For Sustainable Holiday Foodies!
Meatpacking District: The Chocolate Bar (19 8th Ave between Jane and W. 12St)
Made in New York with natural ingredients by local chocolate artisans and five star chocolatiers like top New York pastry chef, Jean-Francois Bonnet. The handmade only-in-New York chocolate bars, hot cocoa, spicy brownies, and truffles are wrapped in labels created by local Big Apple artists and designers. The result? Yummy chocolates inspired by classic New York City culture, art and humor (ya talkin’ to me?), the Chocolate Bar has become a neighborhood staple. The crux of Chocolate Bar’s mission: “In working with some of the top chocolate makers and artists we have discovered that the best products are created when we’re having fun!” But you might have even more fun eating them!
Online or Visit the West Village/Meatpacking Shop from 7:30am until 10pm. Gifts from $12
Bread and Chocolate:
Lower East Side: Prohibition Bakery (9 Clinton Street just below Houston)
Prohibition Bakery was founded in 2011 by a local NYC Baker and a Bartender. The result is helping New Yorkers and visitors get drunk through their love of sugar and vice! Nope, seriously…this is a bakery that has re-invented the cupcake using rum, mulled, wine, vodka, Frangelica, kahlua, whiskey, gin, tequila, scotch, and beer! Something for every alcoholic or Party Girl or Boy handmade of course by locals! But the sober among you need not worry! The French have been using booze in their recipes for years (think Crêpe Suzette). When cooked to a high temperature, the alcohol wears off and the flavor remains. Also, innovative from PB is a new recipe partnership with Fair Trade Divine Chocolate: the Divine Saucy Pumpkin Cupcake made with Port, Cocoa, and Espresso. Yum! No shipping yet, but NYC delivery with 24hr notice.
Just because Martha Stewart has discovered it, doesn’t mean that this awesome little restaurant/bakery has shed it’s natural Brooklyn roots. Flatbush native and Owner/Chef Neil Kleinberg was the Executive Chef of Sheepshead Bay’s Famous Lundy’s (“aka THE family seafood destination of the Northern hemisphere”) before opening this little wonder with wife, DeDe Lahman. Dubbed “King of the Biscuits” by Diva Martha, Kleinberg calls his food: “a little Jewish Deli, a little Mexican, and American takeout.” In addition to “hand-crafted in small batches” locally sourced organic Farm to Chef baked goods, Clinton St. serves the “perfect omelette” and signature blueberry pancakes.
Husband and wife also offer free nutrition and cooking classes to neighborhood kids from Hamilton-Madison settlement house. Additionally, Neil and DeDe are “chef/partners for PS 333 on behalf of Wellness in the Schools (WITS) – an organization that inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City’s public schools.”
Order Cakes, Muffins, Biscuits for Pick-up from $10. Holiday Catering with 48 Hr notice. Or for $25 p/p, Clinton St. will drop off breakfast or lunch trays at your local NYC destination for 20 of your closest friends and family!
Giving Back and Socially Good!
Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, West Village: Amy’s Bread (3 locations – see below)
This no-so-little gem (3 NYC westside locations) has been operating under an awesome integrity model for 2o years! Built into their recipes are respect for customers, employees, and community! Handcrafted baked goods made with natural ingredients that “taste as good as they look!”
Community & Professional Responsibility: Amy’s Bread donates 8000 lbs per month gathered from its 3 stores toFountain House and City Harvest. The bakery sources locally & green by, “using local and organic ingredients and products that sustain the health of the planet.” Amy’s goal is to value her workforce and maintain a congenial workplace that encourages stability and growth for our employees by building work relationships ”based on trust and respect.”
If you know a displaced New Yorker or want to satisfy your own Big Apple craving, Amy will ship a sampler basket of fresh bread anywhere in the U.S. to you for $28.50 plus overnight shipping cost.
Hell’s K: 672 9th Ave (46 & 47); Chelsea Market (9th Ave at 15 St); West Village: 250 Bleeker St (at Leroy)