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Fairway Upper West Side Does Food Demos Saturday

Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.

If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.

The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store  (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).

Here’s what’s on tap:

Michael Lewin—cookies.

Hannah Howard—cheeses

Benny Lanfranco—international coffees

Ray Venezia—Hereford shell steaks

Vinnie Olivieri—asparagus pasta

Produce—Uncle Vinnie’s green salads

Lori Levy—pancakes with maple syrup

Will Sneddon—shrimp salad

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A New Westside Market Opens on Broadway on the Upper West Side

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The newest Westside Market opened today on Broadway at 97th Street, and Upper West Side food shoppers thronged the store for a first look at the produce, the prepared foods and the salad bar.

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The neighbors seemed mostly pleased, but being New Yorkers, they of course had to kvetch.

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"The aisles are too narrow like every other supermarket on the Upper West Side," said Salvatore who was pushing a cart down the canned goods aisle.

"The produce is a very good price," he said. "The canned goods, not so good."

"It's much better than Gourmet Garage," allowed Merrick, a personal chef who was clutching a package of rosemary, of the specialty food store at 96th and Broadway, which closed in December.

"I like the dairy because there are many yogurts," said Jessica, age 11, who was shopping with her mom, Diane.

Outside the entrance, owner John Zoitas and Ian Joskowitz, the store manager of the 110th Street Westsiderag Market, stood beaming.

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While inside, Maria Zoitas, John’s wife of 40 years who makes all the store’s prepared foods, surveyed her new domain.

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Upper West Side: New Trader Joe’s Store in Doubt (Updated)

Update: Nov. 25, 2009:  Trader Joe’s says they will open a store at 72nd Street and Broadway in 2010.  Fairway’s Steve Jenkins comments on TJ’s  planned opening.

Update, Sept. 4, 2009:   Trader Joe’s confirmed in an e-mail to the West Side Indepdent that the eagerly awaited TJs at the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street will not be opening in the new tower under construction on the heavily-trafficked corner.

Here’s the original story:

For months, Upper West Siders have been awaiting the arrival of a Trader Joe’s grocery store. The discount supermarket was reported to be going into the new building being erected on the southwest corner of 72nd St. and Broadway.

Photo: safoocat via flickr.

Photo: safoocat via flickr.

Now, it appears that the store may not open on the Upper West Side at all.

Said Tony, the store manager for TJ’s Union Square location: “There’s nothing confirmed about any other” store locations being added in Manhattan to supplement the existing 14th Street Trader Joe’s.

Asked about rumors that Trader Joe’s was actually going to set up shop on 100th Street near the river and not at the 72nd Street locale, Tony, who declined to provide his last name, said:  “None of that is accurate.  Nothing has been decided.”

The only way for neighborhood residents to learn about a new TJ’s is to actually witness the store build-out taking place. “We are always working with realtors in the area,” but future customers will remain in the dark about store openings “until we are doing our own construction” inside a building, he said.

What have you heard about Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side?

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Upper West Side: Broadway Farm to Open Fresh Fish Counter

The Upper West Side supermarket wars have a new entrant—Broadway Farm, the venerable market that’s been selling fruits, vegetables and other goods to the neighborhood for years.

Now the market, located just south of 86th Street, is expanding. By the end of September, the store hopes to have ready a new fresh fish counter and a larger selection of packaged meats. Included will be more kosher offerings.

Broadway Farm, Jan. 1997. Photo: Ed Yourdon, via flickr

Broadway Farm, Jan. 1997. Photo: Ed Yourdon, via flickr

Why the new venture?

General Manager Kabir Abdullah said shoppers have been asking Broadway Farm to supply them with fresh fish. Kosher meat is another frequent request, he said.

“On the Upper West Side between 75th and 95th streets, there’s no fish or meat store,” he said, adding that customers living in that area don’t want to trek down to the 70s to shop for those items at Fairway and Citarella.

Broadway Farm
2341 Broadway
New York, NY
646 505 0808
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Upper West Side: It’s Arrived–Whole Foods Previews Its Store for the Neighbors

For the food market deprived—that would be anyone living in the area around 96th Street on the Upper West Side—yesterday was a big day as Whole Foods welcomed the neighborhood to an open house to preview the new store.  While the food market won’t officially open img_25551until August 27—the liquor store is already operating—the market flung open its doors to introduce area residents to its layout and products.

Billed as a fundraiser for the Riverside Park Fund, the event was packed with young and old.  Baby strollers were in abundance.  So were lines for the copious free samples that were being dished out. There were crab cakes, chocolate, cookies, soup, and soda.  Two cold soups, melon and carrot/ginger , by kosher maker Foremost Fresh, a New Jersey concern, were standouts.

Throughout the bi-level store, which is smaller than many others in the city, shelves were almost fully stocked with what we’ve come to expect from the organic and healthy foods purveyor. Lots of varieties of yogurt. A still-empty salad bar. Meat counters and fish counters. It was a bit strange, however, to be walking around a supermarket in which no one was pushing a shopping cart.

Many items were affixed with bright yellow sale stickers. Several people noted that despite its reputation for pricey fare, Whole Foods appeared to be competitive with other local food sellers.

In any event, happiness was in the air. Even among this famously liberal Upper West Side bunch, no one seemed too concerned about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s stand against the Obama Administrations push for health care reform.

“I’m thrilled” with the new market, said one middle aged man, who added that he was disgusted with existing neighborhood shopping options.

In a final gesture of welcome to the neighborhood, store personnel offered potted mums, which had adorned the two levels of the store, to anyone willing to cart the pots home.

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