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Prepared foods in Midtown East?

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I'm helping a friend to host a lunchtime gathering at her home near First Avenue and 49th Street. Does anyone have any great/creative suggestions for places to use for catering/prepared foods? I'm coming up woefully short. Thanks!

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  1. I love eating in at Certe, which is primarily a catering spot. I have heard good things about their catering and the platters I see them prepare while I am eating look fabulous. For more of an event, KG Fare is excellent, and very reasonable compared to similar caterers...very nice people to deal with.

    http://www.kgfare.com/main.html
    http://www.certenyc.com/

    1. There is a real lack of good prepared take out in midtown east. One idea: try Sip Sak and get a few platters, dishes, of Turkish mezze. Their starters are excellent.

      If a week day Dishes also would make a good take out lunch, from their branch at Park and 53d or the one on 48th and Madison.

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      Sip Sak
      928 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

      1. Agata & Valentina
        79th & First Ave.

        http://agatavalentina.com/catering/ca...