Slideshow: Gift Guide: For Out-of-Town New York Food Lovers

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Levain
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Levain
These massive, doughy cookies from Upper West Side bakery Levain are favorites of New Yorkers and visitors alike (they're polarizing at the Serious Eats office, but I'll confess that I love 'em.) They'll ship all over the country. (Assortment of 8 for $44.) Order online »
Pastrami from Katz's
Pastrami from Katz's
"Send a salami to your boy in the Army!" the sign in the window says. They've been shipping for decades, but it's the pastrami we'd recommend as the New York food ambassador. They've improved their online ordering system, too. Order sliced, unless the gift recipient is up for carving. ($11.88/half-lb sliced; $12.35/lb whole.) Order online »
Smoked fish from Russ & Daughters
Smoked fish from Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters' Mark Federman has finally passed the 100 year-old family smoked fish torch to the fourth generation, his daughter Nikki and nephew Josh. The Russ family hasn't missed a beat. The smoked fish is as good as ever. (Packages of various prices.) Order online »
Cheesecake from Eileen's
Cheesecake from Eileen's
We're huge fans of Eileen's cheesecake, which manages to be rich in the style of a New York cheesecake, but not so dense you could use it as a doorstop. Great graham cracker crust, too. We've carried these through airport security and on cross-country flights as gifts. ($68 includes shipping.) Order online »
Babka from Zabar's
Babka from Zabar's
Many fine stores in New York (including Upper West Side classic Zabar's) carry Green's babka, one of the winners of our epic babka taste test. Chocolate is the bigger seller, no contest. But their cinnamon—as moist as the best cinnamon roll, but with thinner, more delicate layers—is no slouch. It's everything you'd want babka to be: moist, yeasty, swirly goodness. (Zabar's also ships just about every New York-y food item you can think of. Poke around. Babka and rugleach? Don't mind if we do...) (Starts at $10.98, plus shipping.) Order online »
Black and white cookies from William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
Black and white cookies from William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
We have found that most black and white cookies in New York City are leaden, oversize disks that are just too sweet and dry. They're made with inferior milk chocolate and other substandard ingredients. But the black and whites from William Greenberg Jr. Desserts are made with good-quality dark chocolate and are surprisingly light and moist. (Gift box, $28.00.) Order online »
Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate
Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate
A New York classic, and the winner of our packaged hot chocolate taste test. There's a half cup of milk per every 1/4 cup of mix (that's a whole 2-to-1 milk-to-chocolate ratio!), which contains solid chocolate nuggets mixed with the powder. It's definitely indulgent, but also very drinkable. Slightly salty to balance the sweetness. (18 oz., $24.95) Order online »
Brownies from Baked
Brownies from Baked
Gooey and fudgy and delicious even several days later, these chocolate treats from one of our favorite bakeries in New York are prime candidates for shipping. ($21/6-pack) Order online »
Bialys from Kossar's Bialys
Bialys from Kossar's Bialys
The bialy is a lighter, onionier first cousin to the bagel, made with a different dough. Unlike bagels, they are not boiled and baked. Most bagel-bakers make bialys that are not deserving of the name. But Kossar’s specializes in bialys, and it has been making terrific ones for a hundred years or so on New York’s Lower East Side. Unlike bagels, bialys have to be toasted before eating so they don’t suffer any loss of freshness in transit. ($10.80/dozen, plus shipping.)Order online »
Sarabeth's Spreadable Fruit
Sarabeth's Spreadable Fruit
Brunch at Sarabeth's is an uptown tradition, and her "Spreadable Fruit" preserves on buttered toast or a fresh croissant will bring you right back. ($26.95 on Gilt Taste) Order online »