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Bored With Bagels - Breakfast for a Large Group

chowfreak May 2, 2011 03:49 PM

There is a tradition in my office that an expecting parent brings in bagels to announce the big news. As there is a baby boom going on, it feels like we are eating bagels every other day. To announce our joyful news, I want to spice it up a bit. Anyone have ideas for a suitable breakfast alternative? Someone suggested Donut Plant? Curious to hear other ideas. Needs to feed about 75 people.


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    RCC RE: chowfreak May 2, 2011 03:57 PM

    Bialys from Tal Bagels.

    Tal Bagels
    333 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

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      gutsofsteel RE: RCC May 2, 2011 05:02 PM

      PLEASE if you're going to do bialys, get them from Kossar's. Tal's bialys are awful. They're not even real bialys.

      Croissants from Ceci Cela are very good...as are the baguettes they sell.

      How about bialys, baguettes, croissants, and very good butter and some cheeses and confiture?

      Kossar's Bialys
      367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

      55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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        RCC RE: gutsofsteel May 3, 2011 07:09 AM

        Oh yeah, I forgot about Kossars. As I don't get to eat bialys often (at most once-a-year), but only reacted to suggesting something outside of bagels.

        For croissants, though, while Ceci Cela is just OK, I'd go with buying from Claude, especially for a huge group. Not the best, but better than Ceci Cela imho.

        Patisserie Claude
        187 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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          kathryn RE: RCC May 3, 2011 07:16 AM

          When was the last time you did a side by side comparison? I feel like Claude has gone slightly downhill the last few months. Still good but something seems off. Could just be me.

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            RCC RE: kathryn May 3, 2011 07:22 AM

            Never done a side-by-side. Hard to find time for that kind of thing. Claude's has slipped slightly, but still better than Ceci Cela which is too standard almost like stuff that's available everywhere. But whenever Claude's around, which is almost like every other month, things go back to "good" normal.

            When was the last time you were at Claude's and Ceci Cela? Did you do a side-by-side comparison?

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              kathryn RE: RCC May 3, 2011 07:27 AM

              I had them on consecutive days--Ceci Cela's seemed more buttery and flaky.

    2. coasts RE: chowfreak May 2, 2011 04:44 PM

      croissants from Petrossian/Ceci Cela, rolls from Amy's, scones, black & whites...

      Amy's Bread
      672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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        kathryn RE: chowfreak May 2, 2011 09:39 PM

        What's the expected budget?

        Doughnut Plant is NOT cheap and 75 people is a lot of doughnuts. $2.25-$3.00 each. Whereas you can get a dozen bagels for much cheaper, like $14-15, right?

        Doughnut Plant
        379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

        Doughnut Plant
        220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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          Elizabeth E. RE: chowfreak May 3, 2011 06:49 AM

          My office has enjoyed having breakfast catered from Le Pain Quotidien. Mini-pastries, mini-muffins, mini-croissants.

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            Chuck Lawrence RE: chowfreak May 3, 2011 07:18 AM

            Doughnut Pub on 14th St and 7th Ave - awesome selection of great doughnuts, decent muffins, and excellent scones.

            Donut Pub
            203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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              mahler5 RE: Chuck Lawrence May 3, 2011 06:50 PM

              And don't forget their black-and-white cookies! It's the best thing they sell.

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