Holiday Gift Guide: The Most Delicious Presents in New York City

  • Do you have too much stuff already? Do you want a holiday that’s a delicious culinary experience rather than a hazardous mountain of consumer electronics? Do you want to go home to the Midwest and prove to your family that you’ve developed an addiction to brine so severe you can never go home again? Here is a guide to the best comestible gifts in New York City: instead of a bunch of crap to put in a drawer, give mom a whitefish.

  • The Hannukah Deluxe includes 10 homemade Potato Latkes, hand-sliced Scottish salmon, Wild Alaskan Salmon Roe, and Creme Fraiche packed into a Russ & Daughters insulated tote. Aren't you happy this holiday lasts for eight nights?

  • Les Trois Petits Cochon Mousse Pate with Sauternes? Oui! Some nostril-scorching Dunbarton Blue? That too! Plus sausage, crostini and preserves. [Murray's Cheese]

  • It's a Christmas tree! But filled with truffles, malt balls and chocolate. [Dylan's Candy Bar]

  • So this might not be a New York-based company but since it's the oyster purveyor to restaurants like French Laundry and delicious oysters come from Cape Cod here's a sampler:"salty Chathams; buttery Moon Shoals harvested by a firefighter in Barnstable; and sweet Island Creeks." [Island Creek]

  • We endorse any pile of Christmas food that involves the word "tower." This box contains no fewer than 38 cookies, including sugar cookies shaped like snowmen, winter mittens and snowflakes, raspberry jam sandwiches and plain old chocolate chip. [Amy's Cookies]

  • If all this fancy food is too much, here is something simple: some jam from Anarchy in a Jar, the Brooklyn-based preserve purveyor known for strawberry-balsamic revolutions. Grapefruit and smoked salt marmalade? Yes. [Anarchy in a Jar]

  • La famosa "pata negra." [Despana]

  • The star-shaped marzipan doughnut might be the most festive, but Doughnut Plant's other holiday varietals include panettone, spiced pear and gingerbread doughnuts. [Doughnut Plant]

  • The "Chairman's Choice" gift box comes with 24 filet mignons, garlic butter, steak sauce and barbecue sauce. [Ottomanellis] /product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=49

  • It's like Smorgasburg in a basket! Brooklyn Brine pickles, Morris Kitchen ginger syrup, Early Bird Foods & Co. granola, Mast Brothers "The Brooklyn Blend" chocolate bar and more. [Dean & Deluca]

  • Celebrate the holidays with your local whiskey distiller. [Tuthill Town]

  • Including: "50pc boxed assortment of bonbons, 24pc champagne truffle box, Classic Hot Chocolate tin, macadamia tube, almond tube, espresso tube, dark chocolate-covered cherries, apple box, grahams, marshmallows, cheerios, raisins, mendicants, 16oz malt ball tube and milk chocolate-covered pretzels." [Jacques Torres]

  • Looking for some representation from Queens? Rajbhog Foods's "two box decorative tower" (towers! we love them) contains over two pounds of Indian sweets and a mixture of spiced nuts. [Rajbhog Foods]

  • Don't knock it until you've tasted it: as the bakers put it, this one is "proud to be called a fruitcake." None of that waxen candied stuff. [Three Tarts]

  • For those who really don't need anything for Christmas, make a donation to the Food Bank for New York City. [Food Bank]

  • The green tea cupcakes, shortbread and financiers from this Japanese bakery in Midtown are color-coded for Christmas. [Kyotofu]

  • Breakfast selections from New York's iconic grocery store. [Fairway]

  • Following the Mediterranean diet? The basket from this Brooklyn specialty grocery has hummus, baba ganoush, Lebanese olive oil and coffee, a Lebanese cookbook and more. [Sahadis]

  • Zabar's chocolate babka, Zabar's cinnamon rugelach, a mini menorah, dreidels and more. [Zabar's]

  • Sometimes simple is best (and most delicious.) [Garden of Eden]

  • Sign up for one of September's wine clubs, including starter, organic and "cellar" (for connoisseurs) and receive to bottles to taste every month. [September Wine & Spirits]

  • Perhaps you only turn on the oven once a year, but it would be nice to know how to do these things properly. [The Brooklyn Kitchen]

Comments

  1. Jame Moglia says:

    Great blog! Sorry to change the subject, but, since Nashville is a big up and coming city, I’m looking for a great Nashville sushi restaurant or Japanese restaurant. Have you read any recent buzz? There’s a new one called Nomzilla Sushi Et Cetera, but I’ve only seen a few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Japanese Restaurant, 1201 Villa Place, Suite 101 Nashville, TN 37212 – (615) 268-1424. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!