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best supermarkets in sunnyside?

i just moved to sunnyside! i'm so excited! :-)

i've been religiously reading the "new to sunnyside, need info about everything" thread. that has become my eating out bible in sunnyside.

but there was little mention about food shopping in sunnyside. which is the best supermarket... as in, which should be my go-to supermarket for daily food needs?

someone mentioned the met on 43rd ave b/t 44th and 45th? is this the best?

i walked into this little european deli right next door to that fish market on northside QB & 43rd (near horgans), and the stuff in there was so cute. loved their honey selection. is it any good?

butcher's block seemed to have a decent selection of stuff outside of their hot food as well?

superior mart next to lowery wine/liquor. any good?

any supermarkets/grocers i should avoid like the plague?

thank you!

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  1. Welcome! Overall, I would say that the met is the best for a regular supermarket. The produce is excellent -- a pretty large selection, generally very fresh and well priced. They also have a bit of organic stuff in both produce and grocery. The grocery selection is pretty good, and there are some interesting things too, but it's still nice to supplement it with some more unique items from the other places you mentioned. We go to key foods sometimes, which is okay but nothing special -- though they often have good sales. The gourmet-type store on 46th & Skillman has a small selection but the prices are surprisingly low for basic groceries, and has some nice products. We haven't gotten much produce there, though, because it's a pretty small selection.

    1. For the basic stuff I like Associated Supermarket on 44th and Greenpoint. I do live right near there which makes it easy to pick up stuff. They have a good basic Deli with Boars Head stuff and new seafood section. They are always busy but they always have all there checkout lines open so the wait is short.

      On Green point and 42nd street is a Foodtown. The store is big, good selection selection, and they have low prices. They also have wide aisle which is nice because so many places in NYC are cramped. They have few checkout lines open and the ones they do are very slow. I can't go there anymore because the checkouts are sooooo painful.

      1. thank you, that was very helpful. i will check out these other supermarkets since it is much closer to me than the met.

        i went to the met on 43rd ave and 44th st... the selection was decent - particularly the organic produce section. however, many of the products were either soon-to-be expired or past the expiration date. that was a little bit of a shellshock for me, as i am not accustomed to seeing so many products so close or past their expiration dates.

        next, i went to fish house over on... 42nd st and greenpoint, i believe. i got 2 tuna steaks which were decent. place is clean. their selection is fairly small - i had originally wanted yellowfin tuna but they don't carry it. plus, i don't believe they carry like sashimi ready blocks of fish. i understand that is a bit more of a luxury, but alas, this was my first trip to a fish market in the area.

        next door was mother's grocery (on greenpoint). the produce was fresh, but very limited selection.

        i walked down to the han yang supermarket on 48th and on the north side of QB. selection was very small, but i needed korean essentials. sufficient for basic stuff like rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, etc. i remember stopping by here as a child with my family after we had dinner at the original dae dong myun oak that has since burned down... and it's kinda sad how old and forgotten this han yang supermarket has become. before the han ah reum empire took over, han yang supermarkets were the place to go (this location and the one on northern blvd and murray st in flushing).

        i then walked past the new michael's grocery, around 46th and northside of QB. a new korean grocer. fairly fresh produce as well, picked up a few lemons and limes.

        1. Linda, were you at Mother's produce market on Sunday? I'm asking because it's my favorite place in the neighborhood except they seem to sell out of stuff by Sunday. But I usually don't go down to Skillman for staples.

          1. i went on thursday afternoon. it's good to know they are sold out by the weekends, as sundays are my usual days for shopping for groceries!!

            1. I went to Foodtown last night on Greenpoint and 42nd Street... I had a great shopping experience. The cashier and the meat guy were both very friendly and jovial. The aisles were definitely bigger than other supermarkets in the area, but still not big enough for 2 carts to pass each other simultaneously (which is all good, since sunnyside is only part "real" suburbs).

              Their selection was not huge, but sufficient. They had a decent selection of cheese and meats. I also liked that they had organic meat available. I really like Rao's premade marinara sauce for a really quick pasta dinner, but alas... Foodtown doesn't carry this. I'll have to trek over to the Met and stock up (though, they were very low on these, too).

              Thanks for the recommendation! I will be going to Foodtown for my regular shopping.

              5 Replies
              1. re: Linda

                Linda, if you want a real suburban-style supermarket shopping, go to the Northern Blvd. to the Pathmark or Stop'n'Shop (they're quite within walking distance from Sunnyside Gardens). I get lost there and intimidated - I'm used to ghetto 2 aisle supermarkets that only offer 2-3 brands max per item.

                1. re: welle

                  I agree - Stop n Shop is great - its fresh and clean.

                  1. re: JD76

                    Let me correct myself - that place that I call Michael's grocery is not Michael's at all! I can't seem to think of the name right now, but it's right next door to Sunnyside Grill and that pizza place, Mediterraneo, I believe.

                    I also stopped by Superior Market on QB (Southside) b/t 40th and 41st. Prices are pretty good for such a little place. They have a huge wall of imported beer in the front of the store. Very odd, but I'm sure that's good for people that are interested.

                    Good selection of cheese. Produce seems pretty fresh. They have random bins of some sort of imported candy or chocolate all over the front of the store. I'll have to try it sometime, it looks very tempting.

                  2. re: welle

                    My problem with Stop N Shop is the produce and fish always disappoint. Even when they look good, they are never very. Often they're even bad.

                    I definitely stand by the Met. They are a great store that listens to their customers and will order what they are out of, don't stock, or forget to re-order (like Gardenburger black bean burgers - there must be another Sunnysider who stocks up like I do, b/c they are always out!)

                    1. re: tracyk

                      I love the met for everything but meat and fish. I get meat at the Butcher Block.

                      I also enjoy the Food Dynasty on Skillman Avenue.