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adorno Sep 6, 2011 02:17 PM

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.

Thanks!

  1. MikeG Sep 9, 2011 07:07 PM

    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.

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    Zabar's
    2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    Fairway Market
    2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    1. asiansupper Sep 9, 2011 02:46 PM

      I like ceci cela & maison du macaron for various pastries, sweets
      http://www.cecicelanyc.com/
      http://www.maisondumacaron.net/

      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

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

      Citarella
      2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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

      Despana
      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Ceci-Cela
      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

      Eataly
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. ellenost Sep 7, 2011 11:42 AM

        You should try the new Laduree for lovely macarons.

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        Laduree
        864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

        1. m
          michelleats Sep 7, 2011 10:55 AM

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

          ETA:

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

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

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

          1. k
            kathryn Sep 6, 2011 04:05 PM

            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?

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

            Epicerie Boulud
            1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

            Mille-feuille
            552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

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