The Aisles Of This Grocery Store In New York Is Where Chef Vikas Khanna Finds All This Culinary Inspiration

Explore the aisles that inspire renowned Chef Vikas Khanna.

by Mallika Khurana
The Aisles Of This Grocery Store In New York Is Where Chef Vikas Khanna Finds All This Culinary Inspiration

In a recent Instagram video, Chef Vikas Khanna took us on a journey through his source of culinary inspiration, which surprisingly isn’t a person or a cookbook, but rather the aisles of a grocery store in New York City. In the bustling heart of New York City, there stands an unassuming yet legendary temple of gastronomy: Kalustyan’s. This legendary establishment holds a rich history that dates back to 1944 when it was founded by K. Kalustyan, initially specializing in Indian spices and groceries.

Chef Vikas Khanna’s Culinary Odyssey At Kalustyan’s


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For Chef Vikas Khanna, Kalustyan’s isn’t just a grocery store; it’s a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Whether he’s crafting a menu for a prestigious restaurant, cooking for world leaders, or simply experimenting in his own kitchen, the aisles of Kalustyan’s never fail to inspire him. With its vast assortment of spices, chillies, grains, and rice from around the globe, Kalustyan’s is aptly dubbed “The Temple of Flavors,” a fitting moniker for a place that fuels the imagination and tantalises the taste buds.

In his Instagram caption, Chef Vikas Khanna eloquently encapsulates the essence of Kalustyan’s, describing it as a treasure trove of flavours and ingredients from around the world, with a special nod to India. He attributes the store’s influence to the development of the menu for his latest venture, Bungalow New York, set to open on March 23rd. Kalustyan’s, he asserts, has provided him with a wellspring of creativity, originality, and, most importantly, flavours.

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Inside It’s Flavourful Aisles In New York


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Picture a treasure trove nestled amidst the concrete jungle, its shelves adorned with spices, grains, and delicacies from every corner of the globe. Over the years, Kalyustan’s inventory has expanded exponentially, encompassing a vast array of food and ingredients from countries around the world. From Armenia to Vietnam, and countless others in between, Kalustyan’s certainly caters to the diverse culinary needs of its community, constantly adding new products to its extensive lineup.

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Kalustyan’s has earned its reputation as a go-to destination for chefs in the Greater New York City area, drawn by its unparalleled selection of fresh and high-quality ingredients. The store’s excellence even caught the attention of culinary icon Martha Stewart, who featured it on her show, highlighting its outstanding offerings.

Kalustyan’s stands not only as a landmark in New York City but also as a beacon of inspiration for chefs like Vikas Khanna.

Where: 123 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10016 USA.
When: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 8 pm EST | Sunday and Holidays 11 am – 7 pm EST

Cover Image Courtesy: Kalyustan’s/Instagram and Chef Vikas Khanna/Instagram

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