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UES - No Fairway, No Westside Market

menevets Mar 30, 2009 10:54 AM

If this is been covered before, can someone point me to the thread?

The UES has Eli's, A&V, Gourmet Garage - all overpriced. Why are there no stores like Fairway or Westside Market? Reading the UWS TJ thread, I don't understand why there isn't more of a market for TJs on the UES. We're so starved for a store like Fairway's.

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    msny98 Mar 30, 2009 11:05 AM

    Cause UESers aren't tough enough for the combat shopping at Fairway on a Sunday afternoon

    I think they are getting a Whole Foods at 86th and 3rd?? Overpriced but it will still put the rest of the UES grocers to shame

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    1. re: msny98
      menevets Mar 30, 2009 01:18 PM

      Whole Foods is nice, but I'd rather have a Fairway or TJs. I'm tired of schlepping crosstown for reasonable prices.

      Don't know if this is still true with all that's happening with the economy (WF @ E57&2nd):


      1. re: menevets
        RussianGirl Mar 30, 2009 01:34 PM

        I saw this also on NY1 last weekend. Would be good, but I agree Fairway would be better. Sometimes, on a Sunday, if the weather is decent and I don't have to rush (and I think I can do it without strangling anyone), I'll take my backpack and take the bus crosstown to Fairway.

    2. MMRuth Mar 30, 2009 02:09 PM

      Have you tried Citarella? I know they aren't cheap, but better, I think than the other UES places that you mention, and better than Food Emporium. They are cheaper than the nasty Pioneer near me for many things as well. Are there any particular kinds of foods that you are looking for, or just an all around market? We still have a number of good butchers around.

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        TipsyMcStagger Mar 30, 2009 02:11 PM

        A&V is a bargain compared to Eli's.

        It amazes me that anyone pays Eli's prices. But then again, this is the UES of Manhattan.


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        1. re: TipsyMcStagger
          MMRuth Mar 30, 2009 02:18 PM

          I try to only buy things at Eli's that I can't find elsewhere and feel as if I absolutely have to have it for some recipe or another! Right then!

        2. erica Mar 30, 2009 03:29 PM

          A&V often has excellent pries on produce.

          I suspect that rent has more than a bit to do with all of this. It usually does!

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            Gelaine Mar 30, 2009 04:08 PM

            A Whole Foods at 86th and 3rd? When?????????!!!!!!!!

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            1. re: Gelaine
              NYCFoodie82 Mar 31, 2009 07:52 AM

              With the new Barnes and Noble on the ground floor level of the Lucida on 86th and Lex, the old B&N location at 86th and 2nd is closing. Rumor is, Whole Foods will be taking over the space. They have long been trying to get an affordable location on the UES.

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              menevets Mar 30, 2009 07:56 PM

              In all fairness, the soup at Eli's is reasonably priced. I used to buy bread there too - they used to sell a heath loaf for a very good price, but not anymore.

              I can go to separate stores to get everything I need, but it's convenient to get everything in once place. Produce, I go to the smaller stores or the Union Square green market, but if I were to buy rice, eggs, milk, pasta, bread, cheese, some canned food, cereal, I can spend half the money at TJs than in a typical UES store.

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