Local NYC gift ideas?
Some friends of mine just had their second baby. Instead of sending the usual baby gifts, I want to send them an NYC gift pack for them. Stuff they can enjoy to get through the next few weeks/months. So far I'm thinking coffee beans from a local coffee shop (maybe Jacks, Grey Dog, or Irving Farm), some peanut butter from PB & Co., maybe chocolate from Jaques Torres?
Any other ideas for quality, indulgent NY based food related items they would enjoy?
Thanks so much.
How about some pastrami from Katz's? I'm in Chicago for 3/4 of the year now and my best friend sent me two glorious pounds of it for my birthday -- unbelievable.
My out-of-town friends also love shipments of Junior's cheesecake. I think Ess-A-Bagel ships, and if Russ & Daughters does, that could be a fantastic spread. I've also seen customizable gift baskets at Dean & Deluca's website.
I really like the Blue Mt.-blend coffee blend from Zabar's. Best in the city, IMO.
Zabar's chocolate babka
Chocolates from Kee's
Jams from Sarabeth's bakery
hard-to-find aged cheeses from Murray's Cheese Shop
dried ravioli from Bruno Ravioli
smoked whitefish from Barney Greengrass (which, despite the heresy, is better IMO than Russ & Daughters in the EV)