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Must go to foodie places that are NOT restaurants in Manhattan?

medicinejar Dec 18, 2007 11:06 AM

I am going to Manhattan at the end of January and I am certainly looking forward to the food. But I am also going to be doing some general shopping and wondering what are the best sorts of "foodie" type stores I should consider visiting?

I am probably most interested in places that sell non-perishable foods or cooking supplies tools etc.... Any and all suggestions are appreciated!


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    szep_ilona Dec 28, 2007 10:12 AM

    Definitely agree about Kalustyan's for spices, indian groceries. DEFINITELY Chelsea Market on 9th between 14th and 15th Streets - check out Buon Italia and Chelsea Market Baskets in there.

    1. chompchomp Dec 20, 2007 10:52 AM

      Meyers of Keswick in Greenwich Village for British items, Jacques Torres in Tribeca for divine chocolate smells (and other things too!)

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        panoz Dec 19, 2007 06:37 PM

        If you're into cooking, and very high end culinary knives, there's Korin.

        Korin Trading Company
        57 Warren Street
        New York, NY 10007

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        1. re: panoz
          meatn3 Dec 20, 2007 10:28 PM

          I 2nd that! Wonderful selection. Also, for cookbooks try:

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          KTinNYC Dec 19, 2007 06:24 PM

          DiPaolo and Russ & Daughter.

          1. medicinejar Dec 19, 2007 06:17 PM

            Just a quick thank you to everyone for all of your suggestions. I am going to be putting together my itinerary over the holidays and try to fit as many of these places in that I can. Thanks so much!


            1. DarthEater Dec 19, 2007 09:43 AM

              Deluxe food center on Elizabeth between Grand and Hester street.

              1. JungMann Dec 18, 2007 12:43 PM

                In addition to the above:
                Chelsea Market for a plethora of stores
                Sunrise Mart for Japanese goods and tea sets
                Penzey's for spices
                Asian Market for hard-to-find Southeast Asian goods
                Carry on Tea and Sympathy and Myers of Keswick for UK treats
                Porto Rico for fine teas and coffees
                Schaller and Weber for German goods

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                1. re: JungMann
                  Stuffed Monkey Dec 19, 2007 07:21 AM

                  I'd add Bleeker Street for the Amy's, Murrays, Depalio trifecta.
                  and maybe Broadway Panhandler if you don't make it up to Zabar's.

                2. doona Dec 18, 2007 12:33 PM

                  Kalyustans - sp? - the greatest spice market in the world
                  Agata and Valentina (unofficially the Italian version of Zabars)
                  Zabars (unofficially the Jewish version of Agata and Valentina)
                  Garden of Eden
                  M3 Japanese on 3rd and 10th (approx)

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                  1. re: doona
                    nbermas Dec 19, 2007 10:09 AM

                    Where is Kalyustans? Do they spices from all over the world or is it more specific?

                    1. re: nbermas
                      Ora Dec 19, 2007 10:54 AM

                      A very good spice market for Manhattan, but far from the greatest in the world.

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                        FoodWine Dec 21, 2007 07:37 AM

                        We LOVE Kalustyans!
                        We shop there for spices & rice, etc., even though there are places closer by (in Brooklyn) -
                        we do not like Sahadi's on Atlantic ... bad vibes, dust on jars and bags and some really rude sales people.

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                          Produce Addict Dec 29, 2007 04:36 AM

                          wow must disagree on Sahadis! post on the outer-boroughs site if you want more, but the vibes are great, the dried fruits/nuts/spices. etc are really fresh and the prices are amazing.

                          Kalustyans is great on variety for spices AND grains AND all sorts of jarred condiments but the prices are definitely high.

                          I would definitely second DiPaolo's -- try to go at an off time, and, while you are waiting for your number you can pick up a banh min across the street (or just eavesdrop on the customers in front of you, it is a great learning experience). Their eggplant parm might be the best i've ever had.

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                            MMRuth Dec 29, 2007 05:36 AM

                            Or browse the shelves across from the cheese/meats at Di Palo's while you are waiting - I've picked up some interesting things there - a wine jelly, certain pasta shapes, lovely jams and honeys, etc. Also sometimes you can get samples of what other people are trying - I often ask what people are trying and get a bite! Last time I was there, a customer actually gave me his list, so I could remember the names of the cheeses!

                      2. re: nbermas
                        doona Dec 20, 2007 06:20 AM

                        Yes they do have it from all over the world, and more emphasis on Asian/Indian/Mexican.

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                          howboy Dec 20, 2007 11:58 AM

                          I really like browsing there...

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                      Kalana54 Dec 18, 2007 12:33 PM

                      You should visit Despana, for some great spanish stuff www.despananyc.com
                      You can try a lot of goodies!!!!

                      1. Miss Needle Dec 18, 2007 12:28 PM

                        A few off the top of my head ... Despana on Grand Street for great Spanish items. Zabars on the UWS. Bridge Kitchenware for cooking supplies.

                        1. MMRuth Dec 18, 2007 11:09 AM

                          Check out the links on this post, as well as the thread in general:


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