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Offline David_M

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2007, 11:55:34 AM »
My partner and I moved to JH from Seattle about seven weeks ago, and I can attest to the fact that the biggest change for us, overall, has been resourcing foodstuffs in the neighborhood.  Very different from the West Coast, I can tell you....  and that's a good thing.

West Coast grocery stores are huge - and slick - and really 'done up' in terms of display and accommodations.  Of course, those costs are paid for by the customer.  That being said, I cannot believe how much cheaper groceries are here in JH!!

The benchmark I use most is lemons.  Seattle, lemons are $1.00-1.10 EACH.  At Met, large lemons are 3 for $2.00.  My newest and most staggering discovery is Growing Farm, directly across from Met.  Gadzooks, the produce in there is impeccable!  And lemons, while not all squeaky-clean-and-perfect, are 3 for $1.00.  In my book, that rocks.  Growing Farm constantly stocks really good, very fresh herbs at $1.00 for a decent package, too.

Yeah, Trade Fair is pretty claustrophobic.  I like Met better overall.  For Christmas Dinner I bought a 7.3-pound chicken for $9.43.  In Seattle, first of all, you would never, ever find a chicken of that size.  3.5-4 pounds, max.  A 4-pound chicken would cost probably $7.00-8.00, anyway.

I spent a year at Seattle Culinary Academy, so food is a passion of mine.  I have been really, really happy to locate good produce at Growing Farm, great seafood at Pacific Supermarket, good red meat at both Trade Fair and Met, good poultry at Met, and pretty good dairy at Met.
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2007, 12:37:34 PM »
Good points, David.  I sometimes moan about the lack of this or that ingredient in the
hood, but in the end, prices are really good in JH.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2007, 01:29:44 PM »
The benchmark I use most is lemons.

Yeah, they may be cheap here, but good luck finding a Meyer lemon!  When I lived on the West Coast, I used to be able to reach out my window and pick them off a tree.

In any case, welcome to the neighborhood!

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2007, 01:59:26 PM »
Yeah, they may be cheap here, but good luck finding a Meyer lemon!  When I lived on the West Coast, I used to be able to reach out my window and pick them off a tree.

In any case, welcome to the neighborhood!


Thanks, Todd.  Yeah, Meyer lemons... if I can source out any, I'll let you know!   ;)
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2007, 02:02:38 PM »
Thanks, Todd.  Yeah, Meyer lemons... if I can source out any, I'll let you know!   ;)

I haven't seen any in the neighborhood -- but Trader Joe's had them. And, of course, they're worth carrying home from Manhattan.

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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2007, 02:23:55 PM »
I haven't seen any in the neighborhood -- but Trader Joe's had them. And, of course, they're worth carrying home from Manhattan.

As an NYC noob, I'm more-than-clueless about sourcing foodstuffs in Manhattan.  I've got a quip in my blog about trying to find veal bones for veal stock.  Rather a challenge in JH.  http://maddux.tumblr.com/post/21040641

Can anyone out there point me to a site or sites that point out worthy food places in Manhattan?  I make a bi-monthly pilgrimage to Zabar's, and I know where Whole Foods is [or as we've called it, Whole Paycheck] in Columbus Circle.  Other than stumbling onto places, I'm pretty much in the dark.
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2007, 02:33:34 PM »
Locally, try calling Ottomanelli & Sons (6105 Woodside Ave. Queens, 11377 Telephone: 718-651-5544) -- there's a good chance you'll find all the bones you could ever desire right there.

As for Manhattan, where to start...what foodstuffs are you on the hunt for?

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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2007, 02:39:55 PM »
There's a good chance you can find what you're looking for right in Jackson Heights.  There are a number of butcher shops of various ethnicities around, the neighborhood, although language barriers may pose some challenges. 

Here is a recent NY Times article on the Latin American carnicerias in Jackson Heights:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/nyregion/thecity/08butc.html

There are also several Halal meat stores over in the low 70's (on both 35th and 37th Avenues), and Pacific Supermarket at 75th Street and Broadway.

Outside Jackson Heights, there's always Western Beef in Astoria and Flushing.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #23 on: December 27, 2007, 02:41:23 PM »
Locally, try calling Ottomanelli & Sons (6105 Woodside Ave. Queens, 11377 Telephone: 718-651-5544) -- there's a good chance you'll find all the bones you could ever desire right there.

As for Manhattan, where to start...what foodstuffs are you on the hunt for?

Thanks for the tip about Ottomanelli & Sons!!  I'll have to check them out.

Okay, two things I canNOT find in our 'hood:  1) whole vanilla beans, and 2) rye flour.  For pete's sakes!  Friggin' rye flour!
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #24 on: December 27, 2007, 02:42:43 PM »
There's a good chance you can find what you're looking for right in Jackson Heights.  There are a number of butcher shops of various ethnicities around, the neighborhood, although language barriers may pose some challenges. 

Here is a recent NY Times article on the Latin American carnicerias in Jackson Heights:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/nyregion/thecity/08butc.html

There are also several Halal meat stores over in the low 70's (on both 35th and 37th Avenues), and Pacific Supermarket at 75th Street and Broadway.

Outside Jackson Heights, there's always Western Beef in Astoria and Flushing.

Man, Todd... thanks.  This is so helpful.  Yeah, I've thought about browsing the Halal stores.  All helpful tips, though.  Merci.
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2007, 01:59:08 AM »
I found whole vanilla beans at a relatively small health food store in Astoria (on Broadway by 31st Street). Have you checked out the health food store on 37th?

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2007, 08:46:16 AM »
The health food store probably (well, possibly) also sells rye flour.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2007, 08:54:50 AM »
OMG!  :D  OMG!  :D

You're probably both right.  Where is this wondrous health food store?
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2007, 08:58:51 AM »
It's on 37th at, I think, 84th? It's a nice shop -- has a lot of products you can't find elsewhere in the neighborhood. It is a drop pricey (and even pricier than the health food store I used to shop when I lived on the Upper East Side, but it's convenient, the people who own it and work there are incredibly nice, and if you need something they don't stock, let them know and they'll try to order it).

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2007, 08:58:51 AM »