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MichelleKuo2012 Jan 9, 2012 04:36 AM

Hello,

We just moved to the Upper West Side, and are looking for some Chinese grocery store in the neighborhood. Chinatown has almost everything we need, but it would be nice to be able to pick up some of the items that I need somewhere closer to where I live.

I looked through the posts and saw that most of the Asian grocery stores in upper west side are either Japanese or Korean. Does anyone know any Chinese grocery stores in the area?

Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

Michelle

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    AubWah RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 9, 2012 05:09 AM

    Upper West Side not a good neighborhood for Chinese groceries

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      lulumoolah RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 10, 2012 02:48 PM

      No such luck. Sorry, the closest may be HMart in Koreatown on 32nd street. Even though it's Korean you may be able to find some of the stuff you're looking for there instead of having to trek all the way down to Chinatown.

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      Han Ah Reum
      25 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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        orthorunner RE: lulumoolah Jan 10, 2012 07:21 PM

        As an alternative to HMart, check out Bread & Honey on 8th in the high 50s. It has an eclectic mix of Asian groceries and prepared foods, and would be worth taking a look at to see if it carries things you frequently use. It's a relatively new place that is a bit schizophrenic (ie Mongolian BBQ, Korean, Chinese, along with European chocolate bars...you get the picture), but does carry things that otherwise are harder to find in the area.

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        Bread & Honey
        941 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      2. squid kun RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 10, 2012 05:30 PM

        You might check out M2M near Columbia. It's Korean but also has some non-Korean Asian ingredients.

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        M2M
        2935 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

        1. coasts RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 10, 2012 07:31 PM

          Westside Market often has a decent selection of Chinese vegetables. what are you looking for specifically?

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          Westside Market
          2171 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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            MichelleKuo2012 RE: coasts Jan 11, 2012 04:57 AM

            Thanks very much for the suggestion! Will definitely check out this Westside Market. I am mainly looking for Chinese vegetables and frozen food like dumplings, etc. Cooking ingredients can wait till when I get to Chinatown. Does Westside Market has Chinese frozen food as well? Thanks a lot!

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              JungMann RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 11, 2012 06:35 AM

              If you're looking for vegetables, you can get a decent selection at HMart or M2M, both of whom will also have frozen dumplings and noodles. For any sort of varied selection, you will have to go to Chinatown.

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                uwsgrazer RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 11, 2012 05:56 PM

                Trader Joe's stocks decent-quality dumplings. I think we usually get the pork dumplings. They also come in vegetable, I think, and at least one other filling.

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                Trader Joe's
                2075 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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                JoanN RE: coasts Jan 11, 2012 05:14 AM

                I'm curious to know what vegetables you've found at Westside Market. It's been a few months since I looked, but last time I was there all they had was bok choy. They didn't have lemongrass, chives, eggplant, not even daikon. Have they added more Chinese produce recently? That would be great. Closest place to the UWS I've been able to find a decent selection is the Koreatown HMart.

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                  gloriousfood RE: JoanN Jan 11, 2012 06:06 PM

                  I'm curious about this myself. LIke JN, I've only ever seen bok choy at Westside Market. The same mostly applies to M2M, and it charges a premium for bok choy.

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                    coasts RE: gloriousfood Jan 11, 2012 07:08 PM

                    for sure they carry bok choy, daikon, wood ear mushroom, and sprouts. i don't think you'll find bitter melon on the UWS, though.

              3. Miss Needle RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 11, 2012 01:47 PM

                For Asian veggies, Whole Foods sometimes carries items like lemongrass, daikon, bok choy, etc. I think they don't carry the best selection of frozen Asian food but I generally don't check out the freezer section. Of course, they will be at a premium cost compared to Chinatown.

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                Whole Foods
                808 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

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                  wadawada RE: MichelleKuo2012 Jan 12, 2012 07:41 AM

                  I live on the UWS and I make the mini trek to CTown for all Chinese groceries. The places by Columbia are pretty pricey so if you're really desperate they can work although selection is limited. I find that it's not too bad taking the B/D train from Columbus Cirlce to Grand Street. Within, 3 blocks of the station, you can pick up the vegetables and dumplings. I can do a RT in 2 hours and save half the cost of shopping up here. More often, I schedule it around a meal, can't miss a chance to eat in Chinatown.

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