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dwsnyc Jul 12, 2008 09:09 AM

I'd be grateful for tips on where to find New Mexican chiles and sauces in NYC. Many thanks!

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    sherrinyc Jul 21, 2008 09:47 AM

    Honestly, I have looked everywhere and can't find them. This fall, I may just suck up the cost of shipping and have a box mailed in from Hatch.

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      bookmonger Jul 21, 2008 07:19 PM

      dwsnyc, I too have tried to find a Hatch chile anywhere in this city, and after eating at too many over-priced mediocre "mexican" or "southwestern" restaurants and ransacking grocery stores and bodegas (mostly in east harlem), I have also come to the conclusion that they have to be shipped. Here's the site: http://www.nmcchile.com/. If I had the finances or a freezer that didn't look like a toy (Manhattan kitchens...), I would order 20 pounds a year. I never realized how esoteric they are until I moved to the east coast. It's hard to believe that you can't get a basic food in NYC, but what can you do?

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        aaron101net Aug 4, 2008 06:57 PM

        There's a little spice shop on bleeker a little west of 6th. I don't know the name of the place, but they have a decent selection of dried chiles. Chiles I know they have include: pasilla, ancho, arbol, new mexican, and several others. I haven't tasted the goods yet, but I presume they're of decent quality since the place is a spice shop. They sell the chiles at a little bit of a markup, but the woman running the store is very nice and the prices aren't too unreasonable.

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          chow_gal Aug 5, 2008 10:23 AM

          Hatch chilies aren't dried. They are a local speciality of New Mexico that are in season now. I believe the OP is looking for them fresh. See the link above to see what they are.

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          redcorridor Aug 6, 2008 04:20 AM

          For real New Mexico chilies incorporated into exquisitely prepared dishes, you will need to travel to Gramercy's Los Dos Molinos [E 18th St @ Irving Place,
          after Aug 11]. They also have Sopapillas which I've not been able to find elsewhere.

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