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Where to buy yuca/plantains below 96th st?

kelea Aug 6, 2008 08:21 AM

I want to start experimenting with these are was looking for anywhere I can buy these items and not too overpriced?

  1. Ora Aug 7, 2008 09:34 AM

    Did you look in the supermarket around 98 st & Amsterdam (I can't recall if it is an Associated for a Foodtown or what, but it there, 1 street south of Malecon Restaurant)? They sell many tropical products/produce there due to high hispanic population in the area.

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      chargeorge Aug 7, 2008 06:40 AM

      You mean they don't sell them at every bodega in manhattan? I think I'm becoming Washington heights centric lol.

      1. JungMann Aug 7, 2008 05:41 AM

        I see them at most of the cheaper markets. My Pioneer has them, the Gristedes on 96th should have them. Western Beef has them. Fairway has them. If you haven't cooked with plantains before, do remember that there is a big difference between the green plantains and the darker, sweeter ones.

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          curranthound Aug 6, 2008 02:26 PM

          MUCH farther downtown, try the Essex Street Market.
          There are a number of produce vendors (of varying quality), but the prices are rock bottom for Manhattan.

          1. Deenso Aug 6, 2008 01:21 PM

            You don't mention whether you're on the east side or west. If it's east, you might try C Town Supermarket, 1721 First Ave. (NW corner of First and 89th St.) They usually have plantains, both green and ripe. I've never looked for yuca, but I wouldn't be surprised if they carried that, as well. You could call to save yourself a wasted trip, though: 212-360-5849.

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              kelea Aug 6, 2008 02:06 PM

              I"m on the west side but i'm open to either as I love the crosstown buses :)

              Both places sound great! I can't wait..

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              Rasher Aug 6, 2008 11:22 AM

              Capitol Deli. Columbus between 87th and 88th.

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