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Aug 21, 2011 09:07 PM

Where to Find Canned Duck Confit in NYC?

Bon Jour, Mon Chow Amis!

While on holiday in Paris this summer, it came to my attention that it's possible to buy excellent duck confit in a CAN! Mon Dieu!

Upon returning home to NYC, I began to seek out markets that might carry canned "confit de canard" (as the French call it), only to come up empty handed.

Amazon has it, but only in sizes fit to feed a small army -- and at a rather exorbitant cost. Surely there's a market or gourmet shop in NYC that has this exquisite little item sitting on a shelf somewhere.. right??

To those who might think to recommend Truffette (a.k.a. "SOS Chefs") on Avenue B, I regret to say it is closed.. shuttered.. kaput.

And to those who might recommend buying duck confit from Hudson Valley Duck Farm @ one of the local greenmarkets, I already do (on occasion). I'd like to add a can or two to my pantry for reasons of convenience (plus the excess duck fat the confit comes nestled it -- that's a nice bonus, ay?).

Any ideas? I'm open to traveling to one of the outer boroughs for this, too -- so speak up Brooklynites and Queens peeps!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. All the big markets have it - Dean & Deluca for certain, Zabar's more than likely, Citarella, etc. Probably even Whole Foods, though i've never looked for it there so I can't say for sure. Also a number of better butchers - check with Ottomanelli and Sons on Bleecker St.

    2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    Ottomanelli and Sons
    285 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: sgordon

      Does Ottomanelli have the canned stuff? I know they do carry non-canned duck confit legs for $6.99 / piece, but I've never seen canned confit, there.

      Sanangel, another place you could check is Trufette in the East Village. They have a lot of this type of item on the shelves.

      FWIW, Murray's Cheese and Epicerie Boulud, two other likely culprits, do NOT carry it.

      Murray's Cheese
      254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Epicerie Boulud
      1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      104 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

      1. re: michelleats

        Michelleats: Truffette did have it.. but they're out of business (as mentioned in my original post).

        Boo. =(

        Thanks for the reply, just the same!

        104 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: sanangel

          Oh no -- I'm so sorry! My eyes somehow skipped over that paragraph in your OP. One of the perils of reading posts on a tiny iPhone screen.

        2. re: michelleats

          Are you sure that Murray's doesn't? I feel like I've seen it tucked in the left-hand corner of their refrigerated case, right by the registers.

          1. re: loratliff

            I'm sure. Maybe they've had it in the past, but they don't right now (and haven't for a while).

        3. re: sgordon

          Dean & Deluca also has their own duck confit which they will sell you by the piece. Probably better value than the can.

          1. re: Wilfrid

            Better quality than the can, too. But they do have a canned / jarred brand as well.

            Might be mistaken about O&S. Could always call them to find out, though.

            1. re: Wilfrid

              Better value, perhaps.. but I'm really after the convenience of the canned variety. In the meantime, Fresh Direct offers Hudson Valley Duck Farm Moulard Duck Leg Confit (not in can, but rather the same as you'd find at the farmer's markets), and I've gone for that.

            2. re: sgordon

              Thanks for the reply, sgordon. I was at Dean & Deluca this past weekend, and searched high & low for the canned variety.. but to no avail. Likewise Whole Foods. Haven't tried Zabar's or Citarella, but they're good suggestions and I'll give 'em a go! I'll report back should these places bring success..

              1. re: sanangel

                They definitely have it at the D&D on Broadway & Prince. Back of the store, left hand side, same case as the foie gras, etc. it's not a soup-can style can, might have even ben a jar. Think there were goose rillettes as well.

            3. Not to place myself of a Chef of a certain age, but the place to go for this stuff pre-Hudson Valley/D'Artagnon was Maison Glass. Midtown Palace of tinned Foie Gras, Confit d'Oie and Canard. Better canned Escargot than anywhere else. The retail store is long gone, but there is a web presence at Seems as if the site is "under renovation" but there is a phone number. Before I moved to Manhattan 23 years ago I used to carry that stuff back to Austin by the suitcase load for restaurant use. Made me feel like I was in the "French Connection."