Lucky enough to have a Thanksgiving invite? Show your gratitude in style by arriving armed with a gourmet gift. These LUXE-approved purveyors of all things yummy include NYC's finest food markets, delis, wine shops and cheese counters...
Everybody knows Thanksgiving = pie. Stock up on yours at Four & Twenty Blackbirds; pick from salty honey, brown-butter pumpkin, salted-caramel apple or bittersweet chocolate pecan. (Or be sensible and buy one in every flavour.) These Blackbirds are taking Thanksgiving pre-orders now; the early bird catches the pie.
Grab a picnic-hamper’s worth of proper provisions from Eataly Flatiron, whose deli goodies don’t stint on ‘grazie mille’ Italian allure. Alternatively, hit up Chelsea Market, housed in a former Nabisco factory where the Oreo was invented. This indoor food hall is home to Los Tacos, People's Pops, the Lobster Place and much more. It’s fab for whiling away an afternoon; quench your shopping-induced thirst at Chelsea Wine Vault, later.
Add some made-in-America artisan cheeses to your Thanksgiving feast by paying a trip to Saxelby Cheesemongers, whose creamy lures change in accordance with the seasons. Stock up on butter (a slab of artisan goat butter, perhaps?), knives and other merch, plus fruit jam, spiced pecans and other cheese-companions while you’re at it...
Grab some cute cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery, courtesy of a flour-power Magnolia Bakery alum. You'd best ditch the calorie counter as the sweet treats don't end there – the peanut-butter chocolate pie and famous ice-box cake have a devoted (and deserved) following.
You’ll want to wash down all these delicious flavours with something suitably tasty. Might we suggest Chambers Street Wines? Chambers’ charms include totally grape staff (abrim with tips and wisdom), plus an impressive stash of natural and small-batch vintages.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds / 439 3rd Ave / Brooklyn / +1 718 499 2917 / 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun / + branches / birdsblack.com
Eataly Flatiron / 200 5th Ave / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 229 2560 / 9am-11pm daily / eataly.com
Saxelby Cheesemongers / Essex St Market / 120 Essex St / Lower East Side / 10am-7pm Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun / + branch at Chelsea Market / saxelbycheese.com
Billy’s Bakery 75 Franklin St / Bergenfield / +1 212 625 3323 / 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat-Sun / billysbakerynyc.com
Chambers Street Wines / 148 Chambers St / Lower Manhattan / +1 212 227 1434 / 10m-9pm Mon-Fri, noon-7pm Sun / chambersstwines.com