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roxie Apr 18, 2009 11:28 AM

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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    RGR RE: roxie Apr 18, 2009 11:56 AM

    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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      MMRuth RE: RGR Apr 18, 2009 12:23 PM

      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.

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        dietndesire RE: MMRuth Apr 18, 2009 02:25 PM

        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.

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          MMRuth RE: dietndesire Apr 18, 2009 03:56 PM

          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.

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            mrnyc RE: MMRuth Apr 19, 2009 09:30 AM

            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.

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        RGR RE: RGR Apr 18, 2009 02:36 PM

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

      3. BratleFoodie RE: roxie Apr 18, 2009 02:30 PM

        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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          RGR RE: BratleFoodie Apr 18, 2009 02:34 PM

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

        2. linengirl RE: roxie Apr 18, 2009 06:13 PM

          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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            mrnyc RE: linengirl Apr 19, 2009 09:33 AM

            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.

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              acidity RE: linengirl Apr 19, 2009 12:05 PM

              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.

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              Stuffed Monkey RE: roxie Apr 19, 2009 11:33 AM

              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.

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                Lucia RE: roxie Apr 19, 2009 06:56 PM

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

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