Must-visit Food destinations?
Meeting up with c oliver and her husband next week in NYC. We're looking for spots, not necessarily restaurants that we shouldn't miss and might not be on our radars. Any food-related bookstores, gadget shops, markets, etc., that you think we should seek out?
I have a soft spot for Japanese kitchen supplies -the elegance suffusing the utility (which I suppose defines most good kitchen stuff, OK) really attracts me.
There are two places in Manhattan:
http://korin.com/site/home.html, in Tribeca; it has the widest selection, although the vibe is a little formal for me,
http://www.mtckitchen.com/default.aspx, in Midtown around the corner from my office; a little mellower, and also filled with beautiful things.
(Please post a picture of c oliver eating something, so we'll recognise your charming host.)
Some of the best food markets include:
Chelsea Market - south end of the Chelsea/near the Meatpacking District, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844638
Essex Street Market - Lower East Side
Despana - Soho/Nolita
Union Sq Greenmarket - Union Square, M/W/F/Sat ONLY
Kalustyan's - Murray Hill
Murray's Cheese - West Village and also in Grand Central Terminal
Russ & Daughters - LES
Di Palo - Little Italy
Eataly - Flatron
For Eataly try to visit on a weekday. Mornings are best. The layout has a lot of bottlenecks so please be aware of locals who are just trying to get some grocery shopping done. :) Thanks.
Chelsea Market can be nuts too on the weekend, especially around lunch. BYO bag if shopping at Manhattan Fruit Exchange. And use the facilities elsewhere--there's about one restroom for 100 people.
Note also: Kalustyan's offers a 5% discount if your purchase is $10.00-$49.99 and you pay cash. They bump it up to a 10% discount if your purchase is $50.00 or over and you pay cash. Good if you're planning to stock up on some spices.
You can also check who is at the Union Sq Greenmarket using this link:
Also, for a unique NY experience, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:
Don't do this tour on a Saturday as some places may be closed.
Also note that Smorgasburg has moved indoors for the winter:
Hmmm.... not sure if these are "shouldn't miss", but here are a few places I enjoy browsing.
Broadway Panhandler, 8th st just west of Broadway
Strand Books (12th st and Broadway) has lots of new and used cookbooks
Upper West Side:
Zabar's (80th st and Broadway) upstairs for a great selection of kitchen items
Kam Man market on Canal St
re: c oliver
The one you are thinking of is Deluxe--that has entrances on both Mott and Elizabeth sts, just north of Hester. That is a great place for a cheap lunch. Kam Man is on Canal st bet Mulberry and Mott.
There is also New York Mart, a little further up on Mott, closer to Grand, on the east side of the street. This site has a little history--before it was New York Mart, it was the site of Genco's, the Corleone family olive oil business in "The Godfather". See this very cool link:
re: c oliver
Welcome to the City, c oliver and pikawicca! If you're going to Chinatown to go shopping, I'd skip Deluxe. That place has gotten just too nuts. I do more of my shopping at Hong Kong Supermarket or New York Mart which also has decent Chinese roast meat as well as a selection of cookware, mostly tabletop burners and clay pots.
Xi'an Famous Foods also has a new location near your friend (Broadway and 102nd) so you might want to stop by for liang pi noodles or spicy and tingly beef noodle soup while you're in town. If you decide to visit my neck of the woods -- I live up the street from Kitchen Arts & Letters -- Lucy's Whey just opened a cheese shop that you might like. Schaller & Weber, the German wurst and cheesemonger, is also worth a visit.
I mostly just walk through Deluxe the window shop but I did buy some baby octopus there a few years ago. Any recs from you are treasured :)
Xi'an's new UWS location is definitely a must-do. I've read so much about it.
Bob and I are going to be there from the 5th to the 16th but pika's only going to be with us for 3 of those days :( If you're interested in meeting (Lucy's Whey and S&W sound super) up, my email's in my profile.
Glad she started this thread and I know that it will be fun and useful for other CHs. Thanks.