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laurennycfoodie Jan 17, 2007 08:57 AM

Ahh, the gourmet food wars: Zabar's vs. Citarella's; Grace's vs. A & V's, etc. In your opinions, what are the best markets in the city? Also, which foods in the respective places are truly outstanding? Thanks for the tips!

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    emgoodman Jan 26, 2007 09:55 AM

    Raffetto's for their pastas and sauces (144 West Houston St.).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/10/mag...

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      NYfoodie Jan 26, 2007 09:43 AM

      My choices would be:
      Citarella for fresh fish
      Zabar's for coffee, smoked fish and cheese
      Lobel's for fresh meat
      Viniero's for fabulous desserts
      Farmer's market for produce

      1. rose water Jan 18, 2007 02:44 AM

        This is a great thread on great Manhattan shops: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348770

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          akowit Jan 18, 2007 02:30 AM

          here's where I go to buy things:

          Zabar's for the fresh-baked ruggelach and the leftover smoked salmon ends and the glatt kosher chicken broth (so good!)
          Citarella for fish and organic whole chickens
          Jefferson Market for Moulard duck breasts (much thicker than Pekin)
          Garden of Eden for giant bargan jars of Maille mustard, and a good salami selection, and rare(ish) tropical fruits
          Manhattan Fruit Exchange for baby vegetables and wild mushrooms (but feel the mushrooms to make sure they're still moist) and red-tipped butter lettuce
          Dean & Deluca for guanciale
          Whole Foods for their bargain 365 brand and some great goat cheese, and good prices on nice beers
          Murray's Cheese for everything
          The Lobster Place for a good deal on smoked salmon, and great fish
          Quattro Farms for duck legs
          Epicerie (in Fort Greene) for incredible hanger steak, pork chops, and Toulouse sausage and boudin noir
          Fairway for the prices, including Plugra butter
          Florence for meat

          1. 280 Ninth Jan 18, 2007 02:19 AM

            Of course, depends on the specialty....

            DiPalo's in Chinatown for Italian/cheese; my newest find, at Essex St. Mkt., Saxelby's; Coach Farms at Greenmarket, and the Yaphank grower of organic salad greens at the Greenmarket; Moore Bros. on 20th and Bway for wine....the list could just keep expanding....happy hunting.

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              slynnkiino Jan 17, 2007 03:04 PM

              I too like the smaller, country-specific stores: Despana for Spanish cheeses and other products, Sunrise Mart for Japanese food, and a big market in Chinatown (don't remember the name)for Chinese food. I also love Murray's Cheese Shop.

              --Sarah
              http://www.avenuefood.com

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                jasmurph Jan 17, 2007 02:59 PM

                Despana--for the samples alone!

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