Egg Cream Candles, Meatball Sub Skate Decks and More Cool NYC Restaurant Merch

What can you take home from a restaurant besides a full belly and a takeout bag? Some restaurant patrons maliciously abscond with vintage silverware; other diners buy a branded T-shirt they’ll never wear. But we have five clever items to take home from some of our favorite New York City restaurants that are neither illegal nor gimmicky.

 

Katz's Candle

The chocolate egg cream-scented candle from Katz’s Deli

Chocolate Egg-Cream Scented Candle at Katz’s Deli
After a potato knish and hefty pastrami sandwich at fabled Lower East Side deli Katz’s, dessert may be too much to fathom. But regulars know no visit here is complete without slurping down that retro chocolate syrup-milk-seltzer concoction, the chocolate egg cream. Now the smooth, slightly effervescent staple has taken the form of an artfully packaged scented candle ($25). Light one up and flood your living room with cocoa aromatics. Buy online. 205 E. Houston St. 212-254-2246, katzsdelicatessen.com

Skate gear at the Meatball Shop
At mini-chain the Meatball Shop — there are locations on the Lower East Side, West Village, Upper East Side, Chelsea and Williamsburg, Brooklyn — the grinder is a revered kitchen tool. So much so, it makes an appearance on the restaurants’ custom beanies and Vans sneakers. An even more eye-catching bet is the skateboard deck, created in collaboration with SHUT NYC, which illuminates a meatball hero in all its glory: mozzarella-draped orbs slathered in tomato sauce. Buy online. Multiple locations, themeatballshop.com

Barbecue Sauce at Hill Country
No, you will not be able to replicate the deliciously fatty, moist brisket at Hill Country Barbecue, in the Flatiron District and Downtown Brooklyn, at home. Stocking your pantry with bottles of the restaurants’ homemade barbecue sauces, however, brings you one step closer to Texas. The tame spicy-sweet If You’ve Gotta Have It ($8) is made from peach preserves, while heat from If You Can Stand It ($8) comes courtesy of habanero peppers. Buy in store. 30 W. 26th St., 212-255-4544; 345 Adams St., Brooklyn, 718-885-4608 hillcountryny.com

Buddha at Tao
Animated waterfalls and reclining Buddhas lend clubby restaurant Tao in the Meatpacking District a dreamy vibe; for its uptown location, a carp-filled reflecting pool and massive 16-foot-tall Buddha do the trick. Lobster wontons with shiitake-ginger broth maintain the Asian illusion, but prolong that Zen vibe at home with one of Tao’s 8-inch stone cast sedentary Buddha statues ($55). Buy online. 92 Ninth Ave., 212-888-2724 taodowntown.com; 42 E. 58th St., 212-888-2288, taorestaurant.com

Hammered copper pot at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina
Feasting on from-scratch lemon tagliatelli and spinach-mascarpone ravioli at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina, in Chelsea Market, may certainly inspire some tinkering around in your own kitchen. What better incentive then, than one of the hammered copper pots (starting at $41) from the restaurant’s petite-sized shop? Snag one of these Italian-made beauties — along with a bottle of the Rana family’s own olive oil — and home-cooked pasta will become a regular ritual. Buy in store. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-370-0975, rananyc.com

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