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International Grocery

543 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10018 40.757239 -73.993547
at 40th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-279-1000 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Gourmet Marketplace
  • Products & Services: Gourmet Shops/Produce
Photo by Gavin Thomas

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Official Website

internationalgrocerynyc.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 8am-6:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide

Gourmet

  • Gourmet Shops/Produce

Profile

In the gritty shadows of the Port Authority terminal, this small Hell's Kitchen market specializes in imported spices, staples and delicacies for the adventurous home cook. On a table adjacent to the cash register, a ceramic jar of Indonesian octopus (a favorite of renowned foodie David Rosengarten) sits within tentacle’s reach of an open carton of bulk Israeli couscous, which shares floor space with a tall drum of lava-red Hungarian paprika, a contingent of wildly-hued Indian spices, and housemade platters of Greek baklava, spanikopita, halvah, yogurt and feta cheese. The compact, easily-navigated store is owned by two Karamouzis brothers, offspring of a Greek clan that has presided over this real estate for more than 30 years. The brothers are knowledgeable and chummy, chiding loyal customers with well-traveled lines like, "Malabar peppercorn? What, American peppercorn not good enough for you?" The market's a primary neighborhood source for loose herbs, honey, pastas, olives, pitas and a limited array of cooking utensils and metal pans, which, strung from aged wooden rafters overhead, lend the room an air of a sparkling Mediterranean bazaar.

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