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Feb 24, 2008 10:35 AM

Fairway Faves

What are your favorite things to buy at Fairway?
We just got back from one of our semi-annual trips to Fairway in Harlem. We spent plenty but I'm not complaining. There are some things I find there that I don't seem to be able to get in Westchester, at least not under one roof. I bought fig preserves, pickled herring and shrimp dumplings, plus lots more. It's like Morton Williams, Yaranush, and Trader Joe all in one package.

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  1. You can't go wrong...the cheese selection is fab. Love the soups, and the grain/antipasti bar. The olives are wonderful. The breads and pies are wonderful. The butcher and meat selection is great. We get the chicken/cheese sausage all the time. There is usually a sale on the beef tenderloin. Seafood is great, as is the bread and pies. The garlic bread is a treat. Now Im hungry!

    1. Speaking of Fairway, I thought they were supposed to be building a big store in Paramus, NJ in the Fashion Center. There was a lot of hoopla a year or so ago, and I thought there was a June 2008 target date for opening. But since that time, I haven't seen or heard anything more about it, and it doesn't look like anything is going on in the Fashion Center. Does anyone know if this store is still scheduled to open? I sure hope so!

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      1. re: zhelder

        I love their olive oils from Italy and Spain. Of course, the meat selection is great too. Going tomorrow with a friend.

      2. Cheese, cheese, cheese and olives, smoked salmon, produce, potato salad, olive oils, butcher shop items, grains, breads, charcuterie, pastas, fresh seafood - oh gosh everything.

        Lucyis - What is Yaranush and where is it?

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        1. re: laylag

          I'm not Lucyis, but I'm a fan of Yaranush. It's a middle eastern/armenian grocery on the north end of Central (west side) near the intersection with 119. They carry an excellent assortment of grains, dried fruits, and middle eastern products - but we mainly go for their own stuffed grape leaves (the best), feta/spinach pie, stuffed eggplant, hummus, baba ganoush, etc. - and for their baklava. Definitely worth stopping in.

          As for Fairway, we shop there weekly. Aside from the general things everyone has mentioned (and their own olive oils are terrific, as is their own 12 yr. old balsamic vinegar), a few of the more esoteric iterms we like are their fresh pot cheese (a revelation), the Fra'mani salamis, the soups (in the cold room), Nueske's bacon, medjool dates, prime meats, fage yogurt, eleazar English muffins, Cento San Marzano-based sauces, steel-cut oats, the mushroom selection, and smoked ham cut from the bone (at the deli counter).

          1. re: laylag

            Yaranush Mediterranenan Foods 322 Central Ave, the french feta is to die for.

            1. re: AGH

              Oh my gosh AGH. You are right. How could I have forgotten coffee?! We make a trip to Plainview every month or so and stock up on pounds and pounds of Benny's Blend - previously Testarosta. I don't think the city stores have the full array of beans that Plainview has though.

              1. re: laylag

                Fairway: the chicken breast patties, the belly lox, Ito En jasmine tea in a bottle, the extensive Dr. Praeger's selection, sesame seeds by the bag, love their fruit selection, anything from the bakery, the no-pocket whole wheat middle eastern pitas made in Brooklyn, extensive Israeli food selection, Russian chocolate babka, Greek grilling cheese and this frozen lo-cal vegetable souffle that I can't seem to find anywhere else.

            2. The cave aged gruyere is great, and I like the the dried fruit. In the olive section they used to carry these little red, roundish peppers which I became addicted to but I haven't seen them lately. Problem is I can only bring myself to enter the place after eleven at night and a few stiff drinks.

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              1. re: fgf

                The cave aged gruyere, as I said in another post, is unbelieveable. If you can find John at the cheese counter he always has really good suggestions. Also the raisin pecan bread is good, from the bakery.

                1. re: sed231

                  That's funny -- I like Edward at the cheese counter for good suggestions. DH and I can't live without the cheese. Olives, artichokes, coffee, bread, everything.

                  To fgf -- I go at 8 a.m. and it's actually a pleasant shopping experience (74th St.).

                  1. re: LNG212

                    La Macchia olive oil. The best I have have ever had, hands down. I think only at 74th.

                    1. re: LNG212

                      I will try Edward- although I feel intense loyalty to John...he was the one who suggested Tomme de Cabrioulet. If you haven't had it, it's high time to try it. I also love the Le Chevrot goat, but you probably already know about that.

                  2. re: fgf

                    fgf -- ALERT! I was just at Fairway this a.m. They have those little roundish bright red peppers again. The ones in the barrels by the olives. I bought some. There's a sign suggesting stuffing them with blue cheese. I think I'll try that.

                      1. re: LNG212

                        That's very good news. Filling them with blue cheese sounds like a good idea. I usually just make a little antipasto plate with cheese and cured meat as the acidity brings it all together. I'll go there tonight, after eleven and straight from the Dublin House.