Favorite Specialty Food Store
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!
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.
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
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