Last year, Floyd Cardoz of Tabla acquired a cache of Alphonso mangoes, long banned in America but considered the best in the world. The mangoes are back just in time to act as palate cleansers for barbecue eaters at this weekend’s Big Apple BBQ Block Party. Cardoz likes them so much he's even giving away whole ones with every dinner. The Indian consulate, which is making the mangoes available here, is also hooking up Devi, Café Spice, and the Mint restaurant, at 150 East 50th Street, as well as select Food Emporium locations. These mangoes are out of control. See where to buy them below.
Update: Due to logistical problems, the arrival of the mangoes has been delayed a few days. None of the Food Emporiums have them in yet; the restaurants have them in limited numbers. We're told that they are expected soon, but please call ahead to be sure they've gotten in. Grub Street regrets any inconvenience or disappointment.
Buy Indian mangoes at the following Food Emporium locations:
1175 Third Ave., nr. 68th St.
1066 Third Ave., nr. 63rd St.
10 Union Sq., nr. Park Ave. S.
2008 Broadway, nr. 68th St.
1660 Second Ave., nr. 86th St.
316 Greenwich St., nr. Duane St.
405 E. 59th St., nr. First Ave.