Where to Buy Last Minute Grocery Gifts In NYC?


Christmas shopping can be hectic even during normal times. Add up all of the worries of the past two years or unprecedented shipping delays and you have a stressful season. While it may be too late for many of the items in Eater’s New York Gift Guide this year, we’ve rounded up this guide with a handful of NYC stores where you can buy last minute grocery gifts.


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


During the pandemic, Greenpoint Archestratus was expanded by Paige Lipari to offer more gift options than ever before. The recently remodeled place has even more space for its endless new and vintage cookbook titles and Sicilian cafe goodies. Here you can also find supplies like beer, wines, spices and homemade products like daily arancine, which are prepared in the on-site café. For the holidays, Archestratus has put together a Christmas kit with some of her favorite items packed in one of her branded tote bags. You can also find fun food-themed ornaments here, including ones that look like a classic Greek New York coffee mug. 160 Huron Street, near Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint

SOS cooks

Atef Boulaabi has been running this cabinet of curiosities in the East Village since 1996. In addition to hundreds of premium supplies from around the world that can be bought individually, Boulaabi also sells several Christmas gift sets. Here you will find their line of vinegar (with flavors like elderberry or pineapple), a spice set that doubles as a painting palette, pantry staples like garlic powder and peppercorns, and more. No matter how many top chefs roll through its doors, SOS is still a well-kept secret with gifts that impress. If you’re not sure where to start, just ask Boulaabi for a recommendation. 104 Avenue B, East Seventh Street, East Village

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Sweet cucumber books

Sweet cucumber books

No pandemic opening can be smarter than Leigh Altshuler’s Sweet Pickle Books. An ode to 1980s film Intersection Delancey – the story of a bookstore clerk and a pickle seller falling in love on the Lower East Side – and the long history of pickling in the neighborhood. Here you will find used books as well as pickles made exclusively for the store. Sweet Pickle Books also offers much sought-after merchandise: hats, sweatshirts, mugs and baseball caps with fun slogans like “New York’s Best Pickle Bookstore”. The cucumber theme never gets sour. 47 Orchard Street, near Hester Street, Lower East Side

Big night

Former Infatuation Editor Katherine Lewin is behind this colorful Greenpoint general store with a tasteful selection of utensils, dishes and other hosting essentials that change regularly. A shelf for women in olive oil? She covered you. Canned fish on Canned fish? That too. Oven mittens that smile back? Sure. 154 Franklin Street, near Kent Street, Greenpoint

Edy’s grocer

Edy’s Grocer from caterer Edouard Massih opened during the pandemic with a selection of prepared products inspired by his Lebanese heritage and Middle Eastern flavors. At this super cute Greenpoint grocer, you can find gift-ready items like Seed + Mill Halva, house bottle olive oil, pickles and a strong merchandise selection that includes lemon-shaped lapel pins and bespoke Edy’s totes. The shop also has a special Christmas gift box filled with falafel mix, spice mixes, zaa’tar pita chips and more. 136 Meserole Avenue, Eckford Street, Greenpoint


For the friend whose travel plans may have been ruined by COVID concerns, surprise them with some holiday-worthy goodies from a shop that specializes in premium Spanish ingredients. Despaña carries its own brand of food – such as Chorizo ​​- as well as those from Spain such as Turron, the almond dessert bars. For the holidays, the store carries a variety of curated boxes of charcuterie, olives, piquillo peppers, and more, available at its Soho and Jackson Heights locations. 408 Broome Street, near Lafayette Street, Soho and 86-17 Northern Boulevard, near 87th Street, Jackson Heights

Riverdel, a vegan cheese seller based in Manhattan's Essex Market Food Hall.

Riverdel, a vegan cheese seller in Essex Market.
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Essex Market and the Market Line

Wander the narrow, food-filled aisles of Essex Market and you’re sure to find last minute gift inspiration. For the funky there is Formaggio Essex, Valley Shepherd Creamery and Riverdel – specializing in European, New Jersey and Market Line respectively on the ground floor) and bulk spices (Essex Olive & Spice) are also covered. Also on the ground floor you will find Alimentari Flâneur, a market hall with “awesome”, hard-to-find products and luxurious spices made from pith. 88 Essex Street, Delancey Street, Lower East Side


Professional and home cooks have long preferred this excellent grocery store, which has been in business since 1944. Kalustyan’s specializes in artisanal foods from around the world, whether you are looking for loose teas, snacks, syrups, truffles, or condiments. The store also sells cookware and other kitchen accessories, making it nearly impossible to go here empty-handed. 123 Lexington Avenue, near East 28th Street, Kips Bay


With locations in Williamsburg and Chelsea Market, this shop lives up to its name. Here you will find dozens of hot sauces that will spice up any Christmas gift exchange. 121 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg and 75 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea

Tenichi Mart

Tenichi Mart in Park Slope is one of our favorite Brooklyn spots for onigiri on the go, but for a wider variety of snacks, etc. head to the newer location of this Japanese market in Williamsburg. Spread over two floors – ready meals and a small dining area on the first floor; Chili chips, pan-Asian snacks, and an innumerable number of food-scented face masks on the second – it’s possible to find something for everyone, usually for $ 10 or less. 188 Berry Street, between North Third and Fourth Streets, Williamsburg

John Derian Company

Although this store primarily sells non-grocery housewares – like decorative pillows and ornate rugs – John Derian has also become one of the city’s premier sources for sculptural food candles in the form of cakes, pies, bread, and more. Would you like to give away the joy of a panettone that lasts all year round? Go for this non-edible version, which could easily be the centerpiece of your Christmas table this year. 6 East Second Street, near Bowery, East Village


This Bronx market is one of the best spots in town for imported Italian foods like pastas, sauces, and other foods that are hard to find in the boroughs. Try the decadent dessert spreads, like this version made with pistachios. Gustiamo recently worked with the Ghetto Gastro cooking collective on a limited edition of rare olive oils – a perfect stocking filler. 1715 West Farms Road, near East 173rd Street, Charlotte Gardens

Brochure Butcher Co.

Rows of shelves filled with sauces, condiments, and snacks stretch across one wall of Prospect Butcher Co., making this employed butcher one of the best places in the neighborhood for a last-minute stocking. Kewpie, Duke’s Mayonnaise, Crystal Hot Sauce – it’s all here, as is a range of other high quality condiments that you won’t find together in the Foodtown across the street or many other places in town. 665 Vanderbilt Avenue, near Park Place, Prospect Heights


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