Checking out the new Dnipro location

dnipro new store from street

The new spot on Central Ave. The entrance is in the back of the building.

After Lou saw that Dnipro -- the great little Eastern European market -- had moved from Cohoes to Colonie, he decided to swing by and check it out.

And he was nice enough to send along a report from the new store. (There's bacon involved.)

From Lou's report on the new location at 1533 Central:

[It's] the same clean place and excellent products at the same favorable prices, just a bit bigger and probably better situated for their core clientèle. Understand that Dnipro exists because there are enough Russian-Ukrainian-Eastern European immigrants to support them, and enough suppliers in NYC, Buffalo and Chicago to stock them. Many product labels have no English. Ask.

I like Dnipro for two reasons, which might be one: immigrants raised me (French immigrants, specifically Breton) and, though somewhat timid and hardly snobs, they raised me not to settle for crap. Everything in Dnipro, whether you can identify it or not, is a little better -- and the prices are good.

A lot of nice people are very proud of this place. That's enough for me.

Like what? The Moscow-style ham at $6/lb. Nice, meaty, studded with garlic cloves, fat on. The double-smoked bacon (also $6), cuz I don't get to Warrensburg so much. The Narochansky dark rye bread. The pelmeni (get the hand-made Siberian-style, and dress with butter, black pepper, and maybe Sriracha; Ivor will point you toward a jarred plum sauce they have, but I haven't gone there yet). I'm not much for sweets, but even mainstream candies from eastern and central Europe are plain good, and I always get some of the Marcepan (dude!) and Toffino, keep 'em in the fridge by the Steininger's chocolates. Somebody'll get to them.

With a little probing, the Albany-area omnivore can easily find two products (and prices) to love at Dnipro, with the prospect of more. My next targets are the smoked fish, a proper dive into the salami pool, and cookies.

And in case you're thinking this is an old-timers place, the owner-couple is about thirty-years old. They just had a baby girl, whose Russian grandmother is usually doting on her in the store. When I parked in the front, a smiling older woman got out of her car to tell me in Russian that the door is in back -- and I somehow understood. A lot of nice people are very proud of this place. That's enough for me.

Couple of things to know about the relocated Dnipro Market

+ 1533 Central in Albany is the new address. That's immediately west of the Northway ramp onto Central.

+ Coming from the east, either up Central or from the Northway, it's on your right (north side of the street) immediately after the westbound Northway ramp. Start looking right away.

+ Entrance is in the rear. See that alley between the building on the right? Go in there, park in the back.

+ Real entrance looks like this:

dnipro new store entrance

+ You can't exit via the same one-way alley. Rather, you exit out back onto a residential street and loop back to Central -- where, thankfully, there's a traffic light.

Lou's account has been lightly edited.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Jess checked out Dnipro in Cohoes last year
+ The Capital Region Ethnic Market Map

photos: Lou Quillio

Find It

Dnipro Eastern European grocery
1533 Central Ave
Colonie, NY 12205

Mon-Thurs: 11 am - 7 pm
Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: closed

(518) 218-9271

deli@eurodnipro.com

Comments

Don't forget, they also stock all sorts of delicious brands of kvas! If you haven't tried it, you must!

FYI. Kvas is a femented beverage made from black or regular rye bread. Alcohol content is less than 2%.

I'll have to check out the new locale. This is a great shop. I'm partial to the Krakovskaya myself. I haven't tried any of the kvas yet, though I did make a batch myself in the spring that turned out nicely.

Glad to see Dnipro's expanded and made good use of the Hong Kong Supermarket's space! I look forward to checking them out!

Sure the driveway is a little wonky, but it's a great expansion for them. Can't wait to see all the goodies inside.

The parking arrangement is actually quite good -- once you know about it. The average person will be out of their car and hunting for a front door before seeing the sign that points folks to the back. Once you know, it's all good.

LQ

Wow. I don't get out to Cohoes nearly as much as I should, so this wasn't even on my radar. I can't wait to check it out!

AND it is next to Kashmir Market, which has some great South Asian ingredients. In all honesty Kashmir Market had become my #2 Indian/Pakistani spice shop, but it looks like it will be getting a bit more business from me, thanks to its new neighbor.

WRT pelmeni, I somehow forgot to mention vinegar. After the butter and black pepper, sprinkle vinegar. It's important.

LQ

The fiery carrot salad and delicate mushroom salads from the deli case have me hooked. What a treat to shop here. Next time I'll explore those smoked fishes.

Hey, Dnipro rules! But by the way, the owners are Ukrainian, not Russian!

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