Thank you gift for New York Foodies
April 7, 2014 7:25 AM   Subscribe

What delicious foodstuff can I send to some friends in NYC for putting me up for a few nights last week?

I stayed with friends last week when I was in town for a trade show. I want to get them something to say thanks.

Last time I stayed with them I left a few bottles of fancy beer, which was well received. Time didn't work out for me to do the same before I left.

They are a late-20s, early-30s couple. They love good food and good beer. They live within a couple blocks of Washington Square Park. Their household income is far greater than mine, so there is nothing I could get them that they couldn't get themselves.

Do you know a good $amazing_food_item of the $time_period based in NYC? Beer of the month? Artisanal gelato of the week? I would also consider buying something and arranging delivery. Places to go and have unique experiences are also encouraged.
posted by KevCed to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Gift Cerificate to Big Gay Ice Cream?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:30 AM on April 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Zabar's gift certificates are always welcome in my home.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:33 AM on April 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

In a similar situation I sent my hosts a care package of specialty food items from my area. I know your friends are in NYC and could technically probably find any specialty food item you would potentially send them, but I think it sends a nice personal message to go to the effort and put something like that together.
posted by something something at 7:36 AM on April 7, 2014 [4 favorites]

Murrays Cheese (either one-time gift or cheese/meat of the month). They also have awesome classes (incl. beer & cheese pairing) and cheese cave tours.
posted by melissasaurus at 7:42 AM on April 7, 2014

Pizza Tour! My kid lives in the same area and she went on the tour and loved it. It's not even mostly tourists.
posted by kinetic at 7:57 AM on April 7, 2014

In a similar situation I sent my hosts a care package of specialty food items from my area.

Exactly. They can get anything in NY easily enough; what they can't get is what's uniquely in your area.
posted by shivohum at 7:59 AM on April 7, 2014 started out as NY focused, but has broadened since then. I agree that having something that you can't get in NYC might be of more interest. I suppose if it can be purchased on the internet that kind of doesn't count, but perhaps there is something on there that they wouldn't know about or would otherwise appreciate.
posted by wintrymix at 11:22 AM on April 7, 2014

Response by poster: Some great ideas so far. Unfortunately, Boston specialties (e.g. Lobster roll, clam chowder, etc.) don't travel well.
posted by KevCed at 8:27 PM on April 7, 2014

Two more possibilities: a set of ready-to-bake croissants from Williams-Sonoma or a gift certificate to Dean and Deluca Soho.
posted by shivohum at 7:26 AM on April 8, 2014

I would love a cheese or meat of the month gift From Murray's Cheese Shop
posted by The Whelk at 8:34 AM on April 8, 2014

Response by poster: I got them a gift certificate to Zabar's. Murray's was a close second. I reason that they could get cheese at Zabar's if they are so inclined.

I'm definitely going on a Pizza Tour the next time I'm in NYC!
posted by KevCed at 8:24 AM on April 11, 2014

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