HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What's your latest food project? Tell us about it

Dinner that travels well, any suggestions

misnatalie Mar 30, 2010 09:39 PM

I'm visiting my best friend in Goshen Connecticut. She misses NY food terribly and pines for it since she left the city a year ago. She is a steakhouse, diner, Chinese, red sauce Italian kindagirl. She loves Sarge's, the Palm, Lugers, Empire Szechuan, Mexicana Mama. Nothing too fancy or spicy, just good NY food. I would love to bring dinner with me. What do you think would travel well and reheat well. Any and all suggestions are very much appreciated.

Mexicana Mama
525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Empire Szechuan Village
173 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

  1. f
    fooodie Mar 31, 2010 07:31 AM

    If she loves Sarge's, go there. Just have them wrap everything separately so the sandwiches don't get soggy. When you arrive, you can reheat whatever is necessary and assemble the sandwiches. I like the idea of bringing some good NY bagels as well.

    1. j
      Jane A. Mar 30, 2010 10:19 PM

      When weekending at my friends-in-the-wilderness, I've often taken a care package of a dozen bagels, a couple of pounds of sliced corned beef (it's a family of 5), pickles, and other assorted goodies.

      That said, any good catering/take-out place that is accustomed to preparing and wrapping for meals to be reheated at home should do very well. Restaurants which don't intend to have the food held and reheated after several hours tend not to do as well as those places which cooked the food, and chilled it for later home preparation. That makes a difference.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Jane A.
        jett1001 Mar 31, 2010 05:43 AM

        Balduccis .. the answer to all who miss NYC take-out ... something for everyone ...

        1. re: jett1001
          small h Mar 31, 2010 07:35 AM

          I don't think Balducci's has a store in Manhattan anymore. But they do have two in CT.


          I have several ex-Manhattanite friends who are crazy for Empire Szechuan's cold noodles (I don't see the attraction, but whatever). Maybe your friend would like those? No reheating necessary.

      Show Hidden Posts