Upvoted by Jeremy Peterson and 14 others
E 17th St & Union Square W, New York, NY
jared-radas

Jared Radas

New York City

https://instagram.com/jradas2126/

Sous Chef at Marea

Jared Radas

Sous Chef at Marea

Answer found helpful by Kevin Malouf and 14 others

Hands down one of the best green/farmer's markets on the East Coast. The best place to find and hand select local produce, and a great place to source meat, poultry and seafood in one spot. Go early to try and beat the crowds and maybe glean some inspiration from the early-rising chefs.

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julia-martin

Food Enthusiast, Lawyer, Mother

Julia Martin

You never know who you're going to see here, it's one of my favorite places to shop during the summer. Hands down one of the best indeed!

Reply over 1 year ago

rob-yamamoto

Rob Yamamoto

New York City

Rob Yamamoto

My favorite city market... fyi - there is an updated daily list of farms/ vendors that will be in attendance and what's on offer (http://unsqgreenmarket.grownyc.org/overview)

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Allie Lewate and 11 others
luke-boland

Luke Boland

New York City

lukecboland.com

Wine Director at La Sirena

Luke Boland

Wine Director at La Sirena

Answer found helpful by Kristin Cardoza and 23 others

Tis the season for tartufo!! Yes, it's finally that time when we are receiving the wonderful crop of white truffle in New York. Now, this season so far has been a little bit challenging so quality of truff can be a bit variable. That's why I recommend you go right to the source and talk to the experts. At the Urbani store, you can hand-select your little truff treasure and the prices here beat anywhere else in the city. And, you know since these are the guys bringing in these beauties, the selection is the best as well. The way I see it, why go out to eat and spend crazy money just to enjoy some white truffle when you can come here, spend around 4-8 dollars a gram, and make some simple buttered pasta at home and shave as much truffle as your heart desires over top? Or you could make Agnolotti... or Carne Cruda... or Risotto... I'm getting hungry, I gotta go. But, if you happen to buy a truffle and need some Barolo to go with it, call me.

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Chyanti Mukherjee

This seriously just made my entire afternoon! What an amazing find!

Reply over 1 year ago

jeremy-peterson

Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer

Jeremy Peterson

Thanks for revealing your source!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Erin Healy and 11 others
sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Raven Smithson and 18 others

Eataly can be overwhelming but the variety of products and experiences they offer under one roof is fascinating. I like the produce section though its hard for me to let others in on this secret, especially because the section is so tiny and so crowded.

If you can name one other place that carries ramps, fiddle heads, fresh favas and garbanzos, morels, and green almonds under one roof at any point in the spring, I think I'd be impressed. Because I was impressed when I saw it at Eataly and brought it all home and cooked up a feast.

They source good, seasonal produce. And the prices are not unreasonable, for Eataly.

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claire-hawthorne

Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina

Claire Hawthorne

Is the photo from the feast you cooked up? It looks incredible!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Michael Boulos and 10 others
123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Patricia Dennis and 24 others

Kalustyan's is a Manhattan mecca for chefs and cooks seeking otherwise elusive ingredients. From Sicilian pistachios to Armenian Tan; from black garlic to harissa; from watermelon seeds to halvah; from tapioca starch to baobab extract; from French lentils to pickled amla. It's incredible. They carry more than 150 different kinds of salt.

For my parents visit, I made a sour cherry liqueur with a rose water and cardamom rice pudding with pistachios and rose petals. Kalustyan's was where I went to find everything that I needed. Where else could you go in Manhattan? You can find cherry leaves, cherry seeds (mahlab) and cherry seed powder under one roof.

And the original owner was an Armenian from Istanbul just like me!

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brian-kilpatrick

Android developer and passionate cook

Brian Kilpatrick

I feel like I just got let it in some kind of chef's secret. Awesome! Thank you Sayat!

Reply over 1 year ago

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Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

YES!!! GOOOOOOOD call. Love this place. Armenian food nerds unite!

Reply over 1 year ago

sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Brian -- I think that's part of Andrew (Johnson) and team's vision for roundtable. No more 'secrets'.

Reply over 1 year ago

sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Kristel -- Yogurt, boeregs, lahmajun and dolmas forever!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Mangal Dev and 10 others
alec-steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Alec Steidl

Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street

Answer found helpful by Michael Gitlevich and 12 others

One stop shopping for every special occasion item is available here. The best part is that I live a block away so it is basically my grocery store. There is nothing that can't be found here. I could go on and on, but will leave it at that. Go.

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peter-abatelli

Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best

Peter Abatelli

Incredible lunch spot as well, this is definitely one of NYC's culinary gems

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Christina White and 9 others
jane-lopes

Jane Lopes

New York City

Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park

Jane Lopes

Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park

Answer found helpful by Bradley Kent and 24 others

This place is just down the street from my apartment, and is both a mini cafe and a market for all sorts of delicious Spanish food. Meats, cheeses, chocolate, olive oil, aioli, and fried marconas are usually on my list when I come here. There is a Spanish wine store next door, too, with a great sherry and cider selection. You can buy booze and drink it with lunch in the cafe, or take everything to go.

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sally-pruett

Media Account Executive with a passion for organic cooking

Carey Pruett

This is a wonderful recommendation, thank you!

Reply over 1 year ago

tara-daly

Tara Daly

New York

PR for Dining & Hospitality

Tara Daly

This store is honestly one of the biggest reasons I miss living in Soho! Highly recommend!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Samantha Butler and 7 others
evan-mchalffey

Sous Chef at Inatteso Pizzabar Casano

Evan McHalffey

Sous Chef at Inatteso Pizzabar Casano

Answer found helpful by Carey Pruett and 12 others

I work in lower Manhattan but I live in Astoria, Queens. I have lived in the neighborhood for almost four years and I love it. I can do all my grocery shopping for a party or a quiet dinner just by walking down 30th Ave. There is a 24hr fresh produce market, a slew of bakeries, ethnic delis that offer large varieties of cheeses and cured meats, but my butcher reigns supreme. The International Meat Market offers everything a Chef could want. They do a very high volume of business so the meat is always fresh and out on display. Large fresh or aged steaks that they will cut to your liking, great chickens and duck, whole pigs and lamb, and every part is for sale. I usually break down what I purchased when I get home, but the butchers there are more than happy to process it to your liking. Try their homemade lamb sausage hanging above the counter. Perfect start to any meal. I already have a suckling pig on order for this Thanksgiving.

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dara-eskandari

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.

Dara Eskandari

I live in Manhattan so this would be a bit of a trek, but it sounds completely worth it! Sounds awesome!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Neha Patel and 6 others
michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Kerry Smith and 17 others

There are some wonderful places on this list, from the Greenmarket at Union Square to Chelsea Market to Kalustyan's, but for me, if I'm cooking for guests at home, my go to place would be Essex Street Market. Not only can I find some great product (meat? check. fish? check. produce? chocolate? coffee? All check), but I can source all of that PLUS lots of specialty goods- Scandinavian deviled eggs, local hard-to-find cheeses, chocolate covered BACON- at "inner city, gotta know someone" prices. Seriously, what I paid recently for pork shoulder, mussels, and flank steak are prices I would expect from towns an hour outside of NYC, not downtown Manhattan. Did I mention that there's an amazing Mexican stand where you can get breakfast tacos, lunch quesadillas, or dinner burritos while you're shopping? Or how about a Japanese snack shop? Oh yes there is. Put it on your list of shopping sites this holiday season.

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claire-hawthorne

Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina

Claire Hawthorne

I'm going to have dreams tonight about this. Sounds wonderful!

Reply over 1 year ago

johanna-shi

Ramen Hipster, I loved it before it was cool

Johanna Shi

This is amazing! I will probably go here this weekend it sounds really good!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Lindsey McPhee and 6 others
293 Grand Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Answer found helpful by Jackson DeWitt and 13 others

Mekelburg's is a local Brooklyn spot with highly curated specialty products that are all delicious. Of corse, I
would prefer to go straight to the greenmarket to make things from scratch and buy direct from the farmers, but in a pinch, Mekelburg's is a savior. Grab your cheese and charcuterie fixins... some produce for a salad plus dessert (their chocolate babka there is nuts) and call it a day.

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daniela-garcia

If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it

Daniela Garcia

Thank you for telling us about this! I will most definitely be checking it out :)

Reply over 1 year ago

carly-liao

Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed

Carly Liao

Sweeeet, thank you Kristel! I love it!

Reply over 1 year ago

kristel-arabian-cf7bad2b-37bd-4a85-9110-d476db712f62

Kristel Arabian

Brooklyn

www.CultureRecruiting.com

Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks

Kristel Arabian

They also happen to have a great little bar with some delicious food served there. You know... if you suddenly DONT want to cook ;)

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Anita Malhotra and 6 others
tess-tripodi

Tess Tripodi

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/cheftrip

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

Tess Tripodi

Executive Chef Halcyon / Egan & Sons Montclair, NJ

Answer found helpful by Jeremy Peterson and 10 others

Who doesn't love cheese after all? Murray's is the place to go where you can taste cheese and find the right one for any occasion. Additionally there are the breads, spreads, charcuterie and other accouterments.

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eliot-abrams

My friends think I'm a food snob

Eliot Abrams

This place is an addiction for me. I don't always need a special occasion to go here either :)

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Ibi Owairu and 4 others
danielle-rehfeld

Danielle Rehfeld

New York City

www.theinheritedplate.com

Founder of The Inherited Plate

Danielle Rehfeld

Founder of The Inherited Plate

Answer found helpful by Victoria Justin and 9 others

I love popping into buon italia for either a grazing night of salumi and cheese or to pick out some of their higher quality imported ingredients such as the fregola, risotto, polenta, or fava beans. Some stand outs are the gorgonzola al' cucchiaio and the 'nduja which are typically in the back case in the deli. They also often carry la tur, my own personal version of crack cocaine in the form of a stinky cheese. I've also cheated and bought canoli shells there, made a home made ricotta condita and chopped some pistachios for a make your own canoli bar at a party this year. fun times watching people use the pastry bag...

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Ann Kaufman

Haha I thought I was the only one who considered stinky cheese crack!

Reply over 1 year ago

victoria-justin

Line cook, just moved to NYC

Victoria Justin

Lol @ watching people use the pastry bag. Hilarious!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Nate Diggs and 4 others
25 W 32nd St, New York, NY
jenny-lee

Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Answer found helpful by Patricia Dennis and 12 others

Hmart is a place where I shop for all my Korean/asian ingredients. There have several locations outside of the city. But I am so thankful that they have one in the city! For many years they were located on north of 32nd st. And not too long ago they moved across the street into a larger space. Its truly awesome. You can get handmade banchan (side dishes), vegetables are always very fresh, all their fish is cleaned (cut, filet, portioned) into small packages and it makes it so easy to cook at home. But not only that the fish is ALWAYS fresh. In other H Mart besides the one in the city, they sell whole fish. I usually get my fish there.. :) And so many varieties of korean snacks but they also have a good amount of american brands. They also have a section of fun little korean kitchen tools, gadgets, and rice cookers. I love it. Its super clean, organized, fast, and in a very convenient location! Must check out!

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robert-friedman

Wine lover, world traveler

Robert Friedman

I was just asking someone about shopping for asian ingredients the other day. Perfect timing, thank you!

Reply over 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS?! Lol, this sounds amazing! Thank you!

Reply over 1 year ago

jenny-lee

Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Hehe you should definitely go.. And I also make a pit stop at Tous Les Jours bakery across the street, they have yummy baked goods. One of my favorites!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Andrew Kim and 3 others
alex-papanicolaou

Alex Papanicolaou

New York City

Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.

Alex Papanicolaou

Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.

Answer found helpful by Eliot Abrams and 18 others

Ever see that movie "Clash of the Titans"? No? Good. It has nothing to do with this write-up. But if you want to feel like a Titan, you should shop for your specialty needs at NYC's largest Greek supermarket. If you haven't already guessed by the seven vowels and five syllables contained in my last name, I'm Greek. When I first moved to Astoria five years ago, Titan Foods was the place my aunt, (a fine Greek cook from a lineage of fine Greek cooks), told me to shop at. They've been around for over 30 years and have come to be known well beyond the confines of Astoria and even NYC as a whole. If you like cheese, olives, oils, and honey (and if you don't, what exactly are you doing here?) then it is your Shangri La. Whenever I have a party to attend I specifically ask to bring appetizers so I have an excuse to shop here. They have more feta cheese than should be legal. Greek, Cypriot, and domestic varieties (do yourself a favor, go for the Arahova). Their collection of cheese is only one-upped by their selection of olives. Greek, Moroccan, Italian, cured, dried, spiced...gotta be 50 varieties. But fresh foods are just part of their deal. They have aisles of specialty products imported directly from Greece, and that's to say nothing of their pastry section where tasty things are literally dripping with deliciousness. Astoria isn't always on everyone's radar, but Titan foods is a must visit for anyone who loves Greek food, or has always wanted to shop at a place with the word "Titan" above it.

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julie-choi

Julie Choi

Brooklyn

Dining Adventurist in NYC

Julie Choi

Fantastic piece! My favorite thing in life is hearing about food from people who come from that cultural/ethnic background. Do you have a favorite greek restaruant in the city?

Replies (1) over 1 year ago

alex-papanicolaou

Alex Papanicolaou

New York City

Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.

Alex Papanicolaou

Thanks Julie! Taverna Kyclades is an Astoria institution. If you're only going to try one, I'd vote for them. But Zenon Taverna is a Greek/Cypriot restaurant that's lesser known, but also great. Can't lose with either.

over 1 year ago

dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

I don't get out to queens much but this sounds like heaven to me. Time for a trip to Astoria!

Replies (1) over 1 year ago

alex-papanicolaou

Alex Papanicolaou

New York City

Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.

Alex Papanicolaou

Go with the feeling, Dana!

over 1 year ago

daniela-garcia

If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it

Daniela Garcia

I agree with the others this place sounds fantastic, and I loved reading your piece about them. Thank you!

Replies (1) over 1 year ago

alex-papanicolaou

Alex Papanicolaou

New York City

Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.

Alex Papanicolaou

Thanks Daniela!

over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jordan Hawakins and 2 others
149 Sullivan St Suite 2, New York, NY
test-kitchin

James Mather

Barcelona

Culinary Creative, El Bulli Foundation

James Mather

Culinary Creative, El Bulli Foundation

Answer found helpful by Donald Li and 15 others

Know your butcher! This a tiny spot, just below Houston, where I've done protein shopping for my own special occasion dinners, as well for kitchen's I've run. Leo is there every day, and so is his pops, Pino. This is the way it's always been done in New York, and these guys know and love their trade. Call ahead if you'd like them to prepare something special for you, or if you want to keep it simple, their housemade burger patties are a delicious and fresh blend. French your rack, trim your chops, bone out a leg, whatever special occasion centerpiece you want to serve, it should begin with a high-quality, expertly-prepared cut, and this is a great place to find it. Bring cash!

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Awesome. I live in the area and have never been, so this is a great find. Thank you!

Reply about 1 year ago

Rebecca Xiao

perfect that its in my favorite shopping district... i will stop by there this weekend!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Patricia Dennis and 2 others
ryan-byrd

Ryan Byrd

New York

https://www.instagram.com/crispybitsofawesome/

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Ryan Byrd

Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery

Answer found helpful by Adalyn Van Witten and 4 others

I hate to do the shameless self plug, but the meat at fleishers is truely special. Bend a butchers ear and pick up a bavette, ranch or top sirloin. You wont be disapointed.

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adalyn-van-witten

Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC

Adalyn Van Witten

It's not just a plug, fleischers is legitimately awesome!

Reply over 1 year ago

Upvoted by Tara Daly and 1 other
kellie-norris

Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Answer found helpful by Eliot Abrams and 2 others

I know you have to battle with the old ladies here, but the butcher counter (In particular, Ralph) is the best.

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Upvoted by Kellie Norris
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Kellie Norris

Manhattan

@kelsojeann

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Kellie Norris

Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.

Answer found helpful by Johanna Shi and 1 other

This is my go-to spot for serious dry aged beef.

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