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Jun 9, 2010 08:00 AM

ISO food-shopping strategy for West Village

I just moved to the West Village and am looking for wisdom about grocery/food-shopping -- both everyday essentials and more interesting/exotic ingredients. I used to live in a more central G. Vill. apartment where I could easily hop down to Chinatown for cheap fruits and vegetables and other Asian ingredients, and walk home through pieces of Little Italy for great meats, cheeses, and breads. I'd go to Whole Foods on Bowery if I needed something specific, and Morton Williams on Bleecker if I was desperate for a particular ingredient late at night. I had Amy's, Faicco's, Murray's, and Lobster Place in easy reach.

I now live one block from Hudson River Park and the closest grocery store is a horrendously overpriced D'Agostino. Gourmet Garage on 7th Ave. strikes me as a good resource for specialty foods but not for daily life shopping. Should I still be trekking to Chinatown for my weekly fruit-and-veggie run, or is there a more convenient way? Anyone have experience with Fresh Direct? Any advice much appreciated!

The Lobster Place
252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. If I lived in the West Village my go to source for food would be the Union Square Greenmarket- particularly at this time of year.

    Union Square Greenmarket
    Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. The Westside Market on 14th and 7th is my go to grocery store in the area. Produce is pretty good, but the meat/fish could be better.

      Fresh direct is fine, but I always find that at least one item of produce in every batch is something I would never have picked out for myself. However, Im a huge fan of stocking up on pantry/freezer items every fews months. This way I dont need to carry cans or chicken stock back from the store and up my walkup.

      Westside Market
      77 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. You really aren't far from Chelsea Market--where you can get almost everything. Fresh Direct is ok when it's extremely hot or cold, precluding outdoor activity.

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        1. Chelsea Marker's vegetable store is surprisingly cheap--much lower prices than Gourmet Garage or Gristede's. Gristede's is the worst, ever. I usually combine stockpiled stuff from Chelsea Market Italian store and vegetable store with daily purchases of fish and add'l veggies from Citarella. They have surprisingly great fish at low prices if you pick mackerel or bluefish or a few other fish. I also like the WV greenmarket at Hudson and Bleecker on Saturdays.

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          1. re: tjdnewyork

            I second that. The Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market is a great place. There is a large variety and the prices aren't bad.

            1. re: tjdnewyork

              And if you go out the back entrance, Western Beef is around the corner and a good resource for affordable meat (though most of the packages are admittedly "family size").

              Westside Market is good for prepared foods, some cupboard items and occasionally cheese. The Associated on 14th also is not as scary as some other franchises and has a good selection of Latin items.

              Western Beef
              431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

              Westside Market
              77 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011