If you live on the UWS, is your food shopping experience similar to mine?
My boyfriend and I go early Sunday mornings to avoid crowds, around 8 or 9 (Citarella's opens at 9). We take the subway down to 72nd (we live on 95th and RSD) and split up - he tackles Fairway for staples like eggs and milk, unencumbered by our little Pony shopping cart so he can weave in and out of the crowds easily. I take the cart to Citarella's for meats. If the line is not too bad, we then get bagels at H&H. Then we go to Gary Null's Uptown Whole Foods for organic produce (because Fairway's organic produce sucks). After that, we usually stop at Beard Papa's for a cream puff to replenish and fortify us for the stroll back home.
I have been unable to keep up a routine trip down to Union Square for the greenmarket. I once went to a so-called greenmarket near Columbia and found a turkey sausage guy and one lady selling some produce. That was it.
So questions for you guys:
1) How's freshdirect.com?
2) Anyone try the greenmarkets in the UWS (near Columbia, 97th & Columbus, or 77th & Columbus)? I can only shop on weekends so I'm especially interested in the one on 77th & Columbus.
3) How is Oppenheimer Meats on 98th and Broadway? I'm looking for a place that sells Niman Ranch or other grass-fed/heirloom meats and Oppenheimer is listed on Niman Ranch's website. So is Citarella, but the availability of Niman Ranch meat there depends on whichever meat counter guy you get that day.
4) Any other shopping suggestions?