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Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

at Ithaka greek restaurant on 86th and 2nd Ave-it was served w honey and wlanuts-amazingly good!!! Name of dish was Yiaourti Sakoulas. Would appreciate all suggestions where to find this kind of "home made" yogurt so I can recreate at home.

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  1. Greek yogurt is just a marketing name for traditional strained or "hung" yogurt. You can buy commercially made strained yogurt at pretty much any supermarket. Avoid the nonfat and aim for 2% or whole milk yogurt.

    If you want to buy something more artisanal, Francela on 81st and 3rd sells their housemade yogurt and labneh.

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    1. re: JungMann

      I believe Pi Bakery sells housemade yogurt. Did not get a chance to try it but based on their other offerings quality I am intrigued. Also many stores in Astoria sell the "home made" style you refer to.

    2. Kalustyan's has a good selection of locally made greek yogurts and labneh as well

      1. For what it's worth, I've found Fage to be the best of the supermarket brands. That stuff has single-handedly redefined yogurt in the Coasts' house.

        1. sadly The Yoghurt place II on Sullivan St. closed, that was going to be my recommendation. However, I have had no yogurt that compares with the sheep milk yiaourti meli ( yogurt with honey) I've had in Corfu. The best yogurt I've ever had anywhere in Greece. Nothing like it here.
          Store bought here I eat Fage 2% and add my own honey. I also like Mueller's with nuts or chocolate balls. I hate Chobani.
          Isn't 86th and 2nd Mansion diner?

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          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I shed a tear when the yoghurt place on sullivan closed....;(

            But i also am a plain 2% fage fan. Although that icelandic skyrr is growing on me.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              At the very corner is Mansion diner-Ithaka is few doors downs on south side between 2nd and 3rd-I just gave rough location.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                If you want to find sheep's milk yogurt at 86th and 2nd, they carry one or two commercial brands at Fairway. I remember now also that the Turkish-operated greengrocers on 93rd and 1st (might be closed) and 96th and Lexington sell several types of commercially made Turkish yogurt. Süzme yoğurt is the delightfully creamy strained yogurt that is similar to Fage. Kaymakli yoğurt is even more indulgent, with a layer of clotted cream on top. Perfect for desserts.

                1. re: JungMann

                  I will certainly go to 86 and 2nd for the sheep milk yogurt. Hopefully it will compare to the sheep milk yogurt I ate for around 90 days everyday in Greece ( Corfu)

              2. Do youself a favor and get on the train to Astoria. Once you discover the wonders out there, it may well become a part of your regular shopping rotation. Mediterranean Foods sells yogurt that puts Fage to shame; both their locations are within a block or two of subway stops. And their yogurts are just a small cube of the iceberg.

                1. Sohha Savory Yogurt in Chelsea Market is delicious but crazy expensive. I think a small container is $4.


                  1. You don't need to go to Astoria or bemoan the loss of the Sullivan St. branch of The Yogurt Place to enjoy their yogurt in Manhattan. It is marketed under the Kesso brand and both the full-fat and low-fat versions are being sold at Zabar's. I believe that Westside Markets no longer carry it, which used to be my source for Kesso. The full-fat version is the best yogurt I've ever tasted from a store.

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                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      Have you made yogurt using Kesso as a starter? I like Fage fine enough but I never have it around because I only buy Stonyfield since I only use that as my starter for homemade yogurt.

                      1. re: JungMann

                        I was going to try to make my own yogurt and wonder which commercial yogurt would be a good starter.

                        Stonyfield because?

                        Welcome anyone who wants to drop some knowledge on this.

                        1. re: villainx

                          Stonyfield is one of the brands with a very high number of bacerial cultures, some yogurts don't have as many=Problems when making your own

                          The home cooking board has a bunch of threads on making greek yogurt as well as problem solving if you search it, and this how to was published on chow a while back but its still relevant. No yogurt maker required

                          1. re: villainx

                            I just happen to like the taste I get using Stonyfield as the starter. I have used Fage, Brown Cow, Dannon and Turkish yogurt as a starter but I like Stonyfield the best. As mentioned it has several probiotic strains in addition to acidophilus that I think make for a better end product.

                          2. re: JungMann

                            I haven't. I am nothing if not lazy.

                          3. re: Dave Feldman

                            Thanks for the Kesso advice. I got it at Fairway today for about 1/3 less than Eli's; and it's the best I've had!

                            1. re: GaryUES

                              Which fairway? I haven't seen this brand before.

                              1. re: GaryUES

                                That's good to know, Gary -- I seldom roam the dairy case at Fairway -- I wonder if Kesso is carried in all their stores.

                                1. re: Dave Feldman

                                  It's difficult to spot; the round white container (with black print) doesn't display the Kesso brand name. I found it on an upper shelf in the yogurt section.

                                  1. re: GaryUES

                                    Looks like you bought the lowfat, Gary. Next time, look for the blue print on the same white container, if they carry it. I can't eat too much of it, but it's just delicious. I agree that Kesso containers are hard to spot in the visually cacophonus yogurt case.

                            2. Try White Moustache handmade yogurt. I know Murray's Cheese at the Grand Central Market sells it. It's amazing. One of their flavors is honey and walnuts.

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                              1. re: Barcelonian

                                Loooovve their yogurt!
                                Also sold a few other places including kalustyan's and lucy's whey

                                1. re: Ttrockwood

                                  This yogurt is amazing. I get it at Whole Foods Union Square. The sour cherry is incredible.

                                  In Astoria we get Skotidakis, which isn't easily found in Manhattan. Can be bought at Titan Foods at the counter and I swear Parrot Coffe Market's house-packed yogurt is Skotidakis, too.

                                  Not strained, but I adore Traderspoint Creamery yogurt.

                              2. Sahadi's on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn has great fresh greek yogurt.

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                                1. re: CMB_NYC84

                                  The fact that people are now calling labneh from a Lebanese store "Greek yogurt" is pretty much why I hate that unnecessarily ethnocentric marketing term.

                                  1. re: JungMann

                                    Why so presumptious, JungMann? I actually wasnt talking about labnah. In addition to the great labneh they sell at the deli counter at Sahadi's, they also sell what is labeled as "locally made greek yogurt" (on a hand written sign) at the cheese counter. Not even the same counter as the labneh. Anyway, you tell them how much you want and they package it for you. It's been available pretty consistently over the past six months or so.

                                2. Forager's market in chelsea on 22nd st and 8th ave also sells white moustache yogurts, as well as Soha yogurt (same as in chelsea market). Both are rather expensive but the sea salt Soha is the best I've had in a long time....