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Is there a better place to buy fresh orange/grapefruit juice or lemon/limeade than Stew Leonards?

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ExtraCheese1 Jul 6, 2011 10:07 AM

$7/half gallon is hard to beat, and the juice is fresh! I just hate driving to that out of the way area on I-87 near Tuckahoe road or Cross County (from any point north requires a toll so I rule that out on principle). Plenty of restaurants, cafes, delis, and small markets have fresh orange juice in smaller sizes, but it's way more, like $2.50-$4 for a cup or so. I've seen expensive half gallon jugs in supermarkets claiming to be fresh, but have my doubts.

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    Barrels41 Mar 10, 2014 11:55 AM

    Fairway has that but it's south on the Hutch. I squeeze my own on weekends. The oranges or grapefruits last for weeks but supermarket juice is bad in a few days. Juice has allot of sugar so it is just a weekend treat for me.

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      musicom67 Mar 4, 2014 06:10 AM

      As of 2014, you'll notice the price of Fairway or Stew Leonard's have both jumped to $5.99, I am remembering Whole Foods is now above $6.29.... Hint: NOTICE CAPS WITH FRESH SQUEEZED PRINTED ON TOP... Otherwise it's more than likely Pasteurized in one form or another, not made in the back of the store from the oranges in stock. BTW, savoring Fairway OJ right now as a treat... Fantastic. But I also bought 2 1/2s of Florida's Natural as my go-to juice.

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        MisterBill2 Mar 9, 2014 02:02 PM

        An increased price at Fairway, what a surprise.

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          Barrels41 Mar 10, 2014 12:00 PM

          Fairway is bleeding money and subject to shareholder lawsuits. http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=FWM&...

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            MisterBill2 Mar 10, 2014 06:12 PM

            Interesting. Of course, one has to wonder if raising prices helps or if it just reduces sales.

            That they've now given up most of Westchester to Whole Foods isn't a particularly smart thing to do, either. And if WF goes to Chappaqua as seems possible, it will be even worse for Fairway, should they ever get around to opening another store here.

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        ExtraCheese1 Jul 8, 2011 02:55 PM

        Ok, I've tried Fairway's and it's good. My first impression is that Stew's is slightly better based on taste and the fact that there's a visible staff of juice press operators in back of the stand continuously preparing new jugs. Zeytinia I think only has cups (I've been to Croton, Wilton (closed), Bryant Park, and the Amish Market).

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          menton1 Jul 9, 2011 09:12 PM

          Great. And Fairway is $2/half gallon cheaper.

          BTW, I also took your advice and tried Stew's Lobster Rolls. Good deal, but much too much mayonnaise and too much onion flavor for my taste. Can't stand the way they make you go through every square inch (like Ikea) but that's their MO, I suppose.

          (Is Stew still running the operation? I know a few years back he was indicted for some hanky-panky)

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            ExtraCheese1 Jul 10, 2011 10:31 AM

            It's funny next to the fresh Fairway juice there's some gourmet brand that's "flash pasteurized" (translation: RUN!!!) for seven bucks. Makes absolutely no sense to me.

            As you know, the hassle of Stews' layout and accessibility (the papa's legal troubles by the way were over taxes, not the food thank God, his son now runs the show) prompted my inquiry, now that I have a juice alternative I'll think more about the lobster.

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              vinouspleasure Jul 10, 2011 08:34 PM

              I used to hate the layout too but I've come to love it. It's a festive place, they serve great samples all over the store, the people that work there are a pleasure and we find each section fun to walk through.

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                ExtraCheese1 Jul 11, 2011 04:38 AM

                Yes, I always saw the juice bottles sitting in the ice but never really decided to buy any until I saw the large tray of sample cups and tried one (actually more than one). The Disneyland gimmicks are fun, no question.

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                  menton1 Jul 11, 2011 11:44 AM

                  Yes, Ikea is also successful with their " one aisle" layout. If you're in a rush, or just want a couple of quick items, it's VERY annoying though.

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            Westjanie Jul 7, 2011 09:05 AM

            Trader Joe's and Whole Foods also have Fresh-squeezed juices at similar price to Fairway.

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              menton1 Jul 7, 2011 09:07 AM

              All juices at Trader Joe's are Pasteurized (meaning: processed). They are NOT fresh squeezed!

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                ExtraCheese1 Jul 7, 2011 09:48 AM

                What menton said. I thought I saw a type of juice bar at Trader Joe's but it might've been a weird health food wheat germ apple shake or something. I've heard that Whole Foods has it (though I don't recall seeing any during my occasional visits there), but Greenwich is a bit of a drive (I've heard horrible things about the one in White Plains) and Whole Foods is pricey.

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                  Elisa515 Jul 7, 2011 04:43 PM

                  The Wholefoods in WP is just fine. Park on the second floor away from the crazies, use the elevator. Parking is free if you get in and out in an hour or less and spend $15 or more. Lots of reasonably priced stuff there and good quality.

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                    ExtraCheese1 Jul 7, 2011 06:23 PM

                    Thanks Elisa, but I'd rather support the many businesses and municipalities that don't charge fees to park or use certain roads. Do you remember how much the juice there is? If it's a good price I'll remember it the next time I'm in Greenwich.

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                      Elisa515 Jul 7, 2011 07:20 PM

                      You don't have to pay to park there, that's my point. I certainly support plenty of different stores, including remembering to support my terrific local store, Zeytinia.

                      I haven't bought fresh-squeezed juice at WF, but I can tell you all about the price of Brown Cow yogurt. :-)

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                vinouspleasure Jul 6, 2011 12:11 PM

                we live north and used to pay the toll but our gps figured out a faster way and it doesn't include a toll. take the sprain to jackson ave exit, right at jackson ave, left on sprain rd.

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                  ExtraCheese1 Jul 6, 2011 01:15 PM

                  That's a great tip vinous, thanks. I look at the maps frequently and couldn't tell if any of the nearby toll free roads reached Stew Leonards Drive. My guess was no but I'm glad at least one does. There's an Austin Ave off 9A that looks like it might connect also, do you know?

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                    menton1 Jul 6, 2011 05:05 PM

                    Fairway is assuredly fresh squeezed, non-pasteurized. Also the rest of Fairway will eliminate any desire to go back to Stew's again!

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                      ExtraCheese1 Jul 6, 2011 05:56 PM

                      I might agree with you except Stews' lobster rolls are an exceptional value at $10 for 2 (the hot dog buns do look and taste a little too supermarketish). The Pelham Fairway never had such an offering as far as I know, unlike the Brooklyn one which did for a time. I've glanced at the lobster salad several times in Pelham and was not dazzled, perhaps I should let my taste buds decide.

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                        menton1 Jul 6, 2011 08:44 PM

                        Are these lobster rolls served hot, or are they cold for take home?

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                          ExtraCheese1 Jul 7, 2011 06:05 AM

                          It's a cold lobster salad in mayo on 2 hot dog rolls with a lemon slice and parsley sprig. Kept in the open fridge or on the ice shelves in the seafood dept. With their volume and reputation for customer satisfaction they'd probably shell it fresh and serve it on a roll with butter upon request. The outdoor carnival-like food court has burgers, whole lobster, etc and also lobster rolls on the menu so perhaps they do it the traditional New England style, I haven't tried those.

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                          ExtraCheese1 Aug 27, 2011 10:21 AM

                          I was just at Stew's and saw that the lobster roll prices have risen to $12!!!! There are now so many on the shelves too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_d...

                          That's too rich for my blood in both senses of the cliche.

                          I still recommend the juice though.

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                        c.how Jul 7, 2011 05:48 AM

                        Austin Ave is closed - definitely take the Sprain to Jackson avenue. Sprain road is just after you cross over the thruway.

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                          ExtraCheese1 Jul 7, 2011 06:07 AM

                          Thanks c.how, goes to show that the internet maps are only approximate, it's best to check with someone who's actually been there.

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                            rolise Jul 7, 2011 08:07 AM

                            you need to head west on Jackson, cross over the throughway, take a left at the cemetary. Road takes you in along home depot.

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                              ExtraCheese1 Jul 7, 2011 09:42 AM

                              Home Depot, sounds like some scary driving! I better go 8 am saturday.

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                                c.how Jul 7, 2011 10:45 AM

                                The traffic to Home Depot is usually heavier coming off the thruway, where they have to make a left off the road into the parking lot. Off sprain road it isn't so bad - traffic that way is lighter and you have the right of way going straight on the road.

                                A better reason to go to Stew Leonard's early is the traffic in the store, not on the street. ;)

                    2. menton1 Jul 6, 2011 11:29 AM

                      Fairway: Fresh squeezed OJ, $4.99./Half gallon. A LOT cheaper than Stew's!

                      Most supermarkets do NOT have fresh, check the labels.

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                        ExtraCheese1 Jul 6, 2011 12:55 PM

                        Wow, that is cheaper, and an easier drive! I'll let you know how it tastes. Your second sentence is true also, but in the produce section of Stop and Shop (I know, I know...) they have or had something more expensive than the pasteurized brands that said "fresh squeezed" and it wasn't great when I tried it some while ago.

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