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Apr 15, 2009 05:33 PM

Spanish Grocery

I'm participating in a dinner party and the theme is Spain. I have several tapas I plan on making, but also wondered if anyone could recommend a shop that sells Spanish goods. Here's the thing, I'm in NYC one day only on Friday, flying back to Boston that night. Party is on Saturday. So it has to be items that can keep for a day and survive a plane ride.

Since one of the items I'm making is dates wrapped in bacon stuffed with chorizo, I would love to find somewhere that sells authentic Spain-style chorizo.

I can go anywhere in Manhattan, altho I'll be in the Rockefeller Ctr area most of the day.

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    1. I definitely recommend Despana, one of my favorite shops in NYC. However, if all you need is chorizo and Soho is out of the way, you can find authentic chorizo at many of the gourmet grocery stores in the City. Agata & Valentina on 79th and 1st carries Despana brand chorizo. You may want to try Dean and Deluca in Rock Center as well.

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      1. re: Eddie H.

        Good advice. Despaña is a one-stop shop for everything Spanish, from fideos to morcilla, but if the OP only needs chorizos, Despaña-brand is available in multiple stores including Zabar's. And in the worst case scenario, Palacios-brand chorizo is widely available. I would say, though, that if the OP goes to Despaña, the miniature chorizos would make stuffing the dates a lot easier.

        1. re: JungMann

          I made the trip to Despana and it was well worth it. I ended up flying home with 3 lbs of various sausages. I mashed and sauteed the morcilla with raisins and pinenuts to spread on bread. The chorizo I sauteed with pimientos, garlic, parsley and red wine. I made three tortillas: one espanola, one potato jamon & pimiento, and one tuna and potato. Oh, I also bought some torta del casar and tupi del sort cheeses. And, because I was so hungry from shopping there, I had a bocadillo de tortilla which I found very authentic ... really crusty bread that ends up all over you just like in Spain. Thank you!

          1. re: avass

            Sounds wonderful - thanks for reporting back!

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