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Looking for a good spice shop (long)

parkslopechef | Nov 10, 2005 10:12 AM

I recently moved from Cambridge MA to NYC and left behind my favorite spice/specialty market, Christina's. I am laying down a challenge to New Yorkers to show me a shop anywhere in the 5 boroughs that compares to this place in selection. They've got obscure ethnic stuff like nigella, curry leaf, sumac, mulukhya, avocado leaf, dried Persian limes. They've got all your high-end gourmet playthings like fleur de sel, fennel pollen, dried porcini, truffle oil. They've got stuff for the pros like sodium nitrite, guar gum, sheet gelatin. Wide assortments of dried chiles, mushrooms, teas, chocolates, dried fruits, beans, rices, and grains. Obscure spices like cubeb pepper, grains of paradise, whole mace, cassia.

Eessentially what I'm looking for is a store with a wide variety, icluding lots of obscure stuff that you can't find at Whole Foods or Dean&Deluca, and of course reasonably priced. (The owner of Christina's buys most of his stuff in bulk and bags it for retail himself, keeping markups down.) I eagerly await your recommendations.


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