Delicious, Diverse Dining at Whole Foods Market on the Bowery in New York City
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 11/13/2007 - www.Littleviews.com ]
Add a grocery store to your list of wonderful places to eat in New York City - the Whole Foods Market on the Bowery.
Do you like cheese or want to find out more about it? The Bowery location features the only Whole Foods Market in the nation with a French-style Fromagerie. This is a climate-controlled room that allows cheese to sit out without wrappers. Because of careful environmental preparation, all of the fromagier's cheeses look, smell, and taste wonderful.
In addition to salad bar offerings, they serve some hot meat, although the buffet is not located in the same area as their salad bar. I recommend their spareribs. If you are on a budget and limit the number of additional items you buy, you can luxuriate in a good plate of ribs for under $8. Others, of course, can just "pig out."
Frankly, I like arranging my own taste testing "events" with local friends or out-of-town-guests and this location of Whole Foods Market is a perfect place to do so. Interested in trying different nut butters with crackers, fresh bread, and, perhaps, made-in-New-York jam? Assemble the ingredients for your tasting party here.
But don't stop tasting at nut butters or cheese! You can also buy crispy gourmet pizza, fresh-cut sandwiches, wraps, and a number of other types of made-on-the-spot foods. And then there are sweets! The store features several areas with gourmet desserts, candy, and bakery. Many displays as thrilling to see as they are in high-end shops around town.
Thirsty? You can select from many beverages, including flavored water, regional soda, pre-made tea, fruit drinks, and beer. This location became a beer specialty depot when the City of New York failed to grant them a wine license, and they are so much the better for it.
Their salad bar is extensive, featuring everything from American staples to Middle Eastern and Indian foods. It also has a huge olive bar, a soup bar, and a dessert bar that contains perfectly baked, warm fruit crisps and cobblers, along with delicious toppings.
And then there are quirky treats not found in restaurants, such as a salt service bar.
Before heading up to the cafeteria area to eat your meal, I recommend buying some high-quality cutlery because the free, plastic forks, spoons, and knives are thin. To maximize your pleasure, consider bringing standard cutlery from home! Likewise, you might want to buy thicker plates, although the free paper plates and the deli cartons do suffice.
The dining area is huge. It borders Houston Street, then wraps around the corner along the Bowery. Walk through the entire area to see a few surprising style changes and, at the far end, its large, clean rest rooms.
Once in the dining area, you can buy hot coffee and tea from a specialty shop featuring reasonably-priced, standard and specialty drinks. You can also order entire meals at Sushiya (a Japanese service bar), Rustica Minardi Osteria (an Italian service bar), Fresh & Wild (a salad and sandwich bar), and Pommes Frites (which serves crisp, Belgium-style frites, i.e., "French fries").
All the Other Things to Do Inside and Nearby
While in the store, you can also shop for a wide-range of creams, soaps, and cosmetics (supported by generous testers) in a beautiful, sun-lit room, plus candles, children and baby products, natural-fiber clothing, cookbooks, meditation books, exercise-related products, and gourmet kitchenware, in addition to groceries. In my opinion, this store is a great place to hold a shower (baby or wedding), especially for coworkers. Let your special guest pick out her own food and gifts!
Questions? Just ask!
Article and photos by Karen Little. Photos taken with permission by Whole Foods Market. Brief article first posted on 11/4/2007. Expanded article posted on 11/13/2007. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com