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Jun 2, 2011 05:54 PM

Food Shops to visit

Spending weekend in NYC eating, would like to find some fun products to bring back to michigan
yuzu kosho
tuna botarrga
good amaro
fennel pollen
Staying in SOHO

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  1. For yuzu kosho, the closest place to you would be Sunrise Mart. 494 Broome Street at West Broadway. Most of the Japanese groceries in town will carry it as well.

    For bottarga, visit Despana, 408 Broome Street, at Lafayette, or try Di Palo, on Grand St and Mott, isn't far either.

    Both shops are worth a visit. Despana specializes in Spanish foods, and Di Palo in Italian.

    For a big selection of amaro, Astor Wines is a short walk from Soho. Warehouse is also very close and has a smaller selection but lower prices. They're only a few minutes away from each other. Astor is bigger, nicer, and less dusty/cramped, and I'd head there if I only had time to make one stop.

    i Palo, mentioned above, will probably have the fennel pollen as well. If you can't find it, try Kalustyan's. The fennel pollen is probably the hardest item to find; call ahead to ask if they are in stock before you go.

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    235 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105

    123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

    Di Palo's Fine Foods
    200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    Sunrise Mart
    494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

    Astor Wines & Spirits
    399 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

    Warehouse Wines & Spirits
    735 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: kathryn

      Kathryn, as always great help. I'll neesd a big box to bring back all the stuff from astor wines. Definatly want to stop at kalustyans, and Despana sounds fun, we always stop by Di Palo.
      BTW ended up with reservations to EMP lunch, then Rockmeisha for dinner, then Joes Shanghai and Peasant for dinner, then Russ and Daughters and Katz before we leave.

      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: toro

        I recommend a "granny cart" or maybe an empty rolling suitcase? :)

    2. What kathryn said. You can also find bottarga at Buon Italia in Chelsea Market if they don't have it at Di Palo or Despana (some places only carry the mullet variety, can't remember which have both mullet and tuna)

      Fennel pollen is also at Dean & Deluca, but you should go to Kaustyan's for it - even if it's out of the way, it's worth the trip. Incredible selection. If you're a creative cook who likes playing with new ingredients, you'll walk out with 20 more things than you intended to get. Also they're cheaper than D&D, but that goes without saying I suppose.

      Sunrise Mart is great, too. And will be right in your neighborhood. The selection of oddities is a little better at the East Village location, I've found, but they both definately have yuzu koshu - both red and green.

      For amaros, also check Warehouse Wines & Spirits on Broadway. Not as good a selection as Astor, nor as informative a staff, but if you know what you're looking for and they happen to have it, it'll be consistently a couple to a few dollars less than you'll find the same bottles anywhere else in Manhattan.

      408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Buon Italia
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Sunrise Mart
      494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      Sunrise Mart
      4 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

      Warehouse Wines & Spirits
      735 Broadway, New York, NY 10003