|The halls of Chelsea Market are filled with culinary treasures –credit|
Bowery Kitchen Supply sells pretty much everything you could need for home cooking success. From super sharp chef’s knives to salad spinners and kitschy salt shakers, take a peek inside this kitchen store to see if any gadgets can make your life easier.
|Good luck fitting everything you want from here in your NYC kitchen –credit|
If you want to cook with Thai flavors at home, Chelsea Thai Wholesale, a small shop serving prepared food and selling unique imported ingredients, is key. Choose from a variety of fish sauces, rice noodles, coconut milks, and curry pastes, all at prices cheaper than ordering takeout Pad Thai.
The best place to buy fresh seafood in Manhattan may very well be The Lobster Place. Much more than just lobsters –– sold in four different sizes in enormous tanks in the back ––this huge seafood market has various stations for crabs, shrimp, sashimi, fresh-caught fillets, and much more. If it swims (or more accurately, swam a few days previously), it will be here. This fish market sells wholesale and retail, and its prices are extremely reasonable, especially for such high quality product.
|So much different seafood! –credit|
Carnivores, your ultimate stop is Dickinson’s Farmstand. Grass-fed, antibiotic-free, humanely raised, and organic meats are sourced from small scale sustainable farms, and the butchers here are highly knowledgeable about each cut. Steaks, pork chops, lamb, goat, and cured meats are all available here, and the back of the shop features an open butchering area where you can see the men and women of Dickinson’s at work breaking down a pig!
For all your produce needs, stop at the Manhattan Fruit Exchange. With a greater selection and lower prices than a typical store, it’s amazing that this fruit and veggie outpost isn’t crowded or unbearable to shop in. Choose from seasonal ingredients, organic options, greens, and mushrooms you may have never seen. Dry goods are also available, so if you’re in a hurry, this could easily be a one-stop grocery store.
|And this is only some of the mushroom selection! –credit|
If you’re interested in fresh pasta, shop at Rana, which makes creative and delicious pastas on site daily, flavored with vegetables and even chocolate! Choose some homemade gnocchi as a side dish, or make an entire meal from the fresh mushroom tagliatelle.
|Purple pasta at Rana is certainly tempting –credit|
You’re going to need to flavor your meal, and that’s where Spices and Tease comes in. Selling thirty varieties of homemade spice blends including Fish and Seafood Spices, the Moroccan Tajine Blend and the Special Red Meat blend, the spicy specialists here can help you choose the right seasoning for your meal. You can choose from over eighteen different peppers, thirteen types of gourmet salt, and endless seeds and spices available by weight.
|Spices and Teases has lures you in with delicious scents –credit|
Want wine with dinner? Chelsea Wine Vault carries a superb selection of international and local wines, with informed staff who can help you match your purchased food to a perfect bottle.
|Cooking wine? Dinner Wine? Dessert wine? It’s all here! –credit|
Every good meal ends with a cheese plate (well, before dessert) and for that, Lucy’s Whey is here to help. Cheesemongers will help you pair a selection of soft and hard cheeses –– cow, sheep, and goat –– along with preserves, honey, and crackers for the perfect restaurant-style platter.
After all that cooking and eating, you may want (or need!) some coffee. Pick up whole beans from Ninth Street Espresso, which sources its beans from specialty farms around the world and roasts them locally throughout the week.
Milk for your coffee, as well as ice cream for dessert, should come from Ronnybrook Dairy, which sells milk bottles sourced from its farm upstate.
And of course, dessert. There are plenty of options here! Pick up freshly made doughnuts from Doughnuttery, choose from decorated cookies and cupcakes at Eleni’s, get evilly rich chocolate brownies at Fat Witch, or grab a pint from L’Arte del Gelato.
|There are so many festive sweets to choose from at Eleni’s –credit|