These grocery stores, whether locally owned or big-box chains, provide residents of the Upper East Side all things food-related for living.
Located at 240 E 86th St, Fairway Market offers two floors of grocery shopping for almost anyone’s needs. In addition to large produce, deli, and cheese sections, Fairway brings fresh baked goods, imported foods, health foods, and a vast selection of coffees and teas. Prices are competitive for the area and specialty products abound. This well-loved store may be busy at times, so be prepared to wait in line for a bit.
Evident through its , Eli Zabar brings gourmet food shopping to a peak experience. Situated at 1411 Third Avenue, Eli’s is an enormous store with an individual feel. With two large levels, the store is certainly not best for a quick stop, but gives customers a chance to wander through vast aisles to find treasures galore. Premium imported chocolates, fresh-caught fish, house-baked breads, aged meats, house-roasted coffee, and crisp produce selections all draw the shopper into this experience inspired by a European bazaar.
In addition to a broad selection of grocery offerings including breads, produces, fresh pasta, and cheeses, Agata & Valentina is well-loved for its vast array of prepared foods. Focused on high end specialty foods, the shop offers Italian delicacies in addition to staples, and the prices reflect the quality of the goods. The shop is small and intimate, but worth a visit to 1505 1st Avenue.
Aiming to provide freshness, quality, and value, Citeralla sits at 1313 Thirds Avenue. High end meats, the largest selection of fresh seafood in New York, a variety of snappy produce, and a limited selection of groceries such as canned goods and other staples. The fresh baked breads are a must-try in this family market-turned top food destination.
The epitome of big-box shopping, Costco provides customers with the opportunity and value that comes with buying in bulk. Although the selection is limited in comparison to boutique groceries, there are still special buys and surprises of new products with each visit. Located at 517 East 117th in Manhattan.