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Looking for za'atar spice blend in NYC

sjcarter331 May 18, 2009 01:19 PM

Can anyone let me know where I can find za'atar spice blend in NYC?

  1. Rmis32 Feb 11, 2010 07:15 AM

    In Brooklyn, on Kings Highway & East 3rd St, there are Middle Eastern groceries catering to the Syrian Jewish community in that area. Holon & Bat Yam would have za'atar. Note that they are closed Saturdays.

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    1. re: Rmis32
      Tulagirl Apr 3, 2011 06:58 PM

      I found the mix at the same Trade Fair. I was told to buy some greek pita, spread some a little good olive oil, sprinkle generously za-atar, and bake directly in the over for a few minutes. Smells great, great with yogurt.

      1. re: Tulagirl
        Rmis32 Apr 4, 2011 10:07 AM

        Also good sprinkled over lebnah, a thick, less liquidy yogurt spread & drizzled w/ olive oil, scooped up on warm pita.

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          famdoc Apr 4, 2011 02:19 PM

          Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park provided za'atar to diners upon request. Don't know whether or not they will sell a container of it, however. Their hummus is beyond doubt the best in NYC.

          Mimi's Hummus
          1209 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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      Tulagirl Feb 9, 2010 08:12 PM

      I bought za'atar bread from Trade Fair (30th Ave. & 49th St.) in Woodside on a whim. Was skeptical of it and gave some to friends, now I keep craving it. Have gone back 3 times (the employee there said the bakery delivers on Mondays & Thursdays), but they still don't have it and they keep telling me to come back. (Found it in one of the drawers of the fresh bread section next to the Deli, haven't seen it since) Does anyone know where I can find this premade bread in Queens? (My Lebanese co-worker said this version is less oily than the one she gets at a bakery near Queens Blvd.)

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        breuklyngal Oct 15, 2009 11:29 AM

        The za'atar blend from Sahadi's bulk section is great. Take a number and they'll get it for you.

        If you are just making pitas, you can get Sahadi's pitas freshly za'atared from the deli counter at the back of the "left" side of the store. They're very inexpensive (under $2 each I think), I used to eat them all the time for lunch when I went to school in the neighborhood, and they freeze fabulously.

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          Nirav Jul 24, 2009 09:48 PM

          Massis Foods in Sunnyside, Queens has a few kinds, they're in the aisle farthest from the exit, follow your nose, you won't miss it. El Shater, a block away also has some, talk to the guys in front, they'll show you the way.

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            1. re: Asumnuthin
              mmm...food Jul 23, 2009 10:42 AM

              Several of the Middle Eastern places on 5th Avenue in the 70s and 80s in Bay Ridge also have Zaa'tar in large bags - the prices seem pretty good (although I'm not an expert).

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              seb May 20, 2009 09:50 AM

              Fairway also carries it - their own brand.

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                wasny May 19, 2009 11:02 AM

                I'm pretty sure I've bought it at Sahadi's, too.

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                  Greg May 19, 2009 02:31 PM

                  Maybe, but I don't think they carry many spice blends - just raw ingredients. I can recall once asking for ras al hanout and ended up being referred across the street to Oriental, who did have it. I guess you could try Oriental too.

                  Oriental Pastry & Grocery
                  170 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                  1. re: Greg
                    BklynBlaise May 20, 2009 11:17 AM

                    Sahadis sells Jordanian Zaa'tar in the bulk section (next to the bulk coffee beans--in front of the packaged dried beans & couscous section). They also have a packaged version, but I'm not sure of the origin or type of blend it may be. FYI--they now carry ras el hanout in the spice section. I've been seeing new spice blends there lately.

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                  Peter Cherches May 18, 2009 01:22 PM

                  Kalustyans. Take your pick:

                  Zaa'tar Spice Blend, Aleppo / Syrian; Zaa'tar Spice Blend, Israeli; Zaa'tar Spice Blend, Jordanian Also Known As Green Zaa'tar; Zaa'tar Spice Blend, Lebanese

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                  1. re: Peter Cherches
                    sjcarter331 May 18, 2009 01:24 PM

                    Thank You Peter!

                    1. re: Peter Cherches
                      SuzyP May 20, 2009 03:27 PM

                      For the Israeli version

                      Pereg Gourmet
                      66-69 Main st.
                      Kew Gardens Hills
                      718 261-67-67

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