The place: Brooklyn Denim Company
The space: Perhaps the truest test
The place: Foragers City Grocer
The space: Its corner location in the heart of Chelsea is its sole similarity to your local NYC deli. Foragers City Grocer is a compact complex of a casual farm-to-table restaurant, a speciality food store and a wine shop. It feels like a local farmstand – quite a feat considering its city locale. (Sure, it originally opened in Dumbo, but that’s still a far cry from the quaint Vermont town vibe it’s got going.) Foragers is a gourmet grocer with cheeses, local fruits and vegetables, artisanal pastas and small-batch specialty goods. If you’re looking for some cooking inspiration, this is the spot.
The product: Costco, this is not; every single product has been carefully selected for a prized place on the shelf. Our favorites include the Pumpkin Village maple syrup (from Vermont, obviously), Maplebrook Farm burrata and Tait Farm Foods preserves, because we really like toast. We also recommend Rick’s Picks, a small pickle producer and the Sfoglini Pasta Shop pastas, with unique varieties like the zucchini-shaped zucca pasta. For those not so inclined to cook at home, the Foragers hot bar is a much healthier alternative to takeout, with juicy roast chicken, pork tenderloin and mac and cheese with peas and bacon.
Foragers City Grocer, 233 Eighth Ave., 212-243-8888, foragerscitygrocer.com
(Photos courtesy of Foragers City Grocer)