So Fresh Direct has finally come to Greenpoint, I've done 2 orders with them so far and I'm really really happy. Figured I'd share my experiences so that y'all on the board know what to go for and what to stay away from.
In general, the quality is really high. The produce is all terriffic --fresh, crisp, flavorful-- and the prices are pretty comparable to anywhere else that sells decent fresh stuff. The red and orange peppers were sweet and tasty and unfunky. The meat department also has brought no disappointments, which it ought not to for the prices. They aren't absurd in comparison to any other high quality butcher, but you will definitley spend more than going to a Key Food or any other regular chain market. A good flank steak that was about 1.5 lbs was about $12-$14, and worth every bit. A nice thing they do is that you can order some of the meats antibiotic free if you want to, and also you can order a packet of one of their marinades or dry rubs to go with meat for .50 cents extra per pound of meat if you don't feel like buying a whole tub of one of their marinades. They also do vaccuum packing if you want to to freeze the meats.
The homemade pasta is good (fresh ravioli & manicotti), but if you make your own sauce, you should stick to that rather than their fresh sauces. The bolognese sauce and slow-cooked tomato sauce were both OK, but nothing too special; but granted, not everyone is Italian. The marinades have varied: the whiskey glaze, which has brown sugar and pineapple juice, was really nice with the flank steak which is tender and very juicy. The morroccan dry rub is good with the lamb but it's no joke, it's pretty spicy so you're best off using it on bigger cuts of meat and not kabobs. The sweet and sour is good but lacks a little bit of sour. The dark stout marinade is not bad for a change of pace. I bought a whole tub of their fresh barbecue sauce, and that's been nice on everything.
From their prepared foods, I give the roasted chicken a thumbs-up, the roasted potatoes a thumb-up, and to the wild mushroom risotto, an unfortunate thumbs-down. Just too tangy, like the wine didn't cook in enough or something. I tried their lasagna, and much like their sauces, it was ok but I can do better myself.
Probably the niftiest thing they offer that I've discovered is their bakery department. They sell frozen breads that are par-baked, and then you throw them in the oven, bake for 10 min, and bam, fresh bread. The rosemary ciabatta is particularly nice. I've gotten really fond of the bread there, because nothing beats fresh bread with dinner, it's a real quality of life improvement.
Anyway, I'm just happy to have high quality grocery delivery in Brooklyn and wanted to share with you all!