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Title: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Maple on November 11, 2013, 11:41:26 PM
What do you all think of the Foodtown version of the supermarket on 37th Ave at 76th St.? I've heard more than one shopper on the check-out line gripe about having to have their card to get the advertised sales. One woman in front of me just stormed off without her groceries when she was told she needed to have the card to get the discount.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: AmazingJason on November 11, 2013, 11:56:35 PM
I've only ventured to Foodtown once since they converted - I normally shop at Trade Fair and the other ethnic markets - and I only purchased some chicken breast, so I never found out if one needed the card for the discounts. It would make sense for one not to since Met never required it and it's generally a hassle. If you're going to advertise sales, one should honor them regardless of having the card or not.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Jimnyc on November 12, 2013, 06:01:43 AM
You do need a shoppers card to obtain the discounts..it's free. One of the perks if you will, if you buy so much you may get a free turkey.  I find overall most of the staff is not friendly and I feel like I am inconviencing them when I am checking out, if they are talking to co-workers, eating or texting. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: divanatrix on November 12, 2013, 06:55:46 AM
You do need a shoppers card to obtain the discounts..it's free. One of the perks if you will, if you buy so much you may get a free turkey.  I find overall most of the staff is not friendly and I feel like I am inconviencing them when I am checking out, if they are talking to co-workers, eating or texting.

I don't think that much of the staff has changed, so they were unfriendly before the switch too - but I know what you mean! 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jeanette on November 12, 2013, 10:18:01 AM
Foodtown sux.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: I live here too on November 12, 2013, 10:22:45 AM
The sign for customer service reads "CUSTOMER SLRVICL" and no one thought there was a problem when I pointed it out to them.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 12, 2013, 12:18:42 PM
Since it's still my go-to supermarket -- mostly due to proximity -- i'd say that, overall, the prices are better, the service is the same (variable, some great employees, some who need serious retraining) and  the selection is worse.

as far as the customer card thing, i've never heard anyone complain about Duane Reade's policy, which is exactly the same. it took me about 45 seconds to fill out an application for the card, which was handed to me immediately afterward. 60 seconds total for that transaction.

some people like storming out in a huff, and take any opportunity to do so. that's certainly their right, but i've never been one to do so.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Lilybell on November 12, 2013, 12:42:17 PM
I like Foodtown better than the Met.  More variety and better sales.  I don't give a crap about needing the card - every modern supermarket has the same thing.  They have signs everywhere telling you that you need the card in order to get the sale price, so I have very little sympathy for the woman who stomped out like a 5-year old.

But it's still a mediocre supermarket.  That much hasn't changed. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: ECG on November 12, 2013, 06:09:12 PM
Trade Fair, Mi Tierra, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Stop & Shop, I could go on, all have cards. What's the big deal?

I like the new iteration, and Met had a card for a while, too. Their house brand cereals are better than Chex & a LOT cheaper.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: gsmayes on November 12, 2013, 07:52:02 PM
I really haven't noticed much of a difference. And the discount card has been a trend for like 10 years, it's just a way to target advertising more effectively.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jeanette on November 12, 2013, 10:05:42 PM
it's one insult after another. somebody hit the nail on the head when they said foodtown will "start out okay but quickly head south," or something to that effect. My most recent charge is that they put out brown paper lunch bags for use at the coffee grinder. I expect the fresh coffee will be going by the wayside sooner or later. requires too much "CUSTOMER SLRVICL."
to their credit they have kept the relatively large selection of affordable teas.
I dread when I have to deal with that one young cashier with the rapid tongue, but she's actually a leftover from Met.
still, it's not the worst thing that's ever happened to JH; just that Met was better.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 12, 2013, 10:15:39 PM
okay, the one complaint that things are "going south" is brown paper lunch bags for use at the coffee grinder.

anything else?
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Maple on November 13, 2013, 12:40:48 AM
The thing about the card is that it gives them your information and it tracks your purchases. There's enough of that involuntarily (cookies, NSA). My experience at Duane Reade (where I do have a card) is that if I don't have a card with me, they'll just swipe a generic card and I'll get a discount anyway. (Not necessarily at one in JH, but in general.) Foodtown is have your card or no discount.

There isn't much difference that I've noticed regarding selection, although I stopped seeing Feline Pine there (and had to get such an enormous bag elsewhere that I haven't needed cat litter lately). The Foodtown brand of oatmeal is larger and flatter than Met brand, and so has a different relationship to water when it's cooking. Funny-- I would have thought generic brands would be the same.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: ECG on November 13, 2013, 01:41:55 AM
didn't it occur to anyone but me that you can fill in any info you choose on those forms?

and if you charge anything, who reads your signature on the computer pad?

I'm not condoning anything illegal, but seriously, do you think when you write a check that a human
actually checks your signature against a sample?

if the card will give me a dollar off OJ, i will use it.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: gsmayes on November 13, 2013, 09:18:22 AM
I don't get the coffee brown paper bag thing. Isn't that what every coffee grinder place uses? With the little twist 'em closer dealies? That's what Lemon Tree and even the fancy park slope food coop uses.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jeanette on November 13, 2013, 10:11:48 AM
okay, the one complaint that things are "going south" is brown paper lunch bags for use at the coffee grinder.

anything else?
wasn't planning on making a list. some things are subtle, or difficult to put in a byte. so to be succinct: change is an opportunity for something to become better, be the same, or change for the worse. foodtown is the latter. opportunity lost.

the paper lunch bag is a disaster. it doesn't fit under the grinder, it tears, you have to transfer it to a container at home, spills are inevitable. those are hassles i shouldn't have to deal with. it's not like they reduced the price. i ended up buying a whole lot less to minimize the hassle. now i have to go out and purchase again.

biggest problem is selection was cut, i.e. pierogis, an Indian item i used to buy, jazzataza ground coffee, etc etc etc. the list is long. some people like samo-samo, thus won't be disappointed with foodtown.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Lilybell on November 13, 2013, 10:49:26 AM
LOL, so much incivility here these days.  Yes, jeanette, I am so low-class and pedestrian that I am not bothered by the changes at the Met.  Samo-samo works for me!  (But I wouldn't dream of buying coffee beans from a chain supermarket)
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 13, 2013, 01:01:42 PM
i agree that the selection is worse (noted in my post earlier)....i noticed it in the cheese/packaged cured meats section, which has been "streamlined" (to be polite) to a striking degree, although the pierogi selection seems to come and go. i bought a package of sauerkraut and a package of peach blintzes there on monday.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: moxybyproxy on November 13, 2013, 08:14:07 PM
I shop for basic items at Foodtown and specialty items at other places, so I haven't noticed the change in the merchandise as much.  I will gladly go to all the reincarnations of this supermarket over Tradefair any day. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: toque198 on November 13, 2013, 08:30:19 PM
Get over it.

It's a convenience store.

You buy stuff on sale, canned food, paper goods, etc.

I buy real food either on Fresh Direct or I go to Whole Foods.

No one should ever buy or use coffee beans two weeks after the roast date.  For a real dressing down go to coffeegeek.com

I've been going to that store through all of it's transitions.  Each one has been for the better.

I've never had a problem with any of the staff...maybe you could try to say hello, how are you today and make eye contact.  The cashiers, for the most part are really sweet.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jeanette on November 14, 2013, 12:32:44 AM
LOL, so much incivility here these days.  Yes, jeanette, I am so low-class and pedestrian that I am not bothered by the changes at the Met.  Samo-samo works for me!  (But I wouldn't dream of buying coffee beans from a chain supermarket)
where do you buy your coffee beans, Lilybell? I wasn't crazy about what I purchased at the Lemon-whatever store. but the Met/foodtown sold/sells razatazza and they have a mild roast that I like. I'm not a food snob. just looking for what works for me and my digestive system.
BTY, I am of the lower socioeconomic class and am proud of it. I can't stand the snooty rich.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: I live here too on November 14, 2013, 10:23:53 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socioeconomic_status

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_class

http://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/factsheet-education.aspx

I think many people who characterize themselves of the lower socioeconomic status really mean that they're from working class roots. My dad started out in the working class, made enough money to buy a house and send his kids thrugh school. Thus he became middle class, where I still am.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: I live here too on November 14, 2013, 10:57:02 AM
pardon my typos - I think I need new glasses.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 14, 2013, 10:58:52 AM
i certainly came from working class roots -- a single mom who was the first in her family to graduate from high school and insisted i become the first to go to college. she worked as a secretary, a step up from her mom's work in the kitchen of a hospital.

and i think of myself as somewhat middle class, although that was called into question by both candidates in the recent mayoral election, who, when asked the 'lightning round' debate question 'what's the low end of middle class in NYC,' agreed that $60-70K is the absolute least one can make and be considered middle class.

thoughts?
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Lilybell on November 14, 2013, 02:01:09 PM
Quote
BTY, I am of the lower socioeconomic class and am proud of it. I can't stand the snooty rich.

I don't agree with this sort of knee-jerk reaction that anyone who had a comfortable upbringing is a snotty jerk. 
 
I buy my coffee in Lower Manhattan near work. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: European on November 15, 2013, 05:33:11 PM
I just have complaint with some ppl touching bread with their hands (saw that few days ago and since I saw it, I'm not eating bread anymore :) I even told the guy it was awful, but he just turned his head to the other side.

Also, I have a feeling that discounts were better with Met. Just my opinion.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: bellabella on November 15, 2013, 05:41:42 PM
I noticed this too with the bread touching. I don't like to touch the tongs so I wrap my hand in the plastic bags and pick up with that. We don't really go there as much as we use to. I usually go to Mi Tierra or the fruit markets for produce but lately Mi Tierra is worse, they keep overcharging me and the girls who work there are nasty as hell. I find the deli and cashiers nice at foodtown
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Chingwa on November 15, 2013, 06:06:39 PM
I noticed they no longer sell normal Pasteurized heavy cream, everything is ultra-pasteurized, which bites it, and I refuse to buy. :(

 Conversely I noticed they now sell Pete and Gerrys heirloom eggs,which despite the markup are still a pretty damn affordable foodstuff and are much better than most of the other grocery store eggs. :)
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 15, 2013, 06:16:52 PM
I do the same thing bella does. touching bread and replacing it is pretty gross, but I don't think you can blame the store for the bad manners of customers.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on November 15, 2013, 06:57:24 PM
well, that's the argument against ever making any purchases online or make them on the phone or hand your card to a waitress/waiter or clerk in any establishment. fraud possibilities are boundless, unless all you ever use is cash.

didn't it occur to anyone but me that you can fill in any info you choose on those forms?

and if you charge anything, who reads your signature on the computer pad?

I'm not condoning anything illegal, but seriously, do you think when you write a check that a human
actually checks your signature against a sample?

if the card will give me a dollar off OJ, i will use it.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Shelby2 on January 27, 2019, 02:49:40 PM
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: ClydeM on January 27, 2019, 06:32:10 PM
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.

I never buy any meat, poultry, or seafood from any of the grocery stores in the neighborhood. They are just too shady. The last time that I bought some Bill and Evans chicken at Foodtown, which was stupidly overpriced by the way, I noticed that they had replaced the label several times, thereby extending the "packed on date" by over a month. I took it back. The manager just shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something, and gave me store credit.

I've also bought rancid steaks at La Boina Roja once. We really need a real grocery store or butcher here. It would be nice to not have to go to Astoria or Woodside for meat and fish.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jh35 on January 27, 2019, 08:34:28 PM
I bought a pound of cooked shrimp at the seafood counter at Food Town last night at 7 pm and put them in the fridge at home. By 7 the following morning, the fridge smelled of rotting fish. Yup, the culprit was the cooked shrimp I had just purchased. We were just lucky we didn't end up eating them last night, as I am sure we would have found ourselves with a nasty case of food poisoning.

I never buy any meat, poultry, or seafood from any of the grocery stores in the neighborhood. They are just too shady. The last time that I bought some Bill and Evans chicken at Foodtown, which was stupidly overpriced by the way, I noticed that they had replaced the label several times, thereby extending the "packed on date" by over a month. I took it back. The manager just shrugged his shoulders, mumbled something, and gave me store credit.

I've also bought rancid steaks at La Boina Roja once. We really need a real grocery store or butcher here. It would be nice to not have to go to Astoria or Woodside for meat and fish.

I used to buy meat and fish in the "big rat" store. They were idiots to fire the butchers union.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: JH3525 on January 28, 2019, 08:44:42 AM
My diet consists of only seafood and I've been very satisfied with the seafood at Foodtown.  What I like about Foodtown is that they provide for each seafood the country where it came from (Ecaudor, USA, Canada, China, etc) and whether its farm or wild.   In the two years that I've been purchasing seafood from Foodtown (at least 100 times), I've never had a problem.  Years ago when I did eat meat and poultry, it was from Ottomonelli in Woodside. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: jh35 on January 28, 2019, 09:15:43 AM
My diet consists of only seafood and I've been very satisfied with the seafood at Foodtown.  What I like about Foodtown is that they provide for each seafood the country where it came from (Ecaudor, USA, Canada, China, etc) and whether its farm or wild.   In the two years that I've been purchasing seafood from Foodtown (at least 100 times), I've never had a problem.  Years ago when I did eat meat and poultry, it was from Ottomonelli in Woodside.

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-false-fish-study-20181214-story.html

from the article:
"Stew Leonard’s, Uncle Giuseppe’s, Foodtown, Food Bazaar, and Western Beef sell lots of fishy fish — more than half of the seafood the state bought at those stores was wrongly labeled, Underwood’s study found."
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: JH3525 on January 28, 2019, 12:05:13 PM
jh35:  I was not able to read the NY Daily News article since I'm not a subscriber and was blocked.  My main concern is NOT purchasing fish farmed in China, Vietnam or Taiwan.  Foodtown sells just one fish farmed in China which is Talapia. Everything else they sell is Wild fish from other countries outside of Asia.  I completely avoid Pacific Market even though prices are lower since I have no idea where the fish is from since they don't display this information. 

The article is most likely legitimate but I'm not interested in traveling to Forest Hills which has an excellent fish market or Manhattan which has many.  I'll just have to take my chances at Foodtown. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Donna on January 28, 2019, 02:45:53 PM
sometimes the fish at Pacific has dead fish in the tanks with the live ones and the tanks are filty
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on January 28, 2019, 03:55:00 PM
the best seafood i've had in the neighborhood comes from the Greenmarket, where the stand manager can often say what day something was caught. i've had good luck at Pacific, though it's mostly been with shellfish. Foodtown...while i like the store in general, the seafood counter is not very appealing. i've bought a couple of things and it's been "okay." Mi Tierra on Northern is better, but a long haul for me.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on February 01, 2019, 08:48:19 AM
sometimes the fish at Pacific has dead fish in the tanks with the live ones and the tanks are filty

Sad and gross but not surprising. I've tried going into Pacific but it smells awful.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on February 01, 2019, 08:54:12 AM
jh35:  I was not able to read the NY Daily News article since I'm not a subscriber and was blocked.  My main concern is NOT purchasing fish farmed in China, Vietnam or Taiwan.  Foodtown sells just one fish farmed in China which is Talapia. Everything else they sell is Wild fish from other countries outside of Asia.  I completely avoid Pacific Market even though prices are lower since I have no idea where the fish is from since they don't display this information. 

The article is most likely legitimate but I'm not interested in traveling to Forest Hills which has an excellent fish market or Manhattan which has many.  I'll just have to take my chances at Foodtown.

The article's about misidentified types of fish, anyway, not where it's from from—e.g., lemon sole not really being lemon sole, or "wild" salmon actually being farmed salmon.

Side note: I'm surprised you were blocked from reading the article. I don't have a subscription to the News and I was able to read it. I just had to click past a pop-up inviting me to subscribe.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: JH3525 on February 01, 2019, 10:06:11 AM
Simka:  I just read the NY Daily News Article.   As a non subscriber, I'm allowed to read a certain number of articles a month (I'm not certain how many).  Since this is the first of the month, I was able to access the article.  I just returned from Foodtown where I purchased USA Wild Cod and Honduras Farm Tilapia which costs much more than China Tilapia.    I can only hope that I'm getting what I'm suppose to be getting. 

Also thank you for the tip about clicking past a pop up to subscribe.  When the free articles run out, I'll do what you recommended. 

Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on February 01, 2019, 10:50:00 AM
on a purely technical note, the Daily News gives 10 free articles per month. i believe you get 10 per browser, actually. at least that's the case with most paywall outlets.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: JH3525 on February 01, 2019, 11:25:42 AM
dssjh:  In a previous message you mentioned a supermarket on Northern Blvd & 81st Street for seafood called Mi Tierra.  When the weather and leg injury improves, I plan to walk the 7 blocks (Foodtown is just one block) and compare it to Foodtown.  Thanks for the recommendation. 
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on February 01, 2019, 11:43:17 AM
it's a schlep for me, too -- from 35/77 -- but i like it. the market itself is decent, but the seafood counter, larger and constantly tended, is much better and cleaner.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: ljr on February 01, 2019, 12:43:44 PM
Agree about Mi Tierra fish counter--I usually just get fish at the Greenmarket, but I have been to Mi Tierra and it seems clean and reliable.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Di_11372 on February 01, 2019, 05:44:17 PM

I just discovered this week they have a Plastic Bag Recycling Bin, it is not in the most convenient place, passed the Coin Machine, but please use it !!
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Ms. Jackson on February 01, 2019, 08:43:50 PM
Found expired queso blanco on their shelves tonight. Expiration date = December 16 2018!
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: hagsrus on February 02, 2019, 03:31:45 PM
Plastic Bag Recycling at Foodtown- if you can find it under the various cartons et al dumped on top!

I generally use the Rite-Aid receptacles, but the door at that lobby was out of action today and I didn't feel like going through the store and back, so went to Foodtown. Left my little bag bundle on top on the bin, assuming it would eventually reach its destination.

Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on February 16, 2019, 02:11:49 AM
Simka:  I just read the NY Daily News Article.   As a non subscriber, I'm allowed to read a certain number of articles a month (I'm not certain how many).  Since this is the first of the month, I was able to access the article.  I just returned from Foodtown where I purchased USA Wild Cod and Honduras Farm Tilapia which costs much more than China Tilapia.    I can only hope that I'm getting what I'm suppose to be getting. 

Also thank you for the tip about clicking past a pop up to subscribe.  When the free articles run out, I'll do what you recommended.

Sorry for the late reply. It's possible I had not hit the 10 limit yet when I clicked through. Always an adventure, finding out if I'll be able to read anything when I follow links! I was surprised recently to discover I could read a WSJ article, since I hadn't been able to access one for a long time. But next time I tried, I was blocked again. Maybe they have specific articles that are free.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on February 16, 2019, 02:16:26 AM
At Foodtown they have a section by the produce where they sell (presumably) washed and cut up chunks of vegetables, on small styrofoam or plastic trays, wrapped in cling wrap. I picked up one and noticed the sell-by date was several days before. Then I picked another up—same thing. I kept looking, and almost all the ones I picked up were a day to a few days past the sell-by date.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on April 07, 2019, 04:20:20 PM

I just discovered this week they have a Plastic Bag Recycling Bin, it is not in the most convenient place, passed the Coin Machine, but please use it !!

I was just searching the board trying to find a mention I'd seen of a coin machine, and here it is. Does this mean there's a machine at Foodtown where I can bring my coins and pour them in and then get cash for them? I don't remember ever noticing one of those there.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Di_11372 on April 07, 2019, 04:55:43 PM
Yes, against the windows, actually there is too much going on there, near cashiers.
But the supermarket in the shopping center where Canelle is, has a better looking one.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on April 07, 2019, 05:07:32 PM
same usurious 12 percent fee, though. if you can multi task well enough to roll coins while you're streaming/watching TV, you can save a lot of dough.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: hagsrus on April 07, 2019, 06:08:33 PM
They don't charge if you select a gift certificate - I get Amazon.

Is the one in the Canelle plaza back? I thought they had removed it but perhaps I was looking in the wrong place if they just shifted it.

Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: dssjh on April 07, 2019, 07:03:27 PM
it changed hands, i think. i really liked the Waldbaum's, but was disappointed in the revamp. i don't get up that way a lot, so not sure what's up with it now.
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 07, 2019, 08:08:40 PM
I'll count yours for 10%, just give me a few days lead time. I'm sorta serious
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Simka on April 08, 2019, 05:51:02 PM
Thank you all for your answers—a nice mixture of informative and amusing. The coins are heavy so I think I'll go to Foodtown. Jeffsayyes, though your offer is intriguing, I don't just want them counted, I want to exchange them for money, so it would only partly solve my problem.

I actually considered just handing the coin container to a panhandler, but I thought all that heavy change would probably be as much a burden on them as it is on me!
Title: Re: Foodtown, formerly Met
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 08, 2019, 06:16:22 PM
yeah i would do that. money is money. but whatever floats your boat.