I'll be in NYC for just a day or so this weekend. On Sunday morning, I'd like to have brunch and do some shopping in a "chow circle" for delicacies on the Lower East Side that I can't find here in DC. The constraints are that I have to be on the road by 12:30, and anything I purchase has to be able to withstand four hours in the car on the way home.
I was thinking perhaps Prune for brunch at 10 (Five Points doesn't open until later; anyone think Balthazar's a better choice? Katz's?); with the Laboratorio for dessert (don't think I can resist). (How can I fit in the Dumpling House?!) I know that I should pick up bialys at Kossar's, right? And Russ & Daughters is a must -- but what must I purchase there? Does it make sense to get anything to go at Katz's? Schimmel's Knishes? DiPaolo's? Rice to Riches? It does sound as if I should probably pack a cooler with some dry ice, no?
Thanks in advance