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Looking for something very NY centric to send to co-workers in other states. Ideas?

vvv03 Dec 1, 2012 03:43 PM

I have a few people I manage in other states and I'd like to send them something for the holidays that you can only get in NYC. I will pass on bagels and Junior's cheesecake is also cliche, but do you happen to have any other ideas? I saw someone on another thread mention a place called Kee's Chocolates. Maybe something there? what's great there if that's a good idea? Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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    kathryn RE: vvv03 Dec 1, 2012 03:51 PM

    Kee's doesn't ship and her chocolates are fragile. Some even need to get eaten within 24 hours.

    I would do black and white cookies, Mast Bros chocolate, Momofuku Milk Bar cookies. See also:

    1. iluvcookies RE: vvv03 Dec 1, 2012 04:30 PM

      Salami from Katz's travels very well.
      Zabar's has many gift basket options... lots more than just bagels.

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        foodieX2 RE: iluvcookies Dec 3, 2012 09:01 AM

        "Send a salami to your boy in Army". I know many people think Katz has gone down hill but I still love that place.

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        Cookbug RE: vvv03 Dec 1, 2012 05:36 PM

        Zabar's has some fabulous gift baskets filled with all sorts of yummy, NY centric things.

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          BonVivantNYC RE: vvv03 Dec 1, 2012 07:47 PM

          Agree with Zabar's. Chelsea Market also has some great NY-themed baskets.

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            Barcelonian RE: vvv03 Dec 2, 2012 11:37 AM

            Levain cookies - yum

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              barberinibee RE: vvv03 Dec 2, 2012 04:16 PM

              Another vote for black and white cookies. As a gift, I would prefer getting the mini black-and-whites instead of the huge discs.

              That said, I no longer live in NYC and the only unique item I ever look forward to eating when I am visiting, simply because I have never found them anywhere else, is Choward's Violet "mints". I adore the floral taste and I associate them with underground NYC subway kiosks. I even love the retro violet foil wrapping and lettering.


              But they might make a very puzzling gift, so I would go with the black-and-whites.

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                imthemole RE: vvv03 Dec 3, 2012 08:58 AM

                Check out the Made in NY site for local artisans. All sorts of stuff.


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                  thegforceny RE: vvv03 Dec 3, 2012 09:25 AM

                  Just reading this - full of unique ideas:


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                    downtownchica RE: vvv03 Dec 3, 2012 09:33 AM

                    I know you said no bagels, but the Russ & Daughter options offer way more than that: http://shop.russanddaughters.com/stor...

                    1. Motosport RE: vvv03 Dec 3, 2012 12:19 PM

                      How about bialys? When you get away from the East Coast most people have never tried a good bialy. I reccomend Kossar's as the best in town!!

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                        Anne RE: vvv03 Dec 3, 2012 06:10 PM

                        I grew up in NYC, but now live in the Midwest. The ONE food I miss most, and most associate with NY, is the knish. Specifically, the square, potato-filled ones sold at the street carts. Gabila's will ship---you'll want the "Coney Island Square" knish, although I'm sure the others are good, also.

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                          Motosport RE: Anne Dec 4, 2012 06:47 AM

                          I am sure Katz's will ship out a care package of Salami, Knish's and Pastrami!!

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                            valerie RE: Anne Dec 4, 2012 07:34 AM

                            Not sure if it's only in the NY area but I just bought Gabila's knishes at Costco.

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                              Anne RE: valerie Dec 4, 2012 12:47 PM

                              Pretty sure it's only in the NY area. My Mom in Queens gets them from her local supermarket when I'm coming to visit. :) However, I live in IL, and no one here even knows what a knish is!

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                            MRS RE: vvv03 Dec 4, 2012 12:49 PM

                            Elenis cookies makes NYC cookie sets that are really adorable and depict all sorts of NY things. You should check it out. I've sent them to out-of-towners who really got a kick out of them.

                            1. LeahBaila RE: vvv03 Dec 4, 2012 12:53 PM

                              William Greenberg Desserts makes the best 'black and white' cookies in the city, IMO. You can order them here: http://wmgreenbergdesserts.com/STORE/...

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                                Chuck Lawrence RE: vvv03 Dec 4, 2012 05:17 PM

                                Babka from Russ and Daughters, you won't get that outside of NYC. They have lots of other delicious treats like chocolate covered orange peel, rugelach, dried fruit, etc. They'll ship.

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