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May 20, 2008 09:09 AM

INDIAN or THAI grocery stores?

Looking to buy those frozen 'Malaysian' parathas that you can just heat up. Are there Indian or Thai grocery stores in Manhattan? Or is this an outerborough issue?

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  1. There are Indian grocery stores all around 3rd Avenue in the upper 20s. Kalustyan's, in particular, is reliable for imported goods. You might also want to check out the Asian Market on Mullberry, which carries a whole host of goods from Southeast Asia.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Hey, JungMann,

      We cross-posted about Kalustyan's. Obviously, that "Great minds..." thingy. :-) To be geographically accurate, "Curry Hill" is mid- to upper 20's along Lex.

      1. re: RGR

        I always get 3rd and Lex confused in that neighborhood... I thought by second-guessing myself I'd get the address right this time. You're always one-upping me! ;-)

        I find Kalustyan's is the most convenient place to get a world's worth of foodstuffs in one place, but there is a price for the convenience. The selection at Asian Market is fairly extensive for Southeast Asian, though admittedly minimal for Indian, but prices are very fair. Around the corner (on Bayard I believe) there is a Thai and Indonesian market, but given my previous address snafu, I don't know if I can be trusted with downtown addresses!

    2. Kalustyan's, on Lex, b/t 28th & 29th Sts., carries a variety of parathas. If you've never been there, it's worth a trip since the shop is stocked to the gills with a wide range of items, and on the second floor, they offer prepared foods. You might want to try the very tasty mujaddarah.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I've been to the Bangkok grocery on Mosco street. I think they have one of the better selections of Thai products in the city . . . however most of the ingredients that I was searching for (ingredients that we used in my cooking classes in Thailand) are unfortunately not availble in the states. It's run by a Thai family and they're very welcoming and helpful so if it's possible to get here I have no doubt they can get it for you . . . . the prepackaged currys I bought from them were delicious and far superior to the other premade curries I tried.

          1. re: Lettucepray

            I never found Chelsea Thai very good as a grocery store. The selection is VERY limited and pricey. Decent food, tho.

          2. jungmann's suggestion of the grocery stores in 'little india' in the 20s is a good one. kalustyan's is good for some things, but i'd suggest getting bread at one of the other markets just south of kalustyan's: in my experience, the breads are fresher (and less expensive, if i remember correctly). most of these stores carry indian paratha, roti, naan, but i don't know if they have malaysian paratha.

            i don't think the thai store in chelsea market has paratha or roti.