I've always dismissed Eli's, at Third Ave. and 80th, on this board as ridiculously expensive, after one visit years ago. Was in the area and planning several meals, so thought I'd stop in. Yes, it is still very expensive. But, the produce is stunning. I bought some tiny artichokes and fingerling potatoes, as well as some haricots verts. Passed on the box of raspberries (like the ones you find everywhere else) that were $6.99. Found Prunes d'Agen that were quite reasonable (5.99). My favorite coffee (La Semeuse) was $9.99, same as Dean & DeLuca, but 2.00 more than at Citarella. The fish was gorgeous ... but often $40 a pound - passed on that. Amazed that the Epoisse was only $9.99 (often compared to 12 - 16) and bought some. Saw White Nectarine jam - yes, $8.99, but I've never seen that any where else before.
So, I have to revise my opinion - if I had all the money in the world, I'd shop here - everything looked excellent. And, there were some bargains to be found, and it will be my "go to" place for special ingredients that I don't find else where. I usually shop at a combination of Citarella, Whole Foods, Bleecker St. in the West Village and Di Palo's.