123 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
If you like to cook Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, then you know how important fresh spices are to making your dishes taste good. You certainly can’t get fresh ground spices at the average supermarket because they hold onto stuff for years at a time and by then, they’ve lost all their pungency and their essential oils have dried up or gone rancid.
One of my favorite spice stores to visit is Kalustyan’s, a New York institution that’s been open since 1944 and is lauded by NYC restaurant chefs and many cookbook authors. Here you can find just about every kind of spice imaginable, and in many different varieties. Need black peppercorns? They got a a whole bunch of different kinds here — Ecuadoran, Brazilian, Indonesian, Telicherry, Malabar, Kerala and Vietnamese, just to name a few. Madras Hot Curry Powder? Garam Masala? Biryani Mix? Mexican Cumin? Persian Saffron from Iran? No problem — they got over 1000 different items in their spice catalog alone. And if you can’t make it to the store, they’ll gladly ship to you, just head over to their web site.
Storefront on Lexington Ave.
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The counter area has all sorts of interesting cookbooks.
Need dried fruit for a healthy snack?
Or some nuts?
This huge aisle has pulses, grains, flours, and different kinds of condiments and sauces.
This is just the curry section alone.
Make sure you get some of the nice Middle Eastern pastries on the way out.