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?
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.
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.
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: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey... or via catalog/ phone in.
We've always been happy with the quality from Penzey's.
I have not bought spices from there, but have heard good things about Penzey's, which has a stall in the Grand Central Market.