Thanks to everyone on the board for helping me negotiate the labyrinth of this place. Aside from finding the surroundings somewhat dank and depressing (they need some music and better lighting or something)I enjoyed some of what the market had to offer--namely Buon Italia and the Manhattan Fruit Market (forgive me if I didn't get the names quite right). Buon Italia had lots of imports I haven't seen in other places. Good selection of canned goods (I bought some delicious canned cherry tomatoes)and other condiments like olive pastes. Many of the olive oils were new to me, too. Saw fresh porcini at the fruit/veg place for $26.50 a lb--beats D&D at $46.00 per lb! Nice looking fresh herbs, beautiful eggplants (lots of variety)and some bargains, too. Vidalia onions for .99 a pound and some yellow peppers for $1.29 lb.
Got in and out of Amy's very quickly with my sourdough chocolate bread--pleasant service, not crowded, good bread!
Oh, I also had a great time at Bowery Kitchen Supply (When I'm not excited about buying food I'm thrilled to be wandering around kitchen supply stores). Picked up some stuff on sale. Bamboo sticks for this summer's Indian grill/BBQ experiments, some Ball jars, 10" springform from France and a great non-stick metal handle 10" pan for $10.00 bucks--good weight,too. However, my over all impression of Chelsea Market wasn't that good. Like I said up top I really didn't like the space--felt like I was in the catacombs in Rome. Fat Witch brownies were not to my taste (they had a few cut up for free samples). Wine store certainly no bargains to be found but I was really impressed that they carried my favorite Italian dessert wine (that I have trouble finding) but at a premium price. I doubt very much that I would make a trip there again. If I was in the 'nabe I'd stop by--but that's about it.
By the way, I did notice that Sandro's was closed. Paper on the windows, etc. Anyone know what's going on there???
Thanks again, all.