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Jul 8, 2007 11:32 AM

Amish markets or food?

I know this may be a long shot... but does anyone know of an Amish Market or even restaurant in the city? There is a place called "Amish Market" on 9th in Hell's Kitchen but it isnt actually one. Thanks!

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  1. Yup. I've been to that place and, having been to Lancaster several times, there's nothing Amish about it.

    I've never encountered nor heard of a real Amish market/restaurant in town. I've never even seen any products at grocery stores. Your best best may be going to one of the greenmarkets up by Columbia University or to the big one by Union Square but I'm not too sure you'll find much of anything.

    This is a good post idea. I'm curious to see what others know.

    1. Yes, the "Amish Market" is owned by a man from Turkey who, when asked about the name by a newspaper reporter, replied, "who would come if I called it Turkish Market"? (He's probably wrong about that.)

      You can sometimes see Amish farmers at some of the Farmer's Markets, such as Union Sq. They understood my few words of German. Amish cooking is home cooking, and requires food fresh from the farm, and doesn't travel. So it's hard to find Amish restaurants. The meal I described in loving detail on the General board is essentially Amish.

      1. hmm, well the food is pretty plain a sense you could almost recreate an amish meal at almost any diner.

        however, there are some standout items you might have a harder time locating around nyc or anywhere else for that matter like local amish cheeses, ice cream & pies --- esp like rhubarb pie and also perhaps a few "out there" items like broasted chicken, candies and my very fav bologna in the world trail bologna (from trail, ohio), which is kind of like a very tasty cocktail sized bologna -- you can order some of that online here:

        for inspiration here's a menu from grandma's in holmes county, a typical touristy amish restaurant in ne ohio (btw ohio has the largest amish population):

        be sure to look over the diaramas and the world's largest cuckoo clock if you ever go - lol!

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        1. re: mrnyc

          haha... yea i realized it would be a long shot in nyc. however, i dont agree that amish food can be recreated in a diner! even if they serve "basic fare," they do it in a special way. amish fried chicken and "diner fried chicken" are not the same. also, there are many, many unique amish dishes... so just wanted to put the feelers out

        2. I used to work on Third Avenue, between 44 & 45 streets, and there was an Amish Market right near there. I believe it is still there, on 45th street between 3rd and 2nd.

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          1. re: njeggy1

            That's the original in the Turkish-owned chain referenced above. I lived in the area when it opened, and being descended from Lancaster County Amish I was pretty intrigued when I saw the awning go up. Alas, it was not to be. It's a pretty nice food store for the neighborhood, but there's absolutely nothing Amish about it besides the name.