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New York City
Sous Chef at Marea
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.
Food Enthusiast, Lawyer, Mother
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!
over 1 year ago
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)
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New York City
Wine Director at La Sirena
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.
This seriously just made my entire afternoon! What an amazing find!
Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer
Thanks for revealing your source!
Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat
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.
Writer, culinary adventurer, originally from North Carolina
Is the photo from the feast you cooked up? It looks incredible!
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!
Android developer and passionate cook
I feel like I just got let it in some kind of chef's secret. Awesome! Thank you Sayat!
Ex chef, current culinary recruiter. Angelino living in NYC. Instagram: KrisKracks
YES!!! GOOOOOOOD call. Love this place. Armenian food nerds unite!
Brian -- I think that's part of Andrew (Johnson) and team's vision for roundtable. No more 'secrets'.
Kristel -- Yogurt, boeregs, lahmajun and dolmas forever!
Beverage Director, Strip House 12th Street
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.
Not to be biased, but Italian food is the best
Incredible lunch spot as well, this is definitely one of NYC's culinary gems
Sommelier, Eleven Madison Park
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.
Media Account Executive with a passion for organic cooking
This is a wonderful recommendation, thank you!
PR for Dining & Hospitality
This store is honestly one of the biggest reasons I miss living in Soho! Highly recommend!
Sous Chef at Inatteso Pizzabar Casano
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.
Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.
I live in Manhattan so this would be a bit of a trek, but it sounds completely worth it! Sounds awesome!
Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker
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.
I'm going to have dreams tonight about this. Sounds wonderful!
Ramen Hipster, I loved it before it was cool
This is amazing! I will probably go here this weekend it sounds really good!
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.
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
Thank you for telling us about this! I will most definitely be checking it out :)
Queens native, freelance writer, food obsessed
Sweeeet, thank you Kristel! I love it!
They also happen to have a great little bar with some delicious food served there. You know... if you suddenly DONT want to cook ;)
Halcyon / Egan & Sons
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.
My friends think I'm a food snob
This place is an addiction for me. I don't always need a special occasion to go here either :)
Founder of The Inherited Plate
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...
Haha I thought I was the only one who considered stinky cheese crack!
about 1 year ago
Line cook, just moved to NYC
Lol @ watching people use the pastry bag. Hilarious!
Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity
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!
Wine lover, world traveler
I was just asking someone about shopping for asian ingredients the other day. Perfect timing, thank you!
WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS?! Lol, this sounds amazing! Thank you!
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!
Sommelier at Colicchio and Sons.
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.
Dining Adventurist in NYC
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?
about 1 year ago
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.
about 1 year ago
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
I don't get out to queens much but this sounds like heaven to me. Time for a trip to Astoria!
Go with the feeling, Dana!
I agree with the others this place sounds fantastic, and I loved reading your piece about them. Thank you!
Culinary Creative, El Bulli Foundation
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!
Awesome. I live in the area and have never been, so this is a great find. Thank you!
12 months ago
perfect that its in my favorite shopping district... i will stop by there this weekend!
Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery
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.
Adalyn Van Witten
Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC
Adalyn Van Witten
It's not just a plug, fleischers is legitimately awesome!
Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
I know you have to battle with the old ladies here, but the butcher counter (In particular, Ralph) is the best.
This is my go-to spot for serious dry aged beef.
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