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Mar 18, 2012 04:22 PM

Asian Grocery Store

Are there any Asian grocery stores that sell produce in or near midtown? If not, what would be the best option to find Thai produce in Chinatown?

Thank you!

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  1. Depends upon what you are looking for.

    Just saying Asian grocery store may lead you to Chinese or Japanese places which won't have the Thai ingredients that you seek.

    You can usually some kaffir lime leaves at Eataly, for a good price. $4 for 25-30 leaves. The occasionally have lemongrass there too.

    In Chinatown, try Bangkok Center Grocery. I've gotten curry paste, Thai eggplants, kaffir lime leaves, and more there.

    Bangkok Center Grocery
    104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: kathryn

      Bangkok Center Grocery is my favorite as well, but I also patronize the generically named Asia Market Corp on the west side of Mulberry St just north of Bayard St. Where Bangkok Center is strictly Thai, with no deviations, Asia Market offers up a bunch of Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian goods as well. If you're looking for tempeh, for instance, or banana leaves, this is the place to come.

      Asia Market
      71 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

      Bangkok Center Grocery
      104 Mosco St, New York, NY 10013

    2. There's a Korean supermarket on 32nd St. between Broadway and 5th, Han Ah Reum, but I doubt they'd sell much in the way of Thai produce. Depends what you're looking for.

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

      1. The Asian grocery stores in Midtown are all Japanese as far as I know. Kalustyans and the markets in Curry Hill do have fresh vegetables, as well as frozen items like galangal or kaffir lime leaf. If you are near the E train, a quick shopping trip to Jackson Heights is feasible. There is a large Asian supermarket just outside the station.

        123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: JungMann

          Thanks all! I'm looking for Thai Basil. Would Eataly have it? It's the closest to where I work.

          1. re: Syphrite

            If you're looking for Thai Basil and you're near Eataly, Kalustyan's is not that far from there so I highly suggest that you go there.

            1. re: foodmusing

              Does anyone know where I can buy dried tofu shredded noodles in NYC referred to in this thread?
              Today I went to Whole Foods and both Asian markets on 3rd Ave in the Village and NOBODY knew what I was asking for. All they could refer me to were the ubiquitous packages of slimy, foul-smelling shirataki noodles. I'm not looking for dried tofu sheets but rather pre-cut noodles. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

              1. re: workintheater

                Hong Kong Supermarket on the NE corner of Elizabeth and Hester. The fridge case on the far right wall toward the back of the store has a huge selection of tofu products, including shredded dried tofu (豆干絲, dòugānsī).

                1. re: el Mitch

                  That is so helpful, el Mitch. If necessary, I can show the pictogram you included above. Thanks so much!

                  1. re: workintheater

                    You nailed it, el Mitch! I now have two packages of shredded tofu from Hong Kong Market in my fridge. Crossing my fingers that I like them better than the dreaded shirataki noodles.