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Jan 22, 2014 10:16 AM

Labneh (strained greek yogurt) in NYC

Does anyone know of a grocery store in the NYC area (could be in an outer borough) that sells greek groceries such as Labneh (strained yogurt)? I've been dying to use this at home since having it at ilili in the city.

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  1. It's not hard to find. Labneh is Arabic.

    Agata & Valentina
    Whole Foods usually has it

    Brooklyn - Sahadi's always has it.

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    1. re: thegforceny

      Thanks! I didn't see it at Whole Foods the last few times I went, so I'll try Kalustyan's.

    2. It's also Hebrew; all Israeli and most kosher markets sell it

      1. Fairway has it.
        It is so easy to make. Get a good quality whole milk yogurt. I use Stoneyfields.
        Pour into an old style metal pasta colander.
        If the holes in the colander are too big line with cheesecloth.
        Place the colander in a bowl to catch the liquid.
        Put in the fridge for a couple of days.
        Serve with dried mint and olive oil drizzled on top.

        1. Got some goat labneh recently from Damascus bakery [in Brooklyn but that was included in the request] that i liked a lot (have also had and enjoyed Sahadi's labneh - particularly the za'atar flavored variety)

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          1. re: tex.s.toast

            Damascus rocks!! Great bread, dairy and desserts. I love their spinach and meat pies.

          2. International Grocery on 9th Ave will be your best bet for Greek groceries (spreads, dips, yogurt, etc.) in Manhattan. Illili is not so Greek, so the other suggestions are great for things from the other (southern) side of the Mediterranean.