Royal-wedding fever is sweeping NYC. Track down all of your Anglo essentials at the city's latest crop of British restaurants, pubs and speciality food shops before the big day.
Fri Apr 22 2011
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Anglo snacks: Shi Eurasia
This shoebox-size Eurasian minimart is the brainchild of three friends who met at the University of Manchester and hatched a plan to one day open a store together in NYC. Homesickness informs the delightfully odd stock on the shelves, made up of snacks, soft drinks and other creature comforts the shopkeepers miss from their native countries—England, Iceland and Malaysia. The U.K. imports go well beyond the usual suspects like McVitie's digestive biscuits and Cadbury chocolates, offering harder-to-find gems such as Ribena—a condensed black-currant juice—and Twiglets, knobbly sticks of puffed wheat that taste vaguely like Marmite. Other corner-shop staples include Nescaf instant-cappuccino pouches, Heinz Salad Cream (a tangy mayonnaise) and crinkly packets of Walkers potato crisps—plus cups of PG Tips ($1.50) brewed behind the register to sip while you browse. Grab a haul of your favorite goodies, then throw in some Icelandic chocolates and freeze-dried durian for good measure. 143A Orchard St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (212-228-7982)
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