So SpicyCategory: Food Porn   Feb 1st 2014  10:25AM   0

Kip's Bay is one my favorite neighborhoods to find spices. Its streets are lined with some of the city's best spots for Middle Eastern, Indian & North African products.

If you are of the "I don't venture above 59th street" persuasion, Kalustyan's (123 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016) is probably one the best places to find nearly any kind of spice, paste, rub, hot sauce or salt from just about anywhere in the world. In addition to whole and ground spices - most of which are of their own exclusive brand - they carry a wide range of dried fruits & vegetables, sweets, Asian & Middle Eastern cooking utensils, vinegars...I really could go on forever. They have two gigantic floors worth of products.


Half of the first floor is dedicated dried spices & spice blends. Imagine how excited I was to find aged black garlic and various kinds of dried mushrooms all in one place. A tagine was on the menu that day which called for the perfect clay pot as well as an copper ibrik, a type of coffee pot.


In the coffee and tea section upstairs, floral & spicy Indian coffee beans made a beautiful Egyptian-style coffee. Their whole leaf tea selection nearly brought me to tears, but certainly can impart more pleasant effects... 

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Embark on a Foodie Tour with me and I will be happy to take you here, as well as my other favorite spice hunting neighborhoods.

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