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Great spice vendor in the city?

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heWho Aug 15, 2008 07:28 AM

Does anyone know of a really good spice vendor in the city? Ideally I'd like a place that does a high volume of spice trade, yet sells to the consumer, thus allowing for the freshest spices possible. Also, it'd be great if they sold them by the pound instead of pre-packaged.

Some of the spice markets in Curry Hill are promising, but most sell pre-packaged and I have no way of knowing how long they've been on the shelf.

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  1. kcijones001 RE: heWho Aug 15, 2008 07:37 AM

    There's on in the Grand Central market:
    Pentzy's Spices
    They carry over 250 spices
    (212) 972-2777

    1. Spends Rent on Food RE: heWho Aug 15, 2008 07:39 AM

      We always get ours at Penzeys, either at their Grand Central Market location, or ordering online.
      http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

      They have a great selection, and have always been fresh for us, but they are pre-packaged so that may deter you.

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        KTinNYC RE: heWho Aug 15, 2008 07:52 AM

        There is a shop on 9th ave around 38th or so, another hound will probably be able to give you an address and name. This place has bins and bins of whole spices and beans. It's on the west side of the street just south of the fish market.

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          abud RE: KTinNYC Aug 15, 2008 10:18 AM

          Ninth Ave International Foods at 40th st. Good stuff but the owner can be kind of mean.

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            KTinNYC RE: abud Aug 15, 2008 10:21 AM

            Right you are, thanks for providing the name. I've never experienced any meaness from the owner but a bit of impatience for sure.

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          Ann900 RE: heWho Aug 15, 2008 09:18 AM

          Aphrodesia on Bleeker Street - right down from Murray's cheese - is my go to place for herbs and spices. They have been there for many years- turnover of products is high, so what they sell is always fresh. Enormous variety, moderate prices, and extremely knowledgeable - what more could you ask for!

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            dwagner6 RE: heWho Aug 15, 2008 03:47 PM

            I'm very surprised the first response wasn't Kalustyan's. They're on Lex and 28th. And they have everything, literally. The turnover is great, they even roast many of their own spices. I know for a fact they dry their own ingredients for their various powders (tomato, etc). Cannot recommend enough. http://www.kalustyans.com

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              bookmonger RE: heWho Aug 17, 2008 07:57 AM

              If you're willing to travel to an outer Borough, Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights (one stop in, 6 blocks from the 4/5/6) has a good selection of bulk spices. They sell a lot of imported products like spices all over the US, so if you're looking for large quantities, they will definitely be able to help you.

              I don't know if they're any better than Kalustyan's, but I can't afford the prices at Kalustyan's so maybe someone who has bought at both places can compare. For me, it's worth the longer subway ride.

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                bobjbkln RE: bookmonger Aug 17, 2008 08:28 PM

                Sahadi's now prepackages their spices on site.

              2. sing me a bar RE: heWho Aug 17, 2008 04:24 PM

                Second APHRODISIA on Bleecker. I get curry powder, sea salt, special telecherry black peppercorns (more oomph than Malabar) and cinnamon (several types to be had). I've also used the marjoram, sage etc, all of which are fresh, though dried. I tend to buy fresh green rosemary, though, as it has more personality.

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