The Best Yogurt in New York
- rose water Oct 31, 2006 05:40 PM
On a thread on the Outer Boroughs board, catherine wrote "the fresh yogurt, especially, is a wonderful find -- there's such a lack of good yogurt in this country." She was talking about Tony and Tina's pizza, the great Albanian burek place on Arthur Ave in the Bronx, where they have a fantastic tangy strained yogurt. A filling coffee cup's worth for $1. [The thread is here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...]
As someone who loves the creamy tangy yogurt of her motherland (Iran), I know what it's like to pine for the good stuff. And admittedly, little here compares to the good stuff. But still, there is good stuff out there.
Ronnybrook farms is a NY State dairy that makes incredible creamy yogurt that's the best stuff I've had in this country. I get the full fat plain--it's much more sour than standard US yogurt, in a great, delicious way. They have a shop in Chelsea market, and are at Union Sq twice or three times a week and at Tompkin Sq park on Sundays. http://ronnybrook.com/site_new/home_s...
Also great is the yogurt shop on Sullivan street. Their yogurt is a strained Greek yogurt that you can find at Fairway and Sahadi's, but getting it at the shop means that you can get it topped with their delicious stewed fruit puree and nuts.
I know there's more out there. What are your favorites?
I'm very partial to the full fat strained Greek yogurt at The Yogurt Place. The original shop is in Elmhurst, Queens, and there's one in Soho, too. If you buy it with toppings (granola, nuts, honey, etc.) it's a seriously wonderful dessert. Their spinach pies are excellent too. The owners are just as nice as their food is delicious. I haven't been in a while, and hope both shops are up and running.
re: Pat Hammond
Thanks, Pat. That's the place I meant on Sullivan Street, and the (straightforward) name was escaping me. That one was definitely up and running about a month ago, though I can't comment on the Queens location, which I've never been to.
They have a chicken pie there that's also fantastic. It's got great spicing, and is mixed with nuts.
A snack from there, and a slice from Grandaisy Bakery (formerly Sullivan St Bakery) makes an awesome lunch.
re: rose water
Im enjoying the greek style whole milk yogurt from Trader Joes, which is luscious (I prefer to Total), as well as a product called Desi Dahi sold in indian groceries in NJ - probably in the city too, also in the whole milk version - it is not strained, and much superior to most domestic yogurt.
I eat Fage Total but mostly cause it's all I can get in the Brooklyn bodega by where I live. Thanks for the heads up on where to get the Ronnybrook brand; Ive had it, it's good!
The Yogurt Place in Elmhurst is alive and well, with a bigger selection of pastries (both savory and sweet) than Sullivan St. The same great yogurt, though.
Likitsakos makes their own Greek lebni style yogurt and it's really rich and delicious. I haven't had the others listed here, so I have no basis for comparison, but I've been a fan of Likitsakos for years. The main store is on Lexington and 80th, there's another smaller one on 86th and Lex, and another even smaller 24 hour outpost with a different name on 86th between 1st and 2nd. The best is from the main store, occasionally I'll get one that's close to fermented from the others, or one with fresh fruit added that's curdled because the fruit's a little acidic. Still not a deterrent, though!