Butter + Love Ninjabread Men
Karate chop your Christmas cookie box with these high-kicking crispy gingerbread cookies, from standout Brooklyn Flea bakers Butter + Love. Available at butterpluslove.com. Three for $6.
Poppy-orange sablés and curry-vanilla pecan sandies
Pedigreed baker Zachary Golper turns out sophisticated, not-too-sweet cookies—nutty poppy-orange sablés and fragrant curry-vanilla pecan sandies—just in time for yuletide cheer. Available at Bien Cuit, 120 Smith St between Dean and Pacific Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-852-0200, biencuit.com). $1.25 each.
Zucker Bakery holiday cookies
Pastry maven Zohar Zohar has three superb treats for the holidays: tender quince-and-pomegranate thumbprints ($1.50), chewy pecan bars slicked with caramel ($2), and delicate baklava rugalach filled with pistachio ($2). Available at Zucker Bakery, 433 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (646-559-8425, zuckerbakery.com)
Whimsy & Spice chocolate gingersnaps
Light and crisp, these earthy, cocoa-based cookies betray just a hint of ginger spice. Dip them in tea or nibble them alongside a postprandial dram of Scotch. Available at whimsyandspice.com. 7oz sleeve of 15 cookies $9.
Baking legend Dorie Greenspan’s jewellike coconut confections—fragrant with rose and lightly tinged a petal pink—will stand out on any holiday cookie platter. Available at Beurre & Sel, Essex Market, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (917-623-3239) • 1590 Park Ave at 115th St • beurreandsel.com. $1 each.
Boubouki butter almond cookies
Among the Hellenic delights turned out at this charming Essex Street vendor are the tea cookie kourabiedes. Each powdered-sugar-dusted sweet is dense with ground almonds and shaped like a waning moon. Available at Boubouki, Essex Market, 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (718-344-4202, bouboukinyc.com). $2.
One Girl Cookies Holiday Tea Cookie Collection
This adorable gift box offers three different minicookies: an überbuttery thumbprint dappled with plum jam, a crunchy chocolate crinkle dusted with snowy powdered sugar and a lemon-kissed rosemary shortbread. Available at 68 Dean St between Boerum Pl and Smith St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (212-675-4996) • 33 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (347-338-1268) • onegirlcookies.com. 11oz box of 24 $20.
Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room
Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room offers you a choice: dinner in the full dining room or more casual bites at the bar. For bar snacks, there’s crispy alligator with chili aioli ($15), a cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and onion ($16) or olive oil–braised baby octopus tacos with mushrooms and blistered fresno chiles (three for $17). You’ll probably want a signature cocktail to go with it. Order something sweet like the Antebellum (bourbon, blood orange tea, lemon and mint) or a drink with more savory notes, like the Casa Capri (gin, cherry tomatoes, basil, black pepper, lemon and honey). Sit in the dining room to order something off the more extensive dinner menu. There’s fried brie with fig jam and braised beets ($14), lemon-buttermilk fried chicken with creamed kale ($23) and truffle mac and cheese ($12). Don’t forget dessert—the restaurant offers fried cookie dough beignets and a blood orange tart with chantilly cream (both $13).
Venue says: “Join us for TIKI TAKEOVER on Tuesday June 13th from 8pm-close in the garden district lounge. Try tiki concoctions with our guest bartender!”