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OMG!!! H Mart is opening in Hartsdale, NY!

applesauce23 May 3, 2011 05:29 PM

I don't think I've ever used triple exclamation points in a post, ever...but I was so excited when I heard the news.

You can click this link to see the announcement:
http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Acc...

H Mart will be on Central Avenue next to The Christmas Tree Shop and TJ Maxx. It will replace Pathmark.

H Mart is a great Asian (but mostly Korean) supermarket with locations in Manhattan, Queens, and NJ.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a food court like the H Mart on Broad Avenue in Ridgefield.

  1. iluvcookies May 3, 2011 05:35 PM

    Ooohhh... this is SWEET sweet music to my ears! Thank you applesauce for some good news.

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      mrsdebdav May 3, 2011 07:06 PM

      Gotta say that is about the best food-related news I've heard in a very long while.
      Thanks, apple, for sharing, and for your fabulous food sleuthing!

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        wincountrygirl May 4, 2011 03:50 AM

        Good news. As for Ridgefield getting one................ it's Ridgefield.

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          applesauce23 May 4, 2011 05:08 AM

          Sorry, I meant Ridgefield, NJ. IMHO, they have the best H Mart in the area.

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            wincountrygirl May 4, 2011 09:07 AM

            LOL!!

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              applesauce23 May 7, 2011 09:04 AM

              It would be amazing if Ridgefield, CT (I would prefer one opening in Poughkeepsie...lol), but I'd have to see a whole flock of pigs fly before that happens. LOL.

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          AdamD May 4, 2011 09:12 AM

          Hopefully they will cause daido and nijiya to lower their prices without running them out of business!

          1. Marge May 4, 2011 03:26 PM

            That is indeed news worthy of three exclamation points (4 if you count the one after NY)...Thanks for posting!

            1. Nancy C May 4, 2011 03:47 PM

              Hooray indeed! Please let them have prepped up bulgogi, ready for the grill!!! Thanks for the news!

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                liza219 May 4, 2011 09:53 PM

                Omg! Just got back from Atlanta, and loved the place! I was saying to myself why don't we have one. I hope they will have the same selection of fish as they do at others!

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                  Reposado May 5, 2011 11:43 AM

                  Does anyone know the estimated opening date?

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                    cubanat May 5, 2011 12:16 PM

                    is this place sort of like kam sen?

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                      iluvcookies May 5, 2011 12:35 PM

                      Yes, a lot like Kam Sen but larger with an excellent selection. A plus will be that in this location there will be better parking.

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                        cubanat May 5, 2011 02:45 PM

                        sounds wonderful! like heaven...I can smell the char sui now!!!

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                          pabboy May 6, 2011 07:51 AM

                          H Mart is Korean. Char siu is Chinese. I've never seen char siu at any of the H Marts I've been to.

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                            cubanat May 7, 2011 07:26 AM

                            so then it's not like kam sen pabboy?

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                              applesauce23 May 7, 2011 07:59 AM

                              I know that this question is for pabboy, but I'm just going to jump in and say that H Mart is similar to Kam Sen in layout. There's sometimes a food court in the supermarket as well as a bakery section; however, H Mart caters to a mostly Korean clientele. The food court serves Korean dishes like jjajangmyun (noodles with black bean sauce), dduk bok kee (rice cakes in a spicy sauce), and kimchi jigae (spicy cabbage stew). I'm hoping it opens by the end of the year. I'll post any news I hear.

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                                pabboy May 7, 2011 08:39 AM

                                Applesauce is 100% correct. H Mart is a national chain that takes over existing supermarket and convert it to a Korean grocery. Usually the previous market's lease is up or the business isn't doing well. They are located in areas with large Korean population (Cali, Georgia, DC Metro, Jersey, Queens). Unlike smaller Korean markets, they also do a good job of attracting non-Koreans, mostly Chinese and Latinos with low price and quality produce. The fruits at H Mart are great! You will find typical American products as well like Doritos, Heinz & Coke.

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                                  bearmi May 12, 2011 02:19 AM

                                  Pabboy is right. I am Chinese and I shop at H Mart! I am so excited! H Mart advertises in a lot of local Chinese paper so a lot of Chinese Americans shop there too! They have a small section selling Chinese sauces and condiments but I would say their stores carry mostly Korean items. In addition to their vegetable selections.. I think their meats and seafood are pretty good too. I usually drive to the H Marts in NJ to buy frozen abalones and now I can save time and gas $. This is great news!

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                                    DGresh Mar 28, 2012 10:44 AM

                                    They had live abalone in a tank. Now that's something I've never seen before!

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                      Barrels41 May 9, 2011 01:05 PM

                      3 - 4 months.

                    3. applesauce23 Jul 20, 2011 01:50 PM

                      I read an article in June indicating that H Mart was opening at the end of the summer, but lohud.com states that it'll open in November or December.

                      http://www.lohud.com/article/20110707...

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                        silverstarfish Jul 21, 2011 01:47 PM

                        I spoke to one of the managers at the store and he said they were shooting for a September opening.

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                        Reposado Sep 13, 2011 02:52 PM

                        Does anyone have an update on when this place is expected to open? Really looking forward to it.

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                          JMF Sep 14, 2011 12:25 PM

                          I have driven past and tried looking in the windows a few days ago. It doesn't look like they are doing anything inside.

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                            Reposado Sep 15, 2011 02:18 PM

                            Thanks for the report JMF, but sad to hear its content! Hope the plan is still in place, even if delayed.

                        2. applesauce23 Dec 31, 2011 06:58 PM

                          I was looking around for some more information about H Mart and saw this little blurb. It is now scheduled to open in February 2012. I hope there aren't any more delays.

                          http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Acc...

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                            liza219 Jan 1, 2012 02:14 AM

                            Me too, I've been waiting.....

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                            dys Feb 15, 2012 08:24 PM

                            Heard from my friend today that it will open end of Feb. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

                            1. applesauce23 Mar 6, 2012 03:40 PM

                              According to Small Bites in Lohud.com, H Mart should be opening at the end of this month.

                              http://food.lohudblogs.com/2012/03/05...

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                                queenregina Mar 19, 2012 06:31 PM

                                When I drove by, the sign said the Grand Opening is March 23rd.

                              2. JMF Mar 7, 2012 07:36 AM

                                I swung by on Monday and they had the doors open so I could see in. The place is crazy crowded with shelves, but nothing on them. It looked very cluttered, but they may have still been arranging everything.

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                                  silverstarfish Mar 7, 2012 07:52 AM

                                  I looked in yesterday and they are loading in the canned and dry foods. It won't be long now!

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                                  DGresh Mar 15, 2012 06:16 AM

                                  Can anyone say how this compares to New Golden Village in Scarsdale (which is my go-to place for asian ingredients)? Is this going to be difficult competition for NGV? I'm certainly always happy to have a place for hard-to-find ingredients with easy parking!

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                                    JMF Mar 15, 2012 06:57 AM

                                    From other H Marts I have seen, there is no comparison. H Mart is excellent.

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                                      gurud Mar 16, 2012 07:12 AM

                                      it is opening on March 23rd...

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                                        roxlet Mar 23, 2012 04:37 PM

                                        Does anyone know if this opened today?

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                                          silverstarfish Mar 23, 2012 05:52 PM

                                          HMart opened today!! I went about noon and it was a zoo. DJ blasting music, clowns and free giveaways and that was just in the parking lot. It was hard to shop because of the crowds but the store is very nice. I would stay away for the weekend if you can, it will be crazy. They have nice produce, great prepared Korean foods, good meat section including marinated bulgogi (sorry, I don't know how to spell that). The most impressive part of the entire store is the seafood department- I'd say it's the best in Westchester that I have ever seen. All the seafood looked great on day one, hopefully it will stay that way. I can't wait to go back and have lunch.

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                                            roxlet Mar 24, 2012 05:37 AM

                                            I will definitely go there next week. My son's off school -- maybe we'll go for lunch!

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                                              scarsdalesurprise Mar 24, 2012 06:55 AM

                                              I was there around 5:30 and it was crazy! I thought the seafood section was impressive too. I bought my daughter a maki roll in the food court area (they have Korean, Chinese, and Japanese stalls), and it was very good. Much less expensive than other places, too. My guess is that prices will rise soon, though. I also saw a woman buying a HUGE bag of nice mixed salad greens for 4.99.

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                                          mrsdebdav Mar 16, 2012 05:22 PM

                                          H Mart is larger but, from my experience, much more Korean-centric than New Golden Village. Over time, NGV has evolved into a multi-Asian source, which is so cool.
                                          I also like to support the local, non-chain markets, but will def check out H.
                                          If H stocks veg crystal "shrimp" dumplings, I'll be a regular. I'm sick of going to Chinatown to get over-steamed, mushy har gow.

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                                        BGMCHOWMAN Mar 24, 2012 01:19 PM

                                        Went yesterday. Great produce, prices good, extensive meat, fresh fish. Say good night to the shop in the white plains mall (you have to pay for parking) and funny part was Morton's parking lot was full ... of people going to H mart. Food counters looked great.

                                        1. JMF Mar 25, 2012 01:58 PM

                                          I tried to stop by today but it was a madhouse. Police directing traffic. All spaces in huge lot filled. Even disabled spaces were all filled, by people who didn't have disabled permits or plates. Always a major pet peeve of mine. Disabled people need those spots. It was like Times Square during the holidays. People walking in the parking lot, right in front of cars, and stopping traffic, all because they were two lazy to walk on the sidewalk.

                                          I'll go check out the place during the week, at mid-morning when it should be quieter.

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                                            DGresh Mar 25, 2012 03:57 PM

                                            I was coming back to Northern Westchester from White Plains today, and was thinking about stopping by, but decided not to (since I didn't really *need* anything ha). Glad that was my decision! I'll try to stop in during the week sometime to check it out.

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                                            jwg Mar 26, 2012 07:15 AM

                                            I had this dream that H Mart as an "Asian" supermarket would feature Bahn Mi sandwiches. Wouldn't that be nice ... Then I woke up. wonder if I should drive over there today to see if they were in on my dream ....

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                                              pabboy Mar 26, 2012 07:23 AM

                                              Bahn Mi or not, H Mart is a dream!!!

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                                                silverstarfish Mar 26, 2012 07:34 AM

                                                I didn't see any Bahn Mi but, I ate there yesterday and most of the food was good (not great). I will have to try some more of the menu. The bibimbap was good, also tried the udon and liked it. The pork stew with kimchi had almost no pork but the broth was good and very spicy.

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                                                  gurud Mar 26, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                  i went on friday and saturday....friday was a zoo...understandable given it was opening day

                                                  saturday morning was very calm....whew....

                                                  i love the produce section, amazing prices and excellent quality

                                                  havent had a chance to explore the rest

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                                              Reposado Mar 26, 2012 11:57 AM

                                              There yesterday around noon. Huge crowds, but I was very impressed with the quality and prices of the produce, meat and fish. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great Korean, Chinese and Japanese selection, but unfortunately not much SE Asian. This market will definitely go into the regular rotation.

                                              1. iluvcookies Mar 26, 2012 12:07 PM

                                                I was glad to see that HMart offers "American" groceries as well as all the Asian choices, truly making this a 1 stop kind of place.

                                                Had a little of the fried rice from the prepared foods area, quite good! And the little bakery in the front (Tous le Jours?) has very good apple pie and cheese bread, but no char siu bao. Food court was PACKED!

                                                I'll stop by later in the week at an off-hour, but I'm excited about it and think this will be a great addition to the area.

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                                                  pabboy Mar 26, 2012 02:30 PM

                                                  So happy I can cry!!! Food court, bakery, skin care, fresh prep food, kimchi, banchan galore...etc. There's finally some culture in Westchester!!! They brought Flushing/Ft Lee to Hartsdale!

                                                  1. roxlet Mar 27, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                    I did a quick stop into the store today, and I am looking forward to exploring in depth -- particularly with a shopping list to make some Asian food. There were lots of specials -- I bought a very nice looking pineapple for $.99. The produce section had an excellent selection of Asian ingredients, naturally, and the fish section is extremely large and seems to be very fresh. There was also a very wide selection of various dried fish. We wound up buying some very fresh (they had just brought the tray out) boneless chicken thighs in a spicy marinade. I'll use that tonight with the Asian eggplant and mushrooms to make a stir fry for dinner. We decided to have lunch in the food court. Essentially, you examine the various offerings, decide what you want, pay for your meal, and then wait for your number to flash announcing that your meal is ready. Since I ordered spicy pork from the Korean kitchen, and my son ordered pork cutlet from the Japanese kitchen, we had two tickets and two numbers to watch for. It surprised us that we were served an entire meal, and not just the main dish we had ordered. There was soup, rice, and a little salad on the tray. It was $20 for both meals, so it seemed like a very good price. One thing that was curious -- my son was after some "authentic" green tea, and he found what he thought was a Korean brand. However, there appeared to be no one who could tell him if it was, in fact, green tea. It seemed that most of the Korean staff spoke no English!

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                                                      mbisignani Mar 27, 2012 03:03 PM

                                                      Folks, definitely worth a trip to this new market. Beware , you will have to spend more than 1 hour there to get a good sense of what they carry so don't bring non Foodies as company Check out my posts at http://www.lovearoundtheisland.com/20....

                                                      If like are looking for fresh seafood, then run , don't walk to H Mart. Their seafood collection is super fresh and may displace your current fish monger.

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                                                        pabboy Mar 27, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                        Seems like no one has mentioned how cheap and fresh regular vegetables and fruits are. Blows away any A&P, Stop & Shop and even Whole Foods. They stock pretty much the same items you'll find at any of those other markets.

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                                                          laylag Mar 28, 2012 06:01 AM

                                                          Are there organic options pabboy?

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                                                            roxlet Mar 28, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                            Truthfully, I didn't notice any, and I think it's unlikely. Maybe someone else took note, but the vegetables and fruits seem extraordinarily reasonable. As I mentioned, I bought a fresh pineapple for $.99, and a package of enoki mushrooms for $.35! They were 3 for a dollar!

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                                                              rolise Mar 29, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                              $.69 for a head of Romaine lettuce which was $2.99 in Stop and Shop yesterday. It was too crowded to browse further last weekend but i go through a lot of Romaine for our GP (pet) so was very happy. Also they had green tea ice cream in the freezer which thrilled my 10 yo.

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                                                              pabboy Mar 28, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                              I didn't see any but I'll look again next time. Being Asian based, H Mart doesn't cater to the organic crowd so I doubt it.

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                                                                chowdom Mar 28, 2012 06:24 PM

                                                                I spotted organic bananas right across the isle from the regular bananas. I also spotted a nougat ice cream.

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                                                                  pabboy Mar 29, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                  OK I found the same organic items as what my local A&P carries. Packaged salad mix, some fruits and veggies, milk. Exact same brands.

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                                                                  DGresh Mar 28, 2012 10:09 AM

                                                                  I've now been there, and I have to say, Golden Village is probably in big trouble. They have everything that GV has in the way of Asian specialties (dried mushrooms, rice, sauces, frozen dumplings, etc.) PLUS an absolutely beautiful veggie section that is worth going out of your way for (not to mention the huge fish dept). I bought enoki mushrooms, royal trumpet mushrooms, lemon grass, beautiful asian eggplant, HUGE artichokes that were very fresh, rhubarb (*that* was pricy, but DH loves rhubarb pie), and they had a special on kiwis-- two of those "baskets" (of a dozen or so each) for $3! The place was very busy, but they had plenty of checkouts, though the very nice checkout lady was still "learning the ropes". They had things like galangal which I have NEVER seen anywhere else. It's great to know that a place like this is available.

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                                                                    cubanat Mar 28, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                    no char sui bao?? how about roasted meats a la kam sen? chicken, duck pork? galangal can be found at apple farm btw

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                                                                      DGresh Mar 28, 2012 02:55 PM

                                                                      Hey, I'm from the Croton area, so this is not really my neck of the woods! And we're mostly veggie so I wasn't really looking at meats.

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                                                                        pabboy Mar 28, 2012 03:55 PM

                                                                        I didn't see any of those. H Mart is Korean market that happens to cater to a board audience. Charsiu & roast duck are too Chinese specific for H Mart.

                                                                  2. JMF Mar 30, 2012 01:17 PM

                                                                    Just adding to the list of folks who love this place. Great prices, quality, etc. Does anyone know how to prepare live sea slugs and sea squirts?

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                                                                      Elisa515 Mar 30, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                                      How about trying the Home Cooking board?

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                                                                        foodiemom10583 Mar 30, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                        A few years ago, I saw a TV chef (maybe Zimmern) grilling the sea squirts. He demonstrated how they got their name.

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                                                                          EIF1lady Mar 31, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                          I purchased a package of Yakisoba noodles the other day. Does anyone have any good recipes? My family does not eat anything spicy.

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                                                                            foodiemom10583 Mar 31, 2012 07:48 AM

                                                                            You could add them to any stir-fry your family likes. Dry (as opposed to fresh) yakisoba need to be boiled for 2-3 minutes, drained well, and then added to the rest of your nearly-finished stir-fry ingredients. Cook everything together for another minute. Make sure you have made a tasty sauce in the bottom of your pan in which to toss them. Have fun!

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                                                                              roxlet Mar 31, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                              Post your query on Home Cooking. There are many very expert Asian cooks on that board who can help you.

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                                                                                cubanat Mar 31, 2012 11:17 AM

                                                                                So we went the other day. thursday at 2pm. place was packed. parking lot was a mess. we walked around for a quick second and then tried to have lunch in the eat-in section. no seats. some empty tables but no seats. got food to go from chinese and japanase windows as korean was to busy. very nice cashier informed us that they were out of all of the chinese dumplings (fried, water & king were the offerings). so I ordered the first noodle dish on the menu instead. OVERALL: food was just ok for a takeout place bordering on not so great. pickeled radish garnich from both stalls were not crisp & refreshing but tepid and limp. pork cutlet was just a panko and egg mess. chicken & broccoli was ok. THEN tried the Tous-les Jours bakery where alas there was no char siu bao. BUT there was the savory versions of the old hot dog in the bun (sadly not the chinese sausage variety) and the corn niblet & mayo. $3.50 for a twisted crueller anyone? alli in all the bakery blows. nice staff but poorfried/baked offerings. Upon furrther research the cream puffs (called mini pate choux) were nice but again $3.50 for 4 or 5 bights not so worth it. It's (the bakery only) a chain company sort of like a starbucks franchise. lots of parbaked/par-fried not-so-goodies. RE: The actual supermarket: looked awesome but have to go back without the non-foodie peeps to fully grasp as it is huge!

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                                                                          silverstarfish Apr 1, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                          I stopped in for lunch on Friday and there were half as many tables as there had been over the weekend. Seemed strange to me- there was a lot of open space between the tables and no place to sit. Then a neighbor of mine that is on some town board told me they had only been approved for a certain amount of tables and they made them take the rest out. I guess seating is going to be hard to find from now on unless they can get the town to change the limit.

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                                                                            DGresh Apr 2, 2012 03:29 AM

                                                                            When I was there mid-week I didn't even *notice* any tables; I imagine they were there but I didn't see them so was kind of confused when people were talking about not finding a place to sit. Where were they located? In the corner? The take out food just didn't grab me; I loved the store itself.

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                                                                              silverstarfish Apr 2, 2012 05:30 AM

                                                                              In the front left corner of the store they have Chinese, Japanese, and Korean food with tables and a seperate register. I've been a few times now and I'm still looking for something that I would want to go back to order again. By the way, has anyone tried any of the banchan in the back of the store that they liked? I tried three things and it was hit and miss.

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                                                                                DGresh Apr 2, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                                                Ah, I thought they were talking about the places in the back right (sort of at the back of the produce section). That's something else entirely? I got some dumplings and wasn't much impressed.

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                                                                                  raider Apr 2, 2012 06:33 AM

                                                                                  too crowded, overwhelming, confusing and, if you are not familiar with asian (especially korean) foods, not worth it. will stick with fresh market.

                                                                          2. BAFU Apr 2, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                                            I went on Sunday around 1pm. A bit crowded but wow. The veg choices alone blew me away. Lots of yummy kimchee as well as all sorts of other Korean apps. The staff were v busy but all v helpful and offered free tastings and advice. Loved the selection of meats and all sorts of amazing Asian goodies. I'm going to have bring 1 of my Korean buddies with me to make sense of all the offerings.

                                                                            This will be a new and much closer market for me to go to and I will certainly be going there much more often. Thank goodness they opened!

                                                                            1. Marge Apr 4, 2012 07:01 AM

                                                                              Another happy customer! Finally got over yesterday, and spent so much time just looking around that I forgot where I parked my car...As others have pointed out, the fish department is fantastic, I was thrilled to see monkfish liver. The frozen dumpling section was overwhelming, in a good way. I bought some assorted store-made Korean pancakes, one of which is more delicious than the other. Friendly staff were handing out wonderful samples throughout the market. I did not partake of the food court, but the line was very long. Looking forward to my next visit!

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                                                                                christinepierce Apr 11, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                hey Marge! Which brand of Korean pancakes did you like? we bought some last week and they were o.k. other frozen stuff purchased were good, especially the chive dumplings...talk about sensory overload!

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                                                                                  Marge Apr 12, 2012 05:51 AM

                                                                                  I got the store-made fresh (not frozen, although I froze them when I got home) pancakes--they were cooking them up and giving samples when I was there (twice now). They have mung bean, seafood, vegetable, and scallion which can be be purchased separately or in a variety package. I just love them! Also tried the marinated meats--bulgogi, pork belly and chicken thighs, all of which were excellent and very low priced---especially loved the pork. Had a feast with assorted banchan at home--so grateful this wonderful market has come to Westchester!

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                                                                                silverstarfish Apr 4, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                                                H mart is slipping already! I was in love with this store. Now I see the prices going up everyday and I bought some cod filets on Monday that we're slimy, smelly and water logged. Very sad. I guess I should know better than to buy fish on Monday.

                                                                                1. Jim Leff Apr 16, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                  A nice addition to the H Mart empire. I got a little package of Uni for like $6, and it was real good. As was a generous $16 package of mixed sashimi (I'm usually loathe to get supermarket sushi/sashimi, but this place seems almost fanatically fresh re: seafood, and I'm figuring the same diligence carries into this stuff, as well... at least for the moment).

                                                                                  One thing I saw here that I haven't seen at other area HMarts: pumpkin pancakes. They're pretty luscious, and reheat very well in a hot un-oiled nonstick skillet.

                                                                                  I'd like to hear more specific reports about the little food court concessions. The food court at Great Neck HMart is pretty much my main pick right now for non-exotic Korean "greatest hits", and, though that establishment and these are owned and run independently from HMart, I'm hoping lightning might strike twice....

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                                                                                    Marge Apr 16, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                    Jim, how was the sashimi? I saw that huge package for $16 but was reluctant to buy it because I noticed that a packaged slab of tuna for sashimi still had the bloodline on it, and that is a huge turn-off for me.

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                                                                                      Jim Leff Apr 16, 2012 06:44 PM

                                                                                      Sashimi is what I hoped for: competent, fresh, satisfying. Tuna was clean (again, this was the variety pack). I won't buy stuff like this after they've been open a while and standards may have relaxed. The uni was a lot more deeply satisfying, but, hey, that's uni for you. Try those pumpkin pancakes!

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                                                                                        Marge Apr 18, 2012 02:13 PM

                                                                                        Thanks for the tip about the pumpkin pancakes--just opened the package and snuck one to try, very delicious! We had lunch at the food court today--bibimbap and spicy Korean pork. Both were very good, and as others have said, huge portions served with rice, kimchee, and tasty spicy cabbage soup all for about $20. I also bought some fresh plump meat dumplings which looked wonderful--I put them in the freezer for now, because I've already "hit" the pumpkin pancakes, and don't want to eat any more Korean delicacies today. I do hope their lawyers can work some magic with the seating ordinance though, it is kind of unpleasant to hover (and be hovered on) to get a place to sit and eat!

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                                                                                          Jim Leff Apr 18, 2012 03:04 PM

                                                                                          You definitely want to heat those pancakes before eating. A few minutes in a medium hot nonstick pan, uncovered, works nicely.

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                                                                                            Marge Apr 18, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                            Yes, I did heat it--thanks again!

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                                                                                          Jim Leff Aug 16, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                          " I won't buy stuff like this after they've been open a while and standards may have relaxed"

                                                                                          And we're now there. I'm seeing some tough, stringy pieces, and a few that smell oh-so-slightly fishy. Not bad, but no longer reliably at the peak of freshness. And this latest was a package with the furthest possible freshness dating. So I'm off their sashimi.

                                                                                          However, their corn on the cob is dumbfoundingly good right now. As good as some small family farms in Connecticut I usually prefer for corn. Not to be missed.

                                                                                          I'd love to hear recent reports about the food court, which I've never really delved into. I'm up this way quite a bit for physical therapy (nothing serious!).

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                                                                                            JMF Aug 16, 2012 11:53 AM

                                                                                            They have lobsters on sale this week for $4.49 lb.

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                                                                                              roxlet Aug 16, 2012 04:42 PM

                                                                                              They were $3.99 a pound at Stew Leonards a couple of weeks ago...

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                                                                                                JMF Aug 17, 2012 01:31 AM

                                                                                                Of course I found out about the lobster gut after it hit its low price. Lobsters ran very early this year.

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                                                                                                  roxlet Aug 17, 2012 12:00 PM

                                                                                                  Well, $4.49 isn't expensive. My friend just returned from northern Maine. The lobstermen are only getting $1.50 a pound this year.

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                                                                                              Sra. Swanky Aug 17, 2012 05:51 PM

                                                                                              Jim - while I've tried the Japanese and Chinese sections of the food court, I really have been enjoying the Korean section especially. My absolute favorite Korean dish they offer- one that I keep ordering almost every time, is the spicy beef soup. Absolutely delicious with some good heat. Comes with rice and kimchi. I'd eat it every week if I lived closer!

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                                                                                                Jim Leff Aug 17, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                                                                Gracias, señora. That means they probably also make good kimchi jaegae......

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                                                                                          Elisa515 Apr 16, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                          Jim, were you there today? I was there at midday. My friend and I had lunch at the food court and were really pleased. I had the soft tofu and seafood soup from the Korean stand. It was freshly made, delicious, and served in the pot that the soup was cooked in. Came with a side of kim chi, white rice, and a scoop of room temperature mashed potato with vegetables (is this typical Korean? was new to me). All for $7.95. My friend had hand-pulled noodles, the first thing on the Chinese menu, which came with a side of pickles. She really liked it, but it didn't look like the photo next to the dish on the menu.

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                                                                                            MisterBill2 Jun 9, 2012 08:39 PM

                                                                                            Where were the pumpkin pancakes? Fresh prepared food section or frozen?

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                                                                                              Elisa515 Jun 9, 2012 11:21 PM

                                                                                              Fresh, in front of the refrigerated kimchi section.

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                                                                                                MisterBill2 Jun 10, 2012 05:00 PM

                                                                                                Thanks, we found them and purchased a package. Not cheap at $4.99 for 6 ounces. Have not tried them yet.

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                                                                                                  Elisa515 Jun 10, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                                  The prepared food in general is not inexpensive. Personally, I prefer the green pancakes (can't remember what's in them, but I think squid and something else). My son is very fond of the sushi with kimchi and the with pickles.

                                                                                                  I liked the sweet and sour tofu I got a few weeks ago.

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                                                                                                    MisterBill2 Jun 10, 2012 08:01 PM

                                                                                                    My son got the spicy tofu when we were there a few weeks ago and really liked it. He got some more today.

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                                                                                                      Elisa515 Jun 10, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                                                                      If he likes the spice, suggest to him that he get some kimchi (doesn't really matter what kind) and warm it up slightly. Then put in cut up chunks of soft to medium tofu and a few drops of toasted sesame oil. Yum!!

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                                                                                                    rolise Jun 13, 2012 06:11 AM

                                                                                                    Regarding the pancake prices. I was there around 5 or 6 pm on a Saturday and they marked a lot of that stuff down to half price. A much better deal.

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                                                                                                      Jim Leff Jun 13, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                                                                      Lots of markdowns as the night goes on. It pays to check carefully. The sushi restaurant at the other end of the store also marks down prepared sushi boxes 50% after 8pm

                                                                                            2. Jim Leff Apr 20, 2012 06:44 PM

                                                                                              Couple update notes:

                                                                                              Sushi guy at the end of the food court is super friendly, speaks great english, makes very solid unambitious sushi a few notches better in quality than most local sushi restaurants, and sells premade stuff for half off near closing. Some of the premade food over by the produce section (e.g. the pancakes) is also half priced late in the day. And the store's pretty empty after 8:30. I know when I'll be shopping here!

                                                                                              Bakery claims to use fancy wheat strains. They're stuff doesn't look so great, but Korean baked goods can be deceiving - hard to eyeball.

                                                                                              Someone recommended frozen chive dumplings, but so far as I can tell, they're all made from big corps in places like California, and don't appear to be aimed at the discerning eater.

                                                                                              Like other HMarts, they carry Morinaga choco chips (way at the end of the store, near the food court), a hard to find Japanese brand of chocolate chips I love.

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                                                                                                AdamD Apr 21, 2012 11:49 AM

                                                                                                Well I have not been brave enough to face the crowds to check Hmart out, but my wife and family have been there and say the produce is nice and the prices are decent.

                                                                                                My kids go to Japanese school on Saturdays and get out around 12:45. Typically, Daido is packed in the hour or so after the kids get out. Today, my wife said it was a ghost town. Hopefully, they will lower their prices in response to Hmart opening up.

                                                                                                1. MisterBill2 May 30, 2012 09:35 PM

                                                                                                  I finally got there last Saturday. I was amazed at the selection and prices. Got a bunch of unusual mushrooms for ridiculous prices. I had gone to Apple Farm first and picked up some very reasonably priced produce (more reasonable than usual in a couple of cases) -- got to H-Mart and found mostly the same prices, so clearly Apple Farm is competing. They had samples all over the place. Easily could have had lunch with all of them. It was busy but there were no long lines at the register, and this was around 3pm on Saturday.

                                                                                                  1. MisterBill2 Jun 11, 2012 03:07 PM

                                                                                                    In case anyone was wondering what the H stood for, here is a reply from their Facebook page:

                                                                                                    "H" mart is actually coming from "Han Ah Reum"- One Arm Full of Groceries in Korean. However, it also stands for "happiness", "healthy", and "heartful".
                                                                                                    Hmart's commitment is to bring our customers happiness by offering healthy and fresh products with our heartful service :)

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                                                                                                      pabboy Jun 11, 2012 06:52 PM

                                                                                                      Actually they were called Han Ah Reum before changing to H Mart to cater to a more Western clientele. Many of my friends still call it Han Ah Reum.

                                                                                                    2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 25, 2012 07:27 PM

                                                                                                      Does h mart carry any Thai ingredients such as Thai chilis, lemongrass, or kaffir lime leaves?

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                                                                                                        queenregina Sep 25, 2012 07:51 PM

                                                                                                        I saw all different kinds of Chiles, I've bought lemongrass stalks there, and I asked for kaffir lime leaves but the two people who checked said they don't have them anymore (which i found surprising since they seem to have everything else! ) (They had galangal too)

                                                                                                        If anyone knows where to find them (lime leaves) please let me know!

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                                                                                                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 26, 2012 03:59 AM

                                                                                                          Thanks. I read on another thread that someone found the lime leaves at Golden Village in Scarsdale. I'll report back. Also, forgive my ignorance, but in what section could i find the galangal?

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                                                                                                            DGresh Sep 26, 2012 05:16 AM

                                                                                                            I saw galangal in HMart in the produce dept. I had no idea what it looked like before that; a big fat root. Not unlike ginger, but bigger.

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                                                                                                              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Sep 26, 2012 06:05 AM

                                                                                                              Thanks!!

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                                                                                                            pabboy Sep 26, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                                                            I've seen kaffir lime leaves at Kam Sam in White Plains.

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                                                                                                              queenregina Sep 26, 2012 06:15 PM

                                                                                                              Thanks! I'll have to check it out!

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