I'm a Manhattan resident moving near Montrose and Leonard and looking for suggestions on where to shop. I've already looked at a couple threads on the list that seemed to devolve into a restaurant discussion. What I really want to know is where I can get my ...
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More than anything, peas, beans, oatmeal, couscous, flax seed and such at a fair price and preferably in bulk. As a point of reference, I used to shop Natural Frontier Market (325 Third Avenue) and Ninth Avenue International Foods (543 Ninth Avenue) as well as Kalustyan's (123 Lexington).
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GOTTA be something closer than Green Pea (181 Atlantic) or Fairway in Red Hook that's worth going to. Please, help!
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This seemed to be the where I would do best. Perhaps the thing to do is ask for what people like best (or to add their own).
- Mario and Sons (662 Metropolitan)
- Lorimer Street Meat Market (620 Lorimer)
- Model T Meats (404 Graham)
- Emily's Pork Shop (426 Graham)
As a point of reference I'm a fan of Esposito & Son's (500 Ninth Avenue) for all things pork and Ottomanelli & Sons (285 Bleecker) for game.
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I was remarkably inconsistent in who I bought my fish from so I have nothing to offer as guidance, but if you trust them to be fresh and fair, I'm listening.
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I know I can get mozzarella but is there any place that compares to Murray's (254 Bleecker), Ideal Cheese (942 First Avenue), or even Fairway?
I know it's a lot to ask, but any assistance you can offer to help me ease into the nabe will be appreciated more than you'll ever know.
PS - I have an extensive list of sources in Greenpoint so no need to add on to that here, I'm really looking for anything I can find closer by; of course if Greenpoint is the closest I can find what I'm looking for, let me know.