I usually bring out-of-town guests here for the spectacle, so I don't mind the crowds at all. In fact, I take a good peak at other people's baskets and end up circling back to get it. Best place to buy fresh produce for international cooking and to spot country flags. Bring a coat whenever you go, especially if you bring kids, it's chilly in there. They sell bulk spices and unique flours (ground chickpea, sorghum four, blue cornmeal, gluten-free flours). Bring cash for a cup of coffee or to get a samosa in the cafeteria. Over the years, their prices have creeped up. Still, you can get items here that sell to restaurants like pork belly. Alas, low-profile ethnic ingredients start out cheap but when they achieve superfood status they end up getting pricey. Case in point, coconut oil and moringa (Filipino poor-man's food). For now, collard greens at 49 cents a pound-a bargain and are so huge you can easily use the leaves as edible wraps for fish and meats as you would use banana leaf.