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New York foodies guide

New York food guide: Best markets, by MiNDFOOD.

New York foodies guide

Here are a few of the top shops for beautiful produce, butchers and fresh seafood, along with specialty items and fine cheese.

Dean and Deluca and Eli’s also offer cookbooks and cookware. Dean and Deluca has a standup coffee and snack bar; Eli’s Manhattan has a casual self-help café open from morning to late afternoon.

Zabar’s concentrates on baked goods, packaged products, smoked fish, delicatessen, coffee, cheese and prepared foods; the cookware shop upstairs has a deep inventory and the best prices possible.

Fairway was the little store that grew and grew, gobbling up the real estate adjacent to its original Broadway store and then branching into huge outposts in Brooklyn and Harlem, big enough for walk-in meat lockers; parkers are available.

Dean and Deluca

560 Broadway

212 226 6800

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Eli’s Manhattan

1411 3rd Ave

The Vinegar Factory

431 East 91st St

Fairway

2127 Broadway

212 595 1888

2328 12th Ave

212 234 3883

480-500 Van Brunt St (Brooklyn)

718 694 6868

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Zabar’s

Broadway at 80th St

212 496 1234

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CHEESE

Each of these shops has their devotees, but it is next to silly to say that one is better than the other. Each has friendly, knowledgeable staff and most have special events.

Artisanal

Restaurant Picholine (35 West 64th Street), renowned for its cheese cart, spawned Artisanal, which also is a casual bistro focused on cheese dishes. The retail shop and very good bakery run along the back wall of the dining area.

2 Park Ave

212 725 8585

500 West 37th St

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Murray’s Cheese Shop

The oldest in town, fun and enlightening to visit.

254 Bleeker St

212 243 3289

Grand Central Terminal

212 922 1540

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Ideal Cheese Shop

942 First Ave

212 688 7579

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Fairway

Gorgeous cheese. Wonderful, carefully chosen selection and good prices. (Details above)

SPICES, NUTS & SNACKS

Kalustyan’s

Opened more than 60 years ago as an Indian spice emporium, Kalustyan’s
is now global, with products from all continents.

Here are 30 varieties
of whole chillies, 50 sorts of beans, more types of rice than you can
have imagined, and an endless assortment of spices, dried fruits,
syrups, all fresh and well-priced.

If trying to choose among the
100-odd teas overwhelms, you can restore your senses with lunch
upstairs.

123 Lexington Ave

212 685 3451

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