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Apr 11, 2007 03:45 PM

Best fruit in NYC

Hi all...looking for the best tasting and freshest fruit in Manhattan. Anyone have any recommendations? Just got back from France and am craving good fruit...
Thanks in advance! :)

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  1. I think we're actually in that in-between fruit season. The apples and pears are winding down, most of which are now from cold storage. And the first spring strawberries are just beginning to arrive from California. So far, I haven't seen any that look really, really good. Last year, I bought some absolutely delicious peaches at Garden of Eden. But the peach season is still quite a ways off. :-( (I'm referring to peaches grown in the US in Georgia, S.C. and, of course, NJ, not the ones imported during the winter from South America.)

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    1. re: RGR

      All the berries are in season in Chile and sold in many of the better stores like Fairway or Whole foods.

      Commercial farmed fruit is never great in America, not picked ripe. The Green Markets around the city have good fruit in the summer, since they are locally grown and picked ripe and brought to market that day.

      I want to add that all food grown in France is always better then American grown food.
      France is the birthplace of all things that taste good. Nothing ever compares.

      I heart France and the food there...

      1. re: dewdropin

        Ive always liked the fruit at Garden of Eden
        Excellent quality and beautiful presentation

    2. I agree that it's not the best time for fresh fruit, but the best place I've found in Manhattan for consistently high-quality produce is Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea Market.

      Their prices are really good, too.


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        1. re: Hinterlander

          probably because it's ~3.5 years old! nonetheless, google still works pretty well...

      1. As weetara said, Manhattan Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market is fantastic!!

        I also like the Barzini's sidewalk stalls and fruit vendors because a lot of them sell "overripe" fruit (what I consider just right).

        And as much as I hate to give my endorsement to an often-overrated chain, Whole Foods has better fruit than most supermarkets, esp. for out-of-season items. I bought some pretty good cherries the other day at the Columbus Circle location.

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        1. re: cimui

          I agree, the Manhattan Fruit Exchange is my favorite place for produce. they have a great variety of hard to find fruits and veggies, and are CHEAP!

          Also, I have been getting these delicious asian pear type things in chinatown (grand around bowery). They are smaller and paler than regular asian pears, and it must be in season right now because most fruit stalls down there are selling them 3 for $1. The stickers on them say "star pear" or some similar generic name i can't remember, and each one is wrapped in paper and a styrofoam sleeve. Chilled and sliced these are incredibly refreshing and juicy. i've also always thought oranges and mandarins are much sweeter and tastier in chinatown.

        2. Best tasting and freshest fruit in Manhattan is not in Manhattan, it's at the Park Slope Food Coop. Organic and usually grown within 150 miles of NYC on small-scale non-factory farms. Like they way they do it in Europe.

          But, and this is the major rub, it's in Brooklyn and you have to be a member to shop there.

          Other than that, you can find good stuff at Whole Foods, Fairway, Gourmet Garage, Dean & DeLuca, Citerella and whatever the hell Balducci's has become. The rub here is that you have to pay an arm and a leg for what is really just fancy, good-looking commercial produce.

          1. The bridgemarket food emporium on 59th St and 1st ave has a nice selection. You can usually get good quality off season and hard to find fruit.