Last month wasn’t just chilly in New York City, it was downright COLD. Temperatures often sank below zero (okay, that’s figuring in the wind chill factor). NPR voiced a few jokes about Manhattan-ites dressing for the ski slopes even though our hills are no more than slight inclines.
To combat the cold, one day I ventured out wearing 2 scarves, 1 hat, 1 padded coat, 2 pairs of socks and my insulated boots. I headed to Lexington Avenue where a string of Indian restaurants and stores set up shop years ago. My favorite is Kalustyan’s, a specialty food store focusing on South Asian and Middle Eastern products, on Lexington between 28th and 29th Streets.
Spicy food is another solution to battle the elements. I had a lovely warm potato concoction combined with a delicious fava bean concoction served by a charming man who endured my mispronunciation of Indo-Pakistani dish names.
If you are in NYC and love to cook spicy, flavorful food, Kalustyan’s is not to be missed. You can buy more kinds of curry than ever imagined, tea from the highlands of Darjeeling, nuts with spices mixed in, and so much more than I can even describe. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind place, and is especially inviting in wintertime.