Specialty Shops in NYC
Hi all, I'm visiting friends in Brooklyn later this month. Does anyone have recommendations for specialty grocery stores in the area? We'll mostly be cooking the week i'm there, so affordable is preferred, but I'm not going to say no to checking out a beautiful upscale spot either.
Thanks ahead of time!
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Gulluoglu Baklava Cafe is at 52nd and 2nd, and a fun place to get simit (like a cross between a bagel and a croissant) and a wide selection of filo pastries. I think they have other breads too.
As someone who's usually underwhelmed by the averaging nature of sites that compile "the best" on aggregate I was hoping that there would be enough NYC folks here on the hotline to get some really specific recommendations. A sharing of secret spots if you will. And Specialty doesn't need to be an international market, if you know a place with great fresh pasta, PLEASE let me know! (We've been trying to figure out if there's any counter/table in her appt. on which I could clamp my pasta machine... Since not *quite enough* space is a common problem in the city, I'm hoping there's lots of recommendations on where people go to get something that is just too difficult to make at home).
An example from my life. When I want to make falafel, theres a specific latino market in town I check first because more often than not they have fresh (green) chickpeas. They also have the best fresh masa within a half hour drive from my house, though it is incomparable to what you can find in the central american neighborhoods a little closer to DC.
Lior Lev Sercaz sSpice shop on 11th avenue,
Anywhere in the NYC area is welcome I'm looking for expeditions while my friend is at work. But re: BK I'll be heading out from near Prospect Park.