looking for the best place to buy olives
here's my dream - an olive shop (or dept in a gourmet food store) that has a large assortment and features many olives from around the world, where the olives have a brief description of the flavors & undertones of each olive with their display, and the turn over is good/olives are fresh (old where age is proper, not stale/old from low turn over of huge vats) and good prices. I've got some decent olive sources around town but nothing really great, does anyone have any suggestions?...
I think this is a great idea for a small store but for now, you may have to sample here and there. When you're in the mood for italian olives, don't hesitate to go up to arthur avenue - particularly mike's deli in the big food market. Wonderful assortment and appropriately aged/fresh. They have a website so you might gather some info online. Then, open the store.
Titan foods in Astoria under the train tracks - very cheap decent but not that extensive selection
Sahadis - Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn - good prices, good selection
Amish Market - 2-3 locations in manhattan including east 45th street btwn 2nd and 3rd and the west side in hell's kitchen.
In Manhattan, Zabars has a phenomenal selection, all the same price, and you can sample as much as you like. Also the Harlem Fairway. I sampled the peppadew (sweet/spicy peppers) at the 75th Street Fairway and they had turned, which turned me off to their selection.
In Brooklyn, definitely Sahadi's, but be forewarned they're closed on Sundays.