Abigail Cahill O'Brien

Discovery: Kalustyan’s

In Food on March 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

Tom Block, the Executive Chef responsible for Allen & Delancey’s freewheeling, breathless new menu, recently turned me on to a place called Kalustyan’s (Lexington Ave between 28th and 29th for you New Yorkers).

I now owe Tom my first born.

Kalustyan’s is a spice market on serious performance enhancers. It’s more than that, and more than a grocery, too.  They carry every Indian and Middle Eastern spice, along with 22 varieties of Turkish Delight, a dizzying array of hot sauces, jams and chutneys, plus hundreds of items I’m not educated enough to recognize.

I spent 40 blissful minutes poking around, filling a basket to breaking point.  Only after the frenzy did a foodie friend tell me the bread and frozen moussaka are not to be missed.  And why didn’t I get any pappadums??

Here’s a small selection of my loot:

The good news: you can order online here. There’s nothing like the hunt on foot, but if New York is out of reach (and especially if you already know exactly what you’re looking for) the site is a great option. Personally, I’m inspired to learn more about Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines, and expect to make many a trek back.

P.S. Check back Monday, and get excited. Tom generously shared an at-home recipe. It’s an interesting twist on an old favorite, and may become your favorite cocktail companion.

  1. Swad mint chutney!!! YES WOMAN, YES!!!!!

  2. […] Saturday we reviewed the melee that was my first trip to Kalustyan’s.  The ostensible reason for the trip was tomato powder, an ingredient for Tom Block’s […]

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