As you do your holiday shopping in the coming weeks, you might find yourself stumped when it comes to shopping for your NYC food loving friends. What do you get for the foodie who has it all? The Union Square Holiday Market is a one-stop shop for finding unique, artisan, and tasty treats for all of your food-obsessed family and friends.
For the DIY food lover…
Brooklyn Brew Shop puts together beer-making kits that include hops, grain blends, yeast, and all of the equipment your loved one will need to make about two six-packs of beer. They offer a variety of beer kits from Grapefruit Honey Ale to Jalepeno Saison to Coffee & Donut Stout. You can also purchase additional mixes in 1 gallon and 5 gallon bags to give a variety of flavors! The best part? The kit takes less than one square foot in your tiny NYC apartment!
Kombucha tea… slightly effervescent, faintly sweet, and super healthy, you can find this beverage in bottles everywhere these days, even your neighborhood bodega. But it’s also easy to make at home, and the most healthful of your loved ones will enjoy making their own Kombucha Brooklyn brews at home. Each kit contains a glass jar, cotton cover, rubber band, organic teas, organic cane sugar, temperature indicator strip, and a live SCOBY (the mushroom itself). You can opt to send the SCOBY with the kit, or let your gift recipient choose a later time to have it delivered – perfect for holiday gifting.
For the artisanal food lover…
At The Filling Station, you’ll find one of the best selections of fine oils, vinegars, salts, and beers in beautiful reusable glass jars. My personal favorites are the roasted French walnut oil, black and white truffle oils (they actually use real truffles!), cinnamon pear balsamic vinegar, fig vinegar, champagne vinegar, and Himalayan pink salt slabs. Bring your clean bottles in for a 10% discount on refills! Gift sets available online.
Spices and Tease has perhaps the most dazzling of all displays at the Holiday Market. Row upon row of shiny bowls are filled with fragrant whole and ground spices, tea leaves, various salts and peppers, flavored sugars, and more. It’s a sensory overload of the best kind. Choose from prepackaged gift sets, or customize your own.
For the restaurant food lover…
Deck the halls with City Shuffle’s Diner’s Decks! They’re perfect for those who love to explore the city’s best restaurants. Choose from three kinds of decks: Downtown Restaurant, NYC Restaurant or Bar & Lounge. Each deck of cards contains 52 $10 gift cards for 52 restaurants or bars in the city.
Order a Best of Union Square Holiday Market meal for two (or three or four!) from Seamless. Choose a combination of foods from various vendors and have everything sent over in one delivery! Participating vendors include Arancini Bros, King’s County Jerky Co., Hong Kong Street Cart, Mighty Balls, and Meyhem & Stout. Delivery is only available during the day so we suggest an office surprise!