These 2 great stores really compete with each other in many areas. But in others, one of them wins hands down. I also like the idea that Zabar's refuses to expand, only one exclusive store, a real tourist attraction complete with tourist buses!
How do the two stores stack up? Here's my take, let us know yours:
Smoked Fish: Zabar's wins big, smooth, experienced fish cutters, most of them there 25 years +, high quality merchandise.
Cheese: Edge to Fairway, a little bigger selection, great "point and taste" counter, Zabar's has good deals on prepacks though.
Olives: ZABAR'S!!! Fairway insists on soaking the olives in oil, you can sometimes see them pouring oil into the olives, makes them really gooky and heavy tasting. Zabar's leaves them in the natural brine and has a great selection.
Coffee: A draw.
Bakery: Fairway. Good quality stuff, even the bagels are made on premises and are pretty decent. The only good bakery stuff at Zabars is the prepackaged Eli's products.
Prepared foods: Pretty close, above average prepared food counters, good help, both have pretty big prices on the stuff. Extensive variety.
Now, if someone can tell me how to get out of Zabar's without spending $150, please do!
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