Love NYC food, need advice!
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!
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).
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.
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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....