Your Top 5 "must visit" chow-related stores in Manhattan
I plan on spending this weekend in Manhattan and would like your to know what you think are the Top 5 places that will convince me that NY is the chow epicenter of the world. I was thinking of places like Dean & Deluca, Petrossian, or Bridge Kitchenware, but I'd really like to hear what you think!
This is a very broad category, but off the top of my head, and aside from the encyclopaedic places (like Zabar, Citarella, Dean and DeLuca, Grace's, Gourmet Garage, Williams-Sonoma, Sur la table etc.), here is a very partial list:
1. Di Palo in Little Italy for italian cured meat & cheeses, and various and sundry italian imports.
2. Murray's for cheese.
3. Russ and daughters or Barney Greengrass for smoked fish.
4. JB Prince or the varioius Bowery stores for cookware / kitchenware.
5. And finally, not in Manhattan, but worth the trip: Mitsuwa marketplace in Edgewater NJ (literally across the river from the UWS) for all manner of Japanese food and a bowl of ramen in the food court.
I don't think Salumeria Biellese would make anyone think NY is the culinary epicenter of the world. It has pretty good italian subs, that's about it. Faicco's is a much better sandwich.
I would totally recommend ess-a-bagel (the one on 21st and 1st) for bagels; Russ and Daughters for fish; DiPaolo's for Italian cheeses; etc.
kalustyan's, russ and daughters, di palo, murray's, and... hmm. perhaps dynasty on elizabeth street or hong kong supermarket all the way down allen street below canal for east/southeast asian goods.
Biellese sells wonderful salumi. Better than Faicco's. We're not talking about prepared foods like sandwiches here.