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pomegranate store in bklyn

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koshergourmetmart Aug 19, 2008 01:32 PM

it opened on Sunday. kosher blog gave it a good review-anyone else gone?

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    shanirum Aug 19, 2008 01:48 PM

    actually, I believe that it officially opened today. There was a line outside before opening time thi morning at 11:00 AM

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      koshergourmetmart Aug 19, 2008 02:03 PM

      the point of my post was to get people's reviews not discuss when it opened

    2. moonlightgraham Aug 19, 2008 02:08 PM

      Here some links to info about it:

      http://nymag.com/daily/food/2008/08/kosher_gourmet_megatore_set_to.html

      http://www.nypost.com/seven/08112008/news/regionalnews/top_nosh_kosher_grocer_123920.htm

      http://www.crainsnewyork.com/apps/pbc...

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        koshergourmetmart Aug 20, 2008 05:55 AM

        good article in today's ny times as well as a good review of shnitzel place on coney island and burgers and bar sp?)

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          moonlightgraham Aug 20, 2008 06:24 AM

          Here is the New York Times Link:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/din...

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            havdalahclub Aug 20, 2008 10:54 AM

            I shopped at Pomegranate. The aisles are spacious and well stocked. The take out department has gourmet selections unlike most kosher places. They had Moroccan chicken, beef empanadas, lemon chicken shishkabob, veal dishes, beef dishes, and some of the usual foods like meatballs. I was impressed with the presentation of the food. The fancier dishes resembled the type of food that you would see at a catered affair.

            Residents of Brooklyn need not go to the Five Towns to buy food at Brach's or Goumet Glatt (as I know some people do). You have a store which is at least comparable (Pomegranate has far better takeout) if not better than what exists in the Five Towns.

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              koshergourmetmart Aug 20, 2008 04:11 PM

              what ar the prices of takeout like? expensive or comparable to other places? what type of packaed goods do they have? any exotic ingredients?

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                havdalahclub Aug 20, 2008 05:37 PM

                The price for the typical meat takeout was about $9/lb. The packaged goods are similar to what I have seen in Glatt Mart, Brach's, Gourmet Glatt. I saw some brands of sauces/marinades that I generally do not see in other comparable stores. The one stop shopping aspect (bakery, takeout, produce, frozen food,etc.) is appealing. I would not make a special trip if you do not live in the general vicinity of the store because it may be comparable to kosher stores in your area (there is a parking lot, but the parking is still not great). If I am in the area, I will shop there again.

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                  MartyB Aug 21, 2008 06:38 PM

                  Do they have a bbq chicken special (you know one or two bbq chicken w/sides) and if they do what do they charge for it. I usually use this as a yardstick as to the tone of a takeout's pricing. I consider this a staple for a quick dinner harken back to the Meal Mart days in Crown Heights from too many years ago.

                  Brachs charges $7.99 for one chicken and a side. I have seen it cheaper in Boro Park, but not cheaper here in the 5 towns.

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                    havdalahclub Aug 22, 2008 11:27 AM

                    I don't know if they have a chicken special. Brach's takeout pales in comparison to Pomegranate. Pomegranate does not generally have the Brach's/Meal Mart takeout. The selection is more like Gourmet on J in Brooklyn. I did get some good prices at Pomegranate, but I didn't go there for their pricing. I went there because they have a better selection of quality foods than most other kosher supermarkets.

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        superburns Aug 20, 2008 06:59 PM

        I just got back. They have an incredible meat department. With a real butcher who actually knows what he's talking about. Veal Ossobuco..Boneless Duck Breast/ Legs, Dry aged steaks...all at relatively good prices. (boneless duck breast was around 13 a pound.)

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          hindyg Aug 21, 2008 07:24 AM

          Are there any specific products that can be found there that aren't anywhere else?

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            havdalahclub Aug 21, 2008 03:17 PM

            They have regular products and gourmet products. For the most part, they don't have anything unique that you can't get in another store, butcher shop, or online. It's just that you can do one stop shopping instead of having to go to seversal different stores. Superburns mentioned their "incredible meat department." I previously mentioned their good gourmet takeout department.

            While I think that Pomegranate is a really good store, I can't say that I would travel a long distance to go there. If I was in the area and I could find parking, I would go shopping there again.

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            eema Aug 22, 2008 01:59 PM

            I went into the Pomegranite on the 19th and was impressed by the cleanliness and wide ailse but was disappointed because there was nothing that I hadn't already seen somewhere else. There were no exoctic fruits or vegetables with the exception of baby yellow carrots and they do not carry ctimini mushrooms. They have 2 grinders to make peanut butter (regular and honey roasted) but, unlike Fairway they do not have a seperate grinder to produce almond butter.
            I went back today, Friday and was sorely disappointed. There salads (e.g., cole slaw, potato salad etc.) were very pricey (starting at $5.99 lb.) the packaged cake was often the same as I saw on Tuesday (e.g.mini cheese babkas $7.49 for six cupcakes), a package of six 4"X1" cheese buns were no bargain at $8.99, and the fat free/sugar free muffins had no calorie count.
            The most aggregious thing though was that one showcase of beef was fully stocked with beef that had already oxidized and turned brown.
            Further, they advertise that they have parking for 50 cars. What they do not tell you is that it is valet parking, so even if you are lucky enough not to have your car mashed up you still have to tip the valet. This after paying prices that are higher than Glatt Mart, Moishe;s, Kosher Palace and (dare I say it) Fairway!

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              MartyB Aug 23, 2008 06:48 PM

              From the first line in the New York Post article "It's the kosher version of Whole Foods, selling gourmet products at high-end prices ".

              I think I will stick to Brachs.

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                cheesecake17 Aug 25, 2008 08:53 AM

                I went yesterday, and didn't find it so special. I live in the area, so I would go back, but only for the butcher department. The butcher talked to me for at least 10 min- which cut to choose, how to cook it, and what sides to serve. I ended up buying a package of two veal chops at $7.99/lb (total was about $13).

                The groceries were not unusual, exotic, or even special, except for the sauce/marinade section. I've seen most of the sauces in other places, but not all in one place. I was also disappointed by the cheese section.

                I would go back- but not as a main supermarket. It would probably fall into my rotation just like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Fairway as a place to go and buy special items but not to fill a whole wagon with basics.

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                  ariellasdaddy Aug 26, 2008 10:38 AM

                  Interesting what you say about the butcher talking to you for a while. I heard they have workers walking up and down the aisles asking people if they have any questions. They also have workers on every register and the clerks are friendly, which for a Brooklyn store is a shock.

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                    cheesecake17 Aug 26, 2008 11:35 AM

                    I actually asked one of the workers walking around the store if they had a specific type of rice (Forbidden Rice). They didnt have it, but the manager took down the info and (shockingly) asked if I had any other product recommendations.

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                  Bzdhkap Aug 28, 2008 12:20 PM

                  Has anyone bought any of their take-out selections, and if so what do you recommend?
                  Their barbeque chicken looked really moist and good. They had at least two kinds that I saw - an herb flavored chicken, and a marinated chicken. Any feedback on these?
                  Also, do you know if you can take the full shopping cart to your car to unload (if you're lucky enough to get parking on the street nearby)? The parking lot was a zoo, and very intimidating last week; and it should only get worse, as will the street parking, now that people are coming home from vacation!
                  Thanks very much!

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                    MartyB Aug 28, 2008 12:36 PM

                    Just curious, what do they charge for their bbq chickens. Is it by the piece or by the pound. Do they bundle it with any side dishes, if not what would a chicken and, say, a pound of cole slaw go for.

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                      cheesecake17 Aug 28, 2008 04:24 PM

                      I went again last night, and I'm pretty sure I saw that the BBQ chickens were by the piece. (they didnt look so great btw). The cole slaw and all the other sides were in the takeout case and were sold by the poud. I don't remember exact prices, but it was considerably more expensive than the other places.

                      IMO, the best BBQ chicken is at Holon, on Kings Hwy

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                    zsero Aug 28, 2008 06:58 PM

                    Does anyone know, what are their hours?

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                      Dovid Aug 31, 2008 07:54 PM

                      The below links states that the hours are:

                      Sun-Tues 7 am-9 pm, Wed 7am-11 pm, Thurs 7 am-midnight, Fri 7 am-4 pm

                      http://www.chow.com/places/35847

                      By the way, did anyone else feel patronized by the nymag.com article?

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                        tomby Sep 1, 2008 11:27 AM

                        Yes re the article. I went yesterday and it reminded my very much of any Publix in Florida--no more, no less.

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                          havdalahclub Sep 1, 2008 11:50 AM

                          I don't believe that anyone thinks that Pomegranate is the greatest thing since sliced bread. IMO, it probably is one of the better kosher places in Brooklyn to shop for generally one stop shopping. Is it worth shlepping to it if you live outside of Brooklyn? Probably not. Howevever, I am happy that people are attempting to offer quality kosher shopping instead of kosher convenience store like shops (with one cashier and narrow overstocked aisles).

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