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where do you buy supplies?

On Good Eats, Alton Brown is always recommending going to your local restaurant supply store to purchase kitchenware. In Manhattan of course the problem is not that there isn't one but that there are so many, and many of those are probably not really appropriate for the home chef. Where would you go to buy standard restaurant quality kitchen ware without all the fluff of a place like Sur la Table?

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    1. re: RGR

      I'm also a big fan of Bridge - pretty much buy everything there, unless I have an AMEX William Sonoma gift card.

    2. Broadway Panhandler (8th st right off Bway)

      1. Thanks guys, I'll check these out.

        1. Upstairs at Zabar's is pretty amazing, and good prices too. Or Bowery Kitchen (inside Chelsea Market).

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          1. re: LNG212

            Is Zabar's any cheaper than Bowery? I go down to Bowery Kitchen whenever I need something because of the competetive price, but it'd be so much easier to just walk over to Zabar's if I can.

            1. re: JungMann

              I guess I haven't bought the same type of things at the two places. At Zabar's I usually check out appliances, and tools, and such. I have always found the staff to be really helpful (and they don't necessarily push the most expensive things either). At Bowery I like the more unusual things -- tea bag dishes, bbq skewers, various serving dishes, mason jars. Sorry I'm not being really helpful; but I've never directly compared the two.

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            1. I was impressed by the knowledge of the staff at Zabar's - though I think it was an iron that I bought there.

              1. I, too, buy most of my supplies at Zabar's; good prices, and good advice. But I've also had luck at Chef Restaurant Supplies on the Bowery. I buy stemmed glasses there by the case, but they also have pots, pans, and utensils at excellent prices.

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                Chef Restaurant Supply
                294 Bowery, New York, NY 10012