Take a stroll along New York City's Bowery just above and below Houston, and you'll find such a store—if not with that exact name, then with the spirit it implies.
This reporter recently made a pilgrimage to "the other restaurant row" in search of supplies to streamline his pizzamaking operation at home, and, ladies and gentlemen, he felt like the proverbial kid in a candy store. I started out at Ray Bari, simply because I recognized the name from the many Ray Bari pizzerias throughout the city and because the New York Times's Jeff VanDam wrote a nice story about the place in late July. So I was truly excited when Nikki came home recently with a vegetarian pork rind snack that she’d picked up in a Filipino grocery store in Woodside, Queens.


If you’re in NYC, you can find them at Phil-Am Foods on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside.
My grandfather had a bar in his basement and it was always well stocked with the good stuff — cheese in a can, pork rinds, those little crackers shaped like playing card suits. Big, clean, and easiliy navigable, the store's logical layout made it easy to find all items on my list right off the bat. Unfortunately, it's not like the old trick of grocery shopping on a full stomach; there is no preventive measure for wanting to buy novel kitchen gadgets.






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