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place to taste olive oil before buying?

umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 08:03 AM

Hello out there,
I was wondering if there is any place that sells olive oil that lets you taste it before you buy it.
I have strong opinions about olive oil, so I don't want to buy a nice bottle and end up hating it.
Any suggestions?

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    bastet212 RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 08:05 AM

    ooh, theres a place in the west village that sells only olive oil and vinegars ( i think) and tastes them all.... I bought a great cherry balsamic there. of course i cant remember the name of the place.... maybe someone else will. I feel like its on bleeker....

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      villager21 RE: bastet212 Mar 11, 2008 08:07 AM

      Oliviers & Co! It is excellent. The same store is also inside Grand Central but I don't think they let you try the oils at that location.

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        kobetobiko RE: villager21 Mar 11, 2008 08:13 AM

        One of the stores on Bleecker is called O&CO (same as Oliviers & Co. that villager 21 mentioned. They have a branch at Grand Central next to the marketplace. They allow you to taste most of the products (oil, vinegar, jam, etc.) before purhcases. The quality is quite good.

        I have tasted their 99 yr-old balsamic vinegar and it was amazing!

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          cmm3 RE: kobetobiko Dec 2, 2008 12:47 PM

          How would you rate the quality and authenticity of Oliviers & Co's olive oil?

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      Snaps RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 08:09 AM

      The UWS Fairway always has samples of 5-6 different kinds out.

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        kelea RE: Snaps Mar 11, 2008 09:52 AM

        The one up in Harlem has usually 6-8 littles trays to try. Sometimes, they have balsamic vinegar as well

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        pacz RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 09:16 AM

        Williams-Sonoma has samples of some of it's olive oils.

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          idia RE: pacz Mar 11, 2008 09:48 AM

          Believe it or not I have a feeling that Fig & Olive will gladly allow you to taste before buying. Not only are they a restaurant, they sell olive oil.
          As a part of their dinner, they bring 3 different olive oils to the table gratis for you to taste with a history of each one. If you like one (or more) you can purchase them.

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            bronwen RE: idia Mar 11, 2008 10:04 AM

            Maybe Il Buco?

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              Snaps RE: idia Mar 11, 2008 11:21 AM

              I think Bellavitae also sells their olive oils by the bottle, but I don't know that you can sample them for free.

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                umisquirrel RE: idia Mar 11, 2008 12:29 PM

                Yeah I've been there before. I think that sounds like a good idea. I'll stop in for some wine, and hopefully they'll let me taste their olive oils.
                Thanks everyone for the replies!

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                  Westrite RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 02:06 PM

                  Surprised no one has mentioned Stonehouse Olive Oil on Front Street -- http://www.stonehouseoliveoil.com Always been really happy with their products.

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                    financialdistrictresident RE: Westrite Oct 14, 2008 02:57 PM

                    Westrite do they still give a discount on refills?

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                      kerokaeru RE: financialdistrictresident Oct 15, 2008 07:49 AM

                      Yes, they do. Three dollars off if you bring your own bottle.

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                        financialdistrictresident RE: kerokaeru Oct 15, 2008 10:11 AM

                        thanks, kerokaeru. They also have added some organic grocery items.

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                      Harlan RE: Westrite Aug 31, 2009 07:57 AM

                      To clarify, the place is now called "Provisions on Beekman", and among other things, they distribute Stonehouse Olive Oil (the owners of the grocery and the oil maker are friends, I understand). And they do have their oil available for tasting, and they do give discounts (now $4 off!) if you bring your own bottles for refilling. I quite like their "Estate" olive oil!

                      The store hosts a CSA, which gives them additional cred...

                      Provisions on Beekman
                      150 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

              2. vvvindaloo RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 11:01 AM

                Murray's Cheese in the W. Village often has olive oil (usually Italian) out for sampling, but not always. Same with Despana in Soho, which which specialized in Spanish products.

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                  jimmyray RE: umisquirrel Mar 11, 2008 03:37 PM

                  DiPalo's in Little Italy is a great place to taste and has wonderful choices.

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                    chrispypanfry RE: umisquirrel Oct 15, 2008 10:06 AM

                    D'Espana for spanish olive oil. And pick up some jamon y morcilla. . .yu,.

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