Aji Ichiban (37 Mott Street)
Looking for snacks and candies? Well, this is my favorite place to check out something unfamiliar, unusual and/or interesting. So many different palate pleasers. Like jerky? You can get beef, pork, fruit and various fish varieties of jerky. If you are up for something unusual they even have jerky cubes for some of the fish. Keep in mind that even my cats wouldn’t eat them, but you never know how you are going to feel about it. And considering you buy by weight here, give something unexpected a try.
The section I try something new items in each time is the ginger section. Ginger is one of my favorite flavors and I have tried candied ginger, vinegar ginger, coconut ginger candies and more. There is never a shortage of various dried and unusually prepared fruits and spices along with the general candies. Pretty much something for any taste. Many of the items are associated with Eastern medicinal cures.
I usually try a small amount of a lot of things, but you can also buy prepared packages. You can also try a sample of almost every single thing in the store. There are small cups of each item on top of the bins. Larger items are cut into small pieces so you can get an idea before you buy.
You can also find unique Kit Kats and Pocky. You are in NYC, try something you’ve never tried before! Expand those horizons when it comes to flavors. Aji Ichiban is the perfect place to do that.
Aji Ichiban is a huge snack empire, so you can find these in other places around the world, but this is the only one in New York. You would have to head to Chicago to find the next closest one in the United States.