Kalustyan’s is one of those stores you can only find in New York City. There is simply nowhere else you could find such a huge blend of various international food items in the world. It is simply an ingredients mecca. Looking for a rare spice you had during a trip to Morocco that you can’t find anywhere? You’ll find it at Kalustyan’s.
The shelves are stocked with everything imaginable. My personal favorite thing to buy there is tea. If you’re looking for a tea from a specific country, they have it. But they also have several shelves of their own tea blends — everything from mango to calming, green, black, white, oolong. I don’t think I can accurately put into words how vast their selection of teas is. You’re going to have to see for yourself.
The crazy thing is though, the selection is that vast for EVERYTHING there. Thousands of spices and spice blends take up one aisle. International yogurts and cheeses from all over the world fill refrigerators. There are tons of international sauces and cooking ingredients, like Turkish tomato paste and Thai Palm Sugar, desserts and pastries as well. The place seems to go on forever! It will take you at least an hour to look through all the shelves here and you’ll find some of the most exotic and incredible items here and the scope of countries represented in the items is unlike anything you anywhere else but in the melting pot of New York City.