There is a nice mention of The Meadow in the Sunday NY Times. Foremost, the gourmet store is well-known for its vast selection of salt. The Bitterman’s opened their first store on Mississippi Avenue in Portland in 2000 and expanded to New York City about a year ago.
At the Meadow, some salt is sold by the ounce and delivered granularly; it comes from the Philippines, Japan, the Hawaiian island of Molokai; in some cases it is infused with black truffles or saffron. Some salt is sold by the brick or tablet or in the shape of a bowl. The front of the narrow shop is stacked with salt blocks from the Himalayas, which, the store’s owner, Jennifer Turner Bitterman, explained, serve both as display pieces and as condiment.
You place sliced sashimi on them, or miniature scoops of chocolate sorbet, I was told, allowing the flavor of the salt to be absorbed by the food. Did I know anyone who regularly served raw fluke? I didn’t. But matters of originality trump questions of usefulness. The Meadow increases its business by about 75 percent during the Christmas season, Ms. Bitterman said….