Local Artisanal food shops are opening in nyc – so I don’t have to travel to San Fran or Portland afterall 🙂 The key word really here is ‘Local’. New York City has always had many gourmet food shops, but the goods they carried certainly weren’t local- typically European imports. Candies and gourmet hot cocoa traveled all the way from Europe to famed gourmet grocery Dean and Deluca, which much to my dismay, has a minute selection of local artisanal food products.

In the age of mass production, it really is unique to find shops that both make and sell what they have in store. Some artisanal food shops we have in New York so far – Coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee of San Francisco and Beecher’s artisanal fresh cheese shops from Seattle’s Pike Place Market- both recently expanded to the big apple.

Another notable shop is Saxelby’s, a shop here that specializes in local artisanal cheese from the United States- I love that this shop gives local cheese producers a chance to shine in the culinary world of New York City!

There’s also a local bean to bar artisanal chocolate store – Mast Brothers. Last Saturday, I got to take some pictures at their beautiful shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – they have a wide open layout where you can see their production process and facility too.

cocoa bean canvas handbags

Picture above – Handbags made of raw cocao bean canvas bags – beautifully crafted with leather by local Brooklyn artisans

so stylish

Picture above – These bags look rugged and chic all at the same time.

selection of beautifully wrapped single origin bars

Picture above – the wrappers make these bars seem super special, it’s not just cocoa but arts & craft.

Cocoa nibs - crushed cocoa beans, great with desserts and smoothies!

Have you tried how the cocoa beans tasted before they get made into chocolate bars? These are actually crushed cocoa beans, great topped on desserts.

getting introduced to portlandia

We end the day stopping by the Simple Cafe on Bedford Ave for some scrambled eggs, and Craig introduces me to the IFC show Portlandia. We also discovered how much fun it can be reading a magazine together! Paper Magazine came out with a list of 25 young people you’ve never heard of doing idealist things you didn’t know you could do for a living.

For those of you who’ve never been, Williamsburg is an urban town located in Brooklyn, right across the river from Manhattan. It’s a youthful bohemian, artistic urban area with a small town feel. Narrower streets, indie coffee shops, local designer boutiques, gourmet food trucks- very different from the glitzy pop culture glamour of Manhattan.

What are some of your favorite artisanal shops?