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Sep 20, 2000 01:42 PM

Any Japanese Groceries?

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I'm looking for Japanese Groceries in Manhattan. I love the one on 59 betw 2&3, but it's kind of a pain to get to. Any suggestions? I"m looking specifically for Matcha tea (the green powdered tea used for the ceremony).

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  1. There is a Japanese Grocery above the St Marks Bookstore on Stuyvesant(?)and 3rd., that has plenty of provisions.

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    1. re: SLAP

      I've never actually much thought to check the name, but most nights on the way home I stop by a medium sized Japanese grocery on 41st just a bit east of 5th. on the South side of the street. Nice frozen/refrigerated section and good sales throughout. Decent snack selection as well.


    2. Katagiri on the south side of East 59th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues.

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      1. re: Dena
        Dena "Ooops!" Sheridan

        Sorry for suggesting the place you had already mentioned was inconvenient. I was so eager to help...

      2. The best place in the city is Sunrise Mart in the East Village, just above the St. Mark's bookstore.
        Another good place to try is on 43rd between 5th and 6th...can't remember the name but it's a big Korean/Japanese grocery that has a great selection of Japanese food supplies.

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        1. re: Pam

          Does anyone know roughly how late Sunrise Mart is open, and whether there's an elevator, or just stairs?

          1. re: Caitlin

            Elevator only (I've never seen stairs). not very late...I'd guess roughly 7 or 8 pm, but give a call

            It is indeed amazing. feels like japan. not huge, but just super-authentic


            1. re: Jim Leff

              Actually, I think it -is- open fairly late, perhaps even to midnight.

              A big part of Sunrise's wonderfulness for me is that it caters to Japanese hipsters with tiny East Village kitchens, so they have meat and fish packaged in single-serving sizes: surpisingly nice salmon and Spanish mackerel, great pre-sliced beef and boned chicken legs (perfect for tonkatsu). Ideal when you want a quarter pound of tuna or four shrimp, but don't want to deal with the wrath of a fishmonger. The produce is a notch or two above the neighborhood standard, too. And of course there's the frozen eel, which I've been living on all summer.

              My current object of desire there is a takoyaki pan: small, cast iron, with little spherical indentations for batter. I'm saving up my pennies: home-made octopus balls are on the horizon!

              1. re: Steven Stern

                Steven, I freely assume you've discovered the takayaki purveyors eight or nine doors east of the Sunrise entrance, on the south side of Ninth Street. I first read about it here on the message boards. Those octopus balls are just amazing!

                1. re: Tom Steele

                  Oohhh yes, I've definitely had the pleasure (in fact, I think that old octopus ball thread got spun out a query of mine). I have yet to have an order survive the six block walk home, though. And I still haven't tried the okonomiyaki. But them little doughballs sure are tasty--they remind me, in a mysterious, roundabout way, of my grandmother's popovers.

              2. re: Jim Leff

                when i was a student at nyu, i lived right by sunrise. i think they're open a little later, like ten or eleven, but the ready-made meals (katsu, omu-rice, teriyaki, oden, etc) are usually sold out by then. those are pretty decent and a fairly good bargain.


                1. re: Jim Leff
                  Stuie Griffin

                  If you go to Surise mart, make sure to get the homemade ginger dressing. It is the same one they serve at sharuku ( the restuarant downstairs and to the left) Best ginger dressing in the city (I think)

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    Thanks all for the logistical info. Glad to know they're open later (until 10, in fact), as I was able to stop in on my way home from a meeting tonight. I was very impressed with the selection, given the space limitations (e.g., I wanted green tea soba, and there were at least five or six brands/types amongst the noodles).

                2. re: Pam

                  For necessities, there is a tiny grocery in the back of a sushi fast-food joint on 42nd St., in the Chanin Bldg., very convenient to the Grand Central area. I bought miso, tofu, frozen edamame there the other nite before catching the subway.

                  You can find some Japanese products in Chinatown, often much cheaper than at the Japanese stores, for some reason.

                  And for major excursions, don't forget the huge Mitsuwa Plaza (the shopping center formerly known as Yaohan Plaza) in Edgewater, NJ. They still run the shuttle bus from Port Authority, $2 each way. Huge supermarket plus food court and a separate bldg for books, stationery, etc. On a nice day you have a gorgeous view of the river and NYC from the dining area.

                  1. re: Pam

                    The 43rd ST store is Sam Bok which also has store(s) in Flushing. Also there's a big oriental food market east of Main Street at the end of the #7 train. It has Japanese as well as Chinese/Korean.