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websterhall1994 Aug 4, 2008 06:34 PM

Confirmed: Chop-a-Nosh will be taking over the take-out concession in Gourmet Glatt. Their Central Avenue store will still be open. Will the Five Towns finally have a true one-stop shopping experience?

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    for the love of kosher Aug 17, 2008 08:02 PM

    I am a first time player in this circle of yours, and what brought me in was the whole five town’s supermarket thread. It reminded me of the Olympic Games; which market is the Michael Phelps of kosher supermarkets.

    Without laying out any disparaging remarks re Brach’s or Supersol since I would rather discuss the pro’s than the con’s and anyway let them each stand on their own and represent themselves.

    Gourmet Glatt to me is clean, bright and a pleasure to walk around in.
    Are the meters a problem, well like the man before me said, add an extra quarter and save 25 bucks otherwise don’t complain. A little foresight goes a long way.

    Their parking overall needs some help but I heard that they have hired a parking attendant for Thursday and Friday who will try to keep the traffic flowing in and out. They are also adding people to help get their bags out and into their cars which should also speed things up.

    I hope chap a nosh will try to hold the line on some of the prices gourmet glatt was charging for deli items but face it, if gg was making a buck off deli they wouldn’t have made a deal with chap a nosh.
    Chap a nosh is professional and consistent and saving five dollars by buying an item of lesser value and then throwing it out is a bad deal.

    I saw them working on the new chap a nosh sign at gg and it said “chap a nosh gourmet” so hopefully they will add a twist to what they are offering on the avenue. People will really shop there I think if the stuff is even better then chap a nosh is now.

    The one stop shop is definitely there with Zomicks, Schwartz, Ossies, the great sushi, the coffee bar and I hear they are adding a cheese dairy counter next to the coffee.

    Zomicks has gone down over the past 10 years in quality, taste, and consistency but I have spoken to the girls behind the Zomicks counter at gg and they have pointed out a dozen items that have recently been updated and are fantastic. They definitely are working on bringing back the glorious days of Zomicks past. They know they have to do it if they want the business and nobody did it better than Zomicks.

    Gg definitely has the best meat by far and the help throughout the store seemed pretty good to me. I found workers in every aisle stocking shelf’s who were happy to help me anytime, you don’t find that anywhere.
    I did suggest recently to one of the managers that the workers there should have name tags. I so dislike saying “please, sir, excuse me please” etc. if it said their first name on a tag I would feel more comfortable saying excuse me Manuel or Luis or Eddy etc.

    One stop shopping in town, clean and fast plus wait till the new store opens up across the gourmet glatt parking lot, it is supposed to be offering the largest selection of special diet items from fat free to gluten free plus some amazing organic and gourmet items. That should make it a real one stop for me.

    I think the 8 gold medals go to gourmet glatt although there is nothing wrong with the fine people working at Brach’s and Supersol. Kosher kingdom I don’t get. Small parking lot no matter what and with no basement they will have to allocate half the store to inventory.

    Brach’s might hurt a little because it’s in their back yard but gourmet glatt is a different play, a place to find all your need with more being added every day. They have my vote.

    And again I wish the owners of kosher kingdom all the luck in the world. They must know something we don’t, otherwise why go to all the bother of creating it.

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    1. re: for the love of kosher
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      HungryJew Aug 18, 2008 05:52 AM

      How do you know that Gourmet Kingdom dosen't have a basement?

      For a first time poster, you seem to know a lot of the ins and out of what is going on there.

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        for the love of kosher Aug 18, 2008 06:00 AM

        i am a first time poster but i have been importing kosher food from israel for over twenty years now thank G-d. i was asked to invest in kosher kingdom a long time ago.

        1. re: for the love of kosher
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          midasgold Sep 4, 2008 10:18 AM

          Dear FTLOK,

          Are you able to import a certain variety of cholev Yisroel TNUVA cottage cheese? People with Chron's Disease who B"H avoid surgery and all medication by following the Gottschall SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) are not allowed to eat any cottage cheese prodeced in the United States; however, a certain variety of Tnuva cottage cheese produced in Israel is "legal" (allowed), and extremely creamy and tasty to boot! We actually saw it at some store in Brooklyn several years ago, but never saw it since.

          Are you able to import this product? If so, you may be able to sell it over the Internet (to people with digestive problems - both Jews and non-Jews) as well as distribute it to kosher stores.

          -Midas

        2. re: HungryJew
          berel Aug 18, 2008 06:26 AM

          seems to know more about Gourmet Glatt than the usual "consumer"

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            mavenguy Aug 19, 2008 08:19 AM

            I am a long time lurker & first time poster. Always found chap-a-nosh to be very expensive, not so tasty, and not worth the $$$. they have some good stuff but usually not worth the inflated prices. GG takeout was well priced. not everything there was good. Just like every takeoit place. But overall was decent and priced good. I am dissapointed that they are bringing in chap a nosh at their crazy prices. GG takeout's deli was far superior then chap a nosh and alot cheaper too. If they charge what they charge on central avenue store i for one will not buy takeout there and will likely do all my shopping in brachs instaed where the takeout is good, deli is good, and prices are good. i think this is a bad move for the store and they will loose customers to brachs.

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              moonlightgraham Aug 19, 2008 11:24 AM

              It is a shame that Gourmet Glatt did not lease Marvin's space when it closed. They could have had more space ant.did not had to have a separate Passover/gluten free store across from it. I know that it was very expensive for the people, who bought GG to incur more expenses, but having the extra continuous space would have been worth it.

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                HungryJew Aug 19, 2008 12:33 PM

                That is a good point. It was nice to see them take the spot across from them on Pesach, but the store sucked. Small, impossible to navigate and not connected to the main GG. I wonder if this will cost them once the Specialty food opens over there. People want one stop....not back and forth across a parking lot.

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                  midasgold Sep 4, 2008 10:24 AM

                  We have received some amazing Gourmet Glatt coupons in the mail... one was a whopping $25 off for any order over $500 [which should cover a few large roasts (lol...not)]. Since grocery stores are known to have extremely slim markups, I find the coupons to be an extremely good deal.

                  I availed myself of one of the coupons pre-Pesach, and found myself buying some items in the Passover store, and other items on the other side of "meter alley" in the regular store.

                  Question: I assume that the coupon cannot be used to combine purchases at both Gourmet Glatt stores (I'm thinking about the new "Natural Gourmet" store that's about to open in the Pesach store space). Will there be a way to do this?

                  -Midas

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                  MartyB Aug 19, 2008 03:24 PM

                  Replacing a moderately expensive takeout with a really expensive takeout is foolish. The way they can capitalize the "Chap A Nosh" name recognition would be to couple it with low/moderate prices as well. As one who hates to shop all over the place and don't like to be ripped off either, a staple like the take out section is critical. One of the key reasons why I shop at Brach’s is for their takeout - their chicken special in particular. They are charging $7.99 for a bbq chicken AND a side (their two chicken special is simply twice the offerings at twice the price). This comes out to an astounding $2/pp for a family of 4 assuming one eats a quarter chicken/pp. It will cost you more to buy it raw and cook it yourself. This one item draws me to Brach’s, and as long as I am there I do the rest of my shopping there. Brach’s has more than fair prices all across the board. As an example I am always shocked when I go to Supersol and just stare at what they are charging for their fruits and vegetables.

                  I must admit I am attracted by GG as of late, they have some attractive prices in their dairy section and they are well stocked. Match Brach’s chicken special price and I will seriously consider moving over (also they must keep a reign on fruits and vegetable prices, always make sure that at least one fruit and some vegetables be on sale).

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                    berel Aug 20, 2008 05:36 AM

                    one thing is clear, it's nice to have choices

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                      HungryJew Sep 4, 2008 09:10 AM

                      I finally got over to check out the new counter yesterday........nice setup , but wow...More expensive than the store. This is not going to work out in the long term unless they drop by a few bucks.

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                        websterhall1994 Sep 6, 2008 08:09 PM

                        I actually found the pastrami to be $2 LESS per pound than in the Central Ave store.

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                          MartyB Sep 6, 2008 08:26 PM

                          My daughter and son-in-law just got back from their studies in Israel. I got them an apartment right around the corner from Gourmet Glatt and across the street from the park. I thought this was the ideal location, they could go to Gourmet Glatt without having to cross the street. Guess what, after they checked out Gourmet Glatt and Brachs, where do they go - to Brachs. My son-in-law said, Gourmet Glatt is nice and well stocked, but much more expensive than Brachs. Gourmet Gatt is definitely improving with some nice sales, but if you are going for a general shopping you will definitely make out better with Brachs.

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                            WillieWillie Oct 16, 2008 07:18 PM

                            nice idea for chap a nosh to be in GG. however, it seems that it is more expensive than their Central ave. store. selling some type of special bbq cutlets for @$14-16 a pound. my spouse found that to be exorbitant and walked away from the counter, even though had not eaten and was famished.

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              obsessedkosherfoodie Aug 5, 2008 08:42 PM

              Chap a nosh's take-out is superior to what Gourmet Glatt now sells. The fish department is the best at Brach's; it is consistently fresh. I prefer the beef and chicken at I & D Glatt over any of the five towns supermarkets. I & D, which is located in West Hempstead, delivers every Weds. to the five towns for free. In fact, chicken is $2.19 a lb., which is cheaper than any of the five towns supermarket. The produce dept. at Brach's is the best of the three supermarkets, and the workers are accomodating as opposed to Gourmet Glatt. I like the sushi best at Brach's, the sushi maker is most accomodating, unlike at Gourmet Glatt. Delivery is best from supersol, though their prices are outrageous.

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                tedmomax Aug 11, 2008 05:37 AM

                I tend to buy my non-meat items at Brachs. I'll then drive to Gourmet Glatt for meat. Also Schwatrz's in Gourmet Glatt is a major asset being that they have the top herring around. And please do not forget that the women who shop at GG are so much pleasing to the eye than Brachs women

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                websterhall1994 Aug 5, 2008 06:01 PM

                I love that Brach's has ample parking and a little more room to navigate in the produce aisle, but I always seem to need 1 or 2 things that they don't carry. Also, I am going to agree with Berel that the meat at Gourmet Glatt is far, far superior to Brach's. The only beef I will buy at Brach's is ground beef.
                Also, the past few weeks I have noticed that Brach's has raised its prices to the point where it is no longer cheaper to shop there. The one exception is produce, which I find cheaper and superior to Gourmet.
                As for the meters, I keep a roll of quarters in my car and when in doubt, I always put in one extra. I am proud to say that having grown up and lived here for over 30 years, I can count on one hand the # of parking tix I've received. I never understand why ppl complain about this.

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                1. re: websterhall1994
                  berel Aug 5, 2008 06:27 PM

                  I'LL have to agree about the produce, it's cheaper at Brachs

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                    midasgold Aug 5, 2008 06:37 PM

                    Webster Hall,

                    You don't understand why people complain about having to waste money and risk getting an expensive parking ticket just for the privilege of shopping in a supermarket? Wow. I've lived in several communities and I've traveled around the country quite extensively and I've never heard of having to feed a parking meter just to shop at a supermarket in suberbia, other than Gourmet Glatt and Supersol. And the Meter Nazis (not my term, but everybody's term) in Cedarhurst are unforgiving... they lay in wait until that meter clicks, after which the ticket is promptly written. Though generally I prefer the aesthetics (but not some of the loud and unruly cashiers) of Gourmet Glatt to Brach's more "heimishe" atmosphere of boxes strewn arround, I fear those parking meters like the plague. Gourmet Glatt meters are FREE on Sunday with no time limit, which is when I prefer to shop there; I don't like the idea of shopping, spotting some new or interesting product, and then wondering if I have enough time on the meter.

                    Gourmet Glatt has a customer price-scanner near the frozen foods, and it used to actually work... but it hasn't for several months. Everyone raves about Gourmet Glatt's meat; we've had some excellent cuts from Brach's (especially the Rib Roast, which is always excellent there), but the pepper steak at Brach's has always been horrible; I don't know about the pepper steak at Gourmet Glatt or Supersol. Supersol seems to always have the lowest price on chicken cutlets; other than that, I don't understand why anybody shops there since the store isn't nearly as nice as Gourmet Glatt, the prices don't seem any better than Gourmet Glatt or Brach's, and the parking meters are even worse than the ones at Gourmet Glatt... I believe the Supersol meters operate 24/7! I actually prefer Kosher World in Far Rock (which nobody seems to mention) to Supersol... crossing the street with a shopping cart in that neighborhood is a trully authentic and exhilarating New York experience, and there are no parking meters in the lot!

                    I hope that the new Glatt Kingdom has free parking; it looks like it will. We shall see what the selection and prices are like, and what happens to the other kosher supermarkets, as well as to Bagel Island, directly across the street. (I read on this forum that Glatt Kingdom is supposed to be offering bagels and pizza, as does Bagel Island.)

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                      MartyB Aug 6, 2008 05:07 AM

                      You are right; Brach's meat prices lately are on the high side. It’s gotten to the point that I would buy my chickens, in quantity, from Supersol WHEN they have it on sale. If I need meat I would go to Brooklyn to Pick-N-Pay. In fact I had to go to Brooklyn this past Sunday so I stopped in there and bought a load of rib steaks at $6.99lb! - contrast that with the $10+/lb that all the stores in the 5 towns are charging. I understand that Pick-N-Pay delivers to the 5 towns; I will have to inquire what additional costs are involved, although I usually like to pick out my meats. I however have issues with chickens and chicken cutlets. Pick-N-Pay was charging $3.69 for the chicken cutlets, but they had really beautifully packaged ones for $3.99 that I decided to spring for.

                      Since I don't shop for meat on a weekly basis I still give the nod to Brachs. Hopefully when Glatt Kosher Kingdom opens it will put preasure on Brachs to lower their meat prices.

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                        websterhall1994 Aug 6, 2008 06:31 PM

                        Midas-
                        Though I certainly understand and agree with you that one should not have to feed a meter to shop, let's accept the fact that the meters are there to stay. What I don't understand is why you are upset about getting ticketed when your meter expires. That one extra quarter when you park can save you $25 later on.
                        And By the way, I stopped buying roasts at Brach when I found the biggest, fattest, hollowest vein running the length of my $60 brick roast ($13.49/lb).

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                      MartyB Aug 5, 2008 09:49 AM

                      I am curious, I always found Chap-a-Nosh to be extreemely expensive (especially compared to Brachs takeout). Will they be lowering their prices when they move into Gourmet in order to make Gourmet Glatt more competive compared to Brachs?

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                        sanekosher Aug 5, 2008 06:59 AM

                        Does anyone know, is Chap a Nosh already selling their take out food at Gourmet Glatt? If not, when do they expect to be operating from GG?

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                          MartyB Aug 5, 2008 05:27 AM

                          >>Will the Five Towns finally have a true one-stop shopping experience?

                          I find that I can buy anything that I need from Brachs. Is there anything that Gourmet Glatt has that Brachs does not have?

                          There is one "shopping experience" that Gourmet Glatt has that Brachs does not have - parking meters - I have had the "experience" of coming to my car at Gourmet Glatt to find a ticket on my car for expired meter. That is one "experience" that one will not get when shopping at Brachs.

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                          1. re: MartyB
                            berel Aug 5, 2008 05:33 AM

                            I usually shop at Brachs, but the meat section in Gourmet Glatt is so superior to Brachs, I don't mind putting a couple of quarters in the meter when I do a large meat purchase

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                              HungryJew Aug 5, 2008 05:47 AM

                              I agree MartyB. Brachs has had the one stop status for a long time.

                              Grocery........Check
                              Take-out.......Check
                              Appetizing Counter......Check
                              Bakery..........Check
                              Sushi..........Check

                              I don't believe I am missing anything but I will continue to shop at Brachs. I like the sushi at Gourmet, but Zomicks and Chap a nosh are at the bottom of my list.

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                              HungryJew Aug 5, 2008 03:31 AM

                              funny, when I posted this the thread was taken down.

                              I am kind of shocked that the store is staying open, I can only assume it is because they have to cook there.

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