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Title: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: dssjh on February 27, 2021, 02:44:17 PM
The former GNC on 37th and 76th is going to be a location of Mango Rico, the produce stand from further up the avenue. not sure if it's a move or a branch, but the place is REALLY good and i welcome having it closer to home.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: hagsrus on February 27, 2021, 04:27:53 PM
When the 37th Ave opened I was pleased how much easier it was to move around than 82nd St, but it tends to be much more crowded these days. Will be interested to see the new store. They really are good!
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: Shelby2 on February 27, 2021, 05:27:05 PM
The former GNC on 37th and 76th is going to be a location of Mango Rico, the produce stand from further up the avenue. not sure if it's a move or a branch, but the place is REALLY good and i welcome having it closer to home.

What makes it better than Growing Farm and Kim's Brother? I usually go to those two. I've been to Mango Rico but didn't think it seemed better than the two I already go to, so usually I skip it. But I'm willing to keep an open mind if there's something I missed.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: Ms. Jackson on February 27, 2021, 05:34:57 PM
I agree with Shelby (but also keeping an open mind). My biggest issue was it was WAY OVERCROWDED when I have tried to go or passed by.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: abcdefghijk on February 27, 2021, 05:56:20 PM
Sweet. And handy coming back from the Roosevelt Ave subway stop.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: dssjh on February 27, 2021, 06:03:32 PM
The former GNC on 37th and 76th is going to be a location of Mango Rico, the produce stand from further up the avenue. not sure if it's a move or a branch, but the place is REALLY good and i welcome having it closer to home.

What makes it better than Growing Farm and Kim's Brother? I usually go to those two. I've been to Mango Rico but didn't think it seemed better than the two I already go to, so usually I skip it. But I'm willing to keep an open mind if there's something I missed.
i love Growing Farm. i just find that Mango Rico offers a few things that slip between the cracks, like poblanos and some fruits. i'll still default to Growing Farm, but i prefer MangoRico to some kale salad joint that might've taken the space.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: hagsrus on February 27, 2021, 07:04:34 PM
"Mango Rico offers a few things that slip between the cracks, like poblanos and some fruits."

Yes, and often prices are better. But I do include Growing and Kim on my regular route - they have their own strengths. Kim, for instance, is often good for grapes, and had hothouse cucumbers at 2 for $1 on Friday.

I usually look at the outside offerings at all of them, not navigating the insides unless here's something I really know I want (like poblanos)..

Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: abcdefghijk on February 27, 2021, 07:19:31 PM
 Post-COVID, I believe there won't be any "Kale Salad" gentrification-type establishments in Jackson Heights for many years.
Chain store suburbanization, yes. But that's a whole other aesthetic.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: ljr on February 27, 2021, 10:51:24 PM
How do you explain the new rice pudding shop then? Isn't that along the lines of "kale salad" places? And what is wrong with kale salad, anyway? We already have Just Made 4 U, a health food place that seems very popular--and not just with the gentrifier crowd. They have very good, and yes, healthy food tailored for people who don't want to eat or cannot eat the heavier, richer cuisines available in JH. They may even have kale smoothies, actually. I used to get their green smoothie and I don't recall if it was kale--but it was delicious. Ordered dinner from them tonight, in fact, as we often do. Do you consider them gentrifiers?
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: KGDHP on February 27, 2021, 11:45:06 PM
I like Mango Rico and all and I shop there, but omg. How many fruit places and grocers do we need???? Between the two supermarkets, growing farm, lemon farm, Kim’s brother, and the junky supermarket in the Farine space, that corner is saturated.

Between hair salons, pharmacies, bakeries, and now fruit stands, I just really wish we had some more variety on 37th Avenue. :(
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: abcdefghijk on February 28, 2021, 09:09:34 AM
How do you explain the new rice pudding shop then? Isn't that along the lines of "kale salad" places? And what is wrong with kale salad, anyway? We already have Just Made 4 U, a health food place that seems very popular--and not just with the gentrifier crowd. They have very good, and yes, healthy food tailored for people who don't want to eat or cannot eat the heavier, richer cuisines available in JH. They may even have kale smoothies, actually. I used to get their green smoothie and I don't recall if it was kale--but it was delicious. Ordered dinner from them tonight, in fact, as we often do. Do you consider them gentrifiers?

It's my opinion. My opinion is that it won't be years and years...if ever... before Jackson Heights sees a, say, "Beer and Cheese" venue. A true marker of gentrification. Like in Astoria, for instance. Or Bushwick.

NB *Other opinions may differ. Which falls under the definition of "opinions".



Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: ClydeM on February 28, 2021, 06:57:22 PM
How do you explain the new rice pudding shop then? Isn't that along the lines of "kale salad" places? And what is wrong with kale salad, anyway? We already have Just Made 4 U, a health food place that seems very popular--and not just with the gentrifier crowd. They have very good, and yes, healthy food tailored for people who don't want to eat or cannot eat the heavier, richer cuisines available in JH. They may even have kale smoothies, actually. I used to get their green smoothie and I don't recall if it was kale--but it was delicious. Ordered dinner from them tonight, in fact, as we often do. Do you consider them gentrifiers?

It's my opinion. My opinion is that it won't be years and years...if ever... before Jackson Heights sees a, say, "Beer and Cheese" venue. A true marker of gentrification. Like in Astoria, for instance. Or Bushwick.

NB *Other opinions may differ. Which falls under the definition of "opinions".

The irrational fears of Jackson Heights gentrifying to the extent of Bushwick, are just that; irrational. I also agree with you that anything that is even remotely hip opening up here is years, if not decades off for a variety of reasons (although Terraza 7 does some wonderful and interesting things, and Freddy is extremely open to what he allows to happen there, it isn't really a destination for anyone who lives off of the 7 Line). Jackson Heights simply doesn't have a critical mass of artists working in the neighborhood for that to happen, nor is it convenient enough to Manhattan to be appealing to the people who work in more lucrative fields.

If we could get a good butcher and fish store, I would be happy. And a solid bar (not fancy) that doesn't have wall to wall televisions, or extremely loud, would be a plus. The Ready Penny used to suit my needs before the pandemic, but it would be nice to have another option.
Title: Mango Rico
Post by: Beech Court on March 02, 2021, 10:55:33 PM
New signage went up tonight. The former GNC at 76th St & 37th Avenue is now Mango Rico.
Mango Rico already has a busy produce store on 81st St. next to Jahn's.


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Title: Re: Mango Rico
Post by: Garsleat on March 03, 2021, 10:05:50 PM
New signage went up tonight. The former GNC at 76th St & 37th Avenue is now Mango Rico.
Mango Rico already has a busy produce store on 81st St. next to Jahn's.


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Sweet! Initially, i shopped at the 82nd St location, but that got too crowded, so I changed my routine to 37th Ave instead, since there are several grocery shops along that route as well. Always bargaining. :) Never too many Mangos and the employees are always very hard working.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: theplanesland on March 04, 2021, 11:19:43 AM
I like Mango Rico and all and I shop there, but omg. How many fruit places and grocers do we need???? Between the two supermarkets, growing farm, lemon farm, Kim’s brother, and the junky supermarket in the Farine space, that corner is saturated.

Between hair salons, pharmacies, bakeries, and now fruit stands, I just really wish we had some more variety on 37th Avenue. :(

There was a massive shift from eating out to eating at home during COVID. Many people don't commute any more, which means they aren't eating lunches or dinners near their places of work, they're eating them at home where they live. People also don't shop in Manhattan or take the train to a fancier grocery store any more (those who did.) So, big boom in local grocery stores. It'll be interesting to see if that lasts past COVID.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: KGDHP on March 04, 2021, 11:47:42 AM
I like Mango Rico and all and I shop there, but omg. How many fruit places and grocers do we need???? Between the two supermarkets, growing farm, lemon farm, Kim’s brother, and the junky supermarket in the Farine space, that corner is saturated.

Between hair salons, pharmacies, bakeries, and now fruit stands, I just really wish we had some more variety on 37th Avenue. :(

There was a massive shift from eating out to eating at home during COVID. Many people don't commute any more, which means they aren't eating lunches or dinners near their places of work, they're eating them at home where they live. People also don't shop in Manhattan or take the train to a fancier grocery store any more (those who did.) So, big boom in local grocery stores. It'll be interesting to see if that lasts past COVID.

Oh believe me, I get it! I hardly ever eat out anymore. And I’m not hating on MR. I actually shop there often. It’s just an interesting spot to choose bc that corner has a high concentration of similar grocers.

I don’t know if this is going to happen (prob not), but, personally, I would LOVE if MR did something a little different with this space and maybe included a small juice bar in addition to being a grocer. It could work for them. And aside from Just Made, there aren’t a lot of juice bars on 37th ave unless you go higher up in the 90s. I’d be 100% here for that!!
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: hagsrus on April 06, 2021, 09:44:42 PM
They opened. A bit sparse when I went in today so I guess they are just getting stocked up.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: Olivesta on April 08, 2021, 08:12:43 AM
How do you explain the new rice pudding shop then? Isn't that along the lines of "kale salad" places? And what is wrong with kale salad, anyway? We already have Just Made 4 U, a health food place that seems very popular--and not just with the gentrifier crowd. They have very good, and yes, healthy food tailored for people who don't want to eat or cannot eat the heavier, richer cuisines available in JH. They may even have kale smoothies, actually. I used to get their green smoothie and I don't recall if it was kale--but it was delicious. Ordered dinner from them tonight, in fact, as we often do. Do you consider them gentrifiers?

It's my opinion. My opinion is that it won't be years and years...if ever... before Jackson Heights sees a, say, "Beer and Cheese" venue. A true marker of gentrification. Like in Astoria, for instance. Or Bushwick.

NB *Other opinions may differ. Which falls under the definition of "opinions".

The irrational fears of Jackson Heights gentrifying to the extent of Bushwick, are just that; irrational. I also agree with you that anything that is even remotely hip opening up here is years, if not decades off for a variety of reasons (although Terraza 7 does some wonderful and interesting things, and Freddy is extremely open to what he allows to happen there, it isn't really a destination for anyone who lives off of the 7 Line). Jackson Heights simply doesn't have a critical mass of artists working in the neighborhood for that to happen, nor is it convenient enough to Manhattan to be appealing to the people who work in more lucrative fields.

If we could get a good butcher and fish store, I would be happy. And a solid bar (not fancy) that doesn't have wall to wall televisions, or extremely loud, would be a plus. The Ready Penny used to suit my needs before the pandemic, but it would be nice to have another option.


It’s v exciting to hear that a craft beer place is opening on Northern Boulevard..,Queens Beer Factory..serving local beers and snacks. Glad we didnt have to wait years!
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: Garsleat on April 10, 2021, 10:07:16 PM
Shoppe there today. Some produces spill out onto the street, wider aisles than other locations and getting more stocked up now. Will be competition with nearby grocery stores.
Title: Re: Mango Rico @ 76th Street
Post by: hagsrus on April 15, 2021, 12:19:03 AM
Went in on Tuesday. Rather cramped (all the produce stores seem to be) but the entrance seems wider than usual. We're lucky to have so much choice of quality fruit and veg!