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Suggestions for an engagement gift for NYC foodies

Brother-in-law and girlfriend just got engaged. They moved to NYC about 1.5 years ago and have discovered their inner hounds...

Want to get them an engagement gift that is creative and food-related. Are there any New York-specific food magazines out there to which we could get them a subscription? Or gift certificates to markets, restaurants? I would like it to be something we can have sent to us here that we can give in person when they come here to visit.

They live in Soho if that makes any difference...

Thanks in advance!

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  1. A few things I wouldn't mind getting.
    - Cooking classes at ICE (Institute of Culinary Education), they have couples classes, and various other cooking/ drinking classes.
    - There is a magazine called Edible Manhattan, http://ediblemagsubscription.com/, which is local. I've never read it, but they advertise at the green markets.
    - Gift certificate to Despana or Di Palo's (two very good markets for meats and cheeses, Despana is in SOHO, and Di Palo's is in Little Italy). If someone gave me a gift certificate to either, I would be extremely happy.
    Those are just a few things that I wouldn't mind receiving as a gift, and are local to the area.

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    1. re: UWSEater

      I'd actually try for a gift of something at the Astor Center than ICE.

      I'm a subscriber to Edible Manhattan currently, and love it.

      Despana gift certificates sound fantastic as well.

      1. re: kathryn

        Agree with Astor Center - there's some great classes that my boyfriend and I love taking together.

        I would LOVE a Di Palo's gift certificate and if they like Italian food, I'm sure they'd enjoy it as well.

        A restaurant gift card is a great idea but tough unless you know their likes/dislikes. I like the idea of the poster below of a Union Square Hospitality Group one, since it would give them a nice variety of choices.

        1. re: kathryn

          If you go the Astor Center route, make sure to ask them if the certificate is good for all the things they offer on the website. They make a distinction between the classes they offer and the ones taught by the CIA chefs. I didn't know this and ended up losing $200.

          1. re: kathryn

            Edible Manhattan is free in a number of locations - I usually pick it up at Kitchen Arts & Letters. I would also be thrilled with gift certificates from Di Palo or Despana.

            1. re: kathryn

              I'll 3d the Astor Center--wine classes and lectures are good. I had one disastrous cooking class, but they graciously gave the whole class a free extra event to make up for it.

          2. I know it's not in Soho, but you might consider a gift certificate to Zabar's. That would give them the option of getting foodstuffs (cheese, smoked fish, coffee, whatever) or any kitchen equipment (food processor, coffee maker, pots, etc.) that they might desire.

            1. Yes - maybe a gift card or perhaps wine.

              For a recent birthday, I received a gift card from Union Square Hospitality Group, which covers the Danny Meyer restaurants, as well as a bottle of Chateau Margaux. I was thrilled to get these as presents.

                1. re: smokeandapancake

                  My fiance gave me an ICE gift certificate for this past x-mas, and I loved it. Great catalog of classes, and I chose an Indian cooking class since I love Indian but didn't know the first thing about it. Had an awesome time.

                  Going to ICE again this Saturday for a wine tasting class!

                2. If they can cook, Debragga has gift certificates for their steaks. They supply to a lot of the high end steakhouses and restaurants in the city.

                  1. How about a wine and cheese tasting at Artisinal. They have Beer and Cheese tastings as well. I would love that as a gift.

                    1. How about signing them up for Murray's Cheese of The Month Club. Cheese delivery once a month... what could be better than that!

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                      1. re: luckiestduck

                        These are all fantastic suggestions. Am currently looking into the things I can purchase from a distance. Thanks!

                      2. My son and his fiance received a gift certificate for "Cookiing 101" as an engagement gift. They LOVED it! A gourmet chef created a menu based on their likes and dislikes, came over and gave them a hands on cooking lesson in their kitchen! She helped them use the food processor and other kitchen gadgets. They made a fantastic healthy meal and learned a lot about fresh foods, cooking techniques and even organizing and storing foods to make cooking much easier. They are excited about cooking together now.
                        Here's the link: http://www.naturally-tasty.com/servic...

                        1. This might be alittle out there but you can make them a photo book of the two of them around a theme of food!! i used this site http://www.smilebooks.com to make one and they let you desing them however you want and they come in the mail its a pretty cool end product. I mean this is a little out there but why not haha!!

                          1. Just took a class at ICE and LOVED it! It was a gift someone gave me. great for couples. Also, for my wedding we received a gift certificate to the BR GUEST group of restaurants. Varied menus and great food. Really fun thing to have.

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                            1. re: Joree77

                              Please do not buy a gift certificate to the BR Guest restaurant group...they are all mediocre at best. If you're going to go the restaurant route....do the Union Square Hospitality Group.

                              Check the websites and you'll see for yourself which restaurants are owned by which group.

                              That being said....I have enjoyed the things I've done at ICE.