Where in Ridgewood?
Need help for a friend who moved recently to Ridgewood with no car...says she cannot find a good butcher, a good fruit market, and even a decent clean supermarket with fresh food? What gives? Where are the finds in Ridgewood, please? She is a nice Polish girl........Thanks everyone!
Valentino's has a decent butcher in the back, great deali but bad veggies. Catalina Bakery on Fresh Pond is very good. Good veggies are slim pickings as of late. I've been using Fresh Direct for two years for basically everything. She does of course have tons of polish places to chose from...
Well, you won't find a shortage of German butchers. Of course, there used to be more. Forest Pork Store on Forest Ave, near the M train; Moescher's on Catalpa Ave; Karl Ehmer on Fresh Pond Rd, which is probably a little bit of a haul; and the Eastern-european style Muncan Meat Market, on Mytle/Fresh Pond and on Gates/Seneca. You'll find all manners of fresh, cooked, smoked sausages, deli meats, bacons, and other sinful meats. The selections of cuts can vary in places. Some carry poultry as well. But you won't aged T-bone steaks.
The "best" supermarket in the area is the Stop And Shop, Myrtle Ave, which is on the Glendale-Ridgewood border. The Keyfood on Myrtle and Summerfield is notable for having a good selections of ethnic foods--and by ethnic I mean Polish, Czech, etc, as well as, Hispanic. Still, not really a shopping delight.
You'll have to find fresh fruits in little stands here and there along Myrtle Ave area. Slim pickings.
But in Ridgewood, the L train, when it's running, is your friend. For fruits and veggies you can always go the Whole Foods on Union Square. The butchers I mention also have kielbasa. But you'd be better off getting that in Williamsburg and East Village, both along the party train named L.
There is a great fruit stand on the corner of Catalpa and Myrtle (from the Forest Ave M stop go down the street and turn Right on Catalpa) called Fancy Fruits. Fresh daily produce and decent prices.
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The Forest Pork Store on Forest Avenue is a great little shop. They have weird hours, but very worth visitng. FOREST PORK STORE 66-39 Forest Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385 (718)497-2853