I am busy gathering my Thanksgiving ingredients and had a great find yesterday. In chinatown I picked up some tasty shallots and noticed fresh SHITAKE mushrooms, 3.99/lb. The Chinese lady didn't mind that I took my time hunting through her display for the best ones; about twenty firm, brown, fragrant, unblemished and incredibly clean mushrooms came to 1/2 lb, I was extrememly happy with my $2 purchase. When I was preparing them I noticed how incredibly clean and fragrant these were. Very nice lady, I'll definitely go back. Sorry for these anecdotal, but accurate directions: you are walking on the north side of Grand St, towards the grand St. subway. You cross Bowery, there is the tofu/rice cake store on the left; at the end of the block there is a fruit.veg stand on the left; the Shitake lady is on the corner, facing east.