Hello Chowhounders --
Dad's 80th birthday is coming up and for his first 18 years he was a New Yorker (actually Port Chester). He's always been a fan of the traditional New York ethnic foods like fried smelts, potato pancakes, all kinds of fish (e.g., pickled herring), corned beef, yada yada. Port Chester was a mixed Polish, Jewish, Scot, European mishmash back in his day, and he seems to love it all (even haggis!). Sardines! Bean soups! You get the picture.
So when someone suggested a deli type of buffet I kind of blanched but suddenly thought "This might be good if we can get THE REAL THING", and not some ersatz DC/Baltimore treatment of deli. NYC deli.
I'm thinking corned beef, brisket, roast beef, some turkey, etc. Also whitefish salad, lox, NYC bagels, mustard(s), chopped liver w/ egg and onions, maybe some gefilte + horseradish, etc. Potato salad(s) (w/ egg?), some vegetable type salads, etc. This is for about 20 people, a Saturday brunch type affair, and very informal otherwise.
I know that Fedex overnight would be expensive but that's a given (I'd almost be willing to do the 8 hour round trip myself, but Friday night/Saturday morning might be a problem for a real Kosher deli, yes?).
So there you have it. I've called 2nd Avenue and they said call back Monday. I'd consider Carnegie for the corned beef sandwiches alone but (I know, I know) they're for tourists and could they fulfill the other requirements?
So thinking big deli spread, 20 people, Saturday AM-noonish, generous servings, something to surprise a DC/Baltimore boy of 80 who's been deprived of his "roots" foods for so many years, what might you guys suggest?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.