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People have been really helpful with restaurants near here. Thanks everyone. How about food shopping for the times we will be eating in? Produce and prepared as well as everyday items. Thanks so much.

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  1. You've got Agata & Valentina on 79 St. & First Ave. for gourmet foods.

    Agata & Valentina
    1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

    1. Produce and prepared are good at Agata & Velentina but the place is expensive. We use them for a few items we particularly like there like their Brooklyn Blend Coffee. We still rely on Fairway on Broadway but then we have other chores that take us to that neighborhood a few times a week so it's not out of the way.

      Once a month or so we make a trip on the M15 bus to Costco and Target at 117 Street. Costco has some frozen potstickers, also frozen ravioli that are both delicious. They also have the world's best chicken salad.

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      1. re: Brian W

        Agata and Valentina is actually not as expensive as you think. Their produce is of good quality and is cheaper than surrounding markets and supermarkets. Some of the prepared items are expensive but there are some good deals. Their bread is decently priced.

        For bread you also have Orwarshers.

        1. re: MVNYC

          For making sandwiches the ciabatta rolls at Agata & Velentina are not to be believed. If you go there for cold cuts then get your bread there too.

      2. For eating in, no work, get takeout from my favorite chicken place: Chicken Festival on First Ave. btw. 82-83 Sts...If I am not mistaken, Brian W introduced me to it on this board! It is the best, Peruvian chicken -- better than Pio Pio and even less expensive, with spicier totally addictive green sauce. Add some rice and beans, sweet plantains, and their salad with avocado and you are in business! (Thanks, Brian!)

        Chicken Festival
        1584 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

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        1. re: City Kid

          thanks everyone . these are helpful. what about the everyday shopping and any more good take out ideas. We get peruvian chicken at home and it amkes a great meal!

          1. re: City Kid

            I walked by the other day and I think they are closed for good.

            1. re: MVNYC

              We ordered from Chicken Festival Saturday night. Still there as of then.

              Chicken Festival
              1584 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: MVNYC

                The lights were on tonight when I passed by on the bus.

                1. re: ellenost

                  Whew, we love that place! Pio Pio gets all the love, but Chicken Festival is the best.

                  1. re: City Kid

                    Definitely have to try it! Do you know whether they deliver in the neighborhood?

                    1. re: ellenost

                      Yes, they deliver, and everything I have had there is excellent. The chicken is trimmed of fat, unlike Pio Pio, and the green sauce has more of a kick. Nice folks, too!

                      1. re: City Kid

                        Thanks City Kid! I'll give them a try soon!

            2. There's also Grace's Market Place, on 71st and 3rd Ave. On the expensive side, but a lot of interesting food -prepared and otherwise- within.

              1. Citarella on 3rd between 75 and 76.

                1. Morton Williams supermarket - First Ave and 81st Street
                  D'Agostinos - York Ave. and 80th Street

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                  1. re: pbjluver

                    Morton Williams on First Ave is pretty decent. They carry a good selection of your everyday stuff not available in the high-end markets. That's the closest place to me where I can find my Bromley Teabags. First rate tea (for a teabag) at a cheap price. It's as good as any of the English brands available but I usually brew it a minute longer than those.

                  2. If you're looking for a diner my first choice would be Peter's on First at 83 Street. Absolutely the best home fries in NY and they can cook eggs properly. Lunch is pretty good too - I have had the burger, the patty melt and (Surprise!) the corned beef sandwich. Some of the dinner plates are quite good also. The owner and staff are very nice and the place does not have a diner ambience.

                    My second choice (if the weather makes it too hard to get to Peter's) is Gracie Mews on First at 81 Street. Blah home fries but they make a great waffle. Not a fan of the dinner specials or the soups. But the place is nice, with big booths and a good staff. Line out the door on weekends.

                    1606 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    Gracie Mews
                    1550 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    1. Even more...the bagel store on the corner of 78 Street and First has pretty good bagels, not the best I've ever had but good. Across 78 Street from them is a Korean deli that generally has the best flowers in the area (best on Thursdays when delivered). My wife also suggested "You Don't Know Produce" on 84 Street and York Ave. That's getting a bit far from you but they really do have great produce and much cheaper than Agata.

                      As far as Agata's prices go, when produce is generally twice the price of Fairway I consider that expensive especially when the quality is equivalent. I will buy there but only when it is out of the question to go to Fairway. Also, the house Tuscan olive oil at Agata can be had at Costco for nearly half the price. Nevertheless I love the grated Parmagiano/Romano mix from Agata.

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                      1. re: Brian W

                        The produce is not twice as much as fairway. I just paid $1.40 a lb for sweet potatoes, a bunch of radishes for $99, $1.89 for Gala apples and $2 something for watercress. You really are not going to get much cheaper than that. They do have some produce that is expensive but that can be easily avoided.

                      2. Eli's on 80th and 2nd can be crazy expensive...but they have some amazing breads, an unbelievable "salad" bar with some really good prepared items and a vast produce department. This is a price is no object kind of a place...lots of sticker shock!

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                        1. re: mom22tots

                          Sorry....80th and 3rd!!

                        2. You are also close to Dorian's - really excellent seafood - expensive but, in my opinion, worth the splurge. Citarella tends to be my "go to" grocery store -- often less expensive that Food Emporium. And I do go to Eli's for things that I can't find elsewhere.

                          Also, if you are willing to head north a bit, you can go to Schaller and Weber - German butcher.

                          1. Sables on 2nd and high 70's?-appetizing
                            H+H Bagels nearby.

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                            1. re: chaz

                              Where is the H&H Bagels?

                              1. re: MMRuth

                                2nd Avenue...I think 81st Street

                            2. Eli's is at 80th and Third Avenue.....and his bread can't be beat. Dorian is expensive.... but worth it. (She's a Rosedale alumna. ) And Dorian, herself, is an absolutely delightful person.

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                              1. re: Gelaine

                                thanks so much again. I have made a list which I will take up with me when we start this weekend! Valuable info.

                              2. there's also Gourmet Garage on 64th between 1st & 2nd.

                                Gourmet Garage
                                301 E 64th St, New York, NY 10021

                                1. Orwasher's for bread and rolls
                                  on E. 78th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave., closer to 2nd Ave.