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Rancho Gordo or other good dried beans?

maggiej Mar 4, 2008 07:36 AM

Is there anywhere to buy Rancho Gordo beans in Manhattan? It would be great to save shipping.

Alternatively, any other source of very good dried beans in the city? Any vendors at greenmarkets, etc?


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    Lucia RE: maggiej Mar 4, 2008 07:51 AM

    Buon Italia in Chelsea market has a nice looking selection of dried beans. I haven't tried them, so I can't vouch for quality.

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      meldrom RE: maggiej Mar 4, 2008 10:40 AM

      I'm sure if you called Rancho Gordo they would tell you if they distribute to anyplace in NYC.

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          maggiej RE: Bob Martinez Mar 4, 2008 11:24 AM

          yes, I've emailed them. Just wondering if anyone had seen them around town—committing to a shipment worth the shipping is a bit intense!

          I saw in Last Night's Dinner that they had them at Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg...makes me think somewhere else should too...

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            oysterspearls RE: maggiej Mar 4, 2008 08:31 PM

            Wonderful beans and truly a great guy also. I have no doubt he will respond to your email.

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          meldrom RE: maggiej Mar 4, 2008 11:29 AM

          I called....Marlow and Sons is the only place in proximity that carries them. She said that the store at Blue Hill at Stone Barns also carries them but just the location in Pocantino Hills, not here in the city.

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            Budino RE: meldrom Mar 15, 2008 09:02 PM

            I thought Marlow and Sons was a restaurant...do they sell retail, too?

            Was about to order some beans myself--I got a few friends to join in to help offset the crazy shipping. If you can get to brooklyn, you're welcome to join us!

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              maggiej RE: Budino Mar 16, 2008 08:10 AM

              There's a tiny store up front. Great selection of stuff, though the beans were $6.75...so shipping might be cheaper (plus you'd get more choices.)

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                Budino RE: maggiej Mar 16, 2008 09:30 AM

                wow, that is pretty steep (they were steep enough at $5). Maybe I'll go forward with the mail order after all. But I'll still stop in at Marlow and Sons to check it out since I'm in Greenpoint a couple of days a week. Thanks for the tip!

                Did you buy any beans? What did you think?

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                  maggiej RE: Budino Mar 16, 2008 03:50 PM

                  bought cannelini and a black-and-white variety. The cannelini were very good, creamy and well structured, not sure it's worth the $$$...my friend got beautiful black salt at Marlow and Sons, but given the prices, not sure it's worth the trek for those who aren't already in the neighborhood. I asked if they had Anson Mills Grits, and they said they sometimes do, when they are on the menu at the restaurant. Haven't found any other sources for those.

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            MacGuffin RE: maggiej Oct 22, 2008 05:44 PM

            Maggie, I live in Midtown, have a pathological hatred of paying shipping charges, am always looking to combine orders with others to ease the pain, and want to put together another RG order sometime soon (but would prefer to wait until they get in the giant limas from Peru). I think you can probably contact me through Chow if you're interested in splitting the shipping charges--$4.50 is somewhat more palatable than $9.

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              maggiej RE: MacGuffin Oct 22, 2008 08:25 PM

              Could be interested. Though I have about four half-filled (half-empty?) bags of RG beans in my teeny pantry right now...

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                MacGuffin RE: maggiej Aug 12, 2013 08:00 AM

                LOL Actually, you can find pretty much everything on RG's stock list at Kalustyan's although not with an RG label. Keep it in mind for when you deplete your stock. :)

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              seafoodsal RE: maggiej Aug 9, 2013 12:07 PM

              Rancho Gordo beans are sold at Formaggio Essex at the Essex St Market, betw Delancey/E Houston

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                MacGuffin RE: maggiej Aug 10, 2013 05:07 AM

                Hit some of the stores in Curry Hill, including Kalustyan's (they're never cheap but they might be cheaper than RG, plus no shipping) and Foods of India for a huge selection of pulses, including many that are sold by RG (print out a list of their selections and take it with you). I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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