Gifts for People Who Live in New York City

Gifts for people who live in New York City range from food to tickets to special events.
Gifts for people who live in New York City range from food to tickets to special events. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

"The Big Apple," "Gotham" and "The City That Never Sleeps" are just a few nicknames for New York City. It has long been a tourist destination for world renowned attractions including the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. With so many things to do and see in New York, finding the perfect gift for someone who lives in the city shouldn't be too difficult.


New York City has thousands of restaurants serving everything from African to Ukrainian cuisine. Take someone to dinner at the classic New York City restaurant, The Odeon (, which serves American cuisine, or try the Cuban sandwich for lunch at Margon (no website; 136 W. 46th St.; New York; 212-354-5013), both featured in "Travel + Leisure." If you want to give food, "Travel + Leisure's" other suggestions include doughnuts from Doughnut Plant (, pretzel croissants from the City Bakery ( and Gelato from Laboratorio del Gelato (

Sports Tickets

Different professional sports teams call New York home, including baseball, football, basketball and hockey teams. Take someone to a game or give them tickets to watch the Yankees play baseball in Yankee Stadium or the Mets play baseball in Shea Stadium. If they're football fans, they can watch the Jets or the Giants play in New Meadowlands Stadium. Give basketball fans tickets to watch the Knicks and hockey fans tickets to watch the Rangers, both teams that play in Madison Square Garden.

Performing Arts Tickets

Performing arts venues in New York City include the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Opera House and Broadway. Gift tickets to watch the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony Orchestra or the New York City Ballet. Give a Metropolitan Opera gift card, which can be used for things including tickets, merchandise and membership, or give a Broadway gift card, which can be used for tickets to any show currently playing in New York City.

Museum Membership

New York is home to dozens of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Children's Museum of Manhattan and the Guggenheim Museum. Museums offer memberships, which can be given as gifts including individual and family memberships. Benefits differ depending on the museum but commonly include things such as unlimited free admission, discounts on museum store purchases, private viewings and invitations to members-only events.

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