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Where can I buy the best pita in Manhattan?

Nikki NYC Apr 19, 2007 03:37 PM

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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    KayMae RE: Nikki NYC Apr 19, 2007 03:54 PM

    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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      kassman RE: KayMae Apr 20, 2007 10:26 AM

      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. thesu RE: Nikki NYC Apr 19, 2007 08:52 PM

      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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        princeofpork RE: thesu Apr 20, 2007 06:49 AM

        Kalustyans 28th and Lex

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          rose water RE: thesu Apr 20, 2007 07:01 AM

          Fresh Damascus pita is better than anything anywhere.

        2. ballulah RE: Nikki NYC Apr 20, 2007 07:23 AM

          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.)

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            TheDagster RE: Nikki NYC Apr 20, 2007 08:39 AM

            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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              Ora RE: TheDagster Apr 23, 2007 08:27 AM

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

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                kittyboots RE: Ora Apr 23, 2007 04:22 PM

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

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                  thesu RE: kittyboots Apr 23, 2007 07:24 PM

                  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. LFeinberg RE: Nikki NYC Apr 20, 2007 10:18 AM

              Taksim sells Turkish pide bread that is FANTASTIC.

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                foodluvngal RE: Nikki NYC Apr 21, 2007 06:27 AM

                On First Avenue between 15th and 16th there's Murray's Falafel. He has a delicious pita. They bake it there and it's always fresh, fluffy & usually still warm. He's also Kosher, if that's an issue and has the best Falafel I've ever had. As a matter of fact, all of his stuff is excellent. Next door, you should pick up a Challah (plain, poppy or raisin) from La Bagel; equally superior, whether for shabbos, noshing or French Toast.

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                  LLCoolJR RE: Nikki NYC Apr 22, 2007 07:16 AM

                  My favorite Pita is called "Best Pita". They are located in NJ, but you can buy the bread from numerous gourmet stores in the city. I have found "Best Pita" at Westside Market on 15th St. or at the Garden of Eden locations. The bread is absolutely delicious!

                  1. kelea RE: Nikki NYC Apr 24, 2007 08:47 AM

                    I don't konw about pitas but I love the hummas at Grill 44, 44th between Lexington and 3rd

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