Food, it’s what we all love. Grocery shopping is part of our everyday lives and finding the best deal makes us feel accomplished. One thing I noticed when I moved to New York City is that the grocery stores are more expensive than the grocery stores near my small hometown in Pennsylvania. I was expecting this change though. As I went through this stream, I decided to compare different prices, particularly produce like peaches and nectarines, to see which store would give me the best deal.
I began at Citarella’s on the Upper West Side. I wouldn’t exactly consider this a grocery store because it is so small, although, they do sell almost everything a bigger grocery store would. There is one section with a ton of cheese. If you’re a cheese lover, check this place out! On the second floor, they have desserts and barrels full of coffee beans! I don’t think I have seen this in a grocery store before, unless I’m not looking hard enough. I thought this made Citarella’s unique. As for their produce, I found it to be a bit pricey. Their peaches and nectarines were $2.99 per pound. I was certain I could find them somewhere else less expensive.
Right next door is Fairway. Outside of the store they have a lot of produce! So, I checked out the peaches and nectarines first. $1.99 per pound. That’s a dollar cheaper than Citarella’s! From this I think I would go to Fairway over Citarella for my grocery shopping. Not just because I found the produce to be less expensive. I wasn’t expecting the store to be so big! There are aisles and aisles of groceries. Everything you could want from a grocery store, Fairway has it.
Just a couple of blocks down is Zabar’s. Upon entering, you are overwhelmed with the smell of different cheeses and olives. It’s not a pleasant smell to me, but some may like it. If you walk to the right, you are overwhelmed by the smell of cinnamon or something else that is very appealing. I think it’s very interesting that there are so many different smells within this place. The aisles are a little tight, so maneuvering can be a bit tricky. Upstairs there are kitchen supplies galore! After my exploring expedition, I headed for the produce to check out the prices. The peaches and nectarines are right up there with Citarella. $2.99 per pound. If you think Zabar’s only offers groceries, you would be incorrect. Connected to the grocery part is a cafe part! They supposedly sell fantastic bagels. I had the honor of trying one of them, and I can testify that it was delicious. Don’t forget about the tradition; if you buy a bagel, you have to toast it with someone else before eating.
One other place that I was sure to give me a good deal on peaches and nectarines, or any fruit for that matter, is the local corner cart. Most of their fruit is sold individually instead of by the pound. The peaches and nectarines are three for $2. I’m not sure how many peaches or nectarines are equal to a pound. So I’m a little stumped if this is a good deal or not. I do know that some of their other fruits sold are a good deal. But, I also know not all of it is a good deal. The cherries are a little expensive. However, I really like the local cart because it’s right outside of my apartment and I can go down and get fruit whenever I want. It’s quick, convenient, and always fresh.
I also stumbled upon a place called West Side Market. It was small, but they sure did seem to have some good deals. Their produce sat outside and I noticed that the peaches and nectarines were $1.39 per pound. That’s a big difference compared to the $2.99 at Citarella. And, it was only a short walk away from Citarella. With produce sitting outside, it gives it the feel of a local cart that sells produce. Since the local carts are a great way to quickly get produce, West Side Market may be trying to imply that they have good deals and can get you your produce just as fast.
Going to a store called Little India did not allow me to compare peaches and nectarines. It was a small store that sold a ton of spices and curries that you probably wouldn’t find in a regular grocery store. I was amazed to see how many spices there actually were! This store also had a certain smell to it, probably because of all the spices. I feel like that’s all they sold, but I know it wasn’t. They had some desserts, like cookies, and they also had some other snack type food that I don’t think would be found in a regular grocery store.
Lastly, I went to Dean & DeLuca. I wasn’t expecting a cafe type of store. It was very open with many places to sit. They had lunch and dessert options with interesting snacks, such as seaweed. Along with the sodas in glass bottles, they sold candy, macaroons, coffee and pastries. I found this place to be a little pricey, but then again, I’m learning that just about everything in Manhattan is pricey! A lot of people seemed to be here on their lunch break.