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Love NYC food, need advice!

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  • JayMO Oct 11, 2011 07:13 PM
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I'm a guy from Texas that loves food from NYC!

The problem is I only get to make it up there every couple of years. PLEASE give me some advice on restaurants that deliver their products via mail! I've got steak sauce from Luger's and lots of things from Katz, but everyone knows of those places. I'm looking to try something new!

It doesn't have to be fresh food. Sauces, rubs, etc... are all welcome.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Ess-A-Bagel ships. Also Russ & Daughter for appetizing.

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    1. re: Motosport

      Thanks for the feedback Motosport! Do you have a place that you would recommend for pizza?

      1. re: JayMO

        Shipping pizza? No clue but there has got to be a place. It's NYC!! I am sure another Chowhounder will chime in.

        1. re: JayMO

          Shipping pizza (and, to a lesser extent shipping bagels) really defeats the point of why these great nyc foods are great. In the serious eats rundown of best bagels they noted that even differences of under an hour were perceivable by their tasters (that is, there was a direct relationship between the time out of the oven and overall rating of quality). When i lived in the midwest there were a couple places that shipped in H and H bagels, and general opinions about the quality of their bagels aside, id rather have a just-ok but freshly baked bagel than a quite good bagel that was baked the day before, its just how it works.

          Likewise, I was just thinking about how infrequently I eat pizza out of cardboard boxes since moving to ny - delivery pizza was a staple of my pre-nyc diet and i've come to realize pizza (even just ok pizza) is much better having never steeped in the delicious aroma of cardboard box.

          While some tools (like toasters, gasp!) might help mitigate the travel issues for bagels, i dont think that id want a reheated, shipped pizza, even if it had started out as an excellent pie. (i might make an exception for one of those double crusted chicago monsters that had been par baked and frozen, but i dont even really consider that to be pizza).

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            Bagels and bialys are best right out of the oven. When I pick up a dozen @ Kossar's or Ess-A-Bagel I always ask for a warm one and eat it on the way back to the apartment.
            I do find that they both freeze well. I take one out of the freezer and put it in thr fridge to deforost overnight. Cut and lightly toasted almost brings it back to it's original splendor. I said almost!! Nothing beats fresh out of the oven!!
            Pizza, I can't imagine eating old pizza. Then again it might be better than the chain Pizza shops I've seen out West.

      2. I don't think that Luger's "steak sauce" is meant to go anywhere near your steak. As to shipped pizza I agree completely with the guy whose name sounds like he comes from your neck of the woods. Nothin worse for a good pie - scent of cardboard.

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        1. re: Bkeats

          Sorry for the delay in getting back with everyone. Had some technical difficulties getting logged back in....

          Really appreciate the well thought out replies. I completely agree that the taste will not be the same when it comes to eating the pizza, cooked here. That said, amongst my group of friends, we're fine with that. It has a lot to do with the purpose of environment, not just taste.... helps us to rehash memories of great vacations and share stories. We're ok with 80%, it simply serves a purpose.

          Would love to here more suggestions if anyone has any....

          1. re: JayMO

            It's probably easy enough to find a source for Fox's U-Bet syrup, seltzer, and make a NY egg cream at home.

            1. re: comestible

              comestible -

              Never had that, sounds interesting....