Good Food Shopping near 88th and York
Ottomanelli is at 82nd and York. For good... but expensive fish.... there is Dorian's on York between 83rd and 84th. The best prices for wine, etc. are Yorkshire Liquors at 1st and 85th. A good old fashioned bakery is Glaser's on First near 87th Street. The Gristedes at York and 86th is good for staples... but otherwise a pretty dreadful store.
When all else fails there's Fresh Direct!
Glaser Bake Shop
1670 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128
Dorian's Seafood Market
1580 York Ave, New York, NY 10028
Yorkshire Wines & Spirits
1646 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028
1644 York Ave, New York, NY 10028
Eli's Vinegar Factory on 91st btwn 1st and York if you're made of money. Agata & Valentina on 79th and 1st if you work for a living.
Fairway, hands down, on 86th btwn 2nd & 3rd when it opens later this summer.
Eli's Vinegar Factory
431 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128
Agata & Valentina
1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021
There are two small farmers' markets in the area: 82nd between 1st and York on Saturdays, and 1st Ave between 92nd and 93rd on Sundays, though the latter doesn't get under way until mid-June. See http://www.grownyc.org/files/gmkt/map... .
92nd Street Greenmarket
1st Ave E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
82nd Street-St. Stephen's Greenmarket
414 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028
Fairway on E. 86th Street is a long way from being completed this summer... walked by the other day and there was a crew there, but the insides are still pretty raw.
Other than D'Agostinos at 80th & York, the Gristedes at 86th & First, and the Food Emporium at 86th and Second, the UES is pretty sparse.
If your friend is a Costco member then there is the store at 116th and Pleasant Ave.
(Take the M15 bus up First Ave.)
Or do like most of us do...schlep from the westside...Trader Joe's at 72nd & Broadway.
(Take the M31 down York and then the crosstown M72 bus directly crosstown. I usually visit Trader Joe's, Fairway and the WestSide Market in 1 trip.)
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
2171 Broadway, New York, NY 10024