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What food gift do I want from NYC?

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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  1. An entire pastrami from Katz's.

    1. 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

        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.

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

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          1. re: daffyduck

            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

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

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                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. 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.

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

              1. 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