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  1. After Fairway Pelham's calm and peaceful opening day ~2 years ago? Maybe in a few weeks, hopefully it's not going to be Fig and Olive II: The Supermarket!

    1. Where is it in Scarsdale?

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      1. re: kaaaassss

        Route 22 across from Lord and Taylor (Old Navy used to be there, Encore Books before that, maybe Waldbaum's before that).

        1. re: Sexual_Chocolate

          Right by Trader Joe's? Interesting.

          1. re: Elisa515

            Yeah, there's little logic to supermarket zoning in this county. Some people will say that TJ's has more value oriented packaged items. I prefer everything under one roof to smaller stores that "complement" each other.

      2. I was there yesterday. When I walked in, I was handed a reusable shopping bag, with a small package of coffee in it. I would compare it more to Whole Foods than to Fairway. It is smaller than I thought it would be, and they have these little double basket shopping carts, probably acknowledging that there would be traffic jams with regular carts. At every turn, someone was offering you something to try. I bought some bread, and the baguette was pretty good. THey seem to devote a fair amount of space to high margin items like nuts and spices. The meat and fish counters looked like they had a lot of pre-marinated items. The veg and fruits seemed OK, but not overwhelmingly wonderful. As I said, it's smaller than you'd expect -- that Old Navy always seemed cavernous. The biggest problem that I can see is parking. I went mid-afternoon, which I can already see is not a good time to go there. I had to stalk people leaving the store after going around and around a couple of times. I might try going there to see what it's like some morning. It's maybe a little closer to me than the Whole Foods at Ridge Hill, which IMHO, I think is a better store.

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        1. re: roxlet

          Thanks for the review. I can imaginwe what the parking is going to be like - that place has always been tough.

          1. re: roxlet

            I too went yesterday...

            Overall I liked it...smaller than whole foods/fairway but lot bigger than trader joes.

            salad bar had good prepared items....very broad selection of breads, really liked the artisanal baguette...good selection of fruits and veggies but smaller amounts sitting out...lots of kinds of organic potatoes...satsumas much cheaper than whole foods...

            big selection of nuts...prepared desserts did not look v attractive...sushi demo...free coffee tasting...very limited selection of hummus (just greek gourmet brand)...great olive bar

            overall a blend of whole foods/balducci/trader joes...am glad it opened...parking at 10 AM was not an issue

            1. re: gurud

              Yes, I figured the morning would be a better time to go than 3PM, which is when I got there.

            2. re: roxlet

              Excellent review. If I lived there, I'd sure as hell take it under advisement.

            3. I don't live in NY, but can give you an overall opinion on what is good at Fresh Market. Their rotisserie chickens are good when they just come out of the rotisserie oven, ground lamb for a great price, their french baguette is our go-to for making delicious garlic bread, they carry Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon that often goes on sale for $3.99/pkg, they carry Mexican Coca-Cola that is not made with HFCS - just sugar, their banana bread and cranberry orange walnut poundcakes are delicious in the bakery, beautiful multi-colored heirloom tomatoes, free coffee samples, and the fresh squeezed tangerine juice, blood orange juice, and lemonades are amazing.

              If you are looking for nitrite free/preservative free deli meats, you will have to go to Whole Foods since the majority of their deli meats contain nitrites. Also, if you are looking for Partially Hydrogenated Free foods, take careful notice of their bulk snacks and other packaged snack items - many do contain PH oils in them.

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              1. re: littleflower

                I was there a few days ago for a walk around. I was told that they only sell thei hotr rotisserie chicken for 4 hours. After that, it is given to the deli to make salad.

                1. re: littleflower

                  I especially love the white wine rotisserie chicken. They used to do shrimp egg rolls too, those were wonderful especially if I got them in the half-price cooler.

                2. I went last night. Parking was horrific (it always is in that lot). I thought the store was pretty average. It reminds me of Turco's or Stew Leonards, all glitz and display with no depth. It seems to be oriented to the grab n' go takeout crowd rather than to people who cook.
                  The meat department was good, with several varieties of German wursts. The bread was really good. But the deli department was totally sad, with just a few offerings. The produce was no better than at the Stop and Shop, despite the lavish display. And they lacked many basics of gourmet stores. I couldn't find green lentils, for example. In many categories, there was little selection. The olive bar looked stunning, but when I looked closely, there was only 3 kinds of olives, and they looked picked over. That was kind of the metaphor for the place - looks stunning, but when you check closely, it isn't that great.
                  I would say that Fairway is still my favorite gourmet store followed by Whole Foods. I still do most of my real shopping at a regular supermarket though

                  1. I went there yesterday. No trouble parking (but if need be, I can imagine you could park at the huge Lord and Taylor lot across the street and walk over). I tend to judge stores by this by their cheese selection, and in this respect I was very unimpressed. Very pedestrian stuff...very few cheeses that you wouldn't find at a decent supermarket. I bought a piece of "sashimi grade" tuna to use for tartare, and when I got it home I found it to be a little too fishy-smelling. I can't imagine I'll be back to this place anytime soon.

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                    1. re: Boswell

                      I think that's a bit harsh.

                      I do agree with limited selection points (only one brand of hummus??) but all is not lost. Yesterday I bought tangerines, baby watermelon, cherries, and a 2lb box of strawberries...All tasted v good and the prices were terrific.

                      1. re: Boswell

                        In our experience (we've been shopping at Fresh Market for about three years), their fish selection is much fresher ih the summertime. Perhaps it's because there is quicker turnover in the summer and also their selections become a bit more expansive, but I tend to only make my seafood purchases from FM in the summer.

                      2. I've heard that this is not a good source for organic products. True? thanks

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                        1. re: spa

                          We shop at Fresh Market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's for 99% of our groceries. Here is the deal - unlike Whole Foods and Trader Joe's who do regulate (for the most part) their products to make sure that they do not contain Partially Hydrogenated Oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup, The Fresh Market (FM) actually has a lot of foods that carry both of these. FM does carry some organic produce as well as Applegate Farms Organic Hot Dogs, Organic Marinara Sauces, and a few other organic products. While Whole Foods makes sure that none of their meats/deli meats contain nitrites, FM's bacon and a few other meat products do as far as I know. Also, FM's deli meats do contain nitrites and many of their bulk snack goods contain Partially Hydrogenated Oils.

                          Having said all of that, we love shopping at FM for their fresh squeezed juices, Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon, rotiserrie chickens (antibiotic free/vegetarian diet but not organic), Mexican Coca-Cola which has real sugar (they carry this as well as regular Coca-Cola), and french baguettes. I just wanted to let you know that it is not an all organic store.

                          1. re: littleflower

                            Fresh juice is the most wonderful thing in the whole world (next to a mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich of course). How much do they charge for 1/2 gallon by you?

                            1. re: Sexual_Chocolate

                              They carry fresh squeezed orange, lemonade, and pink grapefruit year-round, and carry fresh squeezed tangerine juice (my favorite!) and blood orange juices in the winter time as well. I know that their fresh squeezed lemonade, orange, and grapefuit are available in half gallon sizes for $3.99 (lemonade) to $4.99 (orange/grapefruit), but only carry their tangerine ($3.50) and blood orange juices ($5.99) per quart. Honestly though, I prefer to cut my tangerine and blood orange juices half and half with water so I can stretch a buck that way and it is STILL delicious!

                              1. re: littleflower

                                Those are some insanely good prices, littleflower. You couldn't get a half-gallon of ANY fresh-squeezed juice (even from wizened, effed up produce) if you cried and beggged for it here.

                                1. re: mamachef

                                  Thanks for the comment, mamachef. I must admit though that I live/shop at the Fresh Market in Virginia so the prices may vary somewhat up at the Fresh Market in NY. I will however vouch for the great selection and quality of their fresh squeezed juices - hope you enjoy them.

                              2. re: Sexual_Chocolate

                                One more thing...this may be obvious to some but it wasn't necessarily to me - FM's fresh squeezed juices do not contain preservatives. I love that fact - no additives - yet they need to be consumed within 4-5 days after purchase or they will start to spoil. This is never a problem for us though, since we love their fresh squeezed juices and they are consumed within two-three days after purchase.

                                1. re: littleflower

                                  I don't get the negatives. Gorgeous store with great help. And 99% of the shoppers would be happy with the cheese (see above post). If you live in the area, there is absolutely no rationale to schlep to the Fairway in Pelham Manor or the Whole Foods in Yonkers and White Plains.

                                  1. re: littleflower

                                    Those are very reasonable prices. Fresh certainly means from fruit to bottle, no flavor killing pasteurization or anything else. Some stores post labels to warn those lacking a normal immune system (aged, infirmed, infant, etc.) not to consume because of the pathogen danger.

                                2. re: littleflower

                                  One more thing...Fresh Market's brand of jarred organic marinara sauce is our go-to sauce when we are seriously in a time pinch or we if we happen to be out of ingredients on hand...we keep a few jars in the pantry just in case. It is better than Rao's jarred marinara sauce (in my honest opinion) and is often found on sale for $3.50/jar. Really good stuff.

                                  1. re: littleflower

                                    Have you been to this particular store, or are you writing about the chain in general?

                                    1. re: Elisa515

                                      The chain in general...but I have been to four different Fresh Market locations and they all carry basically the same products and are the store layout in similar. Just thought that I would provide a little more insight as to what FM stores usually carry...they have some good products.

                                      One thing that may not be as consistent that I just thought about is price...it may be a bit more expensive for products in your location than down here in the mid-atlantic ones....just something to keep in mind.

                                      1. re: littleflower

                                        Your info is helpful, but we really do need to hear from people who've been to this specific store. It sounds like this spot may be smaller, for instance, than some other locations of this chain. Many of us travel for food shopping, so specific location info is important.

                                        1. re: Elisa515

                                          I went last weekend and had no problem parking, that lot can be very hit or miss, I would try going during the week to check it out. I went in and picked up a few things browsing through the aisles. The meat counter looked really nice. The coffee sample on the snowy afternoon I went in was GREAT, and just what the doctor ordered. I was told to check out specials online, as well as try on Tuesdays for specials. I'm a firm believer in checking things out for myself, and not rely solely on the opinion of others, especially if they're not from the area. It's close by for locals, not to have to cross the thruway, or cross central ave on a weekend..

                              3. I tried to go today at 1:00. I am usually not a complainer about parking, but I gotta say that the parking is a bad situation by that store. I drove in behind about 10 cars and gave it 2 times around before I said forget it. I wanted to visit the store, but not that badly.

                                I will try again eventually, more out of curiosity than a real need to shop there.

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                                1. re: valerie

                                  Is this the same store as the A & P Fresh Market? Website looks different but what gives with the name situation? especially since the A & P Fresh Market still bites perhaps worst grocery store ever even more the edwards finest!

                                  1. re: cubanat

                                    No, it's definitely not the same. This is a small specialty store, not a supermarket.

                                2. No problem parking just now on a weeknight. Weekend parking is a bear. Prices ranged from reasonable for the store brands, which seem to be pretty nice quality, to really high for certain brand name items. Will bee back.

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                                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                                    Was there today at 9;45AM. Absolutely no problem parking.

                                  2. Got there last night around 6 - no problem parking. The market was doing a brisk business. The take out barbeque and rotisserie items looked great, as did the meat. I bought dried okra snacks, which i love, and spicy pickles (jar).

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                                    1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                                      I went back in today after picking the kids up from school. I told them they could each get something from the bulk candy/dried fruits area. While they pondered their choices I took a closer look at the store, searching for ideas on what to make for dinner. They had a very nice selection of fresh veggies to choose from, and the cuts of meat in the case were really nothing short of beautiful. I picked up some french bread, and some of the delicious coffee. My kids made some nice choices as well.. if you've never had chocolate covered banana chips... you really must try!! cherry yogurt covered pretzels aren't to shabby either.. I think this is the kind of place, that when you really take a closer look at it, when your not in a rush, you will be surprised at what you find.. happy eatting!

                                    2. Went there last week and was very pleased. I shop the sales, and bought nice bacon (have you looked at the price of bacon at the supermarket? Over 7.00$ places!), chuck roast, and beautiful fish for supper. I had veggies already at home, but the veggies looked fine for most family suppers. Breads looked great, and the prepared food looked nice too. I was so thrilled to find Dukes Mayonnaise there! I've never seen it north of Pennsylvania. No need to import it from Nashville any more. And the service was excellent. Informed, smiling people helping you. And they even walked you out to the car and loaded the car for you! I'll definitely be back.

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                                      1. re: jwg

                                        They have Duke's Mayonaise at Fairway too.

                                        1. re: jwg

                                          I stopped back in today and bought beautiful scallops and some of the bacon you spoke of... I will be back on Saturday..I put in a party platter order for wings and ribs for the game. They carry raos tomato sauce for 5.99 on sale. I usually find it for 7.99.

                                          1. re: i_love_ny

                                            I saw only really small jars of rao's, in fact I have never seen that size before they were tiny. I must have missed the larger jars. If you are looking for a really good price for rao's Stew lenoards sells the 32oz jars for either 4.99 or 5.99 when on sale.

                                            1. re: chowdom

                                              Stew's sells them for $4.99 on sale...I always stock up.

                                        2. I have been back to Fresh Market a couple of times since my initial visit. Today, I went specifically for more of the Florida strawberries that I had gotten there last time. They are absolutely the best that I've had this season from any market so far. I also bought some very nice looking pork chops that I have brining right now. I hope they'll be as good as they looked. One disappointment was the chicken caesar salad I bought myself for lunch. The rotisserie chicken was pretty tasty, but the croutons were quite soggy. The dressing was the main problem. It was a bottled creamy caesar dressing that was not very good. I was surprised to see that all the dressings on the salad bar were also bottled. The other positive thing is that the parking situation has definitely improved since my initial visit. Even though it was lunch time, I had no difficulty finding a spot right outside the entrance.

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                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            Funny you should mention the bottled salad dressings. Several weeks ago my sister ( never at a loss for telling people what to do) spoke with a manager and suggested they consider better dressings and at the very least for the time being offer oil and vinegar as an option. She was really surprised as well by the lack of quality salad dressing and felt it really detracted from an otherwise nice salad.

                                            1. re: chowdom

                                              The was a woman at the salad bar with me looking for a vinaigrette, but all they had was a bottle of vinegar and another with oil. That would be fineif there was some way to toss the salad or mix the dressing, but there was no way to do that since they didn't provide dressing cups. You were meant to pour the dressing right on the salad.

                                              BTW, the pork chops were excellent as we're the aforementioned strawberries, which I dipped in melted dark chocolate.

                                          2. I was there today for the 1st time and had a field day! I thought the butcher and seafood depts were leaps and bounds better looking and more appealing than any Whole Foods I've been in. The produce looked great and I loved wandering among all the specialty products! I will certainly try the white wine chicken raved about by PenskeFan. I was only sorry that I only had my small hot/cold bag w/ me today or I would have bought SO much more!!

                                            1. Another non-NY Fresh Market shopper here. Produce-wise we'll usually get our carrots, bananas, and mangoes from there instead of another supermarket. We like their house brand Fresh Market Blend and Kona Blend coffees- nice mellow roast in a mid-level coffee. Their house brand ice cream is also pretty good for a non-super-premium ice cream.

                                              1. I stopped back there today to pick up some of the excellent "Homemade" brand ice cream that they sell, which my son loves. It seems to be pretty non-commercial since it begins to melt as soon as you take it out of the freezer. They also sell Graetner's, which is a celebrated Midwest brand, and I got the vanilla chocolate chip pint. I was thrilled to see that they carry White Lily flour, and although they have closed the original plant, it is still the flour that my husband prefers for his bisquits, and he was happy to hear I had found some. It's been mostly missing in this area for the last couple of years. I picked up a roasted chicken salad wrap for my son's lunch, and he said that it was very good. I also bought a small container of shortbread cookies, and they were pretty good for non homemade ones. The first two ingredients were King Arthur Flour and butter, which I like.

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                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  I stopped in today and still found samples in just about every department, orange juice, which was great- it tasted fresh squeezed.. the apple pie tasted homemade, so i had to pick one up.. this place is very bad for my waistline.. beware..lol

                                                  1. re: roxlet

                                                    Roxlet, I will be Eternally Grateful for the "Homemade" brand ice cream tip, just fabulous

                                                    carmel cone pictured

                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                     
                                                    1. re: chowdom

                                                      Oooh. Must try that! We've only had the vanilla plus Graetner's chocolate chip -- also excellent!

                                                      Awesome photos, chowdom. It makes me want to hop into the car and get some. Too bad I didn't see this earlier -- I was right over there today.

                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                        Thank you, I'm completely obsessed. Before we left MA last weekend we stopped at toscanini's, I had a field day there as I'm a fan of less sweet flavors (carmel cone being the exception) I've eaten a lot of carmel cone ice cream in my day but have never had anything like this. It was like opening a contaner of ice cream and magically having a carmel sunday appear. Homemade is different but could stand up to anything I tried at Toscanini's.

                                                        1. re: chowdom

                                                          Ugh Sundae not Sunday...sugar coma

                                                          1. re: chowdom

                                                            Haha. I guess it depends on which day you eat it!

                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                              Good lord I misspelled container too ( I think that one was a typo )

                                                  2. Rao's??... Just buy canned san marzano. I prefer the crushed. A little garlic, salt, pepper, finish with basil and you have the best sauce. Rao's is expensive and crap, sorry

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                                                    1. re: FatCobra

                                                      FatCobra, do you buy the canned san marzano crushed sauce from Fresh Market? I usually buy the Fresh Market brand of organic marinara sauce, but really should consider making my own with canned san marzano tomatoes. I will consider buying a can from FM if they carry one that makes a good sauce.

                                                    2. Went in there for the first time today with a friend. Luckily, I didn't need anything, because I don't think I cashed in my life insurance policy to have enough money for it. $12/lb for coffee? Arguably the best place I know for gourmet coffee sells it for $8. Are you paying for variety? Why is regular french roast the same price as caramel machiatta? Makes no sense. Then the produce is all about 30-50% more than regular supermarkets. Cheese was ludicrous. Yes, they had some sandwiches, sushi, etc that were decent prices, but across the board everything was off he charts expensive.

                                                      My other fear was the meats and fish. All out in display cases and there was nobody in the store. 6pm on a Thursday and four customers. Scary. I wonder how often the products turn over. Didn't look like a lot.

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                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                        Bingo. Had been enjoying the chicken salad but picked some up this weekend that had turned. That's my last visit.

                                                        1. re: addictedtolunch

                                                          Was in there today and a few things in the display case in the deli area looked a little old. Once again....went there at about 5:30 and about 5 people in the entire store....and I was with a friend who spent a good 20 minutes in there

                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                            I dont hink I would judge a place by a Tuesday evening, before a dinner rush.. but thats me. Most people who live in the area commute- and at 5:30 probably aren't in the area yet. I've been there at 6ish/7ish several times during the week and have seen it busier. I've noticed the company doesn't advertise like other grocery stores- so it looks like it's a word of mouth kind of thing. I've haven't had anything bad there, so I will return. I did go to Key foods in New Rochelle the other day, and had a horrible run in with a man Manager(very ruff around the edges). I pointed out expired yougurt, and he snatched it out of my hands- and walked away... I'm glad I dont normally shop there.

                                                            1. re: i_love_ny

                                                              Most supermarkets are very busy at that hour, because it's before dinner. My concern would be buying food that has been out when there is not enough traffic. I find it hard to believe they throw everything out at the end of the day. I also found it funny that my friend asked for something they were out of (which could have been made in about 3 minutes, tops) and they didn't offer to make her one. Would have gone away and it wasn't like the people behind the counter were doing very much.

                                                      2. I stopped in this week and the prices across the board appear to have dropped significantly. BTW has anyone tried "Jeni's" brand ice cream? It is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but with flavors like brown butter almond brittle, goat cheese with red cherries and hummingbird cake ...well

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                                                        1. re: chowdom

                                                          Mmmmmm. Brown butter almond? Have you tried it? Sounds incredible!

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            No, at $11.99 a pint I was going to wait to see if anyone had tried it and could recommend. I am probably going to obsess about it so I suppose I can take one for the team.

                                                            1. re: chowdom

                                                              I have tried a new one there Talente (sp?) Very good, but a little pricy. Satled caramel yummy as is pistachio.

                                                              1. re: jwg

                                                                Thanks jwg I picked up a pint of Jenni's and a pint of Talenti.

                                                                1. re: chowdom

                                                                  How were they?

                                                        2. I went in yesterday to pick up some last minute things for Mothers Day picnic. Had great service from one of the female managers. She recommended a few sides, and actually gave me one to bring, when I couldnt make up my mind. She said to let her know how it tasted. They were all good. We had the regular cole slaw, loaded potato salad and spicy angel hair pasta. Thank you for you courtesy and good taste. Also Mom LOVED the flower arrangement as well as the apple pie!

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                                                          1. re: i_love_ny

                                                            I had an issue with something I bought there. I called and spoke with a female manager. She was a pleasure to deal with and made everything very easy. I can't complain about FM customer service.

                                                            1. re: i_love_ny

                                                              Tried their Old Fashioned Apple Pie and loved it...we personally like it better than the Dutch Apple kind (the apple pie with the crumb-like topping) that they also sell. Also highly recommend the Banana Nut Bread as well as the French Vanilla pound cake also found in the bakery section.

                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                My Mom LOVED the apple pie- she thought it tasted like a homemade pie-
                                                                If you like granola, they have fresh made granola bars(not really bars, but pieces) drizzled with chocolate. worth a try if you like granola bars. Also I spoke to one of the butchers, they are NOW carrying grass fed beef, they werent when they opened, but they are now. The steaks are also on sale this month on Tuesdays. From 12.99lb to 7.99lb. I bought 2 today, I'll let you know how they taste..they look great. If they are good, I know what to get for Fathers Day dinner...

                                                                1. re: i_love_ny

                                                                  That's an incredible price for grass-fed beef. Hope it tastes good....

                                                                  1. re: Jim Leff

                                                                    They were good.. I have to say I didn't know what to expect.. They didn't taste any different, then the other steaks I had gotten from there (which were also good) I had read that the grass fed beef was suppose to be better for you, but it really didn't taste any different, so I guess that would be be good right? The steaks dont have a lot of marbling so you wouldn't get that kind of juicy flavor- if you cook it more then med..(I'm a rare- to med rare-so steaks are also juicy) Try one and let me know if you can taste the difference.. I'd like to know if it just me.

                                                                    1. re: i_love_ny

                                                                      tried the grass fed steaks. not as good (imo) as the aged hereford.

                                                            2. love it even more. Found excellent pimento cheese. Now, with Fresh Market carrying Dukes Mayo and pimento cheese, I have two less reasons to move back down South.