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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2020, 02:04:38 PM »
The bodega on the corner of 37th and 79th had no line at 10:30 AM on Sat.  They sell milk, eggs, butter, cream cheese and other things that we needed.


Shah's Deli? in the new Bruson? They are super nice people too

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2020, 03:07:16 PM »
Do you mean 80th and 37th? Next to Kim's Brother (which seems to have opened up today btw, very limited stock).

this one is on the north side of the street. they still have the no-longer-valid CBD signs in the window

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2020, 03:51:02 PM »
Do you mean 80th and 37th? Next to Kim's Brother (which seems to have opened up today btw, very limited stock).

this one is on the north side of the street. they still have the no-longer-valid CBD signs in the window

Got it thanks! Also, shout out to Mango Rico where I bought a ton of affordable produce a little earlier. Really well-versed and courteous with the social distancing. The woman directing traffic at the front did a nice job, even prioritizing seniors who were walking by and interested in doing some shopping.

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2020, 03:56:37 PM »
This mail order meat place keeps advertising on my FB page. Didn’t check prices but looks like it’s probably expensive! https://www.crowdcow.com/?utm_channel=social&utm_source=facebook

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2020, 05:26:09 PM »
The Queensboro is doing something interesting - I got this email from them today:

Dear friends and neighbors, we hope that you're healthy and also that if you're at home, you aren't going too stir-crazy.

One of the more pedestrian challenges of this strange world we now live in is regular, plain shopping. Waiting in long lines, spotty supplies, limited hours, some stores that don't do an amazing job on social distancing...

We here at the Q thought we might offer a small service to ease this burden. Q Care Packages are pre-packaged boxes of staples for your home kitchen. In normal times you might just pop out to the store for a gallon of milk or some eggs, but these are not normal times. The Q Care Package isn’t meant to replace your grocery store trip, but we hope it will give some of you a convenient option to space those trips out a little more.
 
A quick technical note: Our online ordering system is a little limited, so it doesn't let us schedule orders in advance the way we need this to work, so it will look as if you're ordering for right now, but please ignore that and come pick up on Tuesday between 12-2PM.

So how does it work? We assemble a box of staples - milk, eggs, butter, flour, juice, leafy greens, fruit and some value-added extras from The Q (this week granola!). Order in advance, pay online and then show up during the designated window to pick up. Your box will be waiting with your name on it - just grab and go.

This is a pilot program, so depending on the response and any feedback from you, we will be determining the frequency, size and variety in the boxes. For the first day it is a one size fits all for $50.
 
Order by 5pm on Monday and pick up between noon and 2pm on Tuesday.
 
(Please ignore that it looks as if you're ordering for right now, this is for Tuesday!)

This week’s box includes:
 
Milk, butter, eggs, ground coffee, yogurt, bacon, potatoes, onions, leafy greens, fruit, granola and some TOILET PAPER.
 
No more hoarding, folks!

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« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2020, 01:04:53 PM »
I went to Food Town this morning during the designated senior hours. The line to pay snaked around the store all the way to the frozen food aisle: I'd guess it would have taken 45 minutes to get to the cashier. I walked out in frustration and found that Lemon Farm has just reopened. I got almost everything I needed there, with a quick stop also at Mango Rico. Both shops had masked and friendly cashiers. Made my morning....

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« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2020, 03:33:54 PM »
I went to Food Town this morning during the designated senior hours. The line to pay snaked around the store all the way to the frozen food aisle: I'd guess it would have taken 45 minutes to get to the cashier. I walked out in frustration and found that Lemon Farm has just reopened. I got almost everything I needed there, with a quick stop also at Mango Rico. Both shops had masked and friendly cashiers. Made my morning....

I was wondering if the wait at Foodtown had gotten any better. Last time I went to Foodtown was the beginning of April at 8:30am. After waiting over an hour to get in, I made sure to get enough food to last me for a couple of weeks because I did not want to wait on that line again!

Glad to hear that Lemon Farm is open again! Need to restock on certain items soon.

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2020, 03:48:48 PM »
I got there a little after 9 AM this morning and waited nearly an hour and a half to get in.  Then, there was about a half hour wait for the cashier.  Only two cashiers working.   :(

I wonder if there's a better time to go?  (I was aiming for 8:30 AM, but didn't make it.)  Perhaps early evenings?

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2020, 04:00:45 PM »
I went to Food Town this morning during the designated senior hours. The line to pay snaked around the store all the way to the frozen food aisle: I'd guess it would have taken 45 minutes to get to the cashier. I walked out in frustration and found that Lemon Farm has just reopened. I got almost everything I needed there, with a quick stop also at Mango Rico. Both shops had masked and friendly cashiers. Made my morning....

I was wondering if the wait at Foodtown had gotten any better. Last time I went to Foodtown was the beginning of April at 8:30am. After waiting over an hour to get in, I made sure to get enough food to last me for a couple of weeks because I did not want to wait on that line again!

Glad to hear that Lemon Farm is open again! Need to restock on certain items soon.

The joy on my face when I went to Lemon Farm - they're doing a respectable amount of social distancing by limiting number of people entering, and directing traffic for the cashier. I got everything I need there and may go back tomorrow to get more treats.

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2020, 05:00:15 PM »
Downtown Market reopened today. The line went almost 1/2 down 85th.

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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2020, 05:43:23 PM »
I went to Food Town this morning during the designated senior hours. The line to pay snaked around the store all the way to the frozen food aisle: I'd guess it would have taken 45 minutes to get to the cashier. I walked out in frustration and found that Lemon Farm has just reopened. I got almost everything I needed there, with a quick stop also at Mango Rico. Both shops had masked and friendly cashiers. Made my morning....

I was wondering if the wait at Foodtown had gotten any better. Last time I went to Foodtown was the beginning of April at 8:30am. After waiting over an hour to get in, I made sure to get enough food to last me for a couple of weeks because I did not want to wait on that line again!

Glad to hear that Lemon Farm is open again! Need to restock on certain items soon.

The joy on my face when I went to Lemon Farm - they're doing a respectable amount of social distancing by limiting number of people entering, and directing traffic for the cashier. I got everything I need there and may go back tomorrow to get more treats.

Did you happen to see what Lemon Farm's hours are these days?
So happy they're back!!

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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2020, 09:38:28 AM »
Just heard about Pepper Pantry, which has several delivery options for 11372 -- for example, Manhattan Fruit Exchange, free delivery by 9 pm same day, minimum $75 and Aqua Best, seafood delivery on selected date, minimum $60.

Shop Pepper Pantry

Here's an article about them: Pepper Groceries Pivots to Help B2B Food Suppliers Sell Direct to Consumer

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There are two consistent stories that we are seeing unfold during this time of global pandemic and massive restaurant closings. First is that the traditional ways of the restaurant business are gone for now and any company that wants to survive in that space needs to pivot into something new. The second is that all the food that would have been used by those now shuttered restaurants needs somewhere to go.

Pepper sits right in the middle of that venn diagram. A few months ago it was a startup that helped restaurants streamline their food buying from multiple suppliers. With restaurants closing, Pepper’s original business plan was kind of shot. But because Pepper was working with food suppliers, it knew even though so many restaurants slowing down or ceasing operations, those suppliers still had food to sell. So Pepper did what any smart startup does in challenging times: it pivoted.

It quickly transformed its platform from business-to-business to direct-to-consumers. Pepper’s first market is the greater New York City area, and people in the five boroughs there can visit PepperGroceries.com to purchase seafood, produce, meat, cheese and even kitchen and janitorial supplies from the companies that used to supply restaurants.

Each of these suppliers has their own delivery trucks, and orders are turned around in a couple of days. Pepper currently works with four suppliers and is in talks to bring on more. For now, all the money a shopper spends on Pepper goes directly to the suppliers.

“All the proceeds are going to pockets of the suppliers,” Bowie Cheung, Co-Founder and CEO of Pepper told me by phone this week. “The general thing is to see how much relief we can provide to these [suppliers]. Drum up as much demand as we can.”

Cheung said that while the service is only available in the New York/New Jersey area right now, the platform can easily scale up and go nationwide. Pepper is venture-backed with an undisclosed seed round investment from Greylock Partners and Box Group.

Like so many things being upended by the coronavirus right now, one has to wonder whether this will be a temporary pivot for Pepper or a new normal both for the startup and the food suppliers it works with. As Cheung summed it up, “How and where does the industry go in a couple of months? I have no idea.”
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Re: supermarket alternatives
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2020, 11:01:37 AM »
Anybody know whether Downtown Natural Market ever re-opened?  If so, how bad is the line to get in. Be nice to get some stuff from there.

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« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2020, 11:09:38 AM »
Went to Lemon Farm at 8am and they were close. Sign had their hours: 9am-6pm. I went back at 9am and there were about 4-5 people already shopping inside the store. Guy was still setting up fruits outside.

Anyone know optimal time to shop at Foodtown?

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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2020, 12:16:55 PM »
Went to Lemon Farm at 8am and they were close. Sign had their hours: 9am-6pm. I went back at 9am and there were about 4-5 people already shopping inside the store. Guy was still setting up fruits outside.

Anyone know optimal time to shop at Foodtown?

i've tried twice -- once at 10 AM and once around 2 PM  -- and both times offered really long lines. so maybe rule those out.

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« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2020, 12:16:55 PM »