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markets in murray hill/kips bay area?

ehdees Aug 18, 2006 03:36 PM

i tend to resort to todaro brothers (2nd ave b/t 30th & 31st) most nights i'm cooking at home, but was wondering if there were any other decent general gourmet markets in the area that people frequent?


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    eve Aug 18, 2006 04:14 PM

    Still hurting from the loss of Garden of Eden at 23rd and 3rd Ave. Heard they may return (on this board). But in the meanwhile, I go to Whole Foods or Trader Joes on 14th or elsewhere out of the neighborhood (Chelsea Market). I would be interested in other responses--have I been missing something?? Is there a local supermarket that has a great deli/prepared foods counter?

    1. livetotravel Aug 18, 2006 04:36 PM

      check out the Food Market at Grand Central Terminal - it's my must visit spot at least once a week - a high-end food market that features Murray’s Cheese, Li-Lac Chocolates, Oren’s Coffee, meat purveyor Ceriello Fine Foods, and fishmongers Pescatore Seafood Company and Wild Edibles among others.

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        eve Aug 18, 2006 05:58 PM

        thanks for reminding me--yes, good option once you get past the "tourist attraction" layer.

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        KayMae Aug 18, 2006 04:52 PM

        I lived in the Murray Hill area for 12 years, and I used
        to go to Todaro's frequently, but their prepared foods
        really seemed to go downhill, and I felt some of them sat
        around for too long. I'd second the other two posts, just
        go stock up in another neighborhood and bring it on back.

        1. foodie4life Aug 19, 2006 01:16 AM

          A brand new place is opening August 21st on 34th and Lexington that I believe is called The Murray Hill Market. I don't have any info on it, just passed it on my walk home today. Could be promising?

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            maxinem Aug 19, 2006 02:53 AM

            Yes, Grand Central Market is wonderful but a bit out of the neighborhood. So other than Todaro's which is not convenient to many and is just okay, there is, indeed, a a dearth of good gourmet/food markets in Murray Hill. Why not a Whole Foods/Trader Toms/Garden of Eden and/or Dean & DeLuca in the neighborhood??? I think with all the new condos/rentals there is likely a real demand.

            The new place on 34th and Lex looks decent (noy yet open) but seems likely to be a nice salad bar sort of place, NOT a gourmet market.

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