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Apr 30, 2013 11:20 PM

Best Gourmet / Artisan Food Shops in Manhattan?

I'll be traveling to NYC in late June. I'm already planning on going to Chelsea Market and Eataly. Any other recommendations for cool places to visit?


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    1. re: pbjluver

      Russ and Daughters and Zabar's are two of my favorite places in NYC. To the OP... these may even be better than Eataly since they both have longstanding tradtions. Don't miss them!

    2. Chelsea Market, Despana, Union Sq Greenmarket (M/W/F/Sat), Kalustyan's, Murray's, Russ & Daughters, Di Palo.

      For Eataly try to visit on a weekday. Mornings are best. The layout has a lot of bottlenecks.

      Chelsea Market can be nuts too on the weekend, especially around lunch. BYO bag if shopping at Manhattan Fruit Exchange. And use the facilities elsewhere--there's one restroom for like 100 people.

      You can also check who is at the Union Sq Greenmarket using this link:

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      1. re: kathryn

        "And use the facilities elsewhere--there's one restroom for like 100 people."

        There are actually about 5 or so private unisex restrooms down that corridor and the line moves rather quickly.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          They're not always open, though. I see the security guards directing people away from them all of the time.

          1. re: loratliff

            Really? Guess I have lucked out. I have used the restrooms at CM a lot and never encountered that. Good to know for future reference though.

            Now at Eataly...EVERY time I go there the mens room is closed for cleaning. I've learned to ask the hostess at the Birreria desk to use the one up on the 14th floor near the restaurant. :)

        2. re: kathryn

          Note also: Kalustyan's offers a 5% discount if your purchase is $10.00-$49.99 and you pay cash. They bump it up to a 10% discount if your purchase is $50.00 or over and you pay cash.

          1. re: kathryn

            Do you have to ask them for the cash discount? I normally pay cash and I don't think I've ever walked out owing less than $10, but have never had them alter my bill in any way.

            1. re: JungMann

              I went there yesterday, and they automatically applied it at checkout.

        3. What they said. Especially Despana, R&D, and Kalustyan's.

          Also, add Nordic Preserves Fish & Wildlife (in Essex Market) for herring, house cured / smoked fishes and meats, elk meatballs, etc - couple good cheese shops in the market as well, a great butcher, and if you're there in the early afternoon you can check out Shopsin's for lunch, which is an experience in and of itself.

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          1. re: sgordon

            Shopsins is great but closed (EDIT) Mondays and Tuesdays. It's small and there's often a line (you stand in line, they don't take down names). Not for groups more than four, picky eaters, those with food allergies, or the easily offended. Cash only.

            1. re: kathryn

              Shopsin's is closed Mondays & Tuesdays - they're open Sundays. Unless that changed recently.

              I actually find Shopsin's an excellent choice for picky eaters - no surprises in the dishes, and there's, like, 800 different things to choose from so anyone can find something they'll eat.

              Weekdays I don't find them too crowded for lunch - never had much of a wait for lunch, if any at all, except on the weekends when it can be a madhouse.

              1. re: sgordon

                Sorry, you're right, closed Mondays & Tuesdays. It used to be Sundays & Mondays, they changed their hours a while ago.

          2. Love Zabars, as well as Chelsea Market and Eataly.

            Essex Street Market - since 1940s
            Di Palo's Fine Food - since 1920s - building from 1870
            Alleva Dairy - established 1892 - current location since 1920s