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Apr 27, 2011 09:14 AM

Gourmet in Queens?

I live in Queen and don't want to go to Manhattan every time I need an item. Is there a good gourmet supermarket in Queen or Nassau. For items like figs, red currant jelly, duck fat, hungarian paprika, serano ham etc.....???

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  1. Where in Queens do you live? There are plenty of ethnic places, you'd just have to hit a couple areas for what you need. I'm sure the board could recommend neighborhoods: Astoria (Steinway) for Arabic, Jackson Heights for indian, Kew Gardens for russian or bukharan, Flushing for chinese, etc.....

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    1. re: Paulomet

      I live in Queen close to Elmont on the Queens/Nassau border. Thanks for the help.

    2. Echoing Paulomet, it depends on where in Queens. Based on the "or Nassau" addition, I'm guessing you're somewhere out east. Food Cellar is a gourmet market a la Whole Foods, with prices to match, but its LIC location might not be much of an improvement over Manhattan.

      Food Cellar & Co.
      4-85 47th Rd, Queens, NY 11101

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      1. re: jaingmaster

        Thanks for the help. I'm in Queens close to LI. I will check out Food Cellar.

      2. You can probably find some of the things you're looking for at Cheese of the World on Austin Street in Forest Hills.

        Cheese of the World
        71-48 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

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          1. re: daconstantchef

            theres also a 'gourmet' grocer on the corner of the same street ( I dont know the name), that has D'Artagnan products.

            1. re: ConOrama

              Natural Market, Austin St corner Ascan. It s pretty good, and has much of the stuff metioned, but nothing to compare to the fancy Manhattan places.

        1. Hi daconstantchef.

          I don't know about duck fat but all of the other items you mentioned can be found in many groceries in Ridgewood and nearby Lower Glendale.

          I would recommend you check out:

          Parrot Coffee
          58-22 Myrtle Avenue

          Muncan Meat (closed Sunday)
          60-86 Myrtle Ave

          Morscher's Pork Store (closed Sunday)
          58-44 Catalpa Avenue

          Greenline Market
          59-29 Myrtle Avenue

          Zum Stammtisch Pork Store (atttached to the restaurant—both closed MONDAY)
          69-46 Myrtle Avenue

          66-64 Fresh Pond Rd

          The first four are all within easy walking distance of each other.

          I've been to Cheese of the World and it's fine for cheese but it's a major hassle to park around there and a lot of the other items you mentioned are readily available in Ridgewood/Glendale (and they're cheaper than in Cheese of the World).

          Parking in Ridgewood/Glendale is not that bad if you go in the morning on the week-end though Saturday is the better day since both Muncan abd Morscher's will be open.

          Getting to this part of Queens from Nassau County is fairly simple thanks to the Jackie Robinson Pkwy (lots of people around here reverse commute to work out on the Island because of the easy access).

          Good luck wherever you go!


          Glendale is hungry...

          Zum Stammtisch
          69-46 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

          Muncan Food Corp.
          60-86 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

          Cheese of the World
          71-48 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

          Parrot Coffee
          58-22 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

          Morscher's Pork Store
          58-44 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385

          66-64 Fresh Pond Rd, Queens, NY 11385

          Green Line
          59-29 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385

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          1. There's a Fairway in Plainview that could prove helpful to you.

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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              I will give it a shot currant jelly is proving impossible to find. Black current yes but no red.

              1. re: daconstantchef

                Red currant jelly can be found in decent supermarkets. I'm pretty sure Key Food here in Astoria had it (Hero brand). If not, Berry Fresh Farm, a supermarket past Steinway on Ditmars definitely has it. I don't know much about the area you live in though.

                Berry Fresh Farm
                4326 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                Key Food
                32-15 Newtown Ave, Queens, NY 11102

                Key Food
                22-15 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

                1. re: saria

                  Thanks found it at Fairway in Plainview it was awesome in there. Duck legs and duck fat and I am set.