Right across from Balthazar is one of my favorite kitchen, cooking, appliance, gadget and doodad stores of all time â€“ Sur La Table. Many years ago, when we were busy preparing to outfit our kitchen at the beach, we took a trip to San Francisco and I visited a large branch of Sur La Table there and instantly fell in love. The store on the West Coast was a little more disorganized than the totally put together style of say Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn. It had a lot more stuff in a much smaller retail space, and best of all, the folks that worked there seemed to genuinely enjoy cooking and seemed to know a lot more about the stuff they were selling. Needless to say, I ended purchasing several balikbayan boxes worth of goods that I shipped back home and which formed the backbone of my kitchen arsenal at the beach house. A few years later, Sur La Table ventured East (finally) and opened a shop in Great Neck, Long Island that I also liked, then finally, they found a location in New York City on Spring Streetâ€¦
This medium sized shop was packed with all kinds of goodies from pots, pans, spatulas, glasses, cheeseboards, condiments, cookbooks, appliances, china, glass, etc. It was only our third day in New York so I was a bit restrained in the shopping, bagging several oven thermometers (if you donâ€™t have one you should consider getting one to make sure you know exactly how hot your oven is), several candy, meat and other thermometers, some neat silicone doodads such as a collapsible strainer, some spatulas, pans, etc. I noticed that there was a lot of color in the pans and other accessories in the store and clearly one of the colors of the fashion season was a sort of lime or yellow green that we would go on to notice nearly every store we went to for the rest of the trip. While I was looking at some of the appliances on the shelves ( I wanted to get another Waring blender for the city, since almost all locally available blenders are horrific), it seemed too early to start acquiring large itemsâ€¦ Consider this the appetizer of Marketmanâ€™s kitchen equipment shopping in New York!