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Lower Eastside goodies to fill our cooler

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!

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  1. 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

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

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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

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

            1. re: coasts

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

          2. 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