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Oct 6, 2011 09:39 AM

Food basket


I want to give someone a gift of a variety of quintessential NYC food items- something to remember the city by and something that can be enjoyed when they return home. The hard part is that the items cannot be perishable. Do you have any ideas of things that could be included in the basket?


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  1. Here is a list of items that I posted in another thread, with the perishable items removed:

    - Green's babka (sold at Zabar's and at Russ & Daughters)

    - A jar of pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co., Rick's Picks, or McClure's Pickles - all available at Murray's Cheeses and other stores around town

    - Buttercrunch from Roni-Sue's

    - Salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company

    - A bar or two of chocolates from Mast Brothers - they have a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    and are sold at Whole Foods as well as Murray's, I like the olive oil/sea salt ones

    - Handmade candy bars from Liddabit

    - NYC honey from Andrew's Local Honey, which is grown on various rooftop hives throughout the city - available at various Greenmarkets

    - Also at the Greenmarket:

    Oak Grove for grains (and I think they have some interesting flours and pancake mix, as well as corn for popping)

    Catskill Merino for hand-dyed yarn

    3 Corner Field for wool, milk soap, hats, sweaters, sheepskins, etc.

    Jams from Berkshire Berries (he has unusual ones like garlic jam and pepper jam) or Beth's

    Deep Mountain's maple syrups

    Wines from Anthony Road, Buzzard Crest

    Hawthorne Valley Farm for granola.

    Some farmers may still have apple butter, and/or kimchi. Check GrowNYC for who'll be at the Union Square Greenmarket on what days. I like Fridays.

    - William J. Greenberg Black and White cookies

    - A bottle of Fox's U-Bet with instructions on how to make an egg cream

    - Some jams from Sarabeth's bakery

    - Hot chocolate mix from Jacques Torres or MarieBelle

    - A pound of coffee beans from Gimme! Coffee, Ninth Street Espresso, Abraco, maybe
    Stumptown which didn't originate in NYC but is very popular in NYC now

    - Breuckelen Distilling Company's gin, Fire Island Beer Company or Brooklyn Brewery beer, or some local NY State or Long Island wines

    - Kings County Distillery bourbon

    - I think some of the vendors at the Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg have items that are prepackaged

    - A copy of Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and/or Queens, too!

    Russ & Daughters
    179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Jacques Torres
    350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

    Murray's Cheese
    254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    Union Square Greenmarket
    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

    2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    Roni-Sue's Chocolates
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    Ninth Street Espresso
    700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

    Sarabeth's Bakery
    75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
    1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

    Gimme! Coffee
    228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

    Whole Foods
    95 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Rick's Picks
    195 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

    18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

    Liddabit Sweets
    New York, New York, NY 10001

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Wow. What a great list- thanks so much. Just to clarify, the items definitely do not need to be made in NYC but I am simply looking for items that are famous in the city. The black and white cookies are perfect, as are the jams from Sarabeths and the Jacque Torres hot chocolate mix. I am looking for the almost touristy items that people equate with NYC that they can eat perhaps even a month after they return home. I hope that makes sense.


      1. re: Steph648

        The babka will probably keep for a little bit, like the black and white cookies, but not for too long.

        Pickles & egg creams are definitely a NY specific thing.

        Unfortunately smoked salmon/bagels are probably out of the picture (the bagels will definitely not last longer than one day).

        Additionally, I don't think Katz's Deli vacuum packs pastrami any more but you could probably get a salami instead.

    2. Zabar's has a NYCentric gift basket that I've sent in the past.

      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024