I am a longtime lurker, just moved to NYC and living in Chelsea. I could not be more excited to explore all the eating this city has to offer. But for the moment, I'm seeking something a little less interesting -- a grocery store that doesn't make me want to stab myself in the eye everytime I walk in. Seriously, no matter what time of day or night I go, the Whole Foods at 25th and 7th is a madhouse. I've also walked into the one at Columbus Circle to promptly turn around and walk right back out. Ditto the one at Union Square. The one near 2nd and Houston is a little better, if you go in the morning, but in the evenings or weekend afternoons (which is when I could get down there) it seems as bad as the rest.
So what's the story? Do I just suck it up? Shop elsewhere? For the record, I do get most of my produce from Chelsea Market or farmer's markets, but I still need a grocery store for my pantry staples.