October 10, 2013
Do you fancy yourself a curator of the culinary arts, a slave to epicurean fashions or a food network aficionado? Do you take pleasure in supplying your loved ones with heartwarming classics like chicken soup, homemade marinara or even scrambled eggs and toast? Then these hand-picked toy stores for chefs will be right up your alley!
Whether you’re looking for that one hard-to-find gadget or just want to browse the aisles and be inspired, then you’ve got to check out these chef’s supply superstores:
Broadway PanhandlerPer a review by Mike B. on Yelp: “This place is like a chef’s toy store and well worth the four stars. It is the only place of the like in the Greenwich Village area. They have a wide assortment of just about anything you would want or need in a home kitchen. I stop in during my lunch break frequently and usually end up buying something. If you want to feel and touch your cutlery before you buy it, this place is pretty good, although the pricing is a little steep compared to buying online. It’s also fun to just stop in and look around. The staff is always super friendly without being pushy.”
65 East 8th StreetBetween Broadway & University PlaceNew York City, NY 10003
Fishs EddyFrom their website: “It was 1986 and we were driving around the back roads upstate New York (code for lost) when we stumbled upon a small hamlet called Fishs Eddy. It was a perfectly odd name so we borrowed it for our just-opened shop near Gramercy Park in New York City.
The early days were new and exciting, driving aimlessly (code for no map) in our dented blue pick-up looking for interesting finds. One fortuitous trip landed us in an old barn that was being used to store restaurant dishware from a near-by manufacturer. The barn, filled with tons of plates, bowls, platters, cups and saucers, had been in a fire. Remarkably, every single soot-covered dish was intact! We asked the owner of the barn (and yes, he was wearing overalls) if we could buy a few pieces and but he wanted us to “take it all” off his hands. So we did.
We hauled the “ware” back to our city apartment, scrubbed non-stop for days and discovered patterns and shapes that were absolutely beautiful and truly classic; a real slice of American history! We shared the same thought that we were on to something special …and customers agreed.
Twenty-five years later Fishs Eddy has made its own history. Millions of edgy, unique and incredibly fun dishes and glasses have come through our doors. That old blue pick-up truck is now a big delivery truck with our logo (and a GPS). Of course we still meander and let life take us to unexpected places (code for can’t figure out how to work the GPS). But most importantly, we’re still true to our original vision; commercial quality dish and glassware with plenty of other things to make people smile. After all these years, we still love doing dishes!”
889 Broadway at 19th StreetNew York City, NY 10003(877) 347-4733
Bowery kitchen Supplies @ The Chelsea MarketFrom their website: “Shop with the top Restaurant chefs and professionals as well as Food Network STARZ at Bowery Kitchen Supplies. We opened for business on the famous Bowery Street Restaurant Supply Street in 1975, supplying New York’s finest Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli’s, Bakery, Pizzerias & Caterers! With a second store since 1996 at The Chelsea Market Home, also home to The Food Network Studios and numerous other well known food related establishments. It is so exciting to serve and support our neighbors the Food Network, stars of the culinary arts, as well as supply the kitchen behind the scenes.”
Chelsea Market Building88 10th AveNew York, NY 10011(212) 376-4982
J.B. PrinceFrom a review article in the NY Times: “To even the most street-savvy New Yorker, 31st Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue South might seem an unlikely place to find one of the world’s top purveyors of professional culinary equipment. Most of the block is devoted to another singular interest: fine Oriental carpets.
But tucked in among the rug shops is No. 36, where an elevator can take you to the 11th floor and a small entry hall papered wall to wall with business cards from restaurants haute and humble, stretching back through the years and around the globe. Just beyond lies the carefully curated showroom of J.B. Prince, a family-run business that will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Thursday.
This haunt of chefs and culinary students is hidden from the casual shopper, but many dedicated amateur home cooks know it and are made welcome. And though the showroom is small and utilitarian, its shelves brim with inventiveness and beauty.”
36 East 31st Street, 11th FloorNew York, N.Y. 10016
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