I'm soon to be moving to that shiny beast they're putting up on 72nd and 1st, and when I walked by the other day I saw my choices were basically Food Emporium and Gristedes, at least for things right there. I'm coming from Bklyn Heights, where shopping at Gristedes was akin to taking your life into your hands, what with the puffy dairy containers and salt flats-scented meat. I hear, though, that the ones in Manhattan aren't so bad. I have zero experience with or knowledge of Food Emporium. I'm going to be spending nearly half my take-home pay on rent (hey, it has a dishwasher!), so as much as I'd love to continue my Fresh Direct/Garden of Eden junkie ways, I'm going to have to reign it in a bit.
So: Gristedes or Food Emporium - Thoughts? Opinions? Other places to get that one ridiculously expensive fancy item when I just can't help myself?