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Food Shopping Spree: Murray's, Katz's, Russ and Daughter's....where else?

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DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 04:50 AM

We're staying over in NY and we're bringing a cooler. Where else should we be shopping for "the best" of NY? We're staying in the theatre district, but if its a great place....we'll go. Thanks for any suggestions!

  1. ChiefHDB Oct 5, 2011 05:04 AM

    All good choices. You could add Eataly and Di Palo's too.

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

    Eataly
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      City Kid Oct 5, 2011 09:25 AM

      If you hit Di Palo's, don't miss the other attractions on that side of Grand Street: Piemonte for excellent homemade pasta and Alleva for the best homemade smoked mozzarella...and yes, you should go to Zabar's -- their mail-order is only a fraction of the great stuff they sell and it is a real NY experience!

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

      Zabar's
      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Alleva Dairy
      188 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

      Piemonte Ravioli
      190 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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      small h Oct 5, 2011 05:26 AM

      Union Square Greenmarket.

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      Union Square Greenmarket
      Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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        DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 05:55 AM

        I've always wanted to go to Union Square Greenmarket! I'm adding Eataly to the list, too. Thank you.

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          small h Oct 5, 2011 06:44 AM

          It's not as glorious in October as it is in July, but it's still pretty great. Here's some info so you can plan your visit:

          http://www.grownyc.org/unionsquaregre...

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        craigcep Oct 5, 2011 06:26 AM

        Zabars

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          DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 08:41 AM

          I have an order from Zabar's coming on Friday...but I've never actually been to the store!

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            MVNYC Oct 5, 2011 09:16 AM

            If you have never been to Zabars but order from there then you should definitely go. Their smoked and cured fish is just as good Russ and Daughters. Great olive selection, bread and coffee. They also sell S&S Cheesecake which is the best in NYC in my opinion. their cheese counter is not as extensive as Murray's but is still very good.

            Also their upstairs cook wear selection is very good and worth checking out.

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            Zabar's
            2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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              DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 09:26 AM

              We'll go to Zabar's! I order from Zabar's and Murray's and it is a real joy to get a delivery from them.

        2. iluvcookies Oct 5, 2011 06:55 AM

          Here are a few of the places I frequent:
          Kalustyan for spices
          Porto Rico for coffee beans
          Zabar's (as previously mentioned)
          Economy Candy for, well, candies
          Any of the Asian Markets in Chinatown, such as Kam Man
          Fairway... if you've never been it is quite an experience

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

          Fairway Market
          2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          Economy Candy
          108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Kam Man
          200 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

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            DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 08:42 AM

            I LOVE NY!

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              Quine Oct 5, 2011 08:45 AM

              I second the Chinatown (how can you miss that one and Fairways is awesome. Fact is I'd do Fairways first, probably get so much great stuff in one place that you'll have extra time.

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                DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 09:06 AM

                I've heard of Fairways, but have never been there. Is it on a different level then Whole Foods?

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                  Quine Oct 5, 2011 09:15 AM

                  Yes, If I had both in the area, I would chose Fairways over WF. And I really like WF.

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                  Fairway Market
                  2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  Whole Foods
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                    City Kid Oct 5, 2011 09:21 AM

                    Fairway (no "s") is an everyday shopping sort of place, tremendous variety and quite reasonable, which Whole Foods is not.

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                      JungMann Oct 5, 2011 09:24 AM

                      Fairway is pretty much a well-stocked supermarket. There is an above average selection of some items, but if you have a good supermarket in your hometown and already plan on going specialty shopping here while you're visiting, it is really not worth the "experience," which translates to crowds and hassle.

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                      Fairway Market
                      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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                        MVNYC Oct 5, 2011 10:19 AM

                        Agreed, not really worth a visit from someone from out of town. By the way Jungmann, saw you on NY1 yesterday

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                          JungMann Oct 5, 2011 01:06 PM

                          You should check them out. They are a great neighborhood spot with some very playful offerings on the regular menu.

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                          Earl's Beer & Cheese
                          1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

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                            MVNYC Oct 5, 2011 06:31 PM

                            You mean earl's? I have been there a couple of time and i really like it. Pretty good beer selection, especially for the area.

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                            orthorunner Oct 6, 2011 08:47 PM

                            If one does want to see Fairway, would recommend going to the Harlem location. It's less crowded and has a neat selection of European imports as well. However, would still put this lower on the list.
                            Also-obviously you are planning on going to Murray's; however, if you were in the mood to check out a small but well-kept cheese shop in the theater district, check out the beer & cheese shop at 9th and 46th. They have a good selection for a small shop, and also have a lot of microbrews and local beers that you can mix and match.

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                            Fairway Market
                            2350 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027

                            Vintner Wine Market
                            671 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                      DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 10:30 AM

                      I had forgotten Economy Candy! Such a great place. Reminds me of my childhood.

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                      Economy Candy
                      108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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                        kathryn Oct 5, 2011 05:54 PM

                        2nd Kalustyans.

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

                      2. JungMann Oct 5, 2011 08:37 AM

                        Despaña is indispensible for Spanish hams, chorizos and preserved vegetables, not to mention their addictive polvorones and turron
                        Ditto Myers of Keswick for bangers, back bacon, pies and pickles
                        If you're staying in the Theatre District, the spices at International Grocery might be worth the walk

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                        Despana
                        408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

                        Myers of Keswick
                        634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                        Ninth Avenue International Foods
                        543 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                          kathryn Oct 5, 2011 05:54 PM

                          2nd Despana!

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                          Despana
                          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

                        2. Motosport Oct 5, 2011 10:22 AM

                          Kossar's for bialys
                          Ess-A-Bagel for bagels
                          The bagels and bialys freeze well if you put them in zip lock bags. Just move them from the freezer to the fridge the night before and lightly toast before eating.
                          Donut Plant for donuts. They will be almst as good the day after but get stale quickly.

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                          Kossar's Bialys
                          367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                          Ess-a-Bagel
                          359 1st Ave, New York, NY 10010

                          Doughnut Plant
                          379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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                            boredough Nov 30, 2011 02:40 PM

                            It's too late for the OP (who may have discovered this fact anyway), but I thought I'd mention that Zabar's sells Donut Plant donuts. Have not tested them so have no idea how fresh (or not) they are.

                          2. Motosport Oct 5, 2011 10:50 AM

                            If you like pickles check out The Pickle Guys around the corner from Kossar's. They have 20-30 barrels of pickles to pick from.

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                            Pickle Guys
                            49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                            1. rose water Oct 5, 2011 11:09 AM

                              You've got an awesome list going, but if you want to go up to the Bronx (especially if you have a car), stop at Arthur Ave. Casa della Mozzerella, Borgatti's ravioli, Calabria Pork Store are all amazing. There are lots of threads on the Outer Boroughs board for more detailed recs.

                              The only other thoughts I have beyond what's here already are pizzas from Sullivan St Bakery (more like flatbreads than traditional pizza), Ronnybrook peach yogurt drinks (which you can get at Eataly, at the Greenmarket, or at Chelsea Market) and honey from Blue Ribbon.

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                              Union Square Greenmarket
                              Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                              Sullivan Street Bakery
                              533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                              Ronnybrook Milk Bar
                              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                              Eataly
                              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                              Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
                              14 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

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                                DaisyM Oct 5, 2011 11:45 AM

                                The pizza at Sullivan St Bakery looks amazing. I'm going to have to map all of this out. We won't be able to make it to the Bronx this time, but those look like amazing places. Thank you!

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                                kathryn Oct 5, 2011 05:47 PM

                                Best foodie shopping:
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585538
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697174
                                http://www.chow.com/lists/33
                                http://www.chow.com/lists/924

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                                  kathryn Oct 5, 2011 05:54 PM

                                  - Green's babka (sold at Zabar's and at Russ & Daughters)

                                  - Smoked salmon and fixings from Russ & Daughters

                                  - A jar of pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co., Rick's Picks, or McClure's Pickles - all available at Murray's Cheeses and other stores around town

                                  - A small box of filled chocolates from Kee's

                                  - Buttercrunch from Roni-Sue's

                                  - Salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company

                                  - A bar or two of chocolates from Mast Brothers - they have a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
                                  and are sold at Whole Foods as well as Murray's, I like the olive oil/sea salt ones

                                  - Handmade candy bars from Liddabit

                                  - NYC honey from Andrew's Local Honey, which is grown on various rooftop hives throughout the city - available at various Greenmarkets

                                  - Also at the Greenmarket:

                                  Oak Grove for grains (and I think they have some interesting flours and pancake mix, as well as corn for popping)

                                  Catskill Merino for hand-dyed yarn

                                  3 Corner Field for wool, milk soap, hats, sweaters, sheepskins, etc.

                                  Jams from Berkshire Berries (he has unusual ones like garlic jam and pepper jam) or Beth's

                                  Deep Mountain's maple syrups

                                  Wines from Anthony Road, Buzzard Crest

                                  Hawthorne Valley Farm for granola.

                                  Some farmers may still have apple butter, and/or kimchi. Check GrowNYC for who'll be at the Union Square Greenmarket on what days. I like Fridays.

                                  - Pastrami from Katz's with instructions on how to reheat (bring some plastic bags), perhaps a salami as well, and a loaf of rye from Moishe's

                                  - William J. Greenberg Black and White cookies

                                  - A bottle of Fox's U-Bet with instructions on how to make an egg cream

                                  - Junior's, Two Little Red Hens, or Eileen's cheesecake

                                  - Some jams from Sarabeth's bakery

                                  - Hot chocolate mix from Jacques Torres or MarieBelle

                                  - A pound of coffee beans from Gimme! Coffee, Ninth Street Espresso, Abraco, maybe
                                  Stumptown which didn't originate in NYC but is very popular in NYC now

                                  - Breuckelen Distilling Company's gin, Fire Island Beer Company or Brooklyn Brewery beer, or some local NY State or Long Island wines

                                  - Kings County Distillery bourbon

                                  - Cookies from Levain Bakery (chocolate chip) or Momofuku Milk Bar (chocolate, cornflake-marshmallow)

                                  - Pretzel croissants from City Bakery

                                  - Pretzels from Sigmund Pretzel Shop

                                  - I think some of the vendors at the Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg have items that are prepackaged

                                  - A copy of Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and/or Queens, too!

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                                  Russ & Daughters
                                  179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Jacques Torres
                                  350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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

                                  Kee's Chocolates
                                  80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                                  Union Square Greenmarket
                                  Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Two Little Red Hens
                                  1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                                  Zabar's
                                  2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                                  City Bakery
                                  3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                                  Roni-Sue's Chocolates
                                  120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Ninth Street Espresso
                                  700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

                                  Junior's
                                  1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

                                  Sarabeth's Bakery
                                  75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                                  Abraco
                                  86 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Levain Bakery
                                  167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

                                  MarieBelle
                                  484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

                                  Eileen's Special Cheesecake
                                  17 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012

                                  William Greenberg Jr. Desserts
                                  1100 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028

                                  Gimme! Coffee
                                  228 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

                                  Rick's Picks
                                  195 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

                                  Stumptown
                                  18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001

                                  Momofuku Milk Bar
                                  251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

                                  Sigmund Pretzel Shop
                                  29 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                                  Momofuku Milk Bar
                                  15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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                                    DaisyM Oct 6, 2011 04:29 AM

                                    Kathryn, you are THE BEST! Thanks for taking the time to make that list. So many great places....so little time.

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                                      uwsister Oct 6, 2011 04:07 PM

                                      Cookies from Levain Bakery, definitely!

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                                      Levain Bakery
                                      167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

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                                      UES Mayor Oct 6, 2011 04:26 AM

                                      Kan Man on Canal Street for your Asian fixins!

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                                        DaisyM Nov 30, 2011 01:46 PM

                                        Had a great time in NY as always. Have to mention that Murray's is just amazing and absolutely worth a stop. The cheese that we got were perfectly aged and the staff gave wonderful suggestions. As usual we stopped at Katz's for a pastrami sandwich. It was terrific, but I always wonder why they don't upgrade the rye bread. I almost feel like smuggling in my own bread. Loved Zabar's, too.

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                                        Katz's Delicatessen
                                        205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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

                                        Zabar's
                                        2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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