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col8118 Dec 18, 2006 02:20 PM

Where's the best place to get some great olive oil as gifts?

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    Sean Dell Dec 19, 2006 02:24 AM

    The Arbequina at Fairway is top notch, along with the previously mentioned Gaeta olives.

    - Sean

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      BRIANTHEFOODUDE Dec 19, 2006 12:52 AM

      Trader Joes has a great Kalamata Olive Oil and a the price is great.

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        tsiblis Dec 19, 2006 12:46 AM

        Laudemio is excellent - they sell it many places. Best prices may be Zabar's or Fairway

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          mrnyc Dec 18, 2006 07:20 PM

          try despana for spanish.

          for italian buon italia in the chelsea market.

          you can sample them at both places.

          1. MMRuth Dec 18, 2006 07:17 PM

            I also like the selection at Fairway, but have bought some nice, reasonably priced Spanish olive oils at Despana on Broome.

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              tsiblis Dec 18, 2006 07:10 PM

              Zabar's has some excellent olive oils and I also like the ones at the Italian store in the chelsea market (though you'll have a smaller selection)

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                michlusa Dec 18, 2006 05:37 PM

                For Italian olive oils, Buon Italia in Chelsea Market www.buonitalia.com. They have many different kinds, but I have a special relationship with an extra virgin olive oil that has the designation "affiorato" that is excellent and comes in a few sizes.

                I also ordered a sampler set from a small Calif producer a few years ago that was terrific. It was called Tehama Gold, from California. Here's the website but you need to call them about gifts, sampler sizes, etc.: http://www.4oliveus.com. They had an oil called "Mission Reserve" that was divine. I may do the same! Good luck.

                1. rose water Dec 18, 2006 05:15 PM

                  One place that I've been meaning to post about for ages is Stonehouse Olive Oil. I bought their persian lime olive oil at the Ferry Market in SF, and completely fell in love with it. It's got a great flavor and aroma, and even a tiny bit transforms salads. They have opened a shop in Manhattan, on 10th St, just east of Moustache. It's perfect timing, because I'm almost out, and mail ordering already pricey stuff would've been expensive (but worth it).

                  273 E 10th St (between 1st Ave & Ave A
                  )(212) 358-8700

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                    eca Dec 18, 2006 09:51 PM

                    I second this recommendation and am heading over there in a few minutes to restock.

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                      luvmangoes Dec 19, 2006 01:54 AM

                      In case it helps to have a third vote for Stonehouse...

                      You can taste all of their olive oils (and some vinegars, too!) before you decide on which one to buy. I have a stash of Organic Estate, which is just beautiful and fragrant! But according to the website, they are out of stock at the moment :(

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                        rose water Jul 21, 2009 10:40 AM

                        given that this thread has been resurrected, i will update this to say that alas, the stonehouse locations in nyc have closed. you can still mail order.

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                          squid kun Jul 22, 2009 11:09 AM

                          Good news: Stonehouse oils are still sold around the corner at a place called Provisions on Beekman.

                          Provisions on Beekman
                          150 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

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                            rose water Jul 23, 2009 08:22 AM

                            That's fantastic news, thanks.

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                      kittyboots Dec 19, 2006 12:56 PM

                      omg, I tried that a couple of yrs ago when I was at the Ferry Market. Amazing stuff, thanks for the note that they're here in NYC!

                    3. erica Dec 18, 2006 02:50 PM

                      I buy most of my oils at Fairway; I get the store labeled bottles...if you don't want to give those as gifts, they have lots of choices. Last year I bought several bottles of Sicilian olio nuovo at DiPalo to give as gifts....not sure if they have this yet this year. If you go there, try to go early or right before closing to avoid the lines.

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                        Nosher Dec 19, 2006 01:13 AM

                        A bottle from Fairway would be a great gift for a gastronome from out of town, absolutely. But to anyone not in the know, it might look a little chintzy.

                        That said, their own D.O.P. Gata Hurdes olive oil is just wonderful. Really excellent stuff.


                        NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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                          therealdoctorlew Jul 19, 2009 12:59 PM

                          I second the motion for Fairway Gata-Hurdes. It's the best tasting olive oil I have ever found at any price.

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                        bobby06877 Dec 18, 2006 02:50 PM

                        DiPalo's. Great selection of high end and regular everyday olive oil. Just ask the guy behind the counter for his recommendation. He has recommended some fantastic olive oil that I would have never thought of. They are on the corner of Grand and Mott. Expect to wait.

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                          mstropicana Dec 19, 2006 03:47 PM

                          the best for olive oils, any cheeses and cold cuts. they also make their own marinara sause, which is out of this world. you would think you stood over a hot stove. they also have homemade baked ziti, eggplant parmagiana that is wonderful. They also have raviolis. Take a ride down there, well worth it.

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