Savoring the Exotic at a Landmark Market in Curry Hill, NYC
If you’re hungry for a taste of the exotic in New York City, visit Kalustyan’s at 123 Lexington Avenue near 29th Street. Don’t be fooled by the diminutive size of this one-of-a-kind food market or by the toasty scent of curry, cumin, and fresh-baked nans and parathas in the air. You could spend hours browsing the narrow aisles that are as colorful as madras plaid and stocked to the rafters with food, condiments and cookware not just from India, but also from the Middle East, South Asia and the Mediterranean. More than 40 countries are represented here, along with more than 1,000 spices, 200 rices, 30 chilies, 50 beans and 180 teas—including an aphrodisiac tea with 32 herbs and spices. And if you work up an appetite, head upstairs for some of the freshest and cheapest Middle Eastern and Greek food in town.