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Jan 6, 2009 07:28 AM

Best food(ie) shopping in Manhattan

Coming to NYC for a weekend to eat. Want to throw in some good food shopping as well. Going to hit Murray's for cheese and Kossar's for bialys. Any other places you would recommend?


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  1. Since you will be next door, I guess you should include Doughnut Planet...

    I have not been to yet, but I have always wanted to visit the Chelsea Market. It may be a place to go to for better time management.

    1. DiPalo's in Little Italy for cheeses and tons of other food items. If you haven't been there, just being there is an experience.

      Zabars, of course.

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      1. re: c oliver

        Di Palo's cheese ravioli is delicious. Russ and Daughters quite unique to NYC for smoked fish of all types, pickled fish,, dried fruits,, old tyme candies, halvah, .... Citarella for what Balducci's once had all high quality vegetables meats and prepared dishes. Sunrise Supermarket japanese upstairs on 9th St. and 3rd..... Chinatown fruit and vegetable stands ,,,, Dean and Deluca and Zabars,,,, Sullivan St or Grand Daisy for breads and pizzas,,,Chocolates by the Baldman,,,, Bazzini's in Tribeca for nuts theyve been there for 100 years,,,,,,Pickles on Essex used to be Gus's I think ,,,,, Raffetto's on Houston for Ravioli,,,,,,Faicco's on bleecke ( acress from Murray's)r for sausages,,,,

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          It is so nice to see a business that has "and daughters" for a change. So many "and sons." Nice!

          Is Chocolate Haven worth a visit? Howabout Ess-a-bagel?

          Thanks again!

            1. re: debit

              You mean the Jacques Torres store? If so, yes, definitely.

            2. re: foodwhisperer

              New Year's Eve 2007, while in NY, I used DiPalo's butternut squash ravioli and their gorgonzola dulce in a cream sauce for dinner. Preceded by Barney Greengrass domestic caviar and martinis. Wow, what a wonderful meal.

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            1. kalustyans for spices, rices, indian ingredients

              the korean supermarket on 32nd between 5th and 6th for all asian wonderul adn weird

              russ & daughters or sable's for smoked fish etc

                1. re: kathryn

                  If you're going to go downtown to Kossar's and Murray's and want to make it easy for yourself, highly recommend you hit MMRuth's list (she sure knows how to shop). Just will say I prefer Grom Gelato to Cones. L'Arte del Gelato is also a good gelato place that's not on the list.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    And I have a spot on the list, now that I sadly had to remove Jefferson Market. I'll add it now. I was just wondering what to add to it, and I do like L'Arte. Maybe I'll do an UES list now as well.