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Apr 18, 2009 11:28 AM

SF hound needs grocery help

We are staying in an apt @ Chelsea Lodge(20th) and want to stock up. What are good places to shop in the area? I remember a good looking store on W. 23rd near 9th.
Also any good bagel and pizza places in that 'hood for take out.

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  1. I love Garden of Eden. It's on the south side of 23rd, b/t 6th & 7th (closer to 7th).

    Also, in the middle of that same block is Madeleine Patisserie. Delicious macarons, tarts, croissants, danish, and quiches.

    Chelsea Market, on 9th, near 16th St., has a variety of shops, including one of my favorites, Amy's Bread.


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    1. re: RGR

      I like Garden of Eden too, though I find it quite expensive. I appreciate the fact that they have baked goods from a number of different bakeries. There is a Whole Foods on 7th Avenue around 25th Street as well.

      Also, La Bergamote is a lovely little French patisserie just west on 20th Street and 9th Avenue. I also like Madeleine.

      1. re: MMRuth

        La Bergamote is really.....not good, though almost every downtown bakery/patisserie gets too many kudos.
        I was quite surprised at the level of disappointment they heaped upon me.

        1. re: dietndesire

          I like their rilettes sandwich, and their pate de fruit in particular. And I had no complaints about their pain au chocolat - not the best I've had, but I enjoyed it.

          1. re: MMRuth

            the croissants are so-so, but a big bowl of cafe au lait is nice there too. its a consistently fine place to start the day, but i would never say it's thee best. then again i'd never say it hit me with any levels of disappointment either, that's just as over the top to say as is any lower manhattan hype.

      2. re: RGR

        It just occurred to me that Garden of Eden sells bagels. I think they're from H&H.

      3. I'd schlepp out to the Union Square farmer's market. You can grab the bus back west on 14th street after stocking up on all manner of foods!

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        1. re: BratleFoodie

          Just to note that the Union Square Farmers' Market is open Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sat.

        2. It's a little hike, so only of REAL interest if you want an excuse for a leg-stretch on a nice walking day, but you might enjoy the Chelsea Market: 9th avenue at about 14th (a block from the Apple Store, and one of the "hot" shopping areas in the city). Used to be the old Nabisco factory, where, I think, Oreos were developed. The fruit & veg guy is not stellar, but the fish guy is VERY good. If you didn't hit the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday, I'm pretty sure these guys are open on Sunday. Particularly nice for people-watching on a rainy day.

          Whoops! I notice RGR got there before me, to talk about this. Yes, Amy's bread is great. I also like 9th street espresso and Ronnybrook Dairy. Yum!

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          1. re: linengirl

            well, 9TH ST and RONNYBROOK are great, but AMY'S BREAD is not. eh. the chelsea overall market is definately a major destination for them to explore.

            1. re: linengirl

              Yes, Chelsea Market, and don't forget the large Italian grocer in Chelsea Market, with many imported items, and a nice fresh deli section. The wine store there is good too.

            2. More options:

              Westside Market at 14th and 7th. A bit bigger with a larger selection than Garden of Eden (probably lower prices too)
              Whole foods at 7th and 24th. The first location in NYC and often forgotten about.

              Or you can do the Subway shlep to Fairway like a real New Yorker.

              1. Murray's for bagels
                For groceries, Garden of Eden, Whole Foods, Chelsea Market