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The best grocery stores in New York

Shop at a great grocery store in NYC, from independent grocers to budget-friendly supermarkets, for your next meal

By Jennifer Picht and Tazi Phillips

There’s a reason New Yorkers tend to go out to dinner or just order pizza delivery instead of hitting up a grocery store. Shopping for food in NYC is hard, damn it! We deal with crowded stores, long lines, expensive produce and then we have to lug it all back on the subway. But life doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why we set out to find grocery stores in NYC neighborhoods that are reasonably priced, have a really great selection of products and other perks like ready-to-eat meals, juice bars and outdoor sitting areas. From local health food stores to well-stocked supermarkets, find the best grocery store by neighborhood.

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Best grocery stores in New York

Key Food
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11. Key Food

Shopping Grocery stores Greenpoint

Founded in Brooklyn in 1937, there's now 212 locations from New York to Pennsylvania, so it's pretty difficult for you to not run into a Key Food location in Brooklyn. But there's a good reason Greenpointers flock to this market: The shop stocks most grocery needs, from organic options to fresh produce, meat and nonperishables. As a plus, the location has a parking lot for those lucky few with cars, and there's a self-serve checkout to get in and out in a hurry.

 Best Market
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12. Best Market

Shopping Grocery stores Harlem

For everyday groceries and produce, you'll find all you need at this market, but visiting the shop's huge beer selection is the real draw. From domestic craft beers and ciders to imported suds and gluten-free brews, the assortment is truly one of the best in Manhattan, and you can even mix and match your six-packs for an at-home beer flight. Call it a night with a dinner of their daily prepared sushi and an Asahi to go. Did we mention they have their own delivery service? Sold!

Brooklyn Fare
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13. Brooklyn Fare

Shopping Grocery stores Hell's Kitchen

The original Brooklyn Fare was an unexpected hit in Gotham's food world: The stainless-steel chef's counter in the back of a Downtown Brooklyn grocery was the oddball setting for Cesar Ramirez's fine food. Now the chef's table has a Hell's Kitchen outpost in Manhattan, twice the size of the original. The small-plates setup has been swapped for a buffet, and you can shop from the store’s wide range of produce, healthy snacks and excellent ice cream selection.

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14. Kalustyan's

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If you want to stock up on Indian groceries, look no further than Kalustyan’s. This two-floor Aladdin’s cave is filled with everything you need to cook curries and hearty North Indian dishes. Spices such as asafetida, garam masala and jaggery are all found in abundance, as is ghee, essential to many dishes. Also notable are the selection of lentils, and an array of breads, like naan and missi roti (flatbread made from gram flour; four pieces for $7).

Hong Kong Supermarket
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15. Hong Kong Supermarket

Shopping Grocery stores Little Italy

Brave the crowds at this massive Asian-foods emporium for goods such as black-bean sauce, egg noodles and imported gummy candies. A go-to for fare such as snap peas, premade dumplings and packaged snacks, the store carries hard-to-find condiments such as banana ketchup and is especially known for wallet-friendly sushi to go.

New York Mart
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16. New York Mart

Shopping Long Island

Lotus, purple yam and daikon are among the root vegetables that fill bins at this Asian market, where you can grab fried rice at the buffet and roasted duck from the hot-meat counter. Fresh selections run the gamut from pork chops and salmon steaks to live frogs and eels. Don't miss the impressive assortment of baked goods, most of which are made in-house.

Natural Frontier Market
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17. Natural Frontier Market

Shopping Grocery stores Long Island City

This health food store is a neighborhood favorite carrying organic produce, specialty items, nutritional supplements and skincare and beauty products. Frequent sales on already affordable prices and fresh juices from their juice bar are added bonuses. Oh, and did we mention it's right next to Sweetleaf if you're in need of a caffeine pick-me-up pre or post shop?

Photograph: Courtesy Walter Weissman

18. Fairway Market

Shopping Grocery stores Flatiron

This grocery chain is widely known for its impressive cheese department, abundance of European candy and what appears to be a never-ending organic aisle. Take away meals, courtesy of the store’s hot bar and cold-prepared-foods section, are available for a quick and easy bite. Plus a coffee bar is also available for any java addict looking for a fresh cup of joe.

Essex Street Market
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19. Essex Street Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Lower East Side

For groceries, this joint is a one-stop shop, but if you’re hungry on the Lower East Side, it’s a destination lunch spot. Seating here may be limited, but foods like sandwiches and tacos are designed for eating on the move. Highlights for this market include the premium meat shop, where you can buy everything from a $30-per-pound sausage to a $5-per-pound pork chop.

Morton Williams
Photograph: Courtesy Morton Williams

20. Morton Williams

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This family-owned grocer stocks all the basics at its 12 area locations (produce, frozen foods) and also boasts salad and hot-food bars. Peruse aisles named after NYC streets for cereal, ice cream, canned goods and more, and check out its Kip's Bay wine shop for a vast selection of spirits. Be on the lookout for savings: The chain puts more than 200 items on sale every week.

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