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  • adam Jan 9, 2007 06:14 PM
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I want to make some squid ink pasta dough - anyone know where I can find squid ink? I work in Midtown East and live in Hell's Kitchen, so those locations are preferred, but I can certainly travel.

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  1. The Italian place at Chelsea Market carries squid ink.

    1. DiPalo on Grand street has squik ink, so does the fish market at Grand Central, and Despana on Broome Street.

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Are you sure about Wild Edibles/GC? I am there at least every other day and have never seen it in the refrigerated section; do you have to ask? I do know that occasionally they have seppia with ink sacs.

        1. re: dbird

          It was not in the refridgated section. It comes in a packet in a paper box or something like that. I saw it there once but I am not sure if it is there everyday. Most of the squik ink I have seen are either in cans or in packet form, not refridgated.

          Now that you mentioned I remeber seeing it in Dean and Deluca as well.

      2. I think the italian place in chelsea market is called Buon Italia, and they do carry squid ink, I saw it there last week.

        1. In the past, I've purchased it from Sea Breeze (on 9th Ave around Port Authority).

          1. Just to update this posting, Murray's does not have it nor does Faicco's.

            Buon Italia's website either isn't working or they don't carry it anymore, although I didn't call them to confirm (http://www.buonitalia.com/default.asp...).

            I didn't try Wild Edibles or DiPalo on Grand Street, but I did just call Despana in SoHo and they seem to carry it!

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            1. re: mrock

              Kalustayans often has it in the back in the refrigeratored section

              1. re: mrock

                I'm from the Boston board, but read this one often as I travel to NYC a few times a year. FWIW I heard that there is a world- wide squid ink shortage right now (this was from our local Italian shop in Boston), and it is tough to find. I was able to find a 1Kg jar off Amazon, that should last a while.

                1. re: mrock

                  Call Buon italia. Web sites do not always have everything their respective stores carry. Maybe they do not like shipping the squid ink for some reason. I would call.

                  Also try calling Eataly. They may not have it out for sale, but they sel a lot of squid and may have it for you to purchase if you inquire.

                2. An inexpensive easy solution to the squid ink search. Your local supermarket. I just got back to NYC from a cruise that included Venice where i wanted to sample their classic squid ink risotto recipes. But we spent too much time in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and had to get back to the ship. So I decided to make it myself.

                  I first used the black squid ink fettucini I found in my supermarket with a marinara sauce but found it tasted pretty much like any pasta in a tomato sauce. To make a risotto, I needed the actuial ink. An internet search did not find any specialty stores selling squid ink, but I accidentally discovered in my market's canned fish section that both Goya and Roland brands of canned cuttlefish are packed in their own sepia ink. Goya even had a recipe on their can for a long grain rice and black bean dish (serves 4) flavored with 2 cloves of garlic, capers and oregano. I used 1 cup of arborio risotto rice instead, 2 cups of water, 1 can of black beans, and 2 cans (1 Goya, 1 Roland) of the squid and the ink all cooked together for about 20 minutes. I found the flavor to be a little bland so I added salt, pepper, green olives, pimentos, celery, chopped onion and some white wine. The ink flavor seemed a little earthy or musty but then it grew on me and now i love it. The Goya can calls its squid fillets (strips) and costs $2.99; the Roland canned squid is chunk style and $1.69.

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                  1. re: wriskit

                    Central Fish market on 9th ave. used to sell little packets of squid ink

                  2. The best source is the squid itself. Buy uncleaned squid, felch out the innards, and the ink sack will be this silvery looking oblong thing. Collect some of these, and swish them in your blender with 1/4 cup of white wine, and you got ink.

                    1. Im late to the party but just in case.. you can find squid ink at:

                      Despaña SoHo (Fine Foods & Tapas Café)
                      408 Broome Street New York, NY 10013
                      Phone: 212.219.5050
                      Fax: 212.219.5060
                      Email: info@despananyc.com