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Jul 12, 2008 09:09 AM

New Mexican Chiles

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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: 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?

      1. 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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        1. re: aaron101net

          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.

        2. 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.