Fresh & The City
I love fresh and exotic foods, but sometimes I’m at a loss as to where to find the freshest ingredients. Can you suggest some great marketplaces in New York City?
|There’s nothing better than fresh produce, and New York City has quite a few markets that specialize in bringing fresh food to your neighborhood.
Here are my favorite marketplaces
AMISH FINE FOODS
731 9th Ave (between 49th & 50th Streets)
53 Park Place (at West Broadway Street)
At Amish Fine Food’s three Manhattan locations, you can find an interesting selection of chocolates, kosher pastries, handcrafted artisan breads, meat entrees, domestic and imported cheeses, seafood, pasta, and some of the freshest produce around. No time to cook? Don’t fret, Amish Fine Food has a wide variety of restaurant quality prepared foods, just heat, eat, and go. Olive lovers must checkout the olive bar; olives are served up in fifteen different ways.
If you are ever in need of a last-minute hostess gift, Amish Fine Food has you covered. The company has an assortment of gift baskets that contain a variety of carefully selected gourmet goods.
For more information: Amish Fine Food
ESSEX STREET MARKET
Essex Street Market is your shopping destination for gourmet cheeses, meat, fish, produce and chocolates. Stand-out shops in this huge indoor market are: Jeffrey’s Meats, an old-fashioned butcher shop specializing in the best cuts of organic meats; a juice bar offering fresh smoothies; and Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, a chocolate shop where candies are hand-rolled and dipped on site. Rhonda Khave, chocolatier and founder of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, is currently holding chocolate tastings at Bloomingdale’s. Samples are also available at Essex Street Market.
For the freshest coffee in New York City, check out Porto Rico, also located inside the market. This vendor combines only the best coffee beans from around the world, and coffee is roasted daily to guarantee freshness. Tea lovers may have trouble deciding on just one tea to sample, as they have over 150 loose teas to choose from as well as a large selection of tea bags.
The unmatched selection of spices, flavorings, and exotic ingredients make Kalustyan’s the best market in Manhattan for Middle Eastern and Indian herbs and spices. This specialty food emporium carries over 4,000 varieties of spices, herbs, sweets, coffee, exotic teas, dried fruit, honey, and snacks.
For more information: Kalustyan’s
MYERS OF KESWICK
Myers of Keswick is the one stop-shop for all your British needs. This English marketplace offers a selection of desserts, biscuits, cakes, specialty drinks, teas, and snacks imported directly from the UK. If there is one thing you try at this shop, it has to be their sausages, which are made fresh every day. The Cumberland sausage recipe has remained unchanged since 1907. Myers of Keswick confidently claims that their sausages are the only authentic Cumberland sausages made in the USA. You will find fifteen different pies including pork, pork and stilton, beef and onion, chicken and mushroom, and steak and kidney. All are made fresh several times daily and encased in a flaky golden crust.
For more information: Myers of Keswick
RUSS AND DAUGHTERS
Since 1914 Russ and Daughters has been providing the tastiest herring, belly lox, hand-rolled New York bagels, traditional rugelach, old-fashioned marble halvah, caviar, smoked sable, and sturgeon on the Lower East Side.
For more information: Russ and Daughters