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DaisyM Dec 27, 2013 11:13 AM

We'll be in NYC for the weekend. This always includes a trip to Katz's for a pastrami sandwich. We're bringing a cooler to fill with Russ and Daughter's whitefish salad, Irish smoked salmon, and cinnamon babka. We'll also hit Gus's and Murray's. Anyplace else we shouldn't miss in the area? Thanks everyone and Happy, Healthy New Year!

  1. loratliff Dec 27, 2013 11:14 AM

    Stop into Essex Street Market. There are all sort of vendors you might like—cheese, bakers, sweets, meat, etc.

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    1. re: loratliff
      Hey19 Dec 27, 2013 01:46 PM

      Agreed, Saxelby is certainly worth a stop, get some of the smoked ricotta. Heritage meats is good, but pricey.

    2. coasts Dec 27, 2013 11:16 AM

      Raffetto's for fresh pasta and Faicco's for sausage/arancini.

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        Pookipichu Dec 27, 2013 12:23 PM

        Kee's chocolates are amazing. Seriously should not be missed. If you like chocolate at all, they really are some of the best chocolates in the world.

        Cha An for mochi. They make them fresh daily and will box them to go for you.

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          small h Dec 27, 2013 12:56 PM

          Kossar's for bialys (and bagels, if you get there before they run out). In Essex Market I'd hit Pain D'Avignon, Saxelby Cheese, and Davidovitch bagels (not as good as Kossar's, but at least they don't run out). Guss' moved to Brooklyn, so go the The Pickle Guys on Essex, which is better anyway. Doughnut Plant for doughnuts, DaPalo for fresh mozzarella, Economy Candy for guess what.

          And just a heads up in case you don't want to stray too far from Russ & Daughters: Cha An is on E. 9th St., Faicco's is on Bleecker, Raffetto's is on W. Houston, and Kee's is on Thompson.

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          1. re: small h
            coasts Dec 27, 2013 04:31 PM

            OP did say they'd be near Murray's. I assumed Cheese, not Bagels.

            1. re: coasts
              small h Dec 27, 2013 04:35 PM

              I wondered about that myself and decided to trust the thread title. But it is ambigumurrayous.

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            51rich Dec 27, 2013 01:17 PM

            don't forget a lot of the places will be closed saturday.kossar's bialys are far better than any others so grab some- the rest of your list is already pretty complete. faicco's is definitely a place to stock up also

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              fourunder Dec 27, 2013 01:20 PM

              Is this excursion strictly for Jewish Delicatessen, baked goods and appetizing.....The extension of Chinatown is right there as well....you can get some great meats, fish and vegetables.....baked goods, street foods and dollar dumplings.

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                mitchleeny Dec 27, 2013 01:23 PM

                Kossar's, Russ, Katz's all open on Saturday. I prefer The Sweet Life to Economy. It, however, is closed Saturdays.

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                  DaisyM Dec 27, 2013 04:12 PM

                  Thanks so much for all of these suggestions. We're going to make a map and hit as many places as possible. We'll be shopping on Sunday. I love New York!

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