Manhattan Fruitier opened in the fall of 1987 to rave reviews from The New York Times and The New Yorker. These two reviews helped launch Manhattan Fruitier on its 20-plus year journey to being a trusted and valued gift resource. We are humbled by the reviews we have received over so many years. We remain committed to making every fruit basket and gift a special experience for our customers and their recipients.
The list below begins with these two formative reviews and then displays our press history in reverse chronological order. It's been an amazing adventure spanning three decades.
New York Times, Oct. 1987
"Manhattan Fruitier does for fruit what florists do for flowers ... [their] unusual gift baskets are filled with fruit that tastes as good as it looks: tiny succulent seckel pears and equally juicy small bartletts tinged with red, tiny red grapes that retailers call champagne grapes but are really courant grapes, kadota figs tasting the way the poets say they should but seldom do, and Macoun, Winesap, Greening and Rome Beautie apples, all unwaxed. These fruit baskets are likely to give flowers a run for their money." New York Times Article
"On and Off the Avenue: Think of a 19th century painting, a still-life basket of fruit; pears and apples and grapes, perhaps. Then hustle right over to the phone and call Manhattan Fruitier and order one of these works of art come to tangible and edible life, either for a friend or for yourself. Aside from their glowing, un-waxed good looks, the fruits are in varying stages of ripeness, so that they don't all have to be eaten on the same day. You may be briefly deterred by the thought that the baskets are too beautiful to disturb, but such aesthetic restraint lasts about three minutes; sweet smells undermine any misguided ideas about not spoiling the composition."
"From exotic and organic fruit baskets to assemblages of artisanal cheeses and baked goods, this highly edited gift emporium sources outstanding products, and packages them in baskets that recipients will actually want to keep. Inspired by nineteenth-century luxury gifts that were delivered by horse-drawn carriage, the baskets are hand-filled with care. Patrons can shop by occasion or by price, selecting a modest but delectable gift of L.A. Burdick chocolates or an elaborate "epicurean hamper" that includes caviar, smoked salmon, chocolate-dipped dried fruits, and English poached pears." New York Magazine
MyUrbanSherpa, April 2009
If your work this week entails finding holiday gifts for clients and associates, may we suggest Manhattan Fruitier. Beautifully presented fruits, nuts, chocolates and cheeses in a variety of sizes and prices make excellent gifts. My Urban Sherpa
WCBSTV, Dec. 2008
Style Editor Picks Thoughtful Hostess Gifts
Chassie Post, contributing style editor at Domino magazine has a few classy hostess gift ideas for anyone on a budget - whether you're coming to dinner, staying the night, or longer. Manhattan Fruitier offers wonderful gourmet baskets that can be ordered on line and shipped right to your host's door. For the cheese lover we have a gorgeous artisanal cheese hamper filled with handmade cow, goat and sheep cheese, each selected to reflect the season's finest offerings. The cheeses are accompanied by fresh fruit, crackers, a cheese knife, and quince paste from Spain. Also, have a huge selection of gourmet baskets which can be tailored to your host's tastes, from smoked salmon hamper, to a caviar hamper to this beautiful Champlain basket which has something for everyone - fruit, cookies & sweets! WCBSTVDomino
ConsumerSearch.com, Oct. 2008
Best Fruit Baskets: If your recipient is more adventurous, reviews say that the fruit in Manhattan Fruitier's hampers is so flawless that it could have been plucked from a still life painting. Real Simple magazine says that the Tropical Fruit Hamper will "mesmerize" the recipient with unusual litchi nuts, cactus pears and kumquats. New York Magazine calls the company's products outstanding and says that recipients "will actually want to keep" its baskets. Manhattan Fruitier ships fruit hampers nationwide. Consumer Search
Martha Stewart Show
Manhattan Fruitier demonstrates how to make a fruit basket on the Martha Stewart Show.
Manhattan Fruitier is known for its heaping exotic-fruit gift baskets, but the Martha Stewart Weddings editors especially like the company's unique seasonal flavors of ice cream and sorbet, which can be shipped nationwide.
NYMag.com, March 2008
Reader review: Easy and seamless. A truly extraordinary experience. We all assume that purchasing fruit gifts online would be difficult, right? With Manhattan Fruitier it was easy. And the fruit was perfect! Even in the middle of winter (in the middle of NYC)! Year after year, we've been going to the storefront, but now I can order fruit from my desktop. A double-treat... New York Magazine