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Sep 6, 2011 02:17 PM

shopping for a French-themed party?

I am throwing an early evening party that I need to give a French-theme to. Where would be a good place to buy charcuterie, French cookies (Petits beurres, petits ecoliers), and so on? I should note that I'm in Greenwich Village so nearby would be great but I am willing to go farther afield if need be.

And if anybody has suggestions of food items to include, that would be great. I have a baker doing mini-pastries and baby quiches. I should note that there is no burner/hot-plate and NO microwave where the party will be so only cold finger food works.


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  1. I would try Mille-Feuille for cookies and other cake/cookie items. Bosie may have some as well. You may need to special order?

    Maybe Epicurie Boulud for the charcuterie?

    Bosie Tea Parlor
    10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014

    Epicerie Boulud
    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

    1. For charcuterie, try Murray's Cheese. They have a decent selection in the case.


      For very good fruit tarts, cakes, flourless cookies and macarons, Francoise Payard is another good choice. I haven't yet tried Mille-feuille.

      Murray's Cheese
      254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Francois Payard Bakery
      116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      1. You should try the new Laduree for lovely macarons.

        864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

        1. I like ceci cela & maison du macaron for various pastries, sweets

          Charcuterie: Murray's, Eataly, despana or Brooklyn Larder.

          One of my faves is blinis & roe -- blinis can be sourced at Russ & Daughters, Dean & Deluca or Citarella, egg roe from Russ & Daughters or Citarella

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

          2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          Murray's Cheese
          254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

          55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          La Maison du Macaron
          132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

          Dean & DeLuca
          560 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. Among the charcuterie, I'd certainly include pate/terrine of some sort, it's so quintessentially French. Cheese, too, can't possibly forget cheese...

            Fairway isn't in the Village but has good selection of mass-market French cookies/junk food, as well as some French-style charcuterie, imported nuts, olives, dried fruit, condiments, etc.. Generally speaking, they actually have a lot of French imports of various sorts if you just wander around the store. (My advice is to simply ignore Fairway's cheese department, I do. ;) ) If you do come up to the UWS, Zabar's cheese may not be up to the snuff of Murray's or Dean & DeLuca at their best, but their prices are much lower and the quality is good, if not "perfectly" cared for and/or aged. They also have other miscellaneous French imports and French-style charcuterie, but probably nothing you wouldn't find elsewhere, these days.

            2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            Fairway Market
            2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023