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Despaña

by Brian Fichtner in Culture on 30 January 2008

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Thank your lucky chorizos for the food boutique Despaña. A longstanding favorite of Soho shoppers looking for respite in a neighborhood now littered primarily with luxury clothing brands, the shop specializes solely in imported Spanish foodstuffs. In addition to a delectable array of canned, dried, and cured goods, they also offer a tasty selection of prepared food, such as bocadillos, tortillas, and salads for those with an empty stomach.

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Taking great pains to bring Spanish food into the limelight, the simple interior rivals some of Soho’s flashiest spaces and certainly feels more welcoming than gourmet behemoth Dean & Deluca a few blocks away. Running the full length of one wall, a wenge shelving unit stocks olive oils, vinegars, piquillo peppers, sardines, jams, and honeys, all on proud display like little works of art. On the opposite wall, two pristine refrigerator units showcase imported cheeses (only Spanish!) and the company’s specialty, homemade chorizo and morcilla (though other cured meats like Iberico and Serrano ham are also available). Any of the shop’s affable personnel would be happy to give you a taste. (Look around the store after the jump.)

If you can’t make it to the boutique in person, the parent company, Despaña Brand Foods, offers the full selection for viewing online and purchase over the phone.

Despaña
408 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013 map
tel. +1 212 219 5050

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