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What food gift do I want from NYC?

soypower Sep 24, 2010 12:40 PM

My younger brother is currently in NYC (Chelsea) right now and asked what he should bring home for me. We live in Seattle and besides a whirlwind weekend in D.C., I've never been to the East Coast. I know I want something, but what?

Please CH'ers, tell me what I want!


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    gutsofsteel Sep 24, 2010 12:42 PM

    An entire pastrami from Katz's.

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      kathryn Sep 24, 2010 01:09 PM

      Lots of ideas here.

      Local NYC gift ideas?

      New ideas for NYC food gifts that can travel well.

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      1. re: kathryn
        skigirl Oct 25, 2010 12:43 PM

        Thought I'd chime in as the originator of one of the threads Kathryn IDs. My SEA friends were most enthused about the bagels and the Katz's pastrami w/ Moishe's Jewish Rye, which traveled very well (just wrap the meat properly and, if you can swing it, have your bro get one of those soft-pac"refrigerator" bags for a couple of bucks). They also remember very fondly the chocolate babka I've brought back before. FYI - NO WAY I'd slice and freeze the bagels.

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        dollydoobie Sep 24, 2010 02:11 PM

        chocoate chip cookies from Levain Bakery
        Doughnuts from Donut Plant
        Pretzel croissant from City Bakery

        City Bakery
        3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

        Levain Bakery
        167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: dollydoobie
          Motosport Sep 24, 2010 02:45 PM

          ...and a dozen Kossar's bialys!!!

        2. daffyduck Sep 24, 2010 03:08 PM

          kee's chocolate, maybe some various lox, sablefish, babka, etc from Russ and Daughters

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          1. re: daffyduck
            Yaxpac Sep 24, 2010 06:49 PM

            If I was to bring something back from NY I would go to my favorite bagel place and take 1 dozen of their fresh bagels...let them cool if they are hot. Then I would slice them in half 24 hrs before i was to travel and freeze them. Then bring said sliced/frozen bagels in a freezer bag to the destination.

            Nothing like NYC bagels.

            I might do the same for a nice pizza (not brick oven) and freeze by slice.

            aside from that...maybe a salami from katz's as opposed to the pastrami as it will travel better.

            1. re: Yaxpac
              gutsofsteel Sep 24, 2010 07:26 PM

              The pastrami travels fine - I've done it many times.

              1. re: gutsofsteel
                Yaxpac Sep 25, 2010 12:15 PM

                Nice, well if that is the case then i would add pastrami to the bagels and pizza and that is a pretty nice package.

          2. iluvcookies Sep 26, 2010 05:41 PM

            A bottle of chocolate U-Bet syrup to make a proper egg cream.
            A salami from Katz's.
            A dozen H&H bagels.
            Some smoked salmon from Russ and Daughters.

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              johnindabronx Oct 25, 2010 11:27 AM

              Juniors cheesecake. Campy and over played maybe, but still iconic, totally NY and still damn good.

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                nyny12345 Oct 26, 2010 07:32 PM

                Any (or all) of these would be my pick:

                1. Belly lox...

                2. &/or cream cheese from Russ & Daughter's.

                3. U-bet Syrup (found in grocery stores, to make a chocolate egg cream)

                4. Momofuku Milk Bar's Compost Cookie

                5. Another Compost Cookie. : )

                Russ & Daughters
                179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                Momofuku Milk Bar
                15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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