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Oct 29, 2013 09:20 PM

Chinatown Supermarket looks close to opening

As I was cruising in my stretch limo today (aka the M22), I noticed that the ground floor of the hotel on the southwest corner of Pike & E B'way was covered with colorful signage advertising the Chinatown Supermarket. I think this is where the Hong Kong Supermarket used to be, right? the one that burned down? Apparently, it is being resurrected. What I saw looked bright and spacious, so I'm looking forward to checking the place out once it's open for business.

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  1. Don't think it's being resurrected, especially given they have another location just a few blocks away on Hester - just something new in their old spot.

    1. I paid my first visit to the Chinatown Supermarket today, and it is my new favorite. Two clean and (relatively) spacious floors, with an enormous selection of dry and canned goods, sauces, prepared foods, etc. The produce is on par with Hong Kong Supermarket and better than New York Supermarket. There's a vast array of frozen stuff - my favorite was the mix-and-match hot pot supplies (cuttlefish balls, fish tofu, etc.) for $3.99/lb. I went on a weekday morning, and it was blessedly uncrowded. No idea how it is on the weekend, but this will be my first Chinatown grocery stop for the foreseeable future.

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        1. re: kathryn

          You're welcome! I hope others will check it out and share what they find there. The only item I saw that looked really lousy was the garlic (which I've found to be true all over Chinatown). I'd like to break my pricey Greenmarket garlic habit, but I'm not having a lot of luck.

          1. re: small h

            Tangentially related, but I buy the pre-peeled tubs at Manhattan Fruit Exchange. Crazy cheap and nice quality.

            1. re: loratliff

              Ya know, there were pre-peeled cloves in the refrigerated case, and I did not for even one second consider buying them - how stupid is that? How long does the tub garlic keep?

              1. re: small h

                It gets more pungent as time passes and I imagine it might mold after a while, but I always use go through it before in reaches that point. I always go past the "expiration date" with no problems. It's cheap enough and such a time-saver that it's worth it.

                1. re: loratliff

                  Well, I'll give 'em a try. I have no idea why I haven't already. Perhaps it's my fear of being exposed as a consumer of processed foods.

        2. re: small h

          Oh! This is exciting!! Did you notice if they had any matsutake mushrooms? I'm in the midst of a fungus phase...

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            I did not see matsutakes (wasn't looking), but I did see shiitake, oyster, king, and enoki. The fresh mushroom section wasn't huge.

            1. re: small h

              Thanks- i'll stop by there soon regardless!

            2. re: Ttrockwood

              I don't think I've ever seen Matsutakes in Chinatown. Those tend to be only at more middle- to high-end retailers. Did you mean Maitake?

            3. re: small h

              Did you happen to notice if they had Little Sheep Sichuan hot pot base? Hong Kong was sold out of both that and Bullhead BBQ sauce this weekend, annoyingly.

              1. re: kathryn

                They definitely had hot pot base, but I didn't notice the brand name. It was in a (I think) red & white pouch, if that helps.

                1. re: small h

                  They have a few brands on the upper level. Under the Sriracha. They had Little Sheep regular hot pot base in the green package, but not the Sichuan. Nice store, though.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    What I saw was in a basket by the stairs to the lower level (how do I even remember this?), near other "specially priced" items. Anyway, sorry you didn't find your preferred product. If I come across it somewhere, I'll let you know. I am now officially sick of yu choy, because I bought too much and am now eating it every day, lest it spoil.

                    1. re: small h

                      I went to the market under the bridge (New York supermarket) and they had it for $3.99.

            4. Can someone give specific street names,intersection,or address please of the location please.


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