Best Spice Shop - 2008
Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama would surely weep tears of joy upon walking through the door to Penzeys spice shop. Located on the fringe of the Height's über-hip West 19th Street, this cute boutique is a sumptuous ode to the senses. Cinnamons, curries and chilies galore — this place has them all, and more variety than even the most expert chef will know what to do with. Next to the bottles packaged for sale, each spice is kept in a glass jar with a brief write-up about its history, there for your smelling enjoyment. Spice geeks and neophytes alike can spend hours wandering the aisles and reading recipes. There's even a coloring corner for the kids while Mom and Pop relax and breathe it all in.