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Sep 29, 2009 06:59 AM

Affordable, fresh spices - where do you shop?

Normally, Sahadi's would be the place I would go for such needs, but I'm currently searching for somewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn that sells affordable spices by the ounce/pod. I don't need that much but I need a few different things, so I'd rather be able to buy just what I need. Suggestions?

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  1. I usually stock up at the Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea Market. Their prices are very fair and sometimes even beat what I would pay for a similar amount of spices at Patel Bros. in Queens.

    1. I normally shop for spices at Kalustyan's, on Lexington Avenue between 28-29th Streets, because it's in my neighborhood and their selection is unsurpassed, although not necessarily affordable.

      For affordability and volume, I recommend the bulk spice market located on the west side of 9th Avenue between 40-41 Streets, near Sea Breeze Fish Market (sorry, but I can't seem to remember its name).

      Update: International Grocery, 543 9th Avenue - between 40th and 41st.

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      1. re: Hurner

        I also recommend "International Grocery." I had no idea what its name was either. Great selection and prices. I am pretty sure it is right next door to Sea Breeze.

        1. re: Hurner

          Oooh, International looks great. I've been to Kalustyan's but didn't think they had loose spices? Maybe I just didn't explore. Since I'm on the A/C line, the west side of Manhattan is easier to get to anyway. Might be time to check out International Grocery. :D

          1. re: ncsuemme

            International has huge barrels of spices along with breads, cheeses, and other ethnic foods.

        2. We usually get our spices from either Kalustyans (as mentioned above) or at Penzey's spices in the grand central market. Penzey's also has a strong delivery service either online: or via catalog/ phone in.

          We've always been happy with the quality from Penzey's.

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          1. re: Spends Rent on Food

            Ditto Kalustan's. I also used to buy spices at the Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown but that apparently burned down. There are a number of other groceries in Chinatown; however I haven't needed to buy spices recently.

            1. re: windycity

              I think that Hong Kong Supermarket has another branch in Chinatown, but I haven't checked it out.

              1. re: windycity

                There is another Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester and Elizabeth. I actually think it is better organized than the location that used to be by the Manhattan Bridge.

                1. re: JungMann

                  yes - it's where dynasty used to be

            2. Aphrodisia on Bleecker St.

              1. I have not bought spices from there, but have heard good things about Penzey's, which has a stall in the Grand Central Market.