BEST INDIAN GROCERY (1999)
Looking at the way this place has dominated its category for so many years running, you might be fooled into thinking that the Indian food-import business is static. Not so. Plenty of other Indian groceries have arrived on the scene in the past few years. Some have closed, some have thrived, but none has courted customers as fiercely, none has expanded as rapidly, and none has come close to matching Asia Imports' selection. Need silver-leaf-covered pistachio candies? No problem. Hot samosas? Come on Saturdays. Hundreds of spices? Mountains of rices? Saffron ices? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.