5303 4th Ave New York (NY) Phone: (718) 748 6369
Just spreading a little love for this oddly located, small but well-stocked Indian grocery. It's conveniently right next to the 53rd St. R stop. I went in hoping to find a nearby place to buy fresh chiles and curry leaves as I can get my spices at Kalustyan's or elsewhere. They have the curry leaves for $1 a packet which is half the price of elsewhere and they gave me my two chiles for free because they thought I was silly just to want two of them. :) Their selection of dried spices, beans, lentils and rice is above average as is the quality and the prices are significantly lower than anywhere else I've seen. Plus, they were super-friendly and the owner was so excited to see a white girl shopping there that he gave me a personal tour and description of the use of a lot of the spices, introduced me to his wife, and left me with a smile on my face from having such a nice welcoming local experience. I imagine they're not overrun with customers as they're in a strange spot so if you're looking for Indian spices, give them a try!