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food shopping ideas 76th and FIrst

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.

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    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!)

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        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.

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              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.