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

ParkingChicken Jan 12, 2012 06:05 PM

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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    rlcohena Mar 7, 2012 07:54 AM

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

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

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      peter j Jan 13, 2012 01:43 PM

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

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        ronk212 Jan 13, 2012 06:45 AM

        Martin's Pretzels from the Union Square Green Market.

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

        1. rteplow Jan 13, 2012 06:34 AM

          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
            rose water Jan 14, 2012 05:24 AM

            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

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            jkling17 Jan 13, 2012 04:06 AM

            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. PesachBenSchlomo Jan 13, 2012 04:00 AM

              Pickles aren't fun? Have you no imagination?

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                small h Jan 13, 2012 02:45 AM

                Black and white cookies.

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                1. re: small h
                  coasts Jan 13, 2012 03:52 AM

                  W. Greenberg's

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

                2. seal Jan 13, 2012 02:22 AM

                  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
                    ParkingChicken Jan 13, 2012 03:56 AM

                    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
                      comiendosiempre Jan 13, 2012 05:01 AM

                      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
                        seal Jan 13, 2012 01:08 PM

                        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
                          sugartoof Jan 13, 2012 05:26 PM

                          Quintessential NY? Milk Bar?

                          I'd send some cases of Manhattan Special.

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                        foodwhisperer Jan 12, 2012 09:26 PM

                        Katz's ships all over.

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                          comiendosiempre Jan 12, 2012 08:38 PM

                          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

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                            manhattanmom Jan 12, 2012 07:55 PM

                            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
                              ParkingChicken Jan 12, 2012 08:06 PM

                              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. re: manhattanmom
                                PesachBenSchlomo Jan 13, 2012 03:59 AM

                                "Send a salami to your boy in the army."

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                                brooklynkoshereater Jan 12, 2012 07:52 PM

                                Junior's famous cheesecake? Magnolia bakery cupcakes?

                                Magnolia Bakery
                                401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                                1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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                                  jkling17 Jan 12, 2012 07:34 PM

                                  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: jkling17
                                    ParkingChicken Jan 12, 2012 07:48 PM

                                    Pretty great idea jkling

                                    1. re: ParkingChicken
                                      jkling17 Jan 12, 2012 07:57 PM

                                      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 ... ???

                                  2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 12, 2012 06:37 PM

                                    baskets from Zabar's are my go-to.

                                    2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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                                      MRS Jan 12, 2012 06:14 PM

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

                                      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                                      1. re: MRS
                                        ParkingChicken Jan 12, 2012 06:26 PM

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

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