North and West sides of Union Square Park
Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets on the East River
75 9th Avenue, between 15th and 16 Streets (Chelsea)
This collection of gourmet markets, bakeries, and small restaurants never gets old to me. Just the other day I took myself on a lunch date here and had an incredible chicken and basil crepe. My favorite stores are the Italian importer Buon Italia and oil-salt-vinegar wonderland The Filling Station. As if this place weren't great already, there's an Anthropologie inside too.
75 Spring Street (Soho)
2245 Broadway at 80th Street (Upper West Side)
200 5th Avenue, Manhattan (Flatiron District)
254 Bleecker Street (West Village)
59 Maiden Lane (Financial District)
I discovered this lower Manhattan gem of a market while working in the area. It's great for locals as it's a gourmet grocery store upstairs and a giant, incredibly cool-looking cafe downstairs. The fresh sushi is great as is the salad bar, which rivals Whole Foods in terms of quality and selection. Bonus: There's a great patio in the back and a smoothie/ bubble tea stand out front.
9) K&T Meat Market
3711 Broadway (Astoria, Queens)
FYI: This lil' piggy actually lives at Eataly:)This Astoria butcher shop kicks it old school with sawdust-covered floors, grouchy butchers in stained aprons and a cashier who sits enclosed in what looks like a delapidated tollbooth. Growing up, my boyfriend would come here with his grandfather to buy hard-to-find Croatian sausages called cevapi. I come when I need freshly ground lamb for meatballs. This place makes me love New York more than I already do.
25-56 31st Street, Astoria, Queens