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UES Fairway

I shop there ( but at off peak times to avoid the crowds). But it is too small a space which they have compounded by cramming too much in which only leads to chaos. So I still go to Harlem et al for a wider choice ot items especially meat.
Although I loathe Whole Foods with a passion ( sanctimonious and not as good quality as they would like you to believe AND exhorbitant prices/profits are used for right wing causes, they are very quiet on that one) I am very surprised that they weren't here first. But if you prefer to be ripped off it is a free country. My OP just said I was disappointed but given all the constraints of the site I would much rather have an honest Fairway there to a pretentious Texan purveyor of not so fine foods. But I have no doubt that, somewhat late in the game, Whole Foods is desperately searching for an UES site. Whatever the shortcomings it is a major upgrade of the choices available on UES where small dirty expensive and rude supermarkets have reigned until now.

Jan 12, 2012
judithuk in Manhattan

UES Fairway

Yes compared to other UES supermarkets Fairway is a god-send, which is why I have been shopping there for decades despite the journey and was thrilled to know that finally I could go there on food rather than bike/bus/car. My complaint was not that it isn't any good - it's better and cheaper than any of the other supermarkets who have been ripping us off for decades. I am just comparing it to other Fairways and saying it was a little disappointing. Believe me I am still shopping there but can't yet give up the need to travel to get the full Fairway experience and choice.

Sep 08, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

UES Fairway

Like you I was pleasantly suprised by Costco and now do the bulk of my shopping there now. Prime meats, cheese in perfect condition although a very small selection but well priced, fruit that is the very best. Even for a two person household it makes sense and not just for the basic paper and cleaning products. I even found my tuna in olive oil there so the choices, while obviously not nearly as wide as Fairway, are more upmarket than most people imagine..And for those people without a car and think it is impossible there is a fleet of cars only too happy to take you home for about $10, and you can go to Target on the same trip! UES shopping is finally improving, not before time.

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Costco
517 E 117th St, New York, NY 10035

Sep 04, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

UES Fairway

Oh don't get me wrong, I too am thrilled to have a Fairway in walking distance! Only at this point it needs refining and I am sure that will happen to reflect the local shoppers. But chaos has always been part of the Fairway experience - along with great products at great prices. I never shopped at the local alternatives except in desperation, only at the other Fairways to which I am comparing the 86th st store.

Sep 03, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

UES Fairway

Ia anyone else somewhat disappointed in what was finally and belatedly delivered?

The place is the usual Fairway complete lack of organisation - are they hoping to inveigle me into buying more? I know they are constantly tinkering with the layouts of all their stores ( I have been shopping there for 35 years). Maybe it is on the go Market Research and some refining will take place, can't happen too soon.

But it is a mess, add in lots of new customers unaware of the Fairway foibles it is one huge traffic jam with the same too narrow aisles. Albeit the customers lack, so far, the sharp elbows of the Westside. Not enough freezer spaces, too much floor space dedicated to produce despite street vendor competition.

Meat selection is too small, although the butchers are willing if you ask them to break packages etc.

Hot takeaway is an accident waiting to happen. It is simply too small for all that they have tried to cram in. With luck changes will take place, until then, despite the inconvenience, I will continue to use Harlem for any major shopping especially as several favourite items are not going to stocked on 86th St - I checked.

So yes it was worth the wait for the convenience but it has a long way to go before it is as good as many of the other stores - admittedly larger. They need to do an assessment of what sells and what doesn't to free up some much needed space, but hopefully in six months time they will have got it right.

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Fairway Market
240 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

Sep 03, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

Le Bernardin vs. Jean Georges: Fancy Lunch Conundrum

JG. Le bernardin has two levels of service. One for regulars, warm. One for occasional visitors ( not so great, French snooty).
JG room is nicer for lunch too.

Jul 18, 2011
judithuk in Features

FAIRWAY ON THE UES?!

I happenned to walk past yesterday. The interior is a long way from being finished although there are a few tiles on the walls. Website says 'summer 2011' which is very vague.

( There is nobody more interested than me in seeing this finally opened, 35 years of travel to buy decent ingredients is far too long!)

Jun 29, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

FAIRWAY ON THE UES?!

whenever I ask the bosses the answer is always 'Next Month". so I will believe it when I see it.
I walked past last week and it looked a long way from opening.

so until 'whenever' I continue to schlep up to Harlem... maybe all us UES Fairway lovers should protest the delays and the fostering of false hopes with a demonstration of our frustrated loyalty.

Meanwhile Costco is cheaper...and while they don't have everything they seem to be making a good effort to go upmarket

May 24, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

Outstanding Meal at Launceston Place [London]

then ignore the map - approach from Gloucester Road tube station, closer and less baroque! ( unless you live on the circle line)

Apr 14, 2011
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Looking for restaurant in Reading, PA

Sounds like they are trying to cut down on costs! Prior to closing? The French eat butter on their bread. Maybe they are trying to emulate the pretentitious of Judy's... I haven't been back to Reading since my mother in law died and I don't miss any of the restaurants.but the supermarkets are a lot cheaper than Manhattan, bigger too. However there are a couple of crucial to my cooking ingredients that are going to require restocking soon so I may be forced to make a pilgrimage.

Feb 19, 2011
judithuk in Pennsylvania

Valentines for two students

goldstar has a $42.50 dessert and drinks cruise starting at 9pm which will be different. and you should be able to think of ways to burn off all those calories
http://www.goldstar.com/e/43009

Feb 01, 2011
judithuk in Manhattan

Where can I find matcha green tea powder?

TenRen on Mott St, authentically Chinese, some of the teas are very expensive. I drink the spring tea ( the lowest and ergo the cheapest quality) but I am not sure if there would be any left you have to be there in spring. good website to look at before you go as very little English is spoken

Aug 11, 2010
judithuk in Manhattan

Best Value in Manhattan

I had a great lunch at Bouley for $36 last month, with amuse bouche, three desserts and petit fours.. I don't know if this is a special summer price as I believe it is usually $48, but still a good deal.
Also The Post House maybe old fashioned steak house but the $24.07 Restaurant week special is going on until the end of 2010 - superb ingredients but not the most imaginative cooking I will agree but hard to see how they make any profit.

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Post House
28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

Aug 11, 2010
judithuk in Manhattan

EAST BEACH CAFE (LITTLEHAMPTON)

thanks but my leap from Littlehampton to Manhattan has the natives baffled, but I think that is exactly why I did leave!! but try the Arun View, it is much more 'local' than East Beach Cafe. However there is a restaurant in nearby Angmering with a similar name, mercifully wiped from my memory, which was as close to John Cleese in Fawlty Towers as I ever hope to experience.

Aug 11, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

EAST BEACH CAFE (LITTLEHAMPTON)

I think i can safely claim to be the only person of this board who is actually a native of Littlehampton, but I got out asap. However since my parents died I no longer spend much time there, but still have a house to sell.... The local food standards are low although foodie daughter living in London ate there recently and pronounced it both better than expected and most of the reviews. I would recommend the Arun View pub ( by the river, near to the station) for good fresh fish, at least it was fresh last time I ate there, and I have high standards after growing up eating freshly caught fish. but remember Brits eat fish on the bone, rarely filleted before cooking

Aug 07, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Anniversary Dinner in London

don't forget to pig out at Laduree, tiny shop in Burlington Arcade just west of Royal Academy great macarons

Jul 19, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Anniversary Dinner in London

www.boccadilupo.com/ walking distance Italian need to book as very 'in'.

but this area is quintessentially English club land, certainly not trendy or modern
Fortnums for very very English and also a small restaurant on Jermyn St whose name is temporarily escaping me - very English, dark, good Dover Sole, not cheap. ah Wiltons
Quaglino's is very glamorous space but food not as good as it used to be

Jul 19, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

LA Hound Coming to LONDON for 2 Weeks... Critique My List!

live around the corner from this and I never bother to go. not very good and very expensive even just before closing when prices are supposedly reduced. You are far better off researching WI ( women's institute) markets. homemade and reasonable. I should imagine they have a website

Jul 19, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

looking for 1 day cooking class in London?

haven't tried it but Central London
www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk

Jul 19, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Where would you dine in the Mayfair area? [London]

Cheap and Mayfair don't belong in the same breath. Expand your area to north of Oxford St to Marylebone or east to Soho. Get your concierge to get you into The Wolseley for when expense is no object. Just buy Time Out restaurant guide or Zagats, it is easier than my trying to tell you when there are so many options. Scotts for fish if money is really no object. But Mayfair is full of (rich) tourists so hard to avoid them but while London does have undeserved reputation for poor food if you still want to eat cheap then eat ethnic.

Jul 17, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Ozark Pepper Ham: all that?

Better late than never! Not sure if the same ham but some years ago a peppered ham won prizes at the NY Fancy Food show. I got hooked on it via Fairway but they were slow to promote it and stopped carrying it. I traced it ( leaning heavily on Fairway) to HamIam.com, but have recently discovered that they are selling the petit jean meats ham. I had one delivered recently and it was perfect addition to potluck picnic, didn't bother to heat it just unwrapped and ate! Much the best ham I have had in years and I can recommend ( perhaps for your son's confirmation at this point?) for any large gathering

Jun 03, 2010
judithuk in General Topics

Looking for restaurant in Reading, PA

have your tried Papillon on Penn Ave? I can recommend. BYOB so you save some money too. Good fresh ingredients and unlike most REading restaurants it is quality food rather than vast quantities.

May 10, 2010
judithuk in Pennsylvania

Best Birthday Cake on the UES?

belated update. I went for TLRH ( close to home). The cake was very pretty, but bland ( yellow cake, hazelnut/chocolate ganache, vanilla buttercream). But they did talk me down to a smaller size and saved me $30 which was very honorable.
It isn't the cake I would have personally chosen but fit the bill admirably,. thanks for all the help

May 02, 2010
judithuk in Manhattan

Le Bernardin - what can I expect for my final bill for two?

if you have to ask you probably won't enjoy it relative to the (over) price. I only ate there once and got the impression I was on the wrong side of the sheep/goats dividing line as the regulars got much better service. When they asked what I thought I told them truthfully that I had had better.

Apr 08, 2010
judithuk in Manhattan

5 days in London, the usual and some specific questions

Gower St isn't exactly a gastronomic paradise. either walk west over to Charlotte St or down to Covent Garden. There are lots of cheap Indian restaurants near Warren St tube.

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

5 days in London, the usual and some specific questions

Herme's macarons available in Selfridges, not cheap. Laduree either in weeny shop in Burlington Arcade ( near Royal Academy) or tearoom/ cafe inside Harrods. Less sweet than the ones available in New York

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Central London must eats

don't bother with seashell fish and chips, it's very touristy now and not good

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Three Dim Sum places, London

Live across the street from Baker St Royal China. it is not a patch on many New York dim sum places and much more expensive. I wouldn't waste my money again. funnily enough I have never tried Phoenix Palace ( also close) because it is just easier to wait until I get to New York

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Outstanding Meal at Launceston Place [London]

they used to have a really good lunch deal even available on the weekends. do an internet search to see if it is still available

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland

Italian Sausage?

when I lived in London I too missed them and found it easier to make my own - assuming you don't want the sausage shape ( I always deconstruct mine). lots of recipes on internet and easy assuming you own a magimix or similar. British sausages are too prone to be stuffed with bread, Waitrose being the honourable exception except even there you have to read the fine print. By making your own you are guaranteed 100% meat.

Apr 05, 2010
judithuk in U.K./Ireland