Ive just returned from a week in Santa Monica, and was blown away by the quality of the fruit available at the Farmers Market. The peaches, plums and oranges were astounding sweet and luscious, they tasted like liquid sun in the way that only freshly picked perfectly ripe fruit can. Returning to NYC, Ive been lamenting the seeming lack of really good fruit. Can anyone help me out by pointing the way to the great fruit stands that I hope still exist here? Ive started with a short list of places that I know of and like. I havent listed the megastores, but I guess Fairway is always a decent option. Balduccis has great fruit sometimes, but I get a nosebleed even thinking of spending two bucks on a plum.
Fruit Store on Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. Dont know the name of this joint, but I really used to love it. I hope its still there. Its down the street from Henrys End at one of those fruit-name streets (Orange? Cranapple?). In any case, this is where years ago I picked up some of the best mangoes Ive ever had in this or any other country. They were Kent mangoes, entirely fiber-free and very rich tasting. I think, however, that they bruise easily so many grocers dont carry them. This particular place doesnt much care about the appearance of the fruit, just about the taste. Lotsa flies, but still a great stand.
Chinatown Street Vendors. The only affordable option for rambutan, lychees, cherimoya and mangosteen (only available in season, of course) that I know of. Good deals on cherries, oranges and Ataulfo mangoes too.
Garment Center Produce on 40th b/t 7th and 8th. An oasis in this dreary stretch of midtown, Ive gotten some fine fruit here. Currently my best option in the immediate area.
I know there must be other great options out there. Can anyone help?