Rising Costs of Food

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Last Updated on May 20, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Why is food so darned expensive????

I am not an economist or a finance person, but someone, country, organization has to do something. It is not that we do not have enough food in the world – it is just that no one can afford it.

I am the Gourmet Global, but many of our neighbors can’t even afford essentials (forget about gourmet). Between this and the price of gas, it is pushing the cost of living way beyond many people’s means.

I was speechless when I went to buy an individual sized bottle of apple juice (15 oz.) from a hot dog vendor yesterday and it was $3. $3 for something that I will finish in a few minutes. I remember when they were $1 and then $1.50, but when did they suddenly jump to $3.

Anyway, here is a list here of places where I do a lot of my grocery shopping, in a variety of cuisines. You can purchase things at these places without robbing the bank. Hope it is helpful in creating your gourmet meals on a budget.

Name Of Location Address Telephone # Website Products
9th Avenue International Foods 543 9th Avenue 212-279-1000   Middle Easter, African, Greek, Italian
Asia Food Market, Inc. 71 1/2 Mulberry Street     Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian
Bangkok Center Grocery 104 Mosco Street 212-732-8916 thai-grocery.com Thai and other Southeast Asian products, Lime Leaves, Thai Basil, Galangal
Buon Italia 75 9th Avenue (Chelsea Market) 212-633-9090 buonitalia.com European Products, especially Italian and French, candied lemon peel, vanilla beans
Chop Chop 126 Smith Street (Brooklyn) 718-858-3757   Organic produce and groceries, flavored syrups, prepared foods
Deluxe Food Market 79 Elizabeth Street 212-925-5766   Game Birds, Fish, Produce, Asian products, Prepared Foods
Dynasty Supermarket 68 Elizabeth Street 212-966-4943 dynastysuper.qpg.com Game Birds, Fish and Meat, Asian products, Chinese teas
Empire Coffee & Teas 568 9th Avenue 212-268-1220 empirecoffeetea.com Coffee, Tea & Accoutrements
Family Fruit Farm 1823 Church Avenue     Caribbean produce and products, calaloo, sorrel, Trini Green Seasoning, Kuchela, Shadoe Beny (outside Haitian women sell Haitian products – djon djon mushrooms)
Golan Gourmet 1348 Coney Island Avenue (Brooklyn) 718-338-1040 golangourmet.com Dried fruits, nuts, teas, coffee, figs, dates, Israeli products, fruits, olives
Hong Kong Supermarket 109 East Broadway 212-227-3388   Asian
Kalustyan’s 123 Lexington Avenue 212-685-3451 kalustyans.com Middle Eastern, Southeast and South Asian, Greek/Mediterranean, curry leaves
Kam Man Food Products 200 Canal Street 212-571-0330   Asian, teas, dried sausages, dried seafood
Malko Karkanni Bothers 174 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn) 718-834-0845   dried fruits, nuts, Middle Eastern cheese, Greek and Middle Eastern pastries and groceries
Manhattan Fruit Exchange 75 9th Avenue (Chelsea Market) 212-989-2444   Produce, Herbs, Cheese, Organic
Murray’s Cheese 254 Bleeker Street 212-243-3289 murrayscheese.com Cheese
Oriental Pastry & Grocery 170 Atlantic Avenue 718-875-7687   Middle Eastern cheese, grains, legumes, nuts, dried fruits, dates
Patel Brothers 37-27 74th Street (Jackson Heights) 718-898-3445 citysearch.com (for additional locations in Flushing and Jamaica) Indian produce and grocery items, skin and hair care items, incense
Rio Bonito Market 3286 47th Street (Astoria) 718-728-4300   Brazilian Products
Sahadi’s 187 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn) 718-624-4550 sahadis.com oliv oil, coffee, dried herbs, grains, nuts, dried fruit, cheese, dates, Greek and Middle Eastern groceries
Spice Corner 135 Lexington Avenue 212-689-5182   Indian, orange blossom water
Three Guys From Brooklyn Fort Hamilton Parkway/65th Street 718-748-8340 3guysfrombrooklyn.com Large selection of reasonably priced fresh produce.
Tongin Mart, Inc. 91 Mulberry Street 212-962-6622   Asian and Southeast Asian
Udom’s Thai Indonesian Store 814A Bayard Street 212-349-7662   Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian
West African Grocery 535 9th Avenue 212-594-7399   African products, Brazilian Products, Chinese Products. Dried goods and small amount of produce.

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