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Really Great Bulgarian Feta?

Jim Leff Sep 17, 2010 06:55 AM

I need some really great bulgarian feta in queens or brooklyn. i'm guessing my best bet is that big supermarket on 31st street near 30th? Or...?

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    JonL Sep 17, 2010 07:10 AM

    I always get mine at Sahadi's but I've got no gold standard for comparison. It is totally 'good enough for me' but that wasn't the question.

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    Sahadi's
    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: JonL
      jen kalb Sep 17, 2010 07:44 AM

      Im assuming you are talking about Titan, and they did have a big variety of really good barrel fetas the last time I was over there.. Like JohnL usually buy at Sahadi's which has some very good fetas. Im not confident recommending in Astoria currently since it has been too long since I have done a lot of shopping there but there were or are at least 1 or 2 other greek stores on I think 30th Ave. selling very good feta in the past. wherever you go you should ask for a taste of course..

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      Sahadi's
      187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Titan Foods
      25-56 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

      1. re: jen kalb
        Jim Leff Sep 17, 2010 07:47 AM

        Ok, guess I'll hit Titan, unless anyone has recent experience in alternative Astoria venues....or elsewhere.

        I'm figuring I can drive around a few hours with unrefrigerated feta, right? Obviously, the stuff predates refrigeration, so this is probably a "duh", but I figured I'd check.

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          buttertart Sep 17, 2010 08:39 AM

          Suggestion: have them pack it in a plastic container with brine to cover. No worries re spoilage (although the stuff is so salted I don't think you'd have any issues anyway).

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        2slices Sep 17, 2010 08:36 AM

        I get mine at Massis in Sunnyside. At any given time they have at least 8 types of feta. El Shater always has it, but its not my reason for going.

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        Massis
        42-20 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11104

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          Widmark Sep 21, 2010 09:24 AM

          I get Bulgarian feta from both Titan and Massis, and I like Massis best.

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          Massis
          42-20 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11104

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        Mr Porkchop Sep 17, 2010 07:53 AM

        I think you're referencing Astoria too, but I'm not sure which place exactly. Perhaps the Euro Market on 31st? It's a Balkan market with a great selection of beer to boot. I'm sure they'd have what you're looking for, but if not there's both another Balkan market and Titan nearby.

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        Euro Market
        30-46 31st St, Queens, NY 11106

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        1. re: Mr Porkchop
          Jim Leff Sep 17, 2010 08:06 AM

          Yes, I could probably name fifteen places in Astoria selling Bulgarian feta. I need, though, really, really GREAT Bulgarian feta.

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            Mr Porkchop Sep 17, 2010 11:02 AM

            Well, I figured a place that caters to a Bulgarian/Balkan crowd would be a safe bet. Or do they only like mediocre Bulgarian feta in the home country?

        2. janie Sep 17, 2010 05:38 PM

          Hi Jim,
          The feta at Titan is excellent with lots of turnover--bulgarian is very very salty--other poster was correct in telling them to put it into plastic container with the brine (they call it the "juice")--so, don't have them just wrap it with wax paper--I was a longtime Titan customer over 20 years--until about 6 months ago when I switched to the Greek Emporium on 150th st in Whitestone--good selection of feta--and super nice people--and we hit up the Dolce Via gelato spot, and the little cupcake shop down the street--and then head to Utopia Bagels from best bagels and appetizing--and fantastic grandma slice pizza at Graziella on Francis Lewis Blvd--so, it's sort of a chow run--but if you do go to Titan (and they have a little parking lot by the way which is great)--make sure you get yourself some melamakarona cookies..theirs are the best.

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          Utopia Bagels
          19-09 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11357

          Graziella
          33-25 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

          1. Eggsactley Sep 18, 2010 05:22 PM

            I have to agree with the previous posters...Sahadi's...price is right too

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              Glendale is hungry Sep 19, 2010 07:14 AM

              Hi Jim,

              Since I don't really care for it, I know diddly squat about what constitutes great feta but I agree with Monsieur Porkchop in that trying somewhere specifically Bulgarian makes sense.

              So, I'd check at Parrot Coffee (two locations - Astoria and Ridgewood).

              http://www.parrotcoffee.com/

              Although, you're so knowledgeable that you've probably already tried here! So, I guess I'm just trying to give my less trodden part of Queens a little plug.

              Ciao,

              Glendale is hungry...

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              Parrot Coffee
              31-12 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

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                cheeseisheaven Oct 7, 2010 08:14 AM

                Domino on Kings Highway...or M&I in Brighton Beach...if you are in that area

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