I have never been a fan of Trader Joe's and avoid the one in Union Square like the plague, it is horribly overcrowded and I never thought the food was worth the hassle. But I work out near the Chelsea one and I am hooked. The produce is fresh, it has not been insanely packed, and it is clearly less expensive than Whole Foods. It is hard for me to believe that this is the same store! Don't know why it is so much better, but it is.
142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003