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May 11, 2010 06:15 PM

Need provisions for flight on Thu. My plan was DiPalo's but their chef's not in. TSA-friendly, no-meat alternatives?

I'm flying on Thursday to start what may end up being a 5-day fast-food hell.

To sweeten the trip I'd thought that on Wednesday I'd buy some of the broccoli rabe and prepared veggies with olives at DiPalo, some mozzarella and a whole wheat baguette: easy to pack, kinda healthy, plus would keep well without refrigeration so I could get two meals out of it over the next 12 hours.

But it seems DiPalo's chef is out until Thursday. Where else could I get this kind of simple stuff (the veggie part), well-prepared, and not too expensive? UWS (not Fairway please), Essex Market, Chelsea Market suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I shop at Fairway and Zabar's all the time but I don't much like their prepared foods. The antipasto stuff at DiPalo's is more like it, for me. Basically I just had the ideal plane meal in my mind and it just got ruined!
      I'm beginning to think it will be apple/cheese or PB&J. Life's not easy for vegetarians... :-)

      1. re: Rina S

        How about Despana?

        BTW, I could be quite happy with DiPalo's cheeses, some bread, olives, etc. They also sell some Umbrian lentils that you could cook (!!!) and make a great room temp salad.

        408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: Rina S

          Agata & Valentina
          Dean & Deluca
          Salumeria Rosi

          Salumeria Rosi
          283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

          Dean & Deluca Cafe
          550 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      2. Go for a hearo from Defontes. Big enough for 2 meals and the fried eggplant and fresh mozz is outstanding.