When it comes to famous landmarks, New York City is home to many, especially around food. Not only is eating out one of my favorite things to do, but second to that, it is shopping at unique places around the city that have been providing New Yorkers with ingredients to bring their own cuisines to life at home. Sahadi’s is that store where your senses get lost in between olive tasting, coffee aromas and the spice section.
Although it has been around for years, Sahadi’s is new to me. Started in the 1890s in Manhattan, Sahadi’s moved to Brooklyn in 1941 and was run by Charlie Sahadi until 2016, although, like I found out, you can still find him in the store and a pleasure to talk with about his fine ingredients. Recently winning a James Beard award, Sahadi’s was declared an “American Classic” and that it truly is.
I learned about Sahadi’s from the book I just finished, Food and the City, where various food purveyors’ stories are shared in a way that makes you want to jump off your couch, subway, or treadmill and visit each and every one of them. And that is exactly what I did when I finished the book, Sahadi’s is the last chapter and I ran right down to Atlantic Avenue, filled my bag with olives, pistachios, spices, coffee, gnocchi and more and stocked my shelves to cook up some great eats with flavors from around the world.
What are you waiting for? Head down to Sahadi’s, stock up and get cooking!
You might even see Charlie there.
Pick up a favorite ingredient? Let me know by commenting below, I would love to hear.