Embroidered blanket from Ernesto's. // Photo Courtesy Ernesto's
Embroidered blanket from Ernesto’s. // Photo courtesy Ernesto’s

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The Resy Gift Guide for Restaurant Lovers in New York


It’s holiday season in New York City, but things are a little bit different this time. QR codes and estimated wait times are part of the protocol for visits to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Cookie swaps with co-workers are out, although cookie boxes are in. And we’d all be smart to get hygge with it at home, as we’ll be spending even more waking hours in our apartments than usual come wintertime.

Given all that 2020 has put us through, it’s about time to treat yourself and your loved ones with gifts. From cool merch to delicious snacks and chic kitchen goods, let this guide serve as a strong case for buying all of your presents from restaurants this year. They could use the help — and we could all use a reminder of what we love about dining in them. And if you’re looking beyond New York, we’ve got you covered there, too.


For the Die-Hard New Yorker

They didn’t leave the city when the first wave hit, and they frankly never will.

Photo courtesy Keens

For the Cheffy Type

The kitchen is their happy place — and goodness knows there’s ample time to spend there right now.

Photo courtesy Il Buco Alimentari

For the Outdoor Adventurer

20-degree weather won’t stop them from taking long walks and dining al fresco.

Photo courtesy Frankies Spuntino Group

For the Cool Kid

Since it’s tough to see and be seen, gift them the scene.

Photo courtesy Chez Ma Tante

For the Bad Cook

They can’t take the heat, but they can turn the oven on.

Photo courtesy MP New York

For the “Never Sweatpants” Crusader

Even after a year of quarantine, they still get dressed up for work (from home).

Photo courtesy La Mercerie at Roman and Williams Guild Photo Courtesy La Mercerie at Roman and Williams Guild

Emily Wilson is a New York writer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Resy, too.