Mon-Sat, 9:30am-8pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chelsea Market Baskets offers the kind of gift-giving selection you'd be thrilled not only to give, but to receive. At the back of Chelsea Market, the retail space manages to capture the feel of a well-stocked country store in the heart of lower Manhattan. You can either walk around and choose basket-fillers to create a custom basket or you can simply choose one from their collection; you can also select just a picnic container, from an insulated beach bag to a wine tote or a bamboo picnic chest. But food is the business: They offer a selection of teas, coffee, specialty jams, biscuits, pastas, sauces, fruit, spices, candy, and a slew of attractive condiments. Non-edibles, with themes like lavender soaps, candles, and creams, or newborn accoutrements, are also available. Chocolate is especially well represented, with a full line of Leonidas' Belgian truffles available, along with blocks of Callebaut baking chocolate and at least half a dozen other choices for those who want to send good wishes to a chocoholic. Shortbread is another category of treat that is amply stocked here, and the cheese selection, though small, is focused on artisanal makers.Extra
Phone and web orders are accepted, and they ship nationally.