CVS is coming to the corner of Tenth Avenue and 23rd Street in the new Sam Zell rental building. This ends rumors that a Citarella was coming. While a CVS is certainly not a Citarella, I do think its addition to the neighborhood is extremely useful: Right now West Chelsea residents have to walk quite a distance for a CVS-type store…..and those visiting the HIGHLINE PARK will find it even more useful. Thankfully Forrager’s came to 22nd Street and Eighth Avenue!
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Foragers City Grocer has opened in West Chelsea! And what a great addition to the area it is, certainly a welcome respite from the vulgar Gristede’s on Ninth Avenue and the rather generic Whole Foods on Seventh Avenue. It’s a high-quality market, somewhat similar to a Citarella or Balducci’s, but with much of the produce locally sourced and organic, as well as a fish counter that follows the sustainability guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It will also feature an old-fashioned butcher with an aging room. Its eggs — duck and goose in addition to hen — will be delivered to the store within 24 hours of being laid. Small upstate farms are providing the milk products. Cheeses will be American-made, and not the usual supermarket brands.
The space is a super-cool glass enclosed street front with warm woods, white tiles and concrete flooring. It’s a more contemporary, more compacted (and humanly scaled) version of EATALY. Fewer tourists too!
An adjacent wine shop, Foragers City Wine, features wines from small producers, often organic or biodynamic. And Foragers City Table, a 36-seat restaurant along the 22nd Street side of the market, will open this week. The chef, Douglas Monsalud, who worked in San Francisco and Napa Valley, will add some Asian touches to a farm-fresh agenda. He is also in charge of the market’s prepared foods, including rotisserie meats.
The owners — Anna Castellani, her husband, Richard Lamb, and their partner, Clifford Shikler, follow a decided “do-it-yourself” philosophy. Ms. Castellani said “We are attempting something most groceries would never attempt.”
Ms. Castellani and Mr. Lamb have a 28-acre farm in Columbia County where they are growing produce and will soon have eggs from their own flock of hens. They also deal directly with other farmers in the region. The market is a no-frills affair, very basic but with good lighting and some sleek wood paneling.
So think of Foragers as a 7 day per week Union Square Market in Chelsea.
Located on the South West corner of Eighth Avenue and 22nd Street at 300 West 22nd Street, Tel: (212) 243-8888, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Neighborhood delivery is available.
The new EQUITY/Sam Zell rental building at 500 West 23rd Street may be bringing a worthy counter-balance to its rather mundane architecture to the West Chelsea neighborhood: rumor on the street is the ’ultimate gourmet market’ Citarella may be the new street level retail tenant. With 5 locations currently in Manhattan and the Hampton’s, Citarella would certainly be a very welcome addition to the neighborhood, prefectly positioned amongst hundreds of brand new high end condominiums whose owners would certainly be thrilled with an alternative to the insultingly dirty, over-priced Gristede’s located on Tenth Avenue and 24th Street. This location would benefit equally by the thousands of visitors drawn to the Highline Park: a prime entrance is located in front of 500 West 23rd Street…..add to this the throngs of locals and tourists headed towards Chelsea Piers and the Hudson River Park.
Leonard Steinberg says: “Lets hope this rumor is indeed true: it would be great for this neighborhood!”