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Sep 1, 2007 01:39 PM

Help! Wedding Present Advice for Major NYC Foodies Needed


I need special wedding present ideas for major NYC foodies!

They've been to almost every great restaurant in the city, so I need to think more outside the box. Wines, cheeses (we were thinking Murray's gift certificate possibly), anything.

They are also major cooks. So things along that route too would work. But no equipment. They have all that too.

And as "different" and memorable as possible. We really love these people.


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  1. What about wine? Sherry-Lehman - they just moved to 59th & Park - has always been very reliable and helpful when I've needed something special, and they always end up being more reasonably priced than I expect them to be. I also like Italian Wine Merchants

    Or maybe trying to arrange a private cooking lesson with a chef they admire?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      The private cooking present is really a great idea, but Dang! A Murray's gift certification...I'd be like a kid in a candy store..yep..exactly like that!

      Along the wine route; you might wanna think of a bottle for their wedding night...then a bottle that will be prefect for their 1 year anniversary, then one planned for their 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th? Showing that you are planning ahead, like them, for a long happy life together?

      1. re: Quine

        Trust me - I'm with you on the Murray's cheese thing too!

        To the OP - might be helpful - if you are comfortable - letting us know your budget - might help us come up w/ the best ideas w/in that range - obviously it's easy to throw around money at a wine store and come up w/ a fantastic gift (grin).

        1. re: MMRuth

          Hi guys! I think we actually have some great ideas with the wine. I can't be completely specific because apparently the soon-to-be-married couple reads this site too! Big suprise! But I do need to know what store to buy these special wines at. Is Sherry-Lehman a store, a brand, or both? Any other great wine stores near mid-town? We are in Hell's Kitchen, but would be willing to travel for special knowledge, selection or prices.

            1. re: Lmo1823

              Thought that might be the case - about revealing too much! Sherry-Lehman is a wine store. They recently moved from Madison Avenue. I think they are thought of as being upscale etc., and even perhaps snooty, but I am not very knowledgeable about wines nor do I regularly buy expensive wine, and I have always been treated in a friendly and courteous manner.

              505 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

              1. re: MMRuth

                And, if they are particularly into Italian food/wine - try this place:

                Italian Wine Merchants
                108 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

      2. Get them a crazy expensive bottle of Balsamic Vinegar. Something they would never every buy themselves.

        I'm talking aged 100 years. (or 200 years if you have the scratch).

        1. If they know good cheeses (and I bet they do) this might be a fine alternative along with a bottle of fine wine.

          1. We just got a murrays cheese of the month club for a friend at work, and she was thrilled. I think the balsamic idea is great, something you wouldnt buy yourself is always fun. Also, maybe a private dinner at their favorite restaurant with some signature drinks and dishes that arent normally on the menu, using a tasting of all their favorite ingredients. You could have a freelance designer make a custom menu to have on the table and make it a very personalized occasion.

            1. How about a gift certificate to Russ and Daughters- superb smoked fish, soups, egg creams, roe, candied fruit, nuts, gourmet stuff, absolutely amazing! or one to russ and one to murray's- either is going to work... enjoy fb

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              1. re: frankbooth

                As a thank you to some of our friends, we got them a Russ & Daughters "Breadfast in Bed" package. And they loved it -- bagels, lox, rugelach, whitefish salad, etc.