What happened to cheap loose garlic?
A few years ago, it became very easy to buy individual heads of garlic inexpensively, at 99c-$2 a pound. I generally bought mine at Stiles in the West 40s. But in recent years, it seems like everyone is bundling them together in bags of 4-6 oversized heads. Is there anywhere in town that still sells them singly, and cheaply?
Not quite what you're looking for, but I've discovered some of the Korean groceries have good prices on peeled, whole garlic cloves. There's one on 55th (56th?) and 8th ave. that sells a pint container for less than $2.
You can find it at several stands in the green market (probably even this time of year). And they have loose bulbs at the Fairway in Brooklyn, so I assume you can find them in their two Manhattan stores.
I rarely see bundled garlic. I've had no problem buying fairly priced heads of loose garlic at all my regular stores: Fairway, Manhattan Fruit Exchange, Pioneer and Associated.