Finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be a difficult task, but if any of those folks are foodies, we've got just the list for you!
Gift a Taste of NYC
Whether you're shopping for a baker, a home cook, an IG food photographer or just someone who likes to try new foods, these shops have a good variety of unique gift options from which to choose. Grab a gift card, browse until you find just the right thing, or go big and make a gift basket with several foodie favorites.
Grand Central Market
Now open for over one hundred years, Grand Central Market is a landmark institution. Don't confuse the space with Grand Central Station—that's located below; the market is a European-style gourmet shop with prepared foods, global spices and kitchen gadgets. The colorful seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers lure in traffic and window shoppers to browse the specialty and seasonal goodies inside. There are 13 local vendors here, selling everything from cheese at Murray's to chocolates at Li-Lac and fresh-baked bread and pastries from Eli Zabar's. The fishmonger Pescatore and the butcher counter at Ceriello Fine Foods have your protein options covered for those who enjoy cooking. The punny Spices & Tease shop carries spices, teas and other gourmet add-ons to take meals to the next level. For those who just like to eat, there are sushi, noodles and heat-and-eat prepared foods available as well.
Eataly is genuinely a celebration of everything Italian, from history to food to culture! There are two locations, one downtown (Eataly Downtown) and one in the Flatiron district (Eataly Flatiron). Both are beautiful spaces housing multiple shops, counters and restaurants where you can taste and learn about Italian cuisine. It's a party for the senses with the smell of fresh sauces and breads and beautiful, curated displays. Dine at La Pizza & La Pasta to try the best of both worlds, or try your hand at cooking up a dish yourself using the fresh pasta at the Ravioli & Co. pasta bar. Several counters offer Italian street food, like the fresh-baked sweet and savory breads and pastries at La Focacceria. Antipasti and roasted meats are available at the Rotisserie, or you can order a quick sandwich at I Panini. There are also shops with kitchen tools, pantry items and specialty desserts, some of which are even available via delivery apps. Whether you hand-deliver or send over a treat, your giftee is sure to be impressed.
Think of Le District as the French equivalent of Eataly, a large area of connected restaurants, food stalls, shops, markets and grocery options for browsing and sampling your way through the cuisine and culture. Le District offers three sit-down dining options, with a bistro, wine bar and bespoke Michelin-star dinners to hit all levels. Food stalls have convenient stands for coffee and desserts, and you'll find a bakery, a creperie and charcuterie and cheese counters too. Browsing the Market area is your best bet for giftable goodies, where you can make your own charcuterie board or select a gift card for friends to build their own from the products on display. Various pantry items, sauces, and wines are available to complement their home cooking or inspire a new kitchen creation. If you can't find something specific to purchase, suggest a trip down here and let your giftee pick whatever catches their eye. The vicarious joy of watching them wander this culinary wonderland is a gift for yourself as well.
An NYC institution, Zabar's, has been serving the city for 80 years across three generations! The Zabar family originally opened one shop on Broadway, which has now expanded to almost an entire city block. Spanning a deli-style café, a quick-service takeout window, a housewares shop and a market, Zabar's is an experience. The aroma of their house-roasted coffee and fresh-baked pastries entice visitors inside to find even more treats. The commitment to quality is evident with their hand-cut Nova salmon and cheese samples at the deli counter, to family recipe rugelach and babkas. If you visit in person, be sure to pop upstairs to check out their massive collection of imported copper cookware. They also offer online ordering for gift boxes and baskets of their signature vinegar, sauces and olive oils. Themed baskets also include everything you need for a morning bagel breakfast or home Passover celebration.
Food Garden Market
Just coming up on two years open in Brooklyn, Food Garden Market is a home cook's paradise tucked into a busy neighborhood. Bright and welcoming, the space has a grocery with colorful seasonal fruits and vegetables that catch your eye first. Venture further to find a slew of specialty counters, offering variety and value, often compared to a local version of Whole Foods. The butcher and fish counters have personalized and friendly service, and artisanal cheese and charcuterie are also available. Those who don't want to go home and create a meal or a mess in their kitchen will enjoy the on-site bakery, pizza counter, salad station, café, beer garden and juice bars. If that isn't enough to overwhelm you, keep an eye out for their olive bar, bulk coffee station and gourmet chocolates.
Fulton Fish Market
Are you shopping for a serious seafood lover? For the ultimate in fresh seafood gifts, consider a stop at Fulton Fish Market. As the nation's oldest fish market, you're sure to find something for every seafood lover in your life. Fulton Fish Market is also the most extensive online seafood retailer with nationwide shipping, so if you're shopping for an out-of-state friend, it's still a perfect place to shop. The market also has numerous specific gift options like the Best of Domestic Caviar Assortment Package, the Paella Dinner Box and the Feast of the Seven Fishes. For the ultimate in gifts, consider The Fish Drop Subscription—a fully customizable subscription with multiple seafood options.