I love stopping by Food Palace. They have a pretty big selection of fresh produce for a store so small. They have everything from peaches and apples to fresh dill or spagetti squash. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is very helpful. This place is always packed, but I have never had to wait long to check out. It is worth going out of the way for!
I can't say anything bad about this place, but I can't say much good either. It is your basic bodega. I stop here a few times a month for fruit and it is always reasonably fresh. Their selection of products is on the small side, but I can usually find something to meet my needs. The people here work hard and fast so I never have to wait to check out.
I occasionally stop at Bravo because I am too lazy to walk to 187th St. to go to Key Food. I usually regret my decision. The store is dirty. The fruit is half rotten. Once, they had a whole dead pig laying with the wrapped meat products. I am not sure what the point of that was. The selection is small, yet the prices are high. I will go here when I really dont want to walk to 187th, but I don't recommend this place overall.
It is hard to find a one-stop grocery store in NYC. Key Food is that place. Anything you could want, you can find it here. The store is huge for NYC standards. They have the biggest selection in kosher products that I have seen for quite an area. They even have a kosher deli counter. The fruits are reasonably fresh. There is often a long line here, despite the multiple check out lanes. I go out of my way to shop here.
Have a pampered pet? This is the place for you. They have all sorts of gourmet pet foods including organic and whole grain. I went here because my cat was having a problem with fur balls. The person working here was very helpful in assisting me to pick out the best food for my cat. The prices are a little steep, but you really do get what you pay for which is quality.
I stop by Kyungs at least once a week. They have a wide selection of drinks and snacks. They have every nutritional bar you could want from Fiber One to Luna Bars. The prices are comparable to any other NYC market. There are usually a lot of people in this store, but I have never had to wait long to be served.
Casa de Luz is a unique dining experience. I have yet to find anywhere else that serves such delicious, yet macrobiotic food. Eating here is more then nutrition, it is an education experience. Everywhere you turn there is information on this way of eating. For example, they do not use cold water or ice as they believe that inhibits digestion. I love the food here and I think even a picky eater would not find it too weird. Definitely a must try!
This store is huge with several different openings to the street. They have a ton of clothes to select from, mostly being styles for younger people in the latest fashions. My complaints are that the stores are os jam packed with stuff it is hard to navigate around or find anything to focus on. You have to really take your time to search. Second, for the life of me, I have yet to find a dressing room so I spend a lot of time trying to eye whether or not something will fit. Third, the clothes are inexpensive and kind of cheaply made, but not more so then Old Navy. For the price, it is not a bad deal for fashions that come and go.
While this place is on the fence on being a dive, it serves a mean tater tot. My friends go out of their way to eat here. I am usually on a diet but I manage to push that aside to enjoy the tots! The drinks are reasonably priced. This space is huge with plenty of places for everyone to sit. The music is a pretty good mix. It is a good place to sit, relax and have a drink while catching up with friends.
Not quite a dive, not quite upscale, this times square sports bar is always a good time. They serve basic greasy bar food and cheap drinks to wash it down with. Scruffy's is always crawling with sailors during fleet week!
They are in the process of moving to a cheaper location so keep posted on their website for where they will reincarnate. I cannot wait to see what they do with the new place.