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Apr 19, 2007 03:37 PM

Where can I buy the best pita in Manhattan?

I'm not talking about going to a restaurant, and I'm not talking about anything fancy like whole wheat or garlic. I'm talking about delicious white pita that you can take home and use to eat hummus while sitting in front of the t.v. Anyone have any favorites?

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  1. I haven't been there in a very long time, but Kaluystan's on Lexington
    had good, fresh pita.
    I haven't found any in Union Square area that are consistently fresh.

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    1. re: KayMae

      I'm a huge fan of Queens Pita. (Don't be put off by the name - some good things actually come from Queens.) Queens Pita is baked daily at their Main Street (in Kew Garden Hills) store. The only place in Manhattan that I've found it is in the "bakery" in Grand Central Market right by the door to Lexington Avenue. A package (of about 8 pitas) is $2.50, though you can get it for just over a buck in Queens.

    2. I like Damascus, which you can find in supermarkets. (Fresh from their bakery in Brooklyn is better though) Also The Hummus Place.

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        1. re: thesu

          Fresh Damascus pita is better than anything anywhere.

        2. They serve pita (or actually I think in this case it's pide) bread at Rice (on Lex) with their edamame hummus that is so unbelievably good, it's worth stopping in to see if they'll sell a bunch to you. There is no pocket, it's much fluffier and a bit smaller in diameter than pita. You'll be hooked. I wonder if Kalustyan's a few doors up from them has the same one, I didn't see it the last time I was there, but it was rather late in the day. (Pick up a tub of their hummus if you stop in at both places, very different, equally delicious.)

          1. You can buy pita from Chickpea (2 locations, on in the EV and one in Union Square). They are made every day and very fresh -- sometimes still warm when you buy them.

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            1. re: TheDagster

              I second Chickpea for pita bread--I like the wheat especially.

              1. re: Ora

                I'll give a definite third for Chickpea. Fresh, flavorful, nicely chewy.

                1. re: kittyboots

                  Sorry, I think The Hummus Place is much better. Chickpea's is thick, but it's wheaty and kind of hard. The Hummus Place is fluffier.

            2. Taksim sells Turkish pide bread that is FANTASTIC.