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HumanUnit Jun 7, 2010 03:25 AM

Hello all! My mom is visiting from out of town and I'd like to take her somewhere in the area to pick up some groceries. It doesn't have to be an Indian grocery store necessarily - maybe just a regular store with a good ethnic food selection? We are on the border of Boerum Hill and park Slope. The only stores I know are in Queens so something closer to home would be great. We have a car and are willing to drive! Thanks!

  1. jen kalb Jun 7, 2010 03:38 AM

    If you want an Indian grocery specifically, Patel, at 5303 4th Ave in Sunset Park is quite good, tho small. Its run by Gujaratis, and carries fresh chiles, some indian vegetables, curry leaves, green mango and such in addition to the spices, dal and other dry goods. They carry several types of of desi dahi brand yogurt and a few refrigerated sweets. A nice store. Sahadi on Atlantic Ave is what Id recommend if you want to visit a diversified store withspices, dried fruit and nuts and all sorts of global specialties.

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    Sahadi's
    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      HumanUnit Jun 7, 2010 03:42 AM

      Thanks so much for that quick response! My mom is Gujarati so this is totally perfect :). Really appreciate it.

      1. re: HumanUnit
        missmasala Jun 7, 2010 06:16 AM

        Jen's suggestion is great, but ff your mom is planning to cook a lot, I would just bite the bullet and drive to Jackson Heights. It's really not that much farther by car than the Patel in Sunset Park and the selection is just so much greater.
        I cook a lot of Indian food and find myself going to JH a lot--especially when I want to be sure that I can get everything I need.

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          mmm...food Jun 9, 2010 12:03 PM

          My recommendation would be to travel to Edison/Iselin. It's actually not that much further than Jackson Heights (you can take the Verrazano). The grocery stores are much better (and cheaper), the restaurants are great and most importantly, parking is much easier to find (there is a municipal lot and the huge Patel Bros Cash and Carry has a lot). If you don't have a car, I would recommend Kalustyan in Manhattan over Sahadi. The 3-4 times I've been to Sahadi, they didn't have paneer or any Indian pickles. At a pinch, some of the more standard stuff is also available at Fairway (e.g. spices) for a lot more money.

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          Sahadi's
          187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. re: mmm...food
            jen kalb Jun 9, 2010 01:59 PM

            Sahadi has always had the Bedekar ship brand pickes. Its not an indian grocery, but it is the best local (downtown brooklyn) grocery store for middle-eastern and ethnic foods, a great place to visit..

            I like Iselin, but its a long schlep - you can hit traffic and Im not sure it is worth it. I have scrounged my way through all the big markets out there and they are not really better than the two on 37th Ave in Jackson Hts. Most of the stores seem to attract patrons based on rice specials. My fave store out there (if you go) is the Bhavani Cash and Carry at 1547 Oaktree, across the street from Patel Bros Cash and Carry. IBhavani (part of a chain) seems to carry more south indian foods, and the store is scrupulously clean and well organized, with stuff nobody else offers (e.g. dagad phool), and their own ranges of chiles and rices from all over India

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            Sahadi's
            187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            1. re: jen kalb
              missmasala Jun 10, 2010 07:40 PM

              Sahadi's has bedekar pickles? that's the brand I prefer but i've never seen them there. Only what used to be patak's but is now called something else.
              that would be totally thrilling. Where are they in the store?
              I find the mango pickle varies greatly from brand to brand. One night we discovered we were out of the bedekar's just as we sat down to dinner and my SO ran down to CIA and bought a pakistani brand of mango pickle and it was so different neither of us liked it or could eat it.

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              Sahadi's
              187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              1. re: missmasala
                jen kalb Jun 11, 2010 03:56 AM

                I will have to look and see - they are or used to be on the east wall, forward from the cheeses. Its been a good while since I looked , so the situation may have changed, but they carried that brand almost since I can remember going in the store.

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