Where to buy last minute food gifts in New York City

Holiday shopping can be hectic even in normal times. Add to that all the special concerns of the past two years or unprecedented delivery delays, and you have a stressful season. While it might be too late for many of the Eater’s New York gift guide articles this year, we’ve rounded up this guide with a handful of stores in New York City where you can shop for food gifts at the last minute.


A stroll through this Middle Eastern grocery store (there’s the Brooklyn Heights location and a newer outpost in Industry City), which has been in the family since 1948, could easily result in a higher-than-expected bill. There’s hummus and baba ghanoush that regularly fly off the shelves, but the aisles are also filled with imported produce – from excellent olive oil to rare teas – which make excellent staples for the keeper. -to eat. The store also recently launched a cookbook, a good source of recipes like red lentil soup and za’atar bread. 187 Atlantic Avenue, between Clinton and Court streets, Brooklyn Heights and 34 35th Street, Building Four, Industry City


During the pandemic, Paige Lipari’s Greenpoint Archestratus has grown bigger and has more gifting opportunities than ever. The newly renovated place has even more space for its endless new and old cookbook titles and Sicilian coffee treats. Here you can also find provisions like beers, wines, condiments, and homemade items like the arancine of the day, prepared in its on-site cafe. For the holidays, Archestratus has put together a holiday set with a few of their favorite items, tucked away in one of their signature tote bags. You can also find fun food-themed ornaments here, including ones that look like a classic New York City Greek coffee mug. 160 Huron Street, near Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint

SOS leaders

Atef Boulaabi has run this cabinet of curiosities in the East Village since 1996. In addition to hundreds of top-notch groceries, sourced from around the world and available for individual purchase, Boulaabi also sells several holiday gift boxes. Here you’ll find his range of vinegars (with flavors like elderberry or pineapple), a set of spices that double as a paint palette, pantry staples like garlic powder and kernels. pepper, and more. No matter how many great chefs walk through its doors, SOS always feels like a well-kept secret with gifts made to impress. If you don’t know where to start, just ask Boulaabi for a recommendation. 104 Avenue B, in East Seventh Street, East Village

Inside Sweet Pickle Books.
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Sweet Pickles Pounds

Perhaps no pandemic opening is smarter than Leigh Altshuler’s Sweet Pickle Books. An ode to the cinema of the 80s, Delancey crossing – the story of a Lower East Side bookstore clerk and pickle vendor falling in love – and the long history of marinating in the neighborhood, you’ll find used books here, as well as potted pickles made here. exclusively for the store. Sweet Pickle Books is also home to coveted merchandise: hats, sweatshirts, mugs, and baseball caps with fun slogans like “New York’s Best Pickle Bookstore.” The pickle theme never gets sour. 47 Orchard Street, near Hester Street, Lower East Side

Big night

Former Craze Editorial Director Katherine Lewin is behind this colorful Greenpoint general store with a tasteful selection of utensils, dinnerware and other accommodation essentials that change regularly. A shelf dedicated to women with olive oil? She’s got you covered. Canned fish over canned fish over canned fish? This too. Oven mitts that smile back? Sure. 154 Franklin Street, near Kent Street, Greenpoint

Edy’s grocer

Edy’s Grocer, of caterer Edouard Massih, opened during the pandemic with a selection of prepared meals inspired by his Lebanese heritage and flavors of the Middle East. At this ultra-cute Greenpoint grocery store, you’ll find ready-to-give items like Seed + Mill halva, homemade bottled olive oil, pickles, and a solid selection of produce including lemon-shaped pins. and personalized Edy’s bags. The shop also has a special holiday gift box with falafel mix, spice mixes, zaa’tar pita chips and more. 136 Meserole Avenue, at Eckford Street, Greenpoint


For the friend who may have seen his travel plans crushed by the COVID concerns, why not surprise him with some holiday-worthy gifts from a store specializing in leading Spanish ingredients. Despaña offers its own brand of food products, such as chorizo, as well as those from Spain such as turron, dessert bars with almonds. For the holidays, the store has a variety of boxes made with cold cuts, olives, piquillo peppers and more, available at their stores in Soho and Jackson Heights. 408 Broome Street, near Lafayette Street, Soho and 86-17 Northern Boulevard, near 87th Street, Jackson Heights

Riverdel, a vegan cheese vendor located in the food hall of Manhattan's Essex Market.

Riverdel, a vegan cheese vendor in Essex Market.
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Essex Market and Market Line

Take a stroll through the narrow, food-filled aisles of Essex Market, and you’re sure to find inspiration for last-minute gifts. For the hipster, there’s Formaggio Essex, Valley Shepherd Creamery, and Riverdel – specializing in European, New Jersey, and vegan cheeses respectively – while those looking for pasta by the pound (New Amsterdam Pasta), natural wine ( Peoples, located in the Market Line below) and bulk spices (Essex Olive & Spice) are also covered. Also downstairs you’ll find Alimentari Flâneur, a covered market with ‘exciting’, hard to find produce and luxury condiments from Pith. 88 Essex Street, in Delancey Street, Lower East Side

by Kaloustian

Career chefs and home cooks have long frequented this excellent grocery store which has been in existence since 1944. Kalustyan’s specializes in artisan food products from all over the world, whether you are looking for loose teas, snacks, syrups, truffles or spices. The store also sells cookware and other types of cooking accessories, making it nearly impossible to leave empty-handed. 123 Lexington Avenue, near East 28th Street, Kips Bay


With locations in Williamsburg and Chelsea Market, this store lives up to its name. Here, you’ll find dozens of varieties of hot sauces to spice up any holiday gift exchange. 121 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg and 75 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea

Tenichi Market

Park Slope’s Tenichi Mart is one of our favorite places in Brooklyn for onigiri on the go, but for a wider selection of snacks and so on, head to this Japanese market’s new location in Williamsburg. Spread over two floors – ready meals and a small dining room on the first floor; chili chips, Pan-Asian snacks, and countless food-scented face masks on the second – it’s possible to find something for anyone, usually for $ 10 or less. 188 Berry Street, between North Third and Fourth Street, Williamsburg

John Derian Company

Although this store primarily sells non-food household items – like decorative pillows and ornate rugs – John Derian has also become one of the city’s primary sources for sculptural food candles in the form of cakes, pies, breads, etc. Want to give the joy of a panettone that will last all year? Go for this inedible version that could easily be the centerpiece of your holiday table this year. 6 East Second Street, near Bowery, East Village


This Bronx market is one of the best places in town for imported Italian food items like pasta, sauces, and other groceries largely hard to find in the boroughs. Try its decadent spreads, like this pistachio-based version. Gustiamo also recently collaborated with chef collective Ghetto Gastro on a limited edition of rare olive oils – a perfect Christmas stocking. 1715 West Farms Road, near East 173rd Street, Charlotte Gardens

Prospect Butcher Co.

Shelves filled with sauces, seasonings, and snacks sprawl across a wall in Prospect Butcher Co., making this employee-owned butcher shop one of the neighborhood’s best places for a last-minute stocking stuffer. Kewpie, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Crystal Hot Sauce – it’s all there, as well as a number of other quality condiments that you won’t find sold together at Foodtown across the street, or in many other places around the world. city. 665 Vanderbilt Ave, near Park Place, Prospect Heights

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