10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.768783 -73.983148
8 am-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
AVOID THE SALAD BAR – What's with the screaming and lines and everything always out of stock? This store has been open for years and they still haven't figured it out. Forget the delivery system, it makes D'Agostino's look like NASCAR. And unless you've just seen them restock the salad bar with your own two eyes, avoid it, because my entire office has gotten sick from it.
Best cat food on earth – Since I buy my cat food at Whole Foods my cats are much more active and handsome, but also kind of addicted to the freshness and diversity every day.
A massive haven for the health conscious that's as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the body. – Ride the escalator down to this huge, brightly-lit market that's unparalleled in its approach to quality, cleanliness and customer care. Shop for quinoa, orchids and organic broccoli among Central Park locals, meandering tourists and local business people stopping in for a quick bite. There's plenty to please the lunch crowd: prepared soups and pastas, a make-your-own burrito section, a salad bar and a great sushi station. Find fresh-baked breads (flaky pastries, whole-grain muffins, crusty rolls); a full butcher shop offering a wide variety of meats (some free-range and low-fat); an impressive domestic and imported cheese selection and fresh seafood. Stock up on nonperishables like sugar-free cookies, organic cereals, juices, wheat pastas and canned soups. The immaculate, colorful stacks of fruits and vegetables explain why price is of no concern here. Each nectarine, cipollini onion and organic tomato is a perfect specimen.
Love/Hate Relationship? – I love it because I can go at any time of the day and pick up a salad or sandwich or any variety of other prepared foods as well as usual grocery items which are comparable or lower to other manhattan grocers. I can also pick up fresh baked breads, bakery items, fresh meats and seafoods and a wonderful selection of produce which are items that I ultimately avoid at regular grocers because of lack of selection and poor quality.
I hate Whole Foods because when I get prepared foods, bakery items or even a box of granola bars, everything I got faintly tasted like egg rolls.
I'll continue to shop there for my other items and sadly, wait in line like the rest of you who will go along with me and stand in line for 15 years but I must know: Why does it taste like egg rolls?
User review by supermodeldior – Being from Los Angeles, Whole Foods has always been a favorite groccery store of mine. I was pleased to find one here and happily splurged on old favorites of mine. I also love to eat lunch there, their vegetable somsa at the Indian bar is DELICIOUS, especially with their yogurt sauce. THeir chicken rice soup is pretty good, too. Overal, I recommend this place for the best organic foods. BTW it is not cheap!
A Whole Lotta Food – After taking the escalator down to the Whole Foods Market, a neverending variety of hot, cold, and prepared foods await. The best are the Mexican entrees like the ropa vieja and plantains, and Indian food like the tandoori chicken and naan. The grilled vegetables are good too. The food is literally neverending, and you can try some of this and some of that, because they charge you by weight. They also have many desserts, but (alas!) no sodas or diet drinks (except for bottled water) in sight.
And cheap, too . . . – Though the produce may occasionally be a little pricey, packaged foods at Whole Foods are exceptionally inexpensive for Manhattan--most things are 25-50% cheaper than what I would pay at D'Agostino's, Whole Foods, or Gristedes, and the selection is better to boot. It's easy to miss the price discount since the decor would lead one to assume it's expensive, but it's actually one of the best grocery bargains in town.
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