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Jan 23, 2009 05:17 AM

Where to buy spices (specifically cumin) in Chinatown/Soho?

Need to buy some cumin for a recipe tonight and I don't really want to but McCormick's from the market. Is there anyplace downtown that is like a Kalyustan's?

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  1. If you need something as ubiquitous as cumin, you can go to Dean and Deluca's. Cumin in Chinatown tends not to be very potent in my experience. Probably because it is not a common ingredient outside certain regional dishes.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Yeah, I was thinking D&D, but hoping not to spend $4.75 for an ounce and a half. It'll end up costing 10 bucks for the amount I need.

      Im used to buying spices in bigger quantities online but need something for tonight!

      Any other ideas? Doesnt have to be Chinatown....maybe Bowery Whole Foods?

      1. re: shorts

        Whole Foods is a great call. I bought a very large container from there for only 99 cents a few years ago. The price might have changed, but the quality should still be the same.

        1. re: shorts

          Go to Dual, 1st Av. between 5th and 6th. High-quality spices cheap, and in quantity.

            1. re: shorts

              You're welcome. I live a couple of blocks from them, and I'm a regular. Just don't get any of the refrigerated desserts that have (or should have) a quick expiration date. They've been moldy so many times that I've given up. But for spices, they're a fine source.

      2. If it's not too far away, you could go to Commodities, a health food store on 1st Ave between 10th and 11th Sts. Bulk spices that are fresh and inexpensive!

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        1. re: egp

          I'm sure they're more expensive than Dual. I get organic fruit at Commodities, but the place isn't cheap.