Specialized grocery stores abound in New York City. While some specialized grocery stores are gourmet stores that concentrate on fine foods, others concentrate on retailing foods that are imported from a specific region of the world.
Some of the popular specialized groceries that are located in New York City are:
Citarella Gourmet Market Place (http://www.citarella.com/)
Citarella which has four locations in Manhattan on the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village and Harlem is one of the premier gourmet stores in New York City. The store offers a wide assortment of delicacies that are sourced from both domestic and international sources like truffles and foie-gras, fresh seafood from all over the world, pates and dips, cheeses, prepared foods, pastas and raviolis, prime meats and smoked fish and much more. For store hours at specific locations do visit http://www.citarella.com/locations.asp.
Zabars is another specialized grocery which is an institution on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This store which has been in business for over 70 years offers a wide variety of gourmet foods which are sourced from all over the world. Zabar’s collection includes Kosher foods, fine teas and coffees, Caviar, cookies, chocolates, nuts and dried fruits, olives, smoked fish, cured meats, fresh breads and numerous other products like housewares. This treasure trove of goodies also has a café attached to it which is extremely popular with its loyal clientele. Zabar’s offers online and catalog shopping, in addition to in-store shopping.
2245 Broadway (at 80th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Phone: +1212 787 2000
Fax: +1212 580-4477
Hours: M-F 8 a-7.30p; Sa: 8a-8p; Su: 9a-6p
The Hungarian Meat Emporium (http://www.hungarianmeatmarket.com)
The Hungarian Meat Emporium which is located in the original Hungarian section of New York City, Yorkville on the Upper East Side, offers a whole host of Eastern European foods like smoked foods, cold cuts and wursts, salamis, spreads, pates and creams, canned fish, compotes, preserves, pickles along with German and Swiss chocolates, Greek and Bulgarian cheeses, Polish preserved fruits and Czech beers and much more.
The Hungarian Meat Emporium
1560 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: +1 212 628 5147
New York City is home to a substantial Asian population and in order to cater to the needs of this population it has several specialized supermarkets and grocery stores which are located in its main Chinatown districts in Manhattan and Queens.
Hong Kong Supermarket
This gargantuan supermarket specializes mainly in Asian food that range from vegetables, seafood, dried goods, frozen foods, noodles, utensils and loads more. All the products, even though they are imported from all over the Far East, are reasonably priced. Hong Kong Supermarket has all the ingredients, sauces, pastes that are needed for the preparation of authentic Asian meals.
The Hong Kong Super market
3711 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone:+1718 539 6868
New Asia Market
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, New Asia Market offers a wide assortment of Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian and Indian products like curry pastes, noodles, sauces, pickles, pandan cake mixes, sambal pastes, fish and soy sauces, spices, frozen seafood and deserts and more. The store also has a fresh produce section that is located in the front of the store that sells vegetables like shallots, bok choy, coconut, fresh ginger, bird chilies, Chinese winter melons and even hard to find ingredients like fresh lemon grass and kafir lime leaves which enhance the flavors of Asian cuisine.
New Asia Market
71 1/2 Mulberry Street
at Bayard Street,
New York, NY 10013
Katagiri is New York City’s oldest Japanese grocery store. This store sells Japanese groceries, soy sauces, seaweed, rice, vinegars and other typical products which are used in Japanese cooking.
224 East 59th Street (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY
Phone: +1 212-755-3566
Located in the heart of New York City’s curry hill is Kalustyans which is a specialty store that specializes in Middle Eastern and India spices and products. Kalustyans offers nearly 4000 varieties of spices and herbs in addition to numerous imported coffees and teas, honeys, sugars, candies, instant mixes for food and drinks, mustards, vinegars, medicinal herbs, lentils, curry pastes and a whole host of other products that are used in the preparation of Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines.
123 Lexington Avenue (between 28th Street & 29th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Phone :+1 212 685-3451
The neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens is one of New York City’s largest South Asian enclaves. Accordingly there are a ton of stores in the neighborhood that cater to almost all the needs of the South Asian community of New York. Most of these stores are located along 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Patel Brothers is one of the biggest and most well stocked of all the specialized grocery stores that are located here. Its inventory includes a wide variety of South Asian spices, reams of frozen prepared South Asian foods, fresh produce, dried fruits and nuts, various kinds of lentils and condiments, pickles, sauces, papadums and snacks, Bollywood magazines and the newspapers published by the New York based South Asian press, Indian toiletries and hair oils, various kinds of teas and coffees and much more. Patel Brothers even retails the highly coveted Indian Alphonso mangoes when they are in season.
37-27 74th Street,
Near 37th Avenue,
Queens, NY 11372
Phone : +1 718 898 3445
This is by no means a comprehensive list of specialized grocery stores in New York City for there are many more such stores that exist in various parts of the city that cater to the needs of the city’s large immigrant and foreign population. Moreover these stores function as normal stores and don’t have any special etiquette requirements.