Ample Hills Creamery


The Jam Stand

10 of the best NYC food finds for all your summer parties

By Hannah Howard

Ah, Memorial Day—you’re just around the corner. For the official unofficial start to summer, here’s hoping you spend some quality time outside, whether it’s grilling in your backyard, picnicking in the park, or snacking near the ocean. Here are ten delicious finds from NYC producers, artisans, and shops that we love—perfect for picking up en route to a BBQ, nibbling with friends, or hoarding for yourself. Here’s to a season full of deliciousness and joy.

The Munchies Ice Cream from Ample Hills
This Brooklyn-based creamery took their name from Walt Whitman's poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Their dangerously addictive ice cream is made with hormone-free milk and cream from grass-fed cows and organic cane sugar. You can’t go wrong with any flavor, but we have a special space in our heart for The Munchies—salty-sweet pretzel-infused ice cream with clusters of Ritz crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&Ms. Open a carton and watch it disappear.
Price: $45 for a five-pack
For sale at: Ample Hills
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
MAP Gowanus MAP or visit the website for more locations

Épicerie Boulud (credit: Evan Sung)

Canelés from Épicerie Boulud
You really can’t go wrong with pastries from Daniel Boulud’s to-go spot, but these two-bite-sized beauties, whose recipe originated in the Bordeaux region of France, are especially delicious. Inside the caramelized, golden crust you’ll find a soft, decadent interior with delicate rum-soaked flavor—sweet, but not too sweet.
Price: $3 each
For sale at: Épicerie Boulud
Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Sweet Wino Onion Jam
Jessica Quon and Sabrina Valle started making their creative jams and chutneys in a tiny apartment kitchen in Williamsburg. The Jam Stand uses quality ingredients and unlikely flavor combinations to create concoctions that add a burst of flavor to everything you eat. The Sweet Wino is a fusion of a Burgundy and savory red onions that makes a perfect burger topping or a lovely cheese plate accompaniment.
Price: $9.50
For sale at: Stinky Brooklyn
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill

The Meat Hook’s Bacon Cheeseburger Sausage
The meat maestros at Brooklyn’s Meat Hook will fulfill all your carnivorous desires. Their handmade sausages are full of flavor, and are divided into two categories: classy and trashy. This particularly awesome tube of beef, pork, bacon bits, and Cheddar cheese falls in the second category (obvi). Throw it on the grill—you’re in for a meaty, cheesy treat.
Price: $14.99/lb
For sale at: The Meat Hook
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Brooklyn Cured

Smoked Coppa with Tasso Spice from Brooklyn Cured
This pork goodness takes inspiration from Emilia-Romagna (Italian-style coppa) and the Big Easy (Cajun-style smoked tasso ham)—to fashion an all-Brooklyn innovation. The beauty gets seasoned with tasso spices before it’s smoked and hung for a month. Slice and nibble your heart out, with crusty bread, green olives, and your favorite cheeses. A crisp ale accompaniment is highly recommended.
Price: $29.99/lb
For sale at: For sale at Forager's Market
Neighborhood: Dumbo

The Lover chocolate bars from Chocolat Moderne
This chocolate bar looks like a piece of modern art—dazzling red and orange are splashed Pollock-like on a white chocolate canvas by the chocolatiers at Manhattan’s Chocolat Moderne. Inside, passion fruit caramel scented with cardamom is delicious, rich and bright for kicking off summer. A gorgeous host(ess) gift.
Price: $10.50
For sale at: Mouth
Neighborhood: Dumbo

We Rub You Spicy Korean BBQ Sauce
Sisters Ann and Janet Chung created this perfectly balanced spicy meets sweet barbecue sauce, and the long lines they attracted at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg were a sign they needed to bottle and sell the elixir. The base is gochujang, a fiery Korean paste made from red chile, sweet rice, and fermented soybeans. Whatever you’re barbecuing or grilling for Memorial Day will be all the more delicious with a generous slather of We Rub You.
Price: $7
For sale at: The Pantry by Amy’s Bread
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen

Dean & DeLuc

Black and White Cookies from Dean & DeLuca
The fancy retailer’s take on a NYC classic. Black and white cookies can often be stale and disappointing; these deliver with their pillowy texture and rich flavor. They’re also small enough that there’s no need to feel guilty for partaking, and the tin makes it easy to pack them for a picnic or give them as a gift.
Price: $35 for a tin
For sale at: Dean & DeLuca
Neighborhood: SoHo

Murray's Cavemaster Reserve Project X
Spring Brook farm in Vermont provides Murray’s with the baby version of Project X, which they age to perfection in their cheese caves in Long Island City, all the while coating the wheels with fennel pollen and Gewurztraminer from New York’s Finger Lakes. This nutty, snack-able cheese will be a welcome addition to any Memorial Day cheese plate, and even better with a glass (or few) of rose.
Price: $25.99/lb
For sale at: Murray’s Cheese Shop
Neighborhood: West Village

Foster Sundry’s Jalapeno Cheese Hot Dogs
Foster Sundry, with their cheeses, whole-animal butcher, and assorted goodies, is a food lover’s paradise. Butcher Cara Nicoletti has a way with sausages, from a killer chorizo verde—a combo of pork, poblano, Serrano, and jalapeño peppers, cilantro, and cumin—to these cheesy, spicy hot dogs, perfect for grilling all Memorial Day weekend and way beyond.
Price: $13.99/lb
For sale at: Foster Sundry
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Foster Sundry

Email   Print   Tweet