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Skyr (Icelandic) anywhere in NYC?

Lisabrelle Mar 1, 2007 11:17 AM

Since going to Iceland, I've been in love with skyr, the traditional Icelandic cheese that's similar to a thick yogurt. In late 2005, news broke that Whole Foods would begin to carry it, but I've yet to find it anywhere in the city. Has anyone seen it for sale anywhere? I'm looking for the Icelandic version (skyr.is), not a locally made version.

Thank you for your help.

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    DJecho23 Mar 1, 2007 12:57 PM

    One of the Whole Foods' just outside of DC in Virginia carries Skyr. I saw it there last summer, but not sure if they still carry it.

    1. Nosher Mar 2, 2007 01:42 PM

      You can do a pretty authentic skyr imitation by taking quark and whipping it. It's really wonderful with a drizzle of honey. I've never seen it in New York though.


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        sumfrequency Mar 2, 2007 02:01 PM

        I spotted some skyr at Murray's Cheese on Bleecker last weekend. They are stocked in the refrigerated wall display with the yogurts, and were in small 8-oz size containers. I remember seeing both a plain version as well as blueberry flavored.

        1. 280 Ninth Mar 2, 2007 02:08 PM

          I had also seen it at Murray's. One of my workmates raves about Skyr!

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            eeee Mar 7, 2007 03:47 AM

            If you are in Brooklyn, Stinky carries a brand called Siggi's Skyr. In fact, I'm eating it right now!

            1. lambretta76 Mar 8, 2007 01:23 PM

              Siggi's is the brand sold at Murray's. I believe it's made here in NYC.

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                packjev Mar 21, 2007 01:19 PM

                Skyr.is is now available in NYC at Whole Foods stores (Chelsea & Columbus Circle, for sure), and on sale for $2.50.

                Siggi's delicious Skyr is made with milk from Evans Farmhouse Creamery in upstate NY. And as the others have said, it's available at both Murray's and Stinky Cheese.


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                  designerboy01 Apr 9, 2007 11:26 AM

                  I just got some at the Chelsea branch yesterday at $2 each. Thick and creamy.

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                  jessfood Apr 9, 2007 11:57 AM

                  Got some last week at the Whole Foods in Union Square - 2 for $5

                  1. Nosher Apr 10, 2007 01:51 AM

                    Great stuff, thanks 'hounds! Can't wait to grab some.


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                    1. Brian S Apr 10, 2007 07:09 AM

                      As long as we are talking about Iceland -- so few people do -- I read years ago in the NY Times that about 40 thousand immigrants from Iceland (many of them young, trendy artists a la Williamsburg) live in NYC. So you'd think there would be at least one restaurant or store offering them tastes of home. Anyone know of one?

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                        MaspethMaven Apr 11, 2007 11:57 AM

                        Iceland is often lumped in with Scandinavia, culturally. While I have no doubt that there are regional icelandic dishes, at this point the best bets seem to be going for Scandinavian restuarants like Good World.

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                        Lisabrelle May 7, 2007 11:48 AM

                        This is such great news. I will check Whole Foods today!

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                          Brian S May 7, 2007 01:53 PM

                          They started featuring Icelandic products several years ago under the name "Sustainable Iceland" http://www.iceland.org/us/nyc/consulate-general/news-and-events/nr/1482 There is also skyr made right in New York City by a homesick Icelander! http://kitchen.apartmenttherapy.com/f... (oops, other people have already mentioned the local skyr...)

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                            Lisabrelle May 9, 2007 05:51 AM

                            Found it last night at Columbus Circle Whole Foods and enjoying it as I type this! Just as delicious as I remember it and I can't wait to get more. YUM!

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                              MAH Jun 18, 2007 07:17 AM

                              Lassen & Hennig (in Brooklyn Heights) also carries Siggi's Skyr. I've tried the pear/ginger and blueberry. delicious stuff! Does anyone know if Fairway has it?

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                          banjolinana Jun 18, 2007 08:19 AM

                          Whole foods that recently opened on Houston has it too

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                            magicmouse Sep 3, 2007 02:13 PM

                            I regularly dig through the yogurt selection at Westerly Natural, on 54th St and 8th Ave, and they recently started carrying Siggi's Skyr. I am currently eating the pear & mint flavor, which is fascinating, though the thickness of the stuff surprised me for a lowfat yogurt-like food as I've never had skyr before.

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                              munchables Sep 17, 2007 09:20 AM

                              The problem with the availability in Murray's (as a past employee, believe me), is that everyone there knows Siggi, sees him carrying the stuff in and, quite litereally, follows him to the walk-in, then buys as much as they can afford/carry. So, availability there is sometimes spotty but everyone there will talk to you about it and some might even know when the next shipment is. His stuff is at Saxelby's and another two places, too, I think.

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                                _lula_ Nov 27, 2007 05:39 PM

                                you can find sigg'sskyr at integral yoga foods on 13th street between 7th ave and greenwich ave.

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