food 03.17.09

Less is More Week: Food

Today in our week-long series, we look at some of the city's best sources to eat (and drink) well, especially if you didn't receive an AIG-sized bonus.


Fish
Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, which expanded not long ago, and at 252 Bleecker [6th/7th] 212.352.8063, has MUG's vote for the best overall seafood purveyor in the city. Price check: Halibut at Citarella: $25.99/lb. At Lobster Place, $17.95/lb.

Meat
Yes, you can find cheaper beef around town than what's at Florence Meat Market, 5 Jones [Bleecker/W. 4th] 212.242.6531. For extraordinary quality, old-world service, and pricing, though, Florence is unbeatable.

Fruit and Vegetables
Shopping in Chinatown isn't exactly a cozy experience. Still, for fruits and veggies, since the turnover is high, you can count on freshness as well as the best prices in town. Case in point: you probably pay $1.99 or more for an avocado from your corner market. In Chinatown, they're $1.

Dried Fruits and Nuts
Sahadi's, 187 Atlantic [Clinton/Court] Bklyn 718.624.4550, has been selling all kinds of wonderful comestibles at their emporium, with an emphasis on the Middle East, for over 60 years. You want dried cranberries (sulfur-free)? Most places charge you $7.99 a pound. At Sahadi's, they're $3.50 a pound.

Appetizing
A little work here pays off. If you can carve out some time on a Friday, between 8am-1pm, you can score wholesale prices from Acme Smoked Fish, 30 Gem [N. 15th/Meserole] Bklyn 718.383.8585 – the only time they sell directly to the public. Show up for deals on smoked salmon, sable, trout, whitefish salad, and more.

Entertaining
Trader Joe's veterans inevitably develop a binary system of stuff they love and stuff not to buy again. In the former category, reliably delicious dips, salsas, chip-py things, plus frozen hors d'oeuvres, all at how-do-they-do-it? prices.

Booze
Virtually every wine store now has their best deals front and center. Some of the players, though, have been emphasizing value for years. The top three are Garnet, 929 Lex [68th/69th] 212.772.3211, Gotham, 2517 Bway [93rd/94th] and Warehouse Wines, 735 Bway [8th/Waverly] 212.982.7770.

Restaurants
MUG's Cheapish Eats
Cheapish Eats Readers' Edition

Indispensable Website
When it first launched, Eater, was a fun, gossipy, blog about the local food world. Over time, it's only gotten better and tuned in more finely to the zeitgeist: their Dealfeed is especially helpful to those who still want to eat out, but don't have an unlimited expense account.








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