If you can’t take your dad out for dinner at his favorite steakhouse or join him in the backyard as he fires up the grill this Father’s Day, that doesn’t mean you can’t gift him his favorite food. Thanks to innovations in cold shipping and a few neat delivery services, sending dad local delicacies has never been easier — even if he lives in Los Angeles and those delicacies are made in Greenwich Village. To help you find the right edible or drinkable treat, we’ve rounded up the best food gifts from a variety of retailers. There’s everything from heat-and-eat dinners to easy snacks to bar essentials, and our list covers every type of dad, whether he’s a meat-and-potatoes guy, a clean eater, or a teetotaler.
We’ve noted shipping costs and estimated delivery times where applicable, but know that delivery estimates are constantly changing. Since Father’s Day is June 20, the sooner you order, the better. (If you’re prone to procrastination and would rather not worry about shipping, we’ve rounded up a slew of virtual gifts for dad, too, which you can send with just the click of a button.)
Junior’s cheesecakes are a New York original, and doesn’t your old man deserve the best? Shipping is free and if you order now, it will get there well before Father’s Day.
Anyone who’s had a bite knows that this is like the birthday cakes he grew up eating — but better. Milk Bar perfected its classic birthday cake over two years, and the result is a honking, three-tier confection of rainbow-flecked vanilla cake, frosting, crunchy crumbs, and sprinkles. Shipping starts at $15 (and will get this to dad before the holiday).
Maybe he tried Peter Luger once and can’t stop talking about the porterhouse for two (that he swears he could have polished off on his own). Or maybe it’s at the top of his must-try list for whenever he can dine out again. Either way, this indulgent gift will allow him to savor that very famous steak in the comfort of his own home. Overnight shipping starts at $90.
If dad misses flipping through the wine list to find a new bottle to pair with his filet, he’ll likely appreciate a subscription to the sommelier-approved Primal Wine Club, which ships a selection of natural wines — made with minimal intervention using organic or biodynamic grapes — right to his door every month. Subscriptions start at $85 for monthly three-bottle deliveries, and he can always take over paying for it if you don’t want to foot the bill for an entire year. Shipping is free and will go out the next business day once you place your order.
While he might not have a game to watch while nibbling on it, that doesn’t mean dad can’t still enjoy his favorite snack of charcuterie. This “Slam Dunk” bundle from Murray’s includes Genoa salami and Prosciutto San Daniele, along with maple-leaf-pepper-jack cheese, Boerenkaas gouda, French double crème brie, chocolate, and crackers, all of which arrive packaged inside “Murray’s signature gift box,” according to the brand. Shipping starts at $20 for overnight delivery, but the earliest your order will go out is next week, (which means it still has plenty of time to get there before Father’s Day).
This CBD-infused chocolate bar “isn’t just a great edible,” says House of Puff founder Kristina Lopez Adduci, “it’s hands down” some of the “most delicious” chocolate she has tried. Flavors range from classic dark to ghost-pepper caramel, and each bar is made up of 12 pieces that contain ten mg of CBD each — just enough for dad to take the edge off (or counteract a sugar rush).
Perhaps dad has decided to give up the red meat, wine, salty snacks, and chocolate for a new low-carb or vegetarian diet. If so, Green Chef makes it easy to try eating healthier before making a complete lifestyle change. The meal-delivery service offers dishes to suit a variety of diets — from keto-friendly to paleo to plant-based — all made from organic ingredients (whenever possible), which it ships to him in precise amounts along with recipes that take no more than about 30 minutes to whip up.
If he’d rather not mess with cooking, Pete’s Paleo may be a better option. It ships heat-and-eat dishes that are gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free — all of which are all created by a Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef. Weekly subscriptions start at $70, which will get dad five fully prepared meals that only require heating up. Pete’s Paleo also sells its dishes à la carte for $15–$18 per dish (with a five-meal minimum), if you’d rather let him try it for himself before committing to a subscription. And for Strategist readers, the company is offering $10 off its meals (both onetime purchases and subscriptions) using the code STRATEGIST.
If dad misses weekends spent visiting new breweries and trying their brews, he’ll surely love this “beer of the month” club that comes recommended by Nikki McCutcheon, the beverage director at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the Moxy Times Square hotel. For $39 a month, the service will send monthly deliveries of four varieties of award-winning beer from two independent craft breweries (a total of 12 beers per delivery), all of which are curated by a panel of experts.
This kit comes with everything he needs to brew his first batch of beer, including hops, IPA grain mix, and reusable equipment (glass fermentation jug, thermometer, racking cane, tubing, tubing clamp, screw-cap stopper, and airlock). If he wants to try making a different brew, all you need to do is get another beer mix.
When he’s that rigorous about his nightly ritual, he probably won’t use any old ingredients to make his nightly gin and tonic. According to bartenders, this small-batch tonic syrup made with a hint of lemongrass and orange peel will take his drink of choice to the next level.
Maybe dad appreciates a good cocktail but not having all the ingredients and gear needed to make one littered around the house. These ice cubes are actually freezable fruit-and herb-infused mixers that take the fuss out of creating a fancy cocktail at home. They arrive unfrozen, so all dad has to do is pop them in the freezer and then, once frozen, pop one in a glass then pour his favorite spirit over it, and voilà! His drink is served. They’re available in five different flavors — the Cooper (blood orange ginger), the Cecile (cucumber and watermelon margarita), the Clyde (peach with benedectine), the Oliver (an “unclassic” negroni), and the Seymour (Meyer lemon daiquiri) — which you can buy individually at $36 for 24 cubes, or in sets for a bit more money. Standard shipping rates start at $9.
Bartenders agree that Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirits are among the best you can buy, with the Garden 108 flavor being one of their favorites for its “herbaceous, bright, and spring-y” taste. The pros say it’s best used in light, floral cocktails or just with a splash of tonic water.
Help him find some new favorite varieties of mud to sip on with a subscription from barista-approved Trade, which sends coffee hand picked for him based on his preferences. Does he use a drip machine or a Chemex? Prefer light, medium, or dark roast? Plans start at $15 for one bag shipped every one to three weeks. If you up that to two bags at a time, each one drops to $12.50 a piece. All subscription orders ship free and come directly from different roasting facilities, so delivery times will vary.
If Dad happens to be a matcha drinker, Justin Iso, a Japanese confectionery chef and avid matcha drinker since childhood, says this matcha from Kyoto-based Ippodo is an excellent option for matcha veterans and first-time drinkers alike. He describes the flavor as “balanced with just a touch of bitterness and medium body.” And unlike with other matcha brands, the quality is consistent from tin to tin.
Porto’s, a Los Angeles–based Cuban bakery and cafe chain, normally sees lines out the door no matter the time of day. While most people may not be waiting in lines for anything these days, nobody ever really wants to to begin with — and, thankfully, no longer needs to (at least at Porto’s), because the bakery will ship its treats nationwide. These sweet (cream) cheese rolls are one of the most popular items on the menu, and all dad has to do is heat up the oven to get that fresh-baked experience at home. Refrigerated shipping costs $25, and you can select your delivery date for arrival before Father’s Day.
Chef and food artist Laila Gohar says that these “spicy and briny” pickled peppers “add a nice bite to a lot of dishes,” which is why they are one of her favorite jarred foods. Of course, they’re just as delicious on their own — Gohar also told us she eats them straight from the jar — and would make for a most satisfying snack.
The pickled herring with cream and onions from Russ & Daughters is this writer’s go-to gift for her dad, a pickled-herring connoisseur who thinks this the best there is. If you want to go all out, send him the eatery’s classic New York brunch spread (another favorite). Shipping for the herring starts at $55, but if you order the New York brunch, shipping is free. In either case, dad will receive his gift in time for Father’s Day.
A pancake obsessive deserves only the best maple syrup. This trio of flavors from Bushwick Kitchen (the maker of other condiments we’ve written about before) includes a “spicy” maple syrup, one infused with gingerbread, and another infused with Stumptown coffee. They all come packaged in a gift box with a handwritten note to boot. Standard shipping is free.
Grilling season is upon us, so send your dad the gift of meat via Pat LaFrieda, who supplies the burgers at Shake Shack, Minetta Tavern, and Eleven Madison Park. This sampler includes four gold label burgers and two dry-aged bone-in rib steaks that all together serves six to eight people. Shipping starts at $35 for delivery before Father’s Day.
In a city with slice joints on every corner, Di Fara is one of those New York City institutions of pizza that lures folks all the way to Midwood, Brooklyn just to have a taste of one of its pies. Since dad probably won’t be making that trek for some time, you can instead surprise him with two of the world’s best pizza pies, wherever he is. Shipping is free and delivery can be as early as any weekday next week.
Last year, several pie experts tipped us off to the cult-famous, Brooklyn-based pie shop Four & Twenty. “I still dream of their pie slices,” says Nadia Chaudhury, editor of Eater Austin and a former New Yorker. While the shop makes a handful of flavors, we think any pie-loving dad will appreciate the bakery’s signature, salty-sweet honey pie, which features a “wonderfully gooey, sweet, luscious, and just-rightly intense custard,” Chaudhury says.
This two-pound tray comes with jumbo natural pistachios, milk chocolate peanuts and raisins, butternut peanuts, jumbo roasted and salted cashews, and sugar-toasted peanuts for the dad who loves to nosh. (If he prefers a bucket of pistachios, or a classic tin of mixed nuts, those are available, too.) Standard shipping rates start at $7, but if your order has items that may melt in transit (like the chocolate-covered candies in this sampler), Nuts.com will automatically upgrade shipping to a faster method (and suggest adding heat-resistant packaging for an extra $3).
He might not be able to get to his favorite spot in Maine anytime soon, but you can recreate a tiny bit of that experience by sending him some of the best lobster rolls in the state. From McLoons Lobster Shack, this kit comes with everything he needs to make four delectable, summery sandwiches: a pound of lobster tail, knuckle, and claw meat, New England–style split top rolls, Casco Bay Artisan Sea Salt Butter, and mayonnaise. Shipping starts at $45 for delivery before Father’s Day.
These authentic Maryland crab cakes that come from Cameron’s Seafood are made from Chesapeake Bay crabs that, according to the company, build up extra fat stores during the winter, making them sweeter and more buttery than crabs from other places. Shipping starts at $20 for delivery before Father’s Day.
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