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Where can I buy Okra?

egit Mar 26, 2009 03:43 PM

Hello All --

I need to find okra for Saturday. I went to the Amish Market on 45th street, and stopped in a few other random stores. I'd rather not traipse all over Manhattan looking for it if anyone happens to know where I might find some.

Is it out of season now? Is it something not a lot of people buy? If I had to guess, I might think Chelsea Market may have it, but I live in Murray Hill and would rather not waste a trip.

Any thoughts?


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    stephaniec25 RE: egit Mar 26, 2009 03:45 PM

    I see it at Whole Foods in Chelsea all the time. Just call before you go to make sure its in stock.

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      small h RE: egit Mar 26, 2009 08:44 PM

      Chelsea Market had okra on 3/17 - I saw it with my own eyes. I'm surprised you're having trouble finding it; even my crappy local Fine Fare stocks okra (in styrofoam, like everything else).

      1. Uptownflavor RE: egit Mar 26, 2009 09:08 PM

        I always see it in the produce and frozen food sections but then again I live uptown. Try Fairway Harlem. You can order online if they have it in stock. Otherwise Pathmark.

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          cimui RE: egit Mar 26, 2009 11:23 PM

          Check the Indian groceries just south of Murray Hill. It's sometimes called "ladyfingers", too, and very commonly used in Indian cuisine. I've seen it at Kalustyan's in the past, though I haven't been in a while.

          If you are willing to travel outside of Manhattan, Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights definitely has it.

          I actually have *not* seen it at the Manhattan Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market.

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            cheesecake17 RE: egit Mar 27, 2009 09:18 AM

            Fairway usually has it and so does the WFM on Houston. Call first though..

            1. erica RE: egit Mar 27, 2009 03:19 PM

              I saw okra today at WF Houston Street.

              1. egit RE: egit Mar 28, 2009 07:45 AM

                Hey All --

                Thanks. I don't normally shop at Whole Paycheck, which is why I didn't think of it. But the one in Union Square had it. I should have known that, and I'm ashamed of myself that I didn't! :-)

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                  Emma01 RE: egit Mar 28, 2009 12:58 PM

                  Garden of Eden usually carry it also.

                  1. sequins RE: egit Jun 22, 2009 08:08 PM

                    Not sure whether you're still checking in on this thread, but I usually get okra from Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown - the one at Hester & Mott. It comes pre-packaged -- on one of those styrofoam platters, cling-wrapped (I know, sadly less than eco-friendly) -- but is very fresh. Just a couple of weeks ago I took home almost 3 lbs. for about $5 -- which comes out to be a ton of okra on the plate, given its lightness. Cheaper than Whole Paycheck, one reckons.

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