One of the greatest things about shopping in New York City is that there is a store for nearly everything; you just need to know where to go. For foodies visiting New York City, we've put together a list of recommended stores for finding stellar ingredients and top-notch kitchen equipment. Foodies beware: make sure you've got plenty of room in your bags to pack the treasures you buy!
Eataly is a wonderful combination of a top-notch Italian food market and casual eateries. They offer walking tours of the market as well as other educational programming. The market sells the very same ingredients that they use to prepare the food they serve at the many restaurants. In addition to the casual "first come, first served" La Piazza, Il Pesce (fish), Le Verdure (vegetables) and La Pizza & Pasta, you can reserve at the year-round rooftop beer garden, Birreria, and the formal restaurant in Eataly, Manzo.
- Closest Subway: N/R to 23rd Street; 6 to 23rd Street
- Best Bets: imported pasta and cheeses; Italian kitchen gadgets
Since 1983 this Upper East Side bookstore has been enticing customers with its unparalleled collection of books related to food and drink. Whether you're a Michelin starred chef or a passionate home cook, you're sure to be impressed with the store's over 12,000 titles, which include new releases, popular classics, and out-of-print books.
- Closest Subway: 6 to 96th Street
If you're looking for an elusive ingredient or spice, look no further than Kalustyan's. This Gramercy shop is full of top-notch ingredients, from rice and beans to spices and dried fruits. There is a particular emphasis on Indian and Mideastern ingredients, including great frozen canapes and fresh bread.
- Closest Subway: 6 to 28th Street
- Best Bets: spices, teas, coffees, dried spices
This Chinese market carries a vast array of Chinese ingredients, cooking tools and dinnerware at great prices. They also have extensive tea offerings and a fun selection of frozen foods. There are a lot of Chinese medicinal ingredients for sale as well; the large apothecary jars with shark fin and birds nests are worth a look.
- Closest Subway: 6/J/M/Z/M/N/Q/R/W to Canal Street
- Best Bets: teas, Chinese candies, dinnerware, rice steamers
If you love cheese, Murray's Cheese Shop is a required stop on your New York City itinerary. In addition to a mind-blowing array of cheeses, Murray's has tremendously helpful staff who make shopping there a real pleasure. Even if you're far from home, a few pieces of cheese and some bread (available there or next door at Amy's bread) can make for a memorable meal.
- Closest Subway: A/C/E/F/V/B/D to West 4th Street
- Best Bets: artisan and seasonal cheeses
Russ started selling herring from a pushcart after immigrating to the Lower East Side from Eastern Europe and the business has been run by his family ever since. Russ & Daughters is the ideal place to get your fix of Jewish delicacies, from lox and sable to rugalach and babka. They also have extensive mail order options if you're looking to have souvenirs or gifts sent home.
- Closest Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue; J/M/Z to Delancey; 6 to Bleecker
- Best Bets: smoked fish, dried fruits, rugalach, babka
While no longer at its original Sullivan Street location, Jim Lahey's outstanding artisan bread coming out of Hell's Kitchen are still amazing. You can also find Sullivan Street Bakery bread at many of New York City's top restaurants, as well as at several Manhattan high-end grocery stores. For the true bread aficionado, Jim Lahey also teaches classes about his slow rise, no-knead method of bread making.
- Closest Subway to Hells Kitchen Location: A/C/E to 50th Street; N/Q/R to 49th Street
- Chelsea Location Address: 236 9th Ave (between 24th and 25th Streets)
- Closest Subway to Chelsea Location: A/C/E to 23rd Street
- Sullivan Street Bakery Best Bets: Roman-style pizza and pane Pugliese
Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Zabar's is practically a New York City institution. Downstairs, you'll find yourself entrenched with local New Yorkers as you wind your way through the narrow aisles. It's a great place to pack a picnic to enjoy in Central Park or to pick up some delicious foods to bring home with you. Upstairs, you'll find an incredibly well-stocked kitchenwares store with great prices.
- Closest Subway: 1 to 79th Street
- Best Bets: coffee, smoked salmon, chocolate babka, pickles, cherry strudel