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small h Oct 29, 2013 09:20 PM

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.

  1. sgordon Oct 30, 2013 07:29 AM

    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.

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      small h Jan 15, 2014 11:04 AM

      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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        kathryn Jan 15, 2014 11:28 AM

        Thanks for the report!

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          small h Jan 15, 2014 12:01 PM

          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.

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            loratliff Jan 15, 2014 03:15 PM

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

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              small h Jan 15, 2014 03:28 PM

              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?

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                loratliff Jan 15, 2014 03:30 PM

                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.

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                  small h Jan 15, 2014 03:35 PM

                  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.

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          Ttrockwood Jan 15, 2014 03:22 PM

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

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            small h Jan 15, 2014 03:32 PM

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

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              Ttrockwood Jan 15, 2014 04:35 PM

              Thanks- i'll stop by there soon regardless!

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              sgordon Jan 16, 2014 12:31 PM

              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?

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              kathryn Jan 15, 2014 04:19 PM

              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.

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                small h Jan 15, 2014 04:39 PM

                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.

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                  kathryn Jan 20, 2014 11:31 AM

                  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.

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                    small h Jan 21, 2014 04:40 PM

                    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.

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                      kathryn Jan 21, 2014 05:09 PM

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

            4. Spanglo Jan 15, 2014 04:49 PM

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

              thanks.

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                small h Jan 15, 2014 04:52 PM

                It's in my OP. SW corner of Pike & E. B'way.

                http://www.boweryboogie.com/2013/11/l...

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