Whether you’re a gourmet cook or simply enjoy gourmet dining, New York is the place to be. Foodies can spend hours browsing through NYC’s specialty food shops, finding the most amazing array of ingredients and delicacies from around the world. Zabar’s is obviously a Big Apple favorite, but there’s more where that came from. Selling everything from caviar to cheese to truffles, here are six gourmet food stores in NYC.
Malt & Mold, 362 2nd Ave
Even non-gourmets know that beer and cheese is a winning combo. And at Malt & Mold, you can have the best of both worlds. Fill up a take-home growler with craft beers such as Grim Cherry Raspberry Pop! from Brooklyn, Harpoon Octoberfest from Boston, or Cascade Blackberry Ale from Portland. Afterward, pair your brew with a platter of Malt & Mold cheeses – perhaps a Camembert or a decadent cheddar made in Vermont. Malt & Mold also sells gourmet sandwiches, condiments, and other provisions.
Petrossian, 911 7th Ave
In NYC, no name is more synonymous with caviar than Petrossian. It’s simply the best. Tins of caviar, or even some caviar butter, will add a luxurious touch to any dinner party, but let’s not forget about Petrossian’s other gourmet products. Their selection of foie gras and fresh pates is divine. And the duck foie gras mousse with truffles? Yes, please.
Raffetto’s, 144 W Houston St
There’s no shortage of gourmet food stores in NYC when it comes to Italian cuisine, so if you can’t decide where to go first, check out Raffetto’s. It’s the city’s unofficial pasta headquarters and has been around since 1906. Purchase a pound of fresh pasta like squid ink linguini or lobster ravioli, pair it with one of Raffetto’s homemade sauces (maybe the Alfredo or the Genovese walnut), and you’ll have a gourmet dinner ready at home in mere minutes.
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker
Ask any New Yorker where to find the best cheese in the city, and they’ll point you toward this West Village shop. Sure, there’s cave-aged gruyere, creamy blue, and New York State white cheddar. But beyond an impressive collection of artisanal cheese, Murray’s also sells an array of specialty items that appeal to any food lover. The store stocks antipasto, olives, prosciutto, paté, nuts, dried fruit, and even desserts, making it the ultimate resource for a casual dinner at home.
The Meadow, 523 Hudson St
The Meadow is home to an incredible selection of gourmet salt, chocolate, bitters, and cocktail mixers. Gourmet chocolate bars infused with delectable flavors, orange blossom water, and Molokai red Hawaiian sea salt are only a few of the culinary treasures you’ll find in-store. If you want to add an extra special touch to your regular dinners at home, invest in a salt shaver and pick up a block of The Meadow’s pink Himalayan salt. It’s so pure and delicious, a few shavings over a bed of baby lettuce tossed in olive oil will become a fine dining experience.
Urbani Truffles, 10 West End Ave
For the NYC gourmet without a budget, Urbani Truffles is the ultimate source for this coveted ingredient. In season, you can buy one ounce of white truffles for “as low as” $195 (when they’re in stock). As for the rest of us, we can stick to black truffles carpaccio ($22.50 per jar) or Urbani’s truffle-infused products, including white truffle oil, black truffle honey, mushroom and truffle sauce, and black truffle salt. It tastes just as good, and we’ll still be able to afford our rent at the end of the month.
Urbani photo by Amanda Bear B via Yelp.