THE BRONX — The holidays are coming up fast, and local businesses in The Bronx have plenty of options for people struggling to come up with gift ideas for their friends and family members.
Check out our recommendations below, which should be perfect for people who love food, drinks and fashion.
Bronx Hot Sauce
The borough's namesake hot sauce, made out of serrano peppers from Bronx community gardens and Greenmarket farms, is selling a holiday pack of two five-ounce bottles for $17.95. The bottles come in festive red and green colors, and the recipe for the sauce was developed by acclaimed Chef King Phojanakong. Foodies can order the holiday pack online.
9J Crewneck and Tote Kit
A new art gallery and fashion boutique called 9J has opened in Port Morris at 41 Bruckner Blvd., providing Bronxites with a trendy place to pick up holiday gifts. Jerome LaMaar, the Bronx fashion designer behind the store, recommended purchasing the $100 limited edition unisex black reflective crewneck shirt and tote kit for the holidays this year, describing it as "perfect for teenagers and young adults who love fashion and looking clean."
Coquito from the Port Morris Distillery
The traditional (and alcoholic) holiday drink Coquito is available at the Port Morris Distillery, located at 780 E. 133rd St., at $35 for 750 milliliters or $19 for 375 milliliters. The Puerto Rican-style eggnog consists of coconut, cinnamon and pittoro, also known as "Puerto Rican moonshine." Port Morris Distillery co-owner Rafael Barbosa stressed that their recipe is completely dairy free, so your lactose intolerant friends will still be able to enjoy it.
Sushi from Ceetay
Sushi restaurant Ceetay has been a staple in Port Morris for years, and the eatery offers gift cards to Bronxites who want to feast on California rolls this holiday season. The gift cards are available for any price, and people can pick them up at the restaurant at 129 Alexander Ave. or set them up by calling Ceetay at 718-618-7020.