Shopping >Westerly Health Foods
911-913 8th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764953 -73.984382
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
not the same – I used to love this place before it shut down and reopened last week. i went in today to get the same things i always got and the price hikes are a joke. I get it that they remodeled but it's still not justifying the price changes. Good luck, I'll be hitting trader joes from now on.
Best Organic Supermarket in NY – I love going to Westerly as I am able to find all of my healthy treats in one visit at affordable pricing. Am also a huge fan of their juice bar. A wonderful store with the biggest selection of organic, raw & fresh food right in the heart of Hells Kitchen.
First Impression – I went to this market for a specific find an item I had been looking after searching other health food stores. Once I was there, I took a look around to see all that they had and was pleasantly surprised to find such a well stocked raw foods area in the back near the juice bar. I was also surprised to see such a nice selection of prepared raw salads, meals, pies and sandwiches. I was also glad to hear that the juice bar guy had such a good consumer relationship with a patron who was buying juice that morning. As this woman left, she said good morning to other employees by their first name.
THAT is very refreshing to see in the city.
Westerly Foods - Race Prejudiced Animal Haters – Two employees of Westerly Foods insulted me and my 6 month old pug by making discriminant comments referring to my ethnicity and referring to my pup as a filthy animal. One of the employees followed me out of the store threatening me and making discriminant comments referring to my ethniciy. I reported this to the store owner and several managers. No response. I had been in the store shopping for 20 minutes (carrying my pup in my arms) when someone describing himself as a manager of the store approaced me and making discriminant comments referring to my ethnicity told me I had to leave the store immediately. I asked for the manager on duty and was refused. I would avoid this store and I have already spoken with an attorney and filed a civil rights complaint with the appropriate agencies.
pubic hair in my sushi.. – does this review really need an explanation? no, but i'd like to add that i used to love this place, but will never go back. the cashiers are so rude, they screw up delivery orders, and the manager is an idiot. i really love the food here, but hate having to deal with these unprofessional people. i tried to explain to the manager that there was a pubic hair in my food. he implied that it was mine and then became progressively more and more incompetent as i stayed on the phone with him longer. i called 311 to file a complaint about hygiene, but the office i needed was closed so i left a message. trying to talk to anyone in this place is a waste of time. there's a guy named chris who has always been friendly (the vitamin guy), and the food is good (minus the pubes of course), but i'm seriously doubting ever walking in that place again. it too bad cause they're right near my apt. oh well, back to corporate whole foods market.
In a reply to JustSharingMyThoughts, I too worked at Westerly startig in 1987 in the Health Food Dept. I remember Herman ver well, very knowledgeable, & the lines to speak to him wound past mty cash register. I loved working for Elliot Toback, all the staff in health food liked him. He kept the shelves stocked with all the latest products & was also very knowledgeable. Later I moved to the office to do billing & whatever else was required. My time at Westerly was "memorable" to say the least . I live in the Bronx now & haen't been back, but I hear the store has really grown under Michael Toback.
Best Health Food and Education in NYC and maybe Nationally – I used to work for Westerly Pharmacy 21 years ago in the billing and surgical supply department. Anyone remember Herman Cipnik (forgive me if I mispelled his name) This gentleman knew his stuff as it related to health advice. I remember the lines to speak to him, boy were they long. He was in his 90's back then and with a head full of silky silver hair. He was the best in his field as is the Toback family, Owners of Westerly Pharmacy. They ran a tight ship which allowed their customers to have the best service.
Remembering Westerly Pharmacy just makes me smile knowing the depth of care and consideration in their business and how it services its customers.
If there were more property for them to buy on that block for expansion, I am sure that they would have purchased it a long time ago. But who cares about the size of an aisle when you are in the best of care.
I am in another state now but will call them today to have my items shipped. You all can join me in doing the same..................... westerlynaturalmarket . com
Former New Yorker
tons of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. excellent selection of healthy, quality foods. the only bad thing is the aisles are small, but how else could they put so much selection out there? not that big a deal. they have healthy foods, frozen foods, that whole foods doesnt even have. much better, and cheaper than grosstedes right next door to it.
The Best!!! – Westerly has the best groceries and vitamins in Manhattan, at low prices considering the location. I do 90% of my grocery shopping here-- it is both cheaper and healthier than going to mainstream grocery stores! Plus, they're open until midnight, making it convenient for those of us with odd schedules, and the lines are MUCH shorter than those at a certain health-food behemoth a few blocks north at Columbus Circle!
EXCELLENT alternative to whole foods.... – i live in hell's kitchen and the westerly is THE GREATEST. they close at midnite, short lines, great selection. its a small market and the staff is super friendly and know their stuff. they have prepared food and sandwiches and really good natural beauty and skincare product lines. they have bulk granola, a peanut butter grinding machine, fresh veggies and a large selection of vitamins. i love supporting this local business and hope others give it a try!
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