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What NYC food item do you send to 75 people from out of town - other than bagels?

I want to send a NYC food-based thank-you gift to an office in California with 75 people, but bagels are out.

Not sure cheesecake or cupcakes are a good idea, they may be New York-y, but great examples can easily be found out there. Doughnut plant doesn't ship. Pickles aren't fun:)

I'm blanking on any other ideas. If you've got one and would like to share, that would be really cool.


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  1. What about Eleni's Cookies"Big Apple" selection?

    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: MRS

      That's definitely a possibility, thanks, I'll check it out!

    2. baskets from Zabar's are my go-to.

      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      1. Jars of mustard from Carnegie Deli. Best mustard ... EVER. Also pretty reasonable at about $2.50 or so per jar.

        Carnegie Deli
        854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: ParkingChicken

            Aw shucks ... you're gonna make me blush! I always keep a few jars of this on hand. It truly is the best mustard IMO. A smear on some pastrami or corned beef on rye .... heaven! Very New York.

            They'll also be happy to ship their meats as well if you like. I'm guessing that you are in IT like me and your sales kick off is next week ... ???

        1. Junior's famous cheesecake? Magnolia bakery cupcakes?

          Magnolia Bakery
          401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

          1. I'm not sure what your budget is, but the first thought of something my California relatives would want me to send is ANYTHING from Katz's Deli on East Houston St. They are pricey, but definitely worth it! They have the best taste of New York that can be shipped anywhere. I would think the knishes and hot dogs might travel well :)

            Katz's Delicatessen
            205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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            1. re: manhattanmom

              Really good idea mm, but I don't think of that as office-friendly (like a finger food)... maybe mini cannoli from veniero's though.

              342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. Babkas from Eli Zabars. Excellent. Well received by all. Or knishes from Yona Shimmel.

                Yonah Schimmel's Knishes
                137 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                Eli's Manhattan
                1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                  1. The easiest thing to do this with is baked goods. Ruling out what you can get elsewhere, I would go for some of the more unusual items from Momofuku Milk Bar. My second choice would be Levain, likely a few cookies. I don't think they would travel well or I would also throw some macarons into the mix.

                    Levain Bakery
                    167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

                    Momofuku Milk Bar
                    251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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                    1. re: seal

                      Excellent ideas, thanks people!

                      I'm gonna go with the Milk Bar cookies - that's perfect, come pre-wrapped, and should travel well - not to mention they're quintessential NY.

                      1. re: ParkingChicken

                        Ok, maybe its just me - and everyone else in my family - but we found the Momofuko wrapped cookies just awful. Inedible. Too sweet, too odd, just not good. Though we know they sell a bunch.

                        1. re: ParkingChicken

                          I know it's not trendy or cool to say so, but I love the corn cookies and the blueberry cookies there and my family devours the compost cookies at a prodigous rate.

                          1. re: ParkingChicken

                            Quintessential NY? Milk Bar?

                            I'd send some cases of Manhattan Special.

                          1. re: small h

                            W. Greenberg's

                            William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
                            1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

                          2. Pickles aren't fun? Have you no imagination?

                            1. Another option would be mini pastries from La Bella Ferrara. They've been there forever and IMO are the best in little italy.

                              They have 4 types of mini canolis, loads of cookies, and all sorts of other wonderful pastries.

                              108 Mulberry St (between Canal St & Hester St)
                              New York, NY 10013
                              (212) 966-7867

                              La Bella Ferrara
                              108 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                              1. I've heard great things about rugaleh from LooLoo's on 118th St. Not sure if I have the name right -- can anyone help? Thanks.

                                Lee Lee's Baked Goods
                                283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

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                                1. re: rteplow

                                  Lee lee's. Yes, they're great. But a very no frills joint, so you'd have to do the packaging/ shipping. Could combine with cookies from Levain on Frederick Douglass btwn 116/117

                                  Levain Bakery
                                  2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                2. Martin's Pretzels from the Union Square Green Market.

                                  Union Square Greenmarket
                                  Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  1. Lady M ships mille crepe cakes as well as other specialties.

                                    1. that's easy......DannyMacaroons. Hands down NYC original

                                      Danny Macaroons
                                      2 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010