I just moved to the West Village and am looking for wisdom about grocery/food-shopping -- both everyday essentials and more interesting/exotic ingredients. I used to live in a more central G. Vill. apartment where I could easily hop down to Chinatown for cheap fruits and vegetables and other Asian ingredients, and walk home through pieces of Little Italy for great meats, cheeses, and breads. I'd go to Whole Foods on Bowery if I needed something specific, and Morton Williams on Bleecker if I was desperate for a particular ingredient late at night. I had Amy's, Faicco's, Murray's, and Lobster Place in easy reach.
I now live one block from Hudson River Park and the closest grocery store is a horrendously overpriced D'Agostino. Gourmet Garage on 7th Ave. strikes me as a good resource for specialty foods but not for daily life shopping. Should I still be trekking to Chinatown for my weekly fruit-and-veggie run, or is there a more convenient way? Anyone have experience with Fresh Direct? Any advice much appreciated!
The Lobster Place
252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014