's or Balducci's, but don't know where they are in relation to post.

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      JMJD RE: csp84 Oct 25, 2009 01:51 PM

      Would check out Zabar's, Citarella or even Fairway on the UWS. All do catering...
      At Zabar's you could get some smoked fish, cold cuts, cheeses, spreads, olives, bread.
      Or, I actually have had the baked ziti from the Fairway "hot table" area and it's not bad -- I'm sure you could order a tray.

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      1. re: JMJD
        JungMann RE: JMJD Oct 26, 2009 08:43 AM

        Fairway's prepared food tends to be rather bland; the tomato sauce they use for their pastas and eggplant, in particular are underseasoned. I'd say Zabar's is the better choice if you are looking for a pasta. For hors d'oeuvres, consider getting a party tray of spanakopita or tiropita from Poseidon Bakery or perhaps empanaditas from Empanada Mama.

      2. MichaelB RE: csp84 Jan 26, 2010 02:13 PM

        I'm bumping this thread to ask for some recs re prepared foods/platters. I'm planning food for a 35-person party - some platters, maybe a cold poached salmon entree, some antipasti and vegetable salads - and doing it from Boston. While I'm very familiar with Zabar's and love their deli and appetizing counters, their prepared foods always seem pretty lackluster. I'm trying to decide between Eli's Catering and Citarella - any opinions on whether one is better than the other, better customer service, presentation, etc.? I spoke with someone at Citarella who was nice, but not particularly knowledgeable about specific dishes. Any thoughts, opinions, experiences (or alternate suggestions) would be super-helpful. Thanks in advance.

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          rrems RE: MichaelB Jan 26, 2010 04:32 PM

          My experience with prepared foods from Citarella is like yours with Zabar's. Decidedly lackluster. I wish I had a better suggestion.

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          chow_gal RE: csp84 Jan 26, 2010 02:28 PM

          Get the pizza from Grandaisy Bakery on 72nd. You have to order in advance I think. Maybe not for 15 pp though.


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          1. re: chow_gal
            bigjeff RE: chow_gal Jan 26, 2010 07:07 PM

            just got 3 pies for a party: zucchini, potato and pomodoro. all were amazing. I've had their mushroom too, very good.

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