by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013 [Updated 12/21/2015]
Photo: Man Mak
New Kam Man
200 Canal St., 212-571-0330
This tri-level grocery store is a one-stop shop for more than just Chinese ingredients and staples. You'll find a roasted-meats station near the front of the store, where you can have prepared pork and duck chopped to order, and a noodle bar toward the back that serves soups, bubble milk tea and other treats. There's even an area devoted to medicinal herbs, and the top floor is given over to beauty supplies. Most of New Kam Man's expansive lower level is filled with housewares. It carries all manner of fuzzy-logic rice makers and Japanese water boilers, as well as one of the most extensive selections of dishware in the neighborhood (especially now that Pearl River has moved to SoHo). One side of the floor has traditional Chinese porcelain, the other has dishes, bowls and cups imported from Japan. The chopsticks and chopsticks holders range in style from the whimsical (think "Lucky Cat") to the refined—and make an easy-to-pack souvenir.