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Shopping Suggestions for Housewares, Gourmet Ingredients, Cooking Resource Stores

My wife and I are seasoned cooks who travel to NY a few times a year. I've not been paying attention to food media regarding new store openings and feel a bit out of touch. I'm looking for suggestions for housewares stores, cookbook stores, ingredients, etc. Over the years, we've hit all the well-known standard-bearers... Dean & Deluca, Citarella, Zabars, ChelseaMarket, Eataly, Bridge, Broadway Panhandler, JB Prince, KamMan, etc. I'm looking for newer, or lesser known places, perhaps smaller treasures with a local vibe. Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Feb 09, 2015
jerryc123 in Manhattan

Recs for downtown Buffalo?

You mentioned "funky chef-driven spot", and so I feel compelled to mention Steven Gedra's Bistro Europa. Also, Jim Gaurino's Shango. Both places have terribly accomplished and creative chef/owners who feature a lot of local ingredients and push the envelope.

White anchovies in Buffalo area?

If Premier is out of stock, you can fill out a form at the cashier line and they will order it for you.

@ Roxlet; We have no Costco in the Buffalo area.

Recommendations for Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Buffalo (Lunch)?

I forgot about Chef's, which is casual Italian-American. ChickenParm, spaghetti & red sauce, etc. Kid friendly, and the food is good, though not ground-breaking in any way.

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (Episode 7: "Hamptons Beach Cookout") [Spoilers]

I agree. The brand-name product placement is too much for me. The Kikkoman Ponzu challenge was slightly more bearable, but grocery store crackers and wine?!?! I was embarrassed for the participants.

I still think Faulkner would make a good iron chef, and Zakarian shold have his own FoodNetwork show.

Dec 11, 2011
jerryc123 in Food Media & News

Recommendations for Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Buffalo (Lunch)?

Pizza Plant
Original Pancake House
Lake Effect Diner

Original Pancake House
3019 Union Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127

Pizza Plant
5110 Main St Ste 105, Williamsville, NY 14221

Original Pancake House
5479 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

Pano's Restaurant
1081 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Original Pancake House
2075 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14228

Lake Effect Diner
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

BBQ in Buffalo (split from Ontario board)

You may find this old thread interesting...

Wegmans- Buffalo area

You were not incorrect when you mentioned a Wegmans on Maple, as there is a larger Wegmans on Transit Rd at Maple Rd. But, I do think the Sheridan location is better.

Wegmans- Buffalo area

Great post - thanks for writing about your experience! Many people ( myself included) forget to report back on their visit. Glad to hear you had a good time , and thanks for the heads-up on Stone Road Grill.

Wegmans- Buffalo area

I agree with Nadala; if you have time to visit just one Wegmans, the one on Sheridan Drive, near Hopkins, is the latest to be updated, and a nice stop.

Buffalo Bar Suggestion for a stag night

Great list , RosemaryHoney!

Mother's has great food, but I don't really understand the appeal of the bar there. To many 'manthers' for me.
Colter Bay has a great tap selection, but their food is just OK- not great.
Double Thumbs Up on Snooty Fox, Hardware, Gabriel's Gate

May I also add...
Founding Fathers: Nice low-key tavern
Ulrich's: Buffalo's oldest continuously operating tavern
Laughlin's: Not a terribly busy place, but still has a good bar and decent food.

Ulrich's Tavern
674 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Gabriels Gate Restaurant
145 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Laughlins Beef & Barrel
333 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202

Allen St Hardware Cafe
245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Founding Fathers Restrnt
75 Edward St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Snooty Fox Lounge
445 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Centerbe in Boston?

thanks for that link!

Dec 17, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Fat Washing

I've done supermarket bacon in inexpensive Evan Williams Bourbon, and was pleased with the results. I will do this again using better bacon, and a higher-end bourbon.

I recently tried doing browned butter with vanilla bean in aged rum, and was pleased with that as well. A note - butter does not completely separate from the booze like bacon fat does in the freezer. It was more difficult to separate and strain through coffee filters than the bacon fat.

jonathan_obrien: What bar do you work at? What was the vehicle for avocado?

Dec 17, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Buffalo Christmas weekend

Sorry, I don't know, and as no one else has chimed in after a week, I am assuming no one else does either. You may have to search this board for recommended restaurants in Buffalo, and make some phone calls.
Here are some links to get you started...

Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa" is going to get sexy and violent?

I'm not sure if this is appropriate to the board, but it made me laugh, so I thought I would post it.

Check out the description for her show "Sweet Home Supper."

It's obviously a programming error from Time Warner Cable - but still - the mind does wander...

Nov 03, 2010
jerryc123 in Food Media & News

cocktails w/ soy sauce

Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato
I flipped through this book at a store, but did not purchase it.
I remember it had recipes that included Asian ingredients such as Yuzu, Sake, and Sochu.
If any book had recipes including soy sauce, this would probably be it.
Or at least worth a read.

Aug 25, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

cocktails w/ soy sauce

I have not.
But I am intrigued by the idea.

It would probably have to be something savory rather than sweet.
Perhaps with ginger liqueur.
Sochu, ginger, lemongrass, soy sauce?
Something like that?

It's worth exploring.

Aug 22, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Buffalo in August!

Sure. Ulrich's.
Anchor Bar has beef-on-weck, though I don't like their version.
Gabriel's Gate should have it.
Laughlin's has it, though I've never tried it there and can't vouch for it.

Dive Bars:
Wear your rubber boots if you visit the Old Pink's bathrooms.

By law, many bars in Buffalo have last call at 4:00 AM
Many bars closer earlier.

Please post back, with your comments and observations of your trip.

Finger Lakes, NY - Wines and Vineyards

Both r0xyyyy and jmoryl make some fine points. "Best" is so personal. No two people will have the same list.

Here are a few of my suggestions...

Keuka Lake:
Dr Konstantin Frank - Rkatseteli
Hunt Country - Late Harvest Vignoles and Valvin Muscat

Seneca Lake:
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Anthony Road - Vignoles
Hermann J. Wiemer - Riesling
Lamoreaux Landing - Chardonay
Earle Estates Meadery - Honey meads, melomels, and pyments

Cayuga Lake:
Bellwether Cidery - awesome varietal ciders

I'm sure I am forgetting more favorites and a few friends, my apologies.

To Eat
Ithaca NY:
Just A Taste, or Maxies
Hazelnut Kitchen

If time allows:
the Corning Glass Museum is wonderful.

Search this board for more threads. Also there are a few tourism sites like

Just A Taste
116 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Maxie's Supper Club & Oyster Bar
635 W State St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Hazelnut Kitchen
53 E Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Pineapple Margarita Recipe?

Hi Kathryn;

I have not yet been to Death&Co, and Elettaria was not open long - so I did some guesswork, and trial-and-error at home, to try and duplicate this. I may have gotten it completely wrong, and it may be totally different from what they are doing at D&C. Regardless, the drink recipe I provided above is delicious.

A 4 oz glass sounds reasonable, just halve the recipe.
I believe Elettaria used Herradura 100% Agave Silver as the base.
I've used Lunazil Agave Silver in the past, because it is inexpensive,
and with premium tequila, I would indeed serve this in a small 4 oz. coupe.
But my wife and friends can go through this drink quickly, so now I use
cheapie Sauza Blanco, and our larger cocktail glasses.

I never properly thanked you for all the advice you gave me on the "Inventive Cocktails in Lower Manhattan" thread.
Our group had a whirl-wind tour of eateries and pubs, and I only managed to visit Pegu Club, and Painkiller, and had wonderful experiences. I plan to hit the other establishments in that thread as time goes by - it is a great reference. Thanks again for your help.


Hey, Look! I've started a new blog...

Aug 19, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Best "cheap" gin?

Gordon's is completely decent, and a workhorse for me.

Aug 14, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Best Vodka

Right now, I am using Sobieski. Its Polish, and made from rye.

Aug 14, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

If I like a 7-and-7, what else might I like?

"...Maybe something a little less sweet? Seagram's 7 can be a little cloying to me..."

I think it is the soda pop, not the whiskey, making your drink sweet.

Perhaps, you could find a less sweet brand of soft drink. There are all kinds of bottlers out there making better soft drinks with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Fever Tree makes a Bitter Lemon soda.

Or perhaps, you could add a squeeze of lemon to your drink to balance out the sweetness of the soda pop. Personally, I don't drink 7-up or Sprite without added lemon juice. It is just too sweet for me to be refreshing.

Or perhaps...
you should branch into whiskey sours, if you like whiskey with lemon-lime flavors.

Or perhaps...
you could try rye whiskey for mixing. Rye has a more 'spicy' character than a blended whiskey. Old Overholt is a good rye brand for mixing.

Jul 24, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Sloe Gin and Creme de Violette...

I just did a story on my blog about Plymouth Sloe Gin. ( I hope you are using Plymouth. )

Try these three cocktails...

San Francisco
3/4 oz Plymouth sloe gin
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Shake in iced cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

2 oz Plymouth sloe gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Real Sloe Gin Fizz
1½ oz Plymouth sloe gin
½ oz gin
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white
1 teaspoon sugar
Shake all ingredients hard, in a shaker, first without ice, then with ice. Strain into a tall glass and top off with soda water.

Jul 17, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Best (and cheapest) source for Cheese in Buffalo?

Unfortunately, Buffalo does not have a dedicated cheesemonger.

Premier Gourmet, Wegmans, and the Lexington Co-Op were all once good places to get quality cheese, but the economic slowdown has led to decreased turn-over, and therefore a smaller selection. It is quite noticeable. You should still be able to find Swiss and Gouda at any of those stores.

We are lucky to have Farmers And Artisans in Williamsville, a local-vore market that has very unusual local cheeses you will not find anywhere else. If you like cheese, it should be a destination.

Farmers and Artisans
78 E Spring St, Williamsville, NY 14221

Making your own Campari?

No, I've never done it.

But, at one time I wanted to figure out the ingredients and attempt a re-creation of Benedictine, my favorite liqueur. I eventually gave up. Some things are still secret, even with the flow of information on the interwebs.

According to this article Campari is made from a blend of equal parts of alcohol, sugar syrup, distilled water, and an infusion flavored with oranges, rhubarb, and 60 other secret herbs and spices. The red color used to come from a dye made from insects, but in 2006 was replaced by an artificial food dye.

Jun 24, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Auto-link glitches

Jacquilynne or The Chowhound Team

This feature seems to be a really big problem. Some people have suggested it is more of a hassle than it is worth.

Is this a feature that is important to Chowhound management? Perhaps this should be a topic of discussion for management. It would be easy to retain the map and links, by requiring the user to manually add the restaurant links during their post, and doing away with the auto-feature.

Jun 23, 2010
jerryc123 in Site Talk

Buffalo in August!

I've been to Fat Bob's perhaps 4 or 5 times, and was continuously unimpressed by their BBQ. I haven't been back in years. Perhaps the bar is the appeal of the place? They have a patio?

As long as we're talking about bars, we can expand the discussion a bit.

Mother's has a very nice bar. A bit older clientele. Their bar staff seems to know how to mix a drink, and the selection behind the bar is passable. They have a nice patio.

Scarlet is just ok. I don't understand the appeal of that place, they are not a wine bar, their beer selection is just ok, they don't do cocktails well ( too many flavored vodkas ) and their prices are not cheap, so I don't know what niche they are trying to fill. Theu seem to be busy, though.

Frizzy's is alright. Not a dive, but more of a neighborhood place, I guess. That is another place I don't "get", other than their prices are reasonable. Oh, and bubble hockey.

Across the street, Gabriel's Gate has a nice bar. The food is good.

The bar at Colter Bay is good. They have a large selection of taps, always have a good selection of craft ales, and the bar tenders know their way around mixed drinks. Their food is just passable. Don't expect much.

Snooty Fox has a nice cocktail bar. I've only been there when they were incredibly busy and slammed and the bar maid still made us good cocktails, considering. I wish they had bitters behind the bar. I need to go back when they are less busy.

Stillwater is just ok.

Rosenmary, have you been to K Gallaghers , 256 Allen, Mohawk Place, or Irish Times? Those may also appeal to dolphin146's more, depending on their definition of 'dive.'

Frizzy's Bar & Grill
140 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

26 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Snooty Fox Lounge
445 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202

Which brand of Vodka do you use when making infusions

It's not a recipe.

The Capital Grill Stoli-Doli is just pineapple infused vodka (10 days), shaken with ice, and served straight up.

Jun 22, 2010
jerryc123 in Spirits

Buffalo in August!

Yes, I forgot to mention Founding Fathers, which is close to the Chippewa scene.
But, I wouldn't call FF a "dive," - not at all.
It's just a decent pub. They make a pretty good burger. If they installed a deep-fryer, something the owner is strongly against, I would probably be in there all the time.

The Old Pink? Yes, I know the original poster mentioned "dives' in the post, but I don't recommend that place to anyone.

Founding Fathers Restrnt
75 Edward St, Buffalo, NY 14202