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Looking for za'atar spice blend in NYC

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

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  1. 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

        For the Israeli version

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

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

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        1. re: wasny

          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

            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.

        2. Fairway also carries it - their own brand.

            1. re: Asumnuthin

              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).

            2. 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.

              1. 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.

                1. 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.)

                  1. 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

                      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

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

                        1. re: Rmis32

                          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