Authentic, Affordable New York Souvenirs
Leave the plastic taxis and miniature Lady Libertys in Times Square—these mementos from local institutions have enough urban style to please even the locals, and they'll tide you over till your next visit.
Black and White Cookies and Rugelach ($9 per package) and Coffee ($9 per pound), Zabar's
Famed for bagels, coffee, cheese, smoked fish, sweets, and other things that New Yorkers crave, this Upper West Side destination is also a great lunch stop (there's a café next door). Good options for gifts include a pound of coffee, a pack of cinnamon rugelach, or chocolate babka, a rich yeast bread (try to avoid eating it all on the ride home). 2245 Broadway at 80th St., 800/697-6301.
Books About New York, Tenement Museum
Located inside an apartment building from 1863, the Tenement Museum shows just what it was like to live during some of Manhattan's toughest times. The tours show how the immigrant families who once lived here struggled in their search for a better life. The gift shop, housed with the visitor center in a separate building nearby, carries an extremely well-edited selection of books about the history and culture of the Big Apple. (By the way, lots of other museums in the city come with great shopping, especially the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art). 97 and 108 Orchard St. 212/982-8420.