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Any good non-chain kitchen stores on LI?

Scott_R Dec 4, 2013 06:48 AM

Just that. I try to give my business to local stores but I don't really know of a place like this left on LI. Basically a non-chain version of Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma, and with more of a focus on really useful items than overpriced gadgets.

The closest I can think of is a restaurant supply place, but of course they focus on restaurant-type items. Some True Value stores carry kitchen items, but they're very limited (and are borderline chain stores anyway).

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    emarcus Dec 4, 2013 09:06 AM

    Scott, I love shopping at restaurant supply stores and find they have tons of things for the home cook--usually of better quality and lower price than you'll find elsewhere. Ideal on Voice Road in Carle Place is a favorite of mine. Also try Deli Design in Copiague and Bar Boy in Farmingdale and Hampton Bays.

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      Scott_R Dec 4, 2013 12:07 PM

      Thanks. Just going by their website, Ideal even had the specific item in stock that motivated my question.

      I've been to BarBoy a bunch of times and usually end up disappointed by what they have.

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        Motosport Dec 4, 2013 12:23 PM

        I've never been there but I heard that Restaurant Depot has lots of cooking items.

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          coll Dec 5, 2013 02:50 AM

          Restaurant Depot is fun, although their products are very utilitarian. You also need proof that you are in the restaurant business to get in the door.

          Scott, I hopefully have the perfect place for you, Loaves and Fishes Cookshop, but that's if they're still around; haven't been out that way recently myself. Unfortunately it's out here, in the Bridgehampton/Sagaponack area. If you want to take a ride, the traffic is not bad this time of year. The owners are true pros when it comes to gourmet cooking.


          I'll try to find what their status is later on if you're interested.

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            wincountrygirl Dec 5, 2013 03:38 AM

            I think that is the place Ina goes to on her show all the time.

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              coll Dec 5, 2013 05:12 AM

              Very likely, since she and Anna Pump (owner of the Loaves and Fishes food shop in Sagaponack, and mother of the owner of the Cookshop) used to be partners back in the day!

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              emarcus Dec 5, 2013 05:53 AM

              They're still around. Gorgeous shop, but oh the prices. Cookshop is the equipment-selling arm of Loaves & Fishes market, famous for their $100/pound lobster salad.

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                coll Dec 5, 2013 07:11 AM

                Hey it's only $99, stop exaggerating ;-)

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                  51rich Dec 5, 2013 07:53 AM

                  i think the last $1.00 goes to the lobsterman:-)

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                    coll Dec 5, 2013 08:14 AM

                    Good one!

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                Scott_R Dec 5, 2013 08:22 AM

                I've passed by them a few times, but the Hamptons are rather out of my way. And as Erica said, "oh the prices"!

                On my drives up to Tanglewood I've gone to this place:

                It's definitely more consumer-oriented than restaurant supply; I so wish we had a place like this on LI!

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                  jpf1980 Dec 5, 2013 05:52 PM

                  that different drummers place reminds me of the Viking cooking school and shop that was in Garden City.

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                    coll Dec 5, 2013 06:02 PM

                    Believe it or not, Loaves and Fishes ran the Garden City Viking store for a few years too, well before they closed their doors.

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                  Motosport Dec 5, 2013 08:37 AM

                  Restaurant Depot is very lax about proving you are in "the business."

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                    coll Dec 5, 2013 08:50 AM

                    I've heard they accept business cards, but technically you are supposed to show a business license or tax exemption certificate to enter. Then you get a card, like Costco, to show at the cash register. Just to warn anyone that wants to wander in off the street.

                    The thing is, if you're looking for something like William Sonoma, you're barking up the wrong tree. Plus the fact that Restaurant Depot is a big, major chain, all the way out to the west coast, since that is the OPs criteria. They are also called Jetro, if you want to look up more info on them. Not that it's a bad thing.

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                      erica Dec 6, 2013 03:43 AM

                      It is probably further east than you want to drive, but Greeenport has the Cookery Dock, close to Claudio's.


          2. Motosport Dec 4, 2013 07:55 AM

            I use marketwarehouse.com
            They are located in Nassau County and have plenty of kitchen items at great prices. Take a look.
            Sur and Williams just don't move me and they are expensive.

            1. Robotron Dec 4, 2013 07:54 AM

              H-Mart carries a lot of kitchen items. There's one in Great Neck and one in Williston Park.

              The larger Chinese supermarkets in Queens also carry kitchen supplies but I'm not familiar with any on LI. If there are Asian markets near you, you can check them out.

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                scunge Dec 4, 2013 03:06 PM

                V&T in Hempstead Chinese products as well as some Japanese .Woks and knives/cleavers .Tea sets bowls etc

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