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Russian Food in US

 
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This is probably question to Russians in US, but if others have any information, would be appiciated.
I'm having hard time finding:
Herring, the only Herring I can find is in some sweet vine sause, which I don't like at all.
Grechka(Buckwheat) - I found one named Kasha, but it is grinded. I'm looking for whole.
Black or red caviar, I have no idea which one I used to have back home, but the only black caviar I found in US tastes horrible.
Meat products - sausages, bolognas, etc. I found few sites that claim they sell russian sausages, but they are made in Chech or Romania, I'm not sure if it will be the same.
Even on brighton beach I couldn't find a store that would have these items, maybe I have to look in different stores?
 
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Hm... I am not a gourmet, to put it mildly. After I found right sunflower-seed oil, I don't really need anything else -- local potatoes are potatoes enough. And I can live on this combination for years. I bought herring in the first found Russian story - it was Ok. I was thinking about grechka also, but was to lazy to search for it. The only thing I couldn't find is sauerkraut -- what they sell in local grocery stores is an insult to the mankind. But pickles are much better here. Russians abuse them. Questions to non-Russian readers: did it ever occur to you to drink brine? I am curious.

I would never think you can have problems with Russian food in New York. Usually any Russian store has everything and even more.

Like vobla! It's salted dried fish. When you scale it, the bones stick into your palms... and I remind, it's salted. And you wondered why Russians never smile.
 
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Heh, I wish I knew where is Russian stores around me.. I'm in CT, and cannot go to brighton Beach every day. I get there 1-2 times a year and my friends prefer seing matreshkas, than wondering with me in stores. I wish I knew some russian store in Manhattan. I know there is UN store, but again, couldn't find much russian stuff in there.
I'm also very much used to food here, but after cooking only for my husband for years, want to get something for myself too, he doesn't eat any russian food - it is too plain for him, he prefers lot of spices.
For me, a peice of russian chocolate is like a holiday.
 
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Why not ask at a Russian restaurant near you ?
Plenty in Brooklyn. http://www.epinions.com/rest-Restaurants-All-New_York_City-Russian

"Europa Cafe, a Russian restaurant in Brookline Village, where the chef and owner, Fyodor Dinov," has a fun description of borscht.

Borscht and caviar, the best Russian food.
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I'm not in Brooklyn, I live in CT and work in Manhattan, I don't think there are any Russian restaurants or stores near me.
I can sometimes get out to Brighton Beach, which I believe is in Brooklyn, but I couldn't find what I was looking for there. I found lots of russian sweets and some preserves though. And again, I feel pretty lost in Brighton Beach, there are so many stores, I've heard from my friends there are really huge ones like supermarkets, but I didn't find any.
Someone once told me there is a Russian store in Hamden, CT, but I never found the address or even store name in yellow pages or internet.
I thought people here would know some web sites, or stuff like that..
I found some russian food listings on ebay, but there are very few and only time to time.
 
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I like cooking Chinese and Thai food. The best source of ingredients is a huge Chinese distributor/warehouse/restaurant that Chinese restaurants buy from.

In Manhattan :


Zeytuna [ website ] chocolate bars

Zeytuna feature a gourmet market upstairs, and an eatery downstairs. They have a very small selection of chocolate, mostly Cemoi, Ritter, and a Russian brand called A. Korkunov.

59 Maiden Lane (corner of John & Williams St.)
phone: 1.212.742.2436



Sorry, keep coming back to the Bronx and Brooklyn for Russion food stores.

Bronx and Brooklyn Russian choc and food stores

Hell's a place where women have no good chocolate.
Green & Blacks, a fair trade chocolate is divine.What's more it's guilt-free and made with more cocoa solids than most chocolate brands and using cocoa butter rather than vegetable fat.

Alternatively, Lebanese sweets and pastries are yummy with strong/bitter thick black coffee. Spotted quite a few on that last link.
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Hi,

You can visit our site RusUsa.com - Russian America Today! to find that information. We have Russian Yellow Pages section where you should be able to find russian stores in the area. If you don't see what you are looking for, PM me or send email to the webmaster of RusUsa.com, I am sure someone will be able to help you out.

For anyone - if you are interested in great discussion on rusian-american politics, read info that you may not find on CNN and such - you are welcome on our site. Here's russian-american forum.

Shura.

P.S. Is this JR place getting any brighter? :roll:
 
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Rita, I tried hard to belive what you said, but I failed. Grechka (whole groats) could be found even at regular groceries, and guaranteed to be found at healty food stores. Next time you'll come to Brighton Beach pay more attention. You'll find everything you mentioned, I'm pretty sure. There are very good Brookyn made Russian style sausages as well.

Map, 80% of Russian families I know made their own home-made pickled cabbage, even though one can buy it in Dallas. It's just the most effective way of doing it. I buy dried/salted fish in Chinese stores. It's cheaper this way, and they have bigger variety.
[Map corrected a typo]
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Dmitry: I buy dried/salted fish in Chinese stores. It's cheaper this way, and they have bigger variety.

Ah, thanks, it's a good idea. I buy Asian pickled mushrooms, wash them and make my own marinade. Tastes much better and 3-5 times cheaper than Russian. And fish probably doesn't even need to be re-salted the right way...
 
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www.walkingaround.com shows every ethnic and national group in the world, and where precisely to go in New York City to find the corresponding neighbourhood.

Amazing variety. Here, now that immigrant Indian,Chinese and West Indian populations have moved up the ladder, areas are getting filled by Albanians and Kossovons.
So we usually have to hunt for ethnic foods. Some got quite popular that big stores like Safeway and Tescos stock them. The local chippy used to be run by Chinese, now by East Europeans. He hasn't started serving up specialities probably in the face of all the anti multi-culti being spouted all over the place. Even by V.S. Naipaul. I digress.
 
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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
www.walkingaround.com shows every ethnic and national group in the world, and where precisely to go in New York City to find the corresponding neighbourhood.

Where's Brit-town?! No way I'm going to New York now, there's nothing for me
 
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Yes, you'd think there'd be a special place for those who renamed it New York from Nieuw Amsterdam.
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