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May 7, 2010 03:58 PM

New York City Snack Foods?

I am getting married at the end of the month in the city and I want to give my out of town guests a little goodie bag in their hotel rooms full of classic NYC snack foods. Nothing can be perishable cause it's going to be sitting in the hotel room unrefrigerated. So far I am including Black and White cookies and Schwepp's Black Cherry Seltzer but I'm looking for something savory and am drawing a blank. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Schwepps Black Cherry Seltzer? Not sure why that is in there. Should be Dr. Brown's Black Cherry or Cel-ray.

    For savory, maybe get Martin's (hard) pretzels. They are sold in the Union Sq greenmarket.

    1. Schwepp's isn't really "New York." In fact, I believe that it was originally British. Celery soda or U-Bet chocolate syrup -made in Brooklyn since the 1890's(an essential ingredient in a New York egg cream, which used to be a staple NY soda-fountain drink)) would work better. There is also a cofee soda- can't recall the name, but maybe other CH's know- that has been made only in NY for decades.
      Other more obvious choices are bagels, bialys, knishes, NY style cheesecak.

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      1. re: Ann900

        Just remembered the name of the coffee soda- it's called Manhattan Special- also made here since the 1890's. You can find them online as well as in stores.

        1. re: Ann900

          Definitely need some Manhattan Special. I buy it whenever I see it.

          Could also include an apple (as in "The Big...").

          I'll also second Martin's Pretzels if you're looking for something more savory.

      2. Ideas from past threads here:

        I myself would love to get a baggie with coffee beans, pickles, pretzels, honey, maple candy, jam, etc. And a "We are happy to serve you" mug.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Good call with the mug and pickles. At my wedding, I also put a dollar in an envelope and wrote the location of the nearest hot dog vendor... a bit corny.

          1. re: ESNY

            Oh, and I'd also throw in a bar of Mast Brothers chocolate! Yum.