I'm starting this because of some surprising pricing that I've noticed. I generally shop at Citarella, but often end up at Patrick Murphy's on Madison Avenue since it's right around the corner from me. I have had long-standing "guilt" about not buying things at the Pioneer on Lex & 92nd, which just isn't that much further away, based on the assumption that "it must be cheaper". Went there last weekend on a Sunday as I wanted to pick up some shrimp. Well, the seafood looked abysmal, so I just picked up a few things and got myself out of there.
But, I noted that DeCecco pasta there is $3.89. Couldn't believe it. Murphy's - $2.99, Faicco, $2.49, Grace's Market Place, $2.49. I haven't gone into Food Emporium for at least a year now, as it always seems really expensive and not great quality (though the meat is decent in a pinch). So, I'm wondering, where do you think you get the best value in groceries in the area? Granted, the DeCecco example might just be a fluke, but it got me wondering.
Some of my other thoughts:
Eli's/Vinegar Factory - beautiful produce, fish, meat, often things I can't find anywhere else, but just oh so expensive.
Dean & Deluca - produce often looks terrible, often out of basic things like basil or parsley, fish looks lousy. Expensive. Good bread selection, sometimes pop in for hard to find ingredients.
Gourmet Garage - went a couple of times when they first opened, but haven't been back, bad experiences with the one in the Village lately, so I just don't bother.