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what is the best store bought caesar dressing? I am craving a good salad but like to make my own. If not where is the best place to get one in manhattan, preferably on the upper east side.

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  1. -- there is no such thing as good store bought caesar dressing: caesar dressing must be made to order, preferably w/ raw egg...otherwise, it might as well be ranch dressing...

    -- while i've never had a decent caesar salad in NYC, i've heard that the one at Pietro's (E.43rd St, i think) is classic and good...(sidenote: likely the best caesar in the US is at Dan Tana's in LA)...

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    Pietro's
    232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

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    1. re: Simon

      thanks...I kinda thought that there was no such thing as good store bought. I usually go to Centolire in NYC and they made it fresh tableside with the egg, anchovies etc... I just wanted to make my own salad with certain additions that I like to add.
      I will try Pietro's...I think I have been there before but years ago.
      It is hard because as a kid I was lucky to enjoy the finer restaurants in NYC and now that I am on my own sometimes it is just too much money. The days of going to La Grenouille and Per Se are over for now unless it is a special day or my family is going for their usual nightly dinners.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      La Grenouille
      3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

      Centolire
      1167 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

    2. Fairway has its own in a bottle that I like -- it's a bit mayonnaise-y but I think the flavor is good. And it's not a bottle of chemicals. (Also like their "spring joy" and one that tastes almost like sour cream -- can't remember if it is ranch or blue cheese.) If you want to sample before you commit to a bottle, buy a boxed salad.

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      Fairway Market
      2350 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027

      Fairway Market
      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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      1. re: JMJD

        I will try it next time I am around Fairway. I generally like their stuff.

      2. make your own croutons keep them warm until you are ready to serve. Make or buy anchovy paste, olive oil 100% or extra virgin, peel garlic yourself, and rub it into your bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice from a lemon, I like romano over parmeasan cheese and romane lettuce...
        1. rub oil garlic and anchovies togethjer to make the paste
        2. add lemon juice
        3. toss in romaine
        4 add cheese
        5 egg yolks are classic but can be optional if you do not have pasturized eggs or are not worried about raw egg yolks
        6/ lots of freshground pepper and add hot / warm croutons

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        1. re: ajsburgers

          Sounds good and classic. I will try. I have no problem with the fact that I know I am eating egg yolks when I eat caesar salad but when I have to make it myself the egg yolks gross me out. But I know it won't taste the same without them.

          1. re: mccaugheyd

            since you're willing to make the dressing yourself, you might want to try to duplicate the recipe from Pietro's:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696432

            i watched that episode and immediately had an *intense* craving for a good Caesar :)

        2. If you need a bottled one in a Pinch Ken's is pretty good

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          1. re: chefschickie

            where can i find that?

            1. re: mccaugheyd

              http://www.kensfoods.com/kf/products/...

              1. re: pbjluver

                thanks...not a fan of Kens...when I checked the website I realized I have tried it. I guess for what I want, I have to make it.