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Feb 1, 2011 01:41 PM

upper west side markets

any recommendations for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Arabic food stores (not restaurants) in upper west side?

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    1. re: AubWah

      damn, well i'm new to the island, any Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Arabic food stores (not restaurants) in general?

      1. re: alfredo_garcia

        You should post this query on the outer boroughs board...

        1. re: alfredo_garcia

          What specialty items are you looking for? You can get many Middle Eastern staples at Fairway. They have fair prices on lentils, chickpeas, bulgur, rose water, pomegranate molasses and herbs. You can get spices there (Aleppo pepper, za'atar, I think baharat, too), but I think the quality is better at Penzey's. For olives, I prefer the variety at Zabar's.

          If you want good fresh items like khubz, molokhia, cheese, etc. you may need to go to the Outer Boroughs.

      2. not on the UWS, but you get most of what you might want at kalutstyan's on lex and 28th

        1. Thanks for the feedback, I'm particularly looking for Turkish coffee. I'll check the that place on lex and 28th

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          1. re: alfredo_garcia

            Turkish coffee is just a dark roast ground finely. You can get that at pretty much any store with a good grinder. The long-handled pot is the only specialty item you'd really need.

            1. re: alfredo_garcia

              Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi Turkish coffee in the can at Garden of Eden at Broadway/108. Owners are Turkish, so some other good Turkish food like soujook and recipes in salad bar....

              Garden of Eden
              2780 Broadway, New York, NY 10025