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cheese at Fairway - too many strikes to count

That's it - I'm finished buying cheese at Fairway. Too many times I have gotten cheese in poor condition, way past eating condition, ammoniated, overrripe, and just not good quality. Today on 86th St. was the last straw. And this is over time at all 3 Manhattan stores. Clearly they have no quality control given their size and rapid expansion, at least not in the cheese department. That's it - no more cheese from Fairway for me.

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

Fairway Market
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Fairway Market
240 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

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  1. yea it sucks, total amateur hour, good thing zabars isn't far

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    1. re: AubWah

      Zabar's isn't much better, unfortunately. I've purchased a lot of ammoniated, overripe cheeses there as well. I think the trick to both places is to NOT buy any pre-cut, pre-packaged cheeses. If you buy anything, buy the stuff in the case that's cut to order.

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      Zabar's
      2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

    2. Really sorry to hear this, but thanks for the warning. Is there any place on the UES that you would recommend for buying cheese? Agata? Eli's? Vinegar Factory? Or should I go across the park to Zabar's?

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      1. re: ellenost

        I have found Agata to be reliable in the cheese department.

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        Agata & Valentina
        1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          agate or citarella, but find agata more helpful

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          Citarella
          1313 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

          Agata & Valentina
          1505 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

      2. What cheeses or types of cheeses are you buying?

        1. Their cheese "department" wasn't any different/any good even before the expansion... I suspect part of the problem is turnover, but over-ambition is dangerous when it comes to cheese. You can end up with a large proportion of cheese in poor condition which makes the whole area unappetizing. Better to have a smaller selection, it seems to me, that you can maintain and sell in a reasonable timeframe. And their prices are not low. Somewhere else with few other options, they might get away with it a little more easily, but with Zabar's not far away from the 74th St store, there's really no reason to consider buying most cheese at that Fairway.

          1. Has anyone had success in finding Halloumi at the UES Fairway? The guy behind the cheese counter looked at me like I had seven heads. The deli guy said it was in the Kosher section, but I didn't see it there.

            Tipsy

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            1. re: TipsyMcStagger

              The Union Square Whole Foods has (or had, I haven't looked for it lately) halloumi across from the fish counter, in the case with the smoked salmon and the taramasalata. The only logic I can find there is that you can grill halloumi, and you can also grill seafood. Maybe Fairway made the same bizarre calculation?

            2. They do have halloumi at the 86th st fairway-- it's in the pre-packaged cheese aisle (with meats on one side and the cheese/butter/yogurt on the other side). Have found it a few times... and fully concur with the earlier opinions expressed regarding the cheese quality at fairway. Repeated disappointments-- back to fresh direct, agata and murray's whenever i can make it!

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              1. re: pennylane17

                Thanks Pennylane...I looked there as well. Maybe I just missed it???

                Tipsy

                1. re: TipsyMcStagger

                  You are right! I was craving halloumi and popped in on my way home last night and no where in sight. Maybe will come back into stock soon!