There's actually a section in my book The 4-Hour Chef for specialty markets and suppliers in NYC! Here they are:
- Saxelby Cheesemongers: An awesome selection of cheeses curated by owner/cheesemonger Anne Saxelby (who everyone says is very helpful). They also have bread from Sullivan Street Bakery if it’s your cheat day.
- Eataly: There are all manner of pastas and pizzas, plus out-of-this-world gelato, for your cheat days, but you can also ﬁnd an incredible selection of ﬁsh and vegetables.
- International Grocery: International grocery specializing in Greek and Mediterranean fare with aisles of nuts, legumes, grains, olives, spices, cheeses, and olive oils.
- Kalustyan's: International bulk spices and Middle Eastern specialty items. Thirty varieties of dried whole chilies and chili powder and 180 varieties of imported tea.
- Di Palo Fine Foods: A quintessential old-school Italian market in Little Italy offering cheese, proscuitto di parma and other cured meats, oils, vinegars, honey, and preserves.
- Bangkok Center Grocery: Asian groceries, especially Thai ingredients. If you’re looking for Thai basil or kaffir leaves, here’s where to ﬁnd them.
- Korin: A great kitchen begins with great knives, and this place has the most badass Japanese knives around. They’ll sharpen old knives too.
- Bowery Restaurant Supply Co: They’ve got everything for cheap. Mark Bittman says this is his favorite restaurant supply place (check out the article and video here.