Originally from Lebanon, the family first established Sahadi’s in Manhattan’s “Little Syria” in 1895. Shortly after in 1899, the shop received its first mention in the New York Times: “A wonderful shop, this of the merchant Sahadi, with native wines and liqueurs, American groceries, swords and lamps, glass bracelets of many colors, Oriental embroideries, water pipes (hubble bubbles) and their ‘fixings.’” Visit the Museum of the City of New York and you will find an exhibit featuring old Sahadi Halwah tins and advertising circulars from centuries past.
Generations of Sahadi’s
Wade Sahadi moved the shop to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 1948, due to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the migration of the community. Wade’s son Charlie Sahadi took over in 1967, with the help of his wife Audrey and his siblings Bob & Richie. Today, it’s currently helmed by Charlie’s children, Ron Sahadi and Christine Sahadi Whelan, and her husband Pat Whelan. Now, two generations born & raised in Brooklyn, the fourth generation of the family have recently entered the business, returning to their roots and offering fine arak, Lebanese wines, and expanding on the world-famous Lebanese hospitality with cafe service and private events.
Old World, New Tastes
Offering fine ancient grains and exquisite spices, over 200 bulk bins of freshly roasted nuts, dried fruits, and imported olives, old fashioned barrels of coffee beans — Sahadi’s is an old-world place where you can discover new tastes. The fridge cases offers specialty cheeses from around the world, smoked fish, pâtés & more. The deli and bakery are where to find prepared foods, like our legendary hummus, tabbouleh, kibbeh, kebabs — around 30 dishes are prepared daily and change seasonally. Because Sahadi’s is an importer as well as a retailer, and relationships with our suppliers span generations, we not only secure the highest-quality product but it gets to our shelves and into your cart faster than any other retailer. Everything sold at Sahadi’s is held to a strict and very personal standard. Many of our customers have been shopping with us for generations, and every time we place an item to the shelf, those customers and neighbors are front of mind.
Our offerings regularly receive national acclaim and there are items on our shelves that you will not find anywhere else in America. You may have seen our halvah in USA Today [link]. Read about our Aleppo pepper sourcing saga in Afar [link]. Did you try your hand at preparing green almonds after seeing them in Saveur? [link] Or, maybe you got hungry after discovering the saj in Grub Street [link].
The Sahadi Experience
In 2019, Sahadi’s expanded for the first time with a second location in Industry City. The shopping experience is different at each location, though you can still get the most popular staples at both stores.
At Atlantic Avenue, you enter and are presented with the bulk bins. Make sure to take a number and one of the friendly, multi-lingual staff will help bag your order. If you’re curious about trying something new, ask for a sample! Explore the historic building to find your cheeses, spices, breads, frozen specialty items, and more. A few cafe tables stand outside if you must have a quick snack before finishing your errands.
At Industry City, you can start or finish your shopping experience with a glass of wine and a delicious meze. Browse the wide aisles for fresh produce, flowers, pasta and grains, preserves and European sweets. At the rear of the store is our bulk section and deli. You can also walk up to the saj station to make your sandwich to order. Saj, the name of the type of bread and the domed griddle used to make this super thin and tender bread (texture and appearance lies somewhere between a crepe and a panini), is particular to Lebanon. Saj dough is baked atop the dome, spread with zaatar and hand-picked toppings like lamb shawarma and Persian cucumbers, and then quickly rolled and sliced. This is one of the only public and operational Sajs in New York City. At this location, there’s often live music and other fun happenings. Make sure to check out Events page [link] for the latest.