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Food Shopping Spree: Murray's, Katz's, Russ and Daughter's....where else?

We're staying over in NY and we're bringing a cooler. Where else should we be shopping for "the best" of NY? We're staying in the theatre district, but if its a great place....we'll go. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. All good choices. You could add Eataly and Di Palo's too.

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    Di Palo's Fine Foods
    200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    Eataly
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: ChiefHDB

      If you hit Di Palo's, don't miss the other attractions on that side of Grand Street: Piemonte for excellent homemade pasta and Alleva for the best homemade smoked mozzarella...and yes, you should go to Zabar's -- their mail-order is only a fraction of the great stuff they sell and it is a real NY experience!

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      Di Palo's Fine Foods
      200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

      Zabar's
      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

      Alleva Dairy
      188 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

      Piemonte Ravioli
      190 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

    2. Union Square Greenmarket.

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

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      1. re: small h

        I've always wanted to go to Union Square Greenmarket! I'm adding Eataly to the list, too. Thank you.

        1. re: DaisyM

          It's not as glorious in October as it is in July, but it's still pretty great. Here's some info so you can plan your visit:

          http://www.grownyc.org/unionsquaregre...

        1. re: craigcep

          I have an order from Zabar's coming on Friday...but I've never actually been to the store!

          1. re: DaisyM

            If you have never been to Zabars but order from there then you should definitely go. Their smoked and cured fish is just as good Russ and Daughters. Great olive selection, bread and coffee. They also sell S&S Cheesecake which is the best in NYC in my opinion. their cheese counter is not as extensive as Murray's but is still very good.

            Also their upstairs cook wear selection is very good and worth checking out.

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            Zabar's
            2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            1. re: MVNYC

              We'll go to Zabar's! I order from Zabar's and Murray's and it is a real joy to get a delivery from them.

        2. Here are a few of the places I frequent:
          Kalustyan for spices
          Porto Rico for coffee beans
          Zabar's (as previously mentioned)
          Economy Candy for, well, candies
          Any of the Asian Markets in Chinatown, such as Kam Man
          Fairway... if you've never been it is quite an experience

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          Kalustyan's
          123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

          Fairway Market
          2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

          Economy Candy
          108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Kam Man
          200 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: iluvcookies

              I second the Chinatown (how can you miss that one and Fairways is awesome. Fact is I'd do Fairways first, probably get so much great stuff in one place that you'll have extra time.

              1. re: Quine

                I've heard of Fairways, but have never been there. Is it on a different level then Whole Foods?

                1. re: DaisyM

                  Yes, If I had both in the area, I would chose Fairways over WF. And I really like WF.

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                  Fairway Market
                  2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  Whole Foods
                  10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    Fairway (no "s") is an everyday shopping sort of place, tremendous variety and quite reasonable, which Whole Foods is not.

                    1. re: DaisyM

                      Fairway is pretty much a well-stocked supermarket. There is an above average selection of some items, but if you have a good supermarket in your hometown and already plan on going specialty shopping here while you're visiting, it is really not worth the "experience," which translates to crowds and hassle.

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                      Fairway Market
                      2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                      1. re: JungMann

                        Agreed, not really worth a visit from someone from out of town. By the way Jungmann, saw you on NY1 yesterday

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          You should check them out. They are a great neighborhood spot with some very playful offerings on the regular menu.

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                          Earl's Beer & Cheese
                          1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

                          1. re: JungMann

                            You mean earl's? I have been there a couple of time and i really like it. Pretty good beer selection, especially for the area.

                          2. re: MVNYC

                            If one does want to see Fairway, would recommend going to the Harlem location. It's less crowded and has a neat selection of European imports as well. However, would still put this lower on the list.
                            Also-obviously you are planning on going to Murray's; however, if you were in the mood to check out a small but well-kept cheese shop in the theater district, check out the beer & cheese shop at 9th and 46th. They have a good selection for a small shop, and also have a lot of microbrews and local beers that you can mix and match.

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                            Fairway Market
                            2350 12th Ave, New York, NY 10027

                            Vintner Wine Market
                            671 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    2. re: iluvcookies

                      I had forgotten Economy Candy! Such a great place. Reminds me of my childhood.

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                      Economy Candy
                      108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                      1. re: iluvcookies

                        2nd Kalustyans.

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                        Kalustyan's
                        123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                      2. Despaña is indispensible for Spanish hams, chorizos and preserved vegetables, not to mention their addictive polvorones and turron
                        Ditto Myers of Keswick for bangers, back bacon, pies and pickles
                        If you're staying in the Theatre District, the spices at International Grocery might be worth the walk

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                        Despana
                        408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

                        Myers of Keswick
                        634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                        Ninth Avenue International Foods
                        543 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                        1. re: JungMann

                          2nd Despana!

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                          Despana
                          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013