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Lentils du Puy (aka French green lentils)

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uwsgrazer Sep 17, 2011 08:10 PM

I have a lentil soup recipe that calls for the above. Now that the weather has cooled off I'm looking forward to making some lentil soup one day. I used to be French lentils at Fairway but they weren't in stock the last couple of times I checked. Who else stocks them?

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    Riverman500 Sep 18, 2011 04:03 AM

    Try Citarella.

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    Citarella
    2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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      uwsgrazer Sep 19, 2011 02:31 PM

      I happened to be at Zabar's today and picked up a container of French green lentils. I did stop by Citarella and saw that they also sell the lentils. Thanks for the suggestion. I actually live closer to Citarella so this is good to know, although, perhaps not surprisingly, they charge $1 more per pound.

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      Zabar's
      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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        Riverman500 Sep 19, 2011 02:39 PM

        Thanks for letting me know about the price difference at Zabar. I never go there for some reason. I shall check out their lentils de puy!

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          uwsgrazer Sep 19, 2011 05:39 PM

          I'll be curious to hear your assessment. I just noticed that the Zabar's label says "French lentil". I thought the Citarella ones looked pretty nice, but I figured it was maybe just packaging. Besides, after paying $2.99 / lb at Fairway for a while ($3.99 on other occasions) $4.99 just seemed too steep for soup I make on a regular basis. That said, if the Citarella lentils are that much better, it's not a big money difference, in the big scheme of things.

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            uwsgrazer Oct 10, 2011 08:20 PM

            I used some of the Zabar's lentils for a batch of lentil soup last week. I thought the bean quality was inferior to what I used to get at Fairway. There seemed to be more broken pieces and just generally more "scraps". The soup also didn't taste as good, but that may be due to other reasons. I'm going to try making it again with the remaining beans and will have another comparison

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        City Kid Sep 18, 2011 05:27 AM

        Kalustyan's - just saw them there yesterday!

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        Kalustyan's
        123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          uwsgrazer Sep 18, 2011 11:21 AM

          Ay, I was just there a few days ago. I should have thought to look!

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          Ann900 Sep 22, 2011 03:19 PM

          I just returned from the upper West side Fairway, where I bought 3 lbs of French (green) puy lentils. $2.99 lb upstairs in the bulk section. So if they had been out of them last week, they have them now.

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          Fairway Market
          2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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            uwsgrazer Sep 26, 2011 05:59 PM

            Great! Thanks for posting. Actually, they used to keep the French lentils downstairs, along with the other beans, nuts, etc. I hadn't thought to look upstairs, but now I will the next time I visit.

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              uwsgrazer Sep 27, 2011 10:01 PM

              Wow. That bulk section upstairs is amazing.

              How long has it been around?

              I never really ventured over to that section of the store in the past but I sure will now, though you can do some real damage to your food budget, if you're not careful. I tried the dark chocolate covered blueberries. Delicious, but at $14.99 / lb (I think; it certainly cost at least this much) I will be sure to bag small portions.

              My only complaint is that the variety of offerings is so great and with no clear listing of everything it makes it kind of tricky to shop. Maybe that's deliberate, because I probably ended up buying more stuff as a result.

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                Ann900 Oct 10, 2011 09:32 PM

                I've been shopping there regularly for 6 years and it's been up there all that time. If you're looking for something specific and you're not sure if they have it, ask the guys who work up there- they really know what and where everything is.

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