Just moved to Gramercy and the grocery stores are no good!
I just moved to 2nd and 21st, and found that most grocery stores kinda suck! I am used to having a fish section on ice (not prepackaged fish) and decent sized meat section, ideally with a butcher in back. I have tried the couple of Morton's and Dag's that are near.
I know there is Gramercy Meat Market, but that's too expensive for daily buying, and I know there is Whole Foods and TJ's, but I want something closer.
Are there any grocery stores I missing that have a proper meat/fish section? and/or some good gourmet foods like I was used to on the Upper East Side.
Thanks for you help everybody!
Simple answer. No there's nothing 'close' to you. But TJ's and whole foods aren't exactly 'Far' I live 10 blocks farther away and frequent both. And don't forget the Farmer's market in Union Square is the best in the city, they're open MWF&Sat.
This neighborhood is lacking a high quality, all-in-one grocery store since they took out the Garden of eden on 3rd ave.
What we're left with is a selection of specialty shops that are pretty far apart:
Todaro on 31 & 2nd has a good selection of gourmet foods. As does Lamazou (mostly cheeses, cured meats, and italian pantry items) at 27th and 3rd.
Isn't there a fresh fish place next to the gramercy meat market on 21st and 2nd? Never been but I've heard good things. In the opposite direction there is wild edibles for the freshest, and most expensive ($10 per crabcake?!?!?!?!) seafood nearby.
For fresh fish go to the Greenmarket in Union Square on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Get there early. The fish was caught the day before. Other than that go up to the Catskills and catch your own trout or go to the East River and fish if you don't care about mercury. I believe there's a good fish store on Second Avenue around 22nd Street on the west side of the street.