Cooking at home can be a great way to conserve cash living in New York. Aspiring chefs know it's essential to have your kitchen fully stocked with the right supplies to make home cooking a low-stress activity. Here is a list of kitchen supply stores, specialty food shops, wine stores, and food markets in Williamsburg to suit your culinary needs.
The Meat Hook, located underneath the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at Frost Street, is Williamsburg's specialty butcher. Everything here is organic. Though it's expensive, the quality of the meat really is better and makes a huge difference in taste. From chicken to steak, The Meat Hook has it, though it's worth giving them a call to make sure what you're looking for is still in stock. The Brooklyn Kitchen used to be its own separate business, but now it's merged with The Meat Hook and the two occupy the same space. The Brooklyn Kitchen is a kitchen supply store and they also teach cooking classes: everything from sauces to how to butcher an entire pig.
Whisk is a lovely kitchen supply store located on Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street. The staff is very friendly and more than willing to give advice or answer any questions you may have. If you're in the market for a new skillet but don't know what kind to get, this is the place to go. There's also a nice selection of glassware, teas, tablecloths, and cookbooks.
Directly across the street from Whisk you'll find The Bedford Cheese Shop, a gourmet cheese seller with much more. This is the perfect place to go if you're planning a dinner party and need to have snacks for your guests to munch on as you finish cooking. In addition to the hundred plus varieties of cheese, there are also jams, sauces, cookies, cured meats, and candy from all over the world.
4. Wine Shops
What's a kitchen without a nice bottle of wine? Here's a list of Brooklyn's best wine shops, from organic only to best variety to inexpensive. Something for everyone.
Mast Brothers is not only a chocolate seller, they are a chocolate factory. Take a tour of their chocolateria on North 3rd Street (between Berry and Wythe). Reservations are required. Or, stop on in for free samples and conversation. These chocolate bars make great gifts, for friends or just for yourself.
This food market is so much more than a shop - it's a gathering of Brooklyn's finest foodie businesses. Outside on the waterfront between North 5th and North 6th Streets on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. you'll find Smorgasburg. Go for the ready to eat food, or the preserves, the oysters, cheese, muffins, fresh produce, coffee, you name it.