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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!


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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, I didn't come across those in my searches, and they're very helpfull. However, those threads are also very disappointing! I mean, they do answer my question but sadly, the answer basically seems to be "no, there's nothing that close to you". Damn!

    2. 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.

      1. you mean the dirty associated on 23rd and 2nd isnt good enough....That place gross! Try Garden of Eden on 23rd and 5th....

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        1. re: smokeandapancake

          The Garden of Eden on 23rd is not at 5th. It's between 6th and 7th, closer to 7th.

        2. make friends with fresh direct

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          1. re: thew

            Thanks guys.

            Yeh, I'm already close friends with Fresh Direct. We go way back! But I'm not always one for planning out my weeks worth of meals

          2. That's why they invented restaurants!!!

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            1. re: UES Mayor

              restaurants! bah!
              ... that's why they invented home kitchens

            2. 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.

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              1. re: AlanMa

                Thanks. I particularly like the idea of doing my own fishing. If I'm going to go out of my way, i'm really gunna go out of my way!

                By the way, the fish store you are speaking of recently "merged" with the Gramercy Meat Market.

                1. re: ironcheff

                  I live near 18th and 2nd and while there no fabulous grocery stores very close by there's certainly plenty within walking distance. There's WF and Trader Joes, Greenmarket at USQ, Food Emporium, Met Foods, Gracefully, Morton Williams, Gristede's and Bruno's (for Italian stuff)

                  1. re: ukitali

                    I'm not sure about the Gramercy Gracefully store, but the one on Avenue A seems pretty good for things like cheese, olives, etc. Does the gramercy one compare? Do they have seafood/meats/produce as well?

                    1. re: egit

                      The Gracefully on 1st is decent if not terrible big. The meat/seafood selection is poor but the produce/vegetables are usually pretty good.

                      1. re: ESNY

                        Gracefully is certainly decent, but it's also amazingly expensive! I live nearby and try to go there only in "emergency" situations.

              2. I live just below 14th st on 2nd and the area has no good supermarkets. For fish you might be close enough to try Wild Edibles on 35th st and 2nd?