- Location: New York, NY and online
- Website: schallerweber.com
They sell chestnuts, Christmas cookies, foil wrapped chocolate Santas in many sizes, and marzipan shaped into fruits and even some marzipan pigs.
Schaller and Weber offers the largest variety of Lindt chocolates I've ever seen. The store is piled high with sausages -- including chipolata sausages often called for in British stuffing recipes -- and their own brand of sauerkraut, but also sells steins and even rendered goose fat. Schaller and Weber was recently recognized by The New York Times for their "triple-threat double smoked bacon." (If anyone has recipes for using this double-smoked bacon, please pass them along. I can't wait to get cooking with it.)
Schaller and Weber is a family owned local business, selling "gold medal meat products" since 1937. This time of year, the shop does have long lines, but when I was there over the weekend, I was impressed at how fast the lines moved. The butchers and cashiers gave each customer personal, if short, attention. Just making it in and out of a shop quickly is in itself a holiday treat.
If your trip to Schaller and Weber inspires you as much as mine did, you might want to check out Elizabeth David's Christmas. Like Schaller and Weber, this cookbook-holiday memoir combo offers some European ideas on cooking through the holidays.