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Old 07-14-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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Hi! I will be staying at a flat in NY for 20+ days in August around Washington Sq. Park. but I'm on a tight budget, coming from Argentina.

I'm looking for some tips on places with best prices/deals to buy day-to-day food (or a monthly big buy) around DOWNTOWN-MIDTOWN or up to CEENTRAL PARK.

I hope to make a one time BIG buy of groceries/food for my whole 20-days stock and cooking myself, so I'm into the best prices around...

Thank you!
Luis
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:40 PM
 
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Someone else mentioned on another thread that they go to Western Beef in Manhattan to save money on groceries (as opposed to Fairway) Western beef New York

I would also recommend walking around Chinatown - you can get all sorts of bargains on food there, mostly on seafood, fruits and veggies.
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Old 07-14-2010, 07:15 PM
 
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Someone else mentioned on another thread that they go to Western Beef in Manhattan to save money on groceries (as opposed to Fairway) Western beef New York

I would also recommend walking around Chinatown - you can get all sorts of bargains on food there, mostly on seafood, fruits and veggies.
Yes, Western Beef, lots of organ meat!
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:26 PM
 
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I'm not familiar with Western Beef, but in my experience with the general supermarket chains, the cheapest are Met Foods and Associated Supermarkets. I find Chinatown very iffy, and not necessarily cheap.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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It doesn't really work like that in Manhattan. A store may have cheap staples but expensive produce, and vice versa. In that neighborhood, Trader Joes on 14th Street is known for having good prices on quality items. There is a huge greenmarket in Union Square with fresh produce. If the farmers have a lots of an item you can get some great deals.

The middle market stores are known for having average prices, but you'll probably pay more for certain things. New Yorkers like to shop around. It's one of the only places in the country where you can still go to an independent butcher, baker, fishmonger, wine merchant, etc. There are stores that only sell pickles, or tea, or olives, or olive oil. Of course, 20 days is not enough time to explore a neighborhood and figure out where to go for what item. We don't buy a month's worth of groceries at one time because we have neither a way to transport them nor a place to store them.

Frankly, you're not going to get really cheap groceries in Manhattan. Stores there cater to the affluent who value quality over price.
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