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Breakfast foods to bring in for group at work

Looking for suggestions. Nothing main course-y, just something to contribute. Doesn't need to be large scale, just enough for 10 people, so price doesn't matter much.

Can be found anywhere in Manhattan. Bonus points if it's something I can get the night before and will still be good the next morning.

Feb 05, 2014
crsin in Manhattan

Levain Bakery in Harlem

Anyone know how the cookies hold up after being shipped? I'm thinking about sending some by 2nd day air, but nervous they'll get dry/stale.

As an aside, any recommendations for other nyc-based (sweet) things that can be ordered/shipped for a gift? Levain shipping is extremely expensive...equivalent of $15/cookie once they've inflated the price of the cookies (I assume for packaging and whatnot) plus 2-day air.

May 04, 2013
crsin in Manhattan

Top 10 neoploitan pizzerias in NYC are..??

I'll add Forcella to the list, it's right up there with Keste and Motorino, IMO. Roberta's is my personal favorite, again not sure if we're counting it as neapolitan.

Have yet to try Paulie Gee's, Co., Don Antonio, Franny's...

Jan 20, 2013
crsin in Manhattan

Non-restaurant Chow places to visit?

To be fair, Dean & Deluca does carry local items that the OP might be interested in too...e.g., Balthazar sticky buns, Two Little Red Hens cupcakes, etc.

Jan 09, 2013
crsin in Manhattan

Best Burgers in NYC.................

Cool, glad you enjoyed. I've been thinking about going back the past few days. The one I had was impressively juicy--it was one of the things that I found really notable. I doubt they've changed the makeup of their patties, so must be some variation in cooking. I admittedly don't pay a whole lot of attention to burger buns unless they force me to by being really exceptional or really bad, so I don't have much to say there other than I obviously thought the burger as whole was very good. I'll have to pay closer attention next time.

Good to know about the scrumpet, I'm always tempted to order it there.

Dec 14, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Stollen back!

Unfortunately I learned last year that I will eat 4,000 calories at a time in stollen until all loaves are gone. Therefore, I do not need more loaves.

Dec 11, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

What are some good restaurants to eat lobster at?

I'll add the chili lobster from Marc Forgione. It's an appetizer, but what the hell...it's delicious.

Dec 11, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Stollen back!

Yeah, went to buy one the other day but unfortunately they're only being sold packed in a jar with a bunch of other cookies. So if you just want one or a couple, no luck.

Already had my stollen for the year. Bought it, went to a coffee shop and ate the whole thing with a couple friends in about five minutes.

Dec 11, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar whole cakes

Well $40 for a 6-inch cake is pretty high. But from what I recall seeing them in the display case, they tend to be pretty tall, right? And it sounds like they're rich enough to feed way more than six, so the value is higher than it appears on paper. I don't exactly buy many cakes, so not sure what the going rate is at bakeries in MB's class.

Have you tried the mint cookies and cream cake?

Dec 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar whole cakes

Thanks, not sure how I missed that. This is for Sunday, so I'm probably past the cutoff for doing anything that requires advanced ordering...guess it's apple pie cake, bday cake, cookies n cream or bust.

Dec 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar whole cakes

Thanks, everyone. Kathryn (or anyone else who knows) - can you elaborate on what you get with the wedding cake sampler? Can't see to find any info on it on their website.

Dec 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar whole cakes

Heh, yeah, noticed the steep price tag. You're saying not worth it? Remember which cake it was?

I don't care that much about how it looks. It's not the type of party where I want to impress anyone, so I'll take ugly delicious over pretty but boring pile of fondant any day.

Dec 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Momofuku Milk Bar whole cakes

Anyone have experience with any of their whole cakes? I'm thinking of getting one for a party, but since you can't buy single slices, I'm looking for some feedback before taking the plunge.

If you like them, any particular flavor you'd recommend?

Haters need not respond, already know what you're going to say :)

Dec 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Need a food-gift for a very rich co-worker.

I've never had one warm so I'm not sure what I'm missing, but they're pretty awesome at room temp--crispy on the outside, still soft in the center. I've always preferred room temp to warm cookies anyway (weird? it's a texture thing), but I think Levain's are objectively great regardless.

Dec 06, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Best Burgers in NYC.................

Yeah, I ended up finally getting around to Spotted Pig's burger after I posted that comment. It didn't disappoint. It's not easy to compare the two when I've only had each one once, and almost a month apart, but I'd say the patties and buns are very similar, if not the same. That said, the flavors are obviously very different between the two burgers as a whole due to the cheese differences and addition of bacon at Breslin/Ace. Can't really say I preferred one over the other, either--they're both excellent.

Dec 05, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Need a food-gift for a very rich co-worker.

Levain was going to be my suggestion, too. They only have four cookie flavors, so you can buy one of each and double up on the chocolate chip walnut, which seems to be the most talked about (although I enjoy the other flavors just as much, if not more). They are also massive and filling so will be considerably more substantial and last longer than something like macarons. See if they can package them up for you as a gift.

Some stuff from Milk Bar as kathryn suggested is also a good idea (although probably a little less safe than Levain)--a variety of cookies, or a box of 12 bday cake truffles + a couple cookies. I love the cake truffles, but just a heads-up I think they need to be refrigerated if they're not being eaten relatively soon.

Dec 05, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

heh, well ultimately I see Shopsin's pancakes as a vehicle for creative combinations of toppings and mix-ins. Might mean it's not the most appropriate recommendation for the OP, but there's something very American about the portion sizes, mishmash of unabashedly unhealthy ingredients, and something very New York about the gruffness and overall approach of the place, so the suggestion stands for visitors into pancakes I'd think.

Nov 20, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Best pancakes in Manhattan?

If you're not married to the idea that pancakes must be for breakfast, keep in mind that Clinton St. serves them all day and night, so it's not that difficult to avoid the wait.

Shopsin's serves some of the tastiest and most unusual pancakes--though not sure if they're buttermilk, and certainly not traditional if that's what you're looking for. Order some of the slutty cakes, or really any pancake dish that grabs you (the Mo'Jemima for example...bacon mixed into the batter, then topped and grilled with macaroni and cheese, a hole cut in the middle and filled with poached eggs, then coated in maple syrup and hot sauce...damn).

Nov 20, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

"Quality Meats"?

I agree, and I think it's a great option if anyone is in the neighborhood. I've been once and had the hanger steak with brandied cherries. I loved it, but with the strong flavor of the cherries I can't really comment on the flavor of the meat as well as the rest of you probably can. I also recall the sides being very good, and really enjoying the bread they start you with. The atmosphere is great, and has a distinctly more "downtown" vibe than most other restaurants in this part of town at this price point, which tend to feel distinctly more "corporate" and off-putting.

Nov 20, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Non-Starbucks Pumpkin Latte?

Thought I'd chime in in case you're still looking. I noticed today that Grounded has a pumpkin latte on their menu. I've always enjoyed their flavored espresso drinks, and it's usually where I'll go of I'm going to have one, so although I haven't tried their pumpkin I'd bet they do a nice job with it.

Nov 14, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Xi'an Famous Food or Mission Chinese?

sure it is. You won't really be able to sample, but I've finished off an order of their pickled carrots and most of an order of kung pao pastrami solo. Anyway, moot point since they'll be two people.

OP, bare in mind that you're looking at two different experiences--Xi'an has no atmosphere. Zero. The food is very good, but you'll be ordering at a counter, and there's a good chance that there will be nowhere to sit (referring to the ev location, not sure if there's seating in Chinatown), so you might have to eat it outside somewhere or back at the office. Mission Chinese is a full-service restaurant, which might be better if you're looking for a slightly more leisurely lunch that will keep you out of the office for more than ten minutes.

Nov 14, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Best Glassware

Thanks a lot for the tips, everyone. All great suggestions that I'll have to look into. I'm really just looking to buy a pair of glasses, and I doubt that the friend will be completing the set--it's mostly just for her and her boyfriend to use, not for entertaining. I don't really have a set budget in mind, just nothing outrageous, but something nice enough that they hold up, nice cut, quality is evident, and feels good in the hand. Unfortunately I don't have enough time to browse antique shops, and was actually just hoping to purchase online. Thanks again.

Nov 12, 2012
crsin in Spirits

Best Glassware

This may not be allowed on this board, but it didn't seem to belong in cookware. I'm looking to buy some glassware as a gift for a friend. I'm really looking for something high quality and special--and preferably something heavy in the hand. Not looking for a full bar set or anything like that, maybe just a pair--wine glasses, double old fashioneds, not sure. Any suggestions for some really high quality lines?

Nov 09, 2012
crsin in Spirits

Help! Boss wants recs for any new(ish) steakhouse/nice rest in midtown for lunch.

What do mean by "new"? Opened in the past year, or just newer than classic places like Keens?

If the latter, then Quality Meats.

Nov 07, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Levain Bakery in Harlem

Anyone know if Levain sells their cookies anywhere other than by mail order or in their storefronts? Are they carried in markets, for example (e.g., Dean & Deluca)?

Nov 05, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Best Burgers in NYC.................

I still haven't tried Spotted Pig's burger, but I just had Breslin's beef burger and really loved it. In fact, it may have taken seat in my #1 in NYC position of those that I've tried so far (including Black Label burger at Minetta, etc.). It's stellar and, oddly, I think it might only be offered to those who are eating in the Ace lobby (and possibly also by room service?), which may explain why I can't find mention of it anywhere on this board. This means you pretty much have to forgo service and eat it amongst a sea of macbook pros. I like this--it provides a no-frills option for grabbing a high quality burger--but it obviously eliminates groups looking to "dine".

I'm curious to hear from those who have had it, how the patty and bun compare to those at Spotted Pig--are they essentially the same? If so, this is a great way to avoid the wait at SP. It's also topped with sharp cheddar and a few bits of their bacon and served with their thrice cooked fries, for those who aren't fans of the gorgonzola and shoestrings.

Nov 03, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

innovative cuisine...,midtown like Acquvit (a bit high) or Nougatine in the low to mid range

Good suggestion, but should have specified--I've done Seasonal, and am looking for something new. Also in this vicinity, have been to Quality Meats, which doesn't really get any play on the boards, but I really enjoyed.

Nov 02, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Good Coffee UWS

Thanks. Does Joe not have much seating? If it changes anything, I don't usually stay more than an hour or two if working...not the type to camp out all day

Nov 02, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

Good Coffee UWS

Admittedly, UWS is pretty foreign to me, so I'm not sure what's going on. I'm going to be heading up there tomorrow to run a few errands and was hoping to find a coffee shop that not only makes good coffee, but is a decent place for getting some work done (i.e., seating, laptop-friendly).

Searching the board, there doesn't seem to be much on the topic, so was hoping someone could recommend. Anywhere from 90th down to 60th would be fine.

Nov 02, 2012
crsin in Manhattan

innovative cuisine...,midtown like Acquvit (a bit high) or Nougatine in the low to mid range

Unfortunately, Acme won't fill their location needs. OP is looking to stick to midtown.

Nov 01, 2012
crsin in Manhattan