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Oct 13, 2009 09:22 AM

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,, 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.

    5 Replies
    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.