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NYC Restaurant Spices and Seasonings to Buy for Home Cooking

Chile oil, gochujang, salsa verde, and Momofuku’s ssam sauce are all on the menu

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New York City restaurants may not be offering dine-in service right now, but there’s still a way to get a taste of neighborhood favorites in home kitchens. In recent weeks, some restaurants have started to sell spice blends, seasonings, and sauces as a way to increase sales and continue to pay staff during the economic downturn. Many of these seasonings were previously only available in tabletop shakers or as ingredients on a menu, but now they’re available via online delivery and weekday pick-up. For those looking to send their loved ones a gift right now, also consider our restaurant merch list and gift delivery guide.

Below, a list of some restaurants selling spices and seasonings blends in New York City right now. This article will be updated regularly, so if there’s something in your cabinet that we’ve missed, let us know at tips@eater.com.

Fish Cheeks: Cheeky Noho Thai restaurant Fish Cheeks sold out of its zabb seasoning spice blend before it even promoted its sale. The spicy, limey seasoning made from lemongrass, lime leaves, and Thai chiles normally appears on the restaurant’s popular wings, and is now available for use in home kitchens.

Frankie’s 457: New York hitmaker the Frankies Spuntino Group sells the organic extra virgin olive oil used at Frankie’s 457 by the liter and half-liter. It’s ripe, bright, fruity, and peppery, according to the olive oil’s description.

Colonia Verde: Fort Greene Latin American restaurant and wine bar Colonia Verde is now selling wholesale family meals and pantry staples. In addition to steaks, soups, and Mexican Chocolate, the restaurant is also selling eight-ounce jars of its salsa verde and chipotle crema.

Hunky Dory: Crown Heights neighborhood cocktail bar and cafe Hunky Dory has $35 snack packs with Hunky Hot Sauce, za’atar seasoning, and the spice blend used to season its fried chicken and french fries.

Junzi Kitchen: Northern Chinese fast-casual restaurant Junzi Kitchen is selling its house-made small-batch chile oil, made from Tianjin peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, and cayenne.

MáLà Project: Always-packed East Village dry pot spot MáLà Project has several sauces on deck for delivery, including spicy beef, spicy mushroom, soy pork, and five spice tofu flavors. The restaurant’s online store also has dry wheat and glass noodles available for sale in bulk.

Momofuku: David Chang sells the umami-rich ssam sauce used at Momofuku restaurants across the city, a Korean gochujang sauce made with chile paste, miso, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

Mr. Bing: Beijing-style street food vendor Mr. Bing is selling chile oil, which “looks very spicy but is actually not,” according to the restaurant’s website. The sauce is available in two sizes: a one ounce jar for single use and a heaping 64-ounce container.

Insa: Korean restaurant and karaoke bar Insa has half pints of its ssamjang and gochujang sauces available for same-day pickup, made from fermented soy beans and Korean chile peppers.

Xi’an Famous Foods: Fast-casual noodle chain Xi’an Famous Foods bagged up its crowd-favorite chili oil to sell in 10-packs for $30 apiece on the restaurant’s site. The propriety blend combines over 30 different secret spices, according to the website, and orders can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.

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