Whole Foods Market - Upper West Side
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4.16/5 rDev -1%
This is the newest Whole Foods in New York City (all of them in Manhattan) and the only one I had not yet visited. Today a friend and I were walking by and I suggested we pop in for a quick visit.
Inside and out, this looks like any other Whole Foods in NYC and beyond: pretty spacious (and yet somewhat cramped), with the prepared-foods section in a prominent spot of the store, fancy cheeses and meats, natural and organic food, sample stations... the works.
I'm here for the beer, of course, and I love that -unlike in other Whole Foods- I don't have to look hard for it. It is very close to the entrance, on your right as you enter. Not very big, but well stocked. There is one long cooler with six-packs of all your classic crafts (Stone, Smuttynose, Victory, Dogfish, Sierra, Troegs) and a more interesting, room-temp set of shelves at the end of the aisle by the cheese section. Here you will find bombers from all over: I remember Rogue, Goose Island (including a rare year-old Night Stalker), Southern Tier, Captain Lawrence, Ommegang. Rogue, Stone... and lots of quality Euro brews like Weihenstephan, Samuel Smith and other British brews, plus Belgians and Czech bottles.
The small growler station is located between the cooler and the bomber section. Other reviewers say they have six taps here, but I remember no more than four, including Troegs Nugget Nectar and Harpoon Maple Wheat. They have also had, at various times, Founders Imperial Stout and Dogfish 90.
You may miss the beer selection downstairs, but you shouldn't. They've got lots of bombers, ciders (even fancy ones at $30 the bottle) and more imports. I saw bombers by Bear Republic, Cigar City, Dogfish, Coney Island and Bruery, plus a variety of Belgians and a ton of six packs (mostly macro, though).
Even though prices are probably just as expensive as the famous Bowery Beer Room, I somehow felt they were not too bad... so I'm gonna go with this feeling and rate it "reasonable" for now (they are actually a dollar cheaper than the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle).
I'm rating quality as "high" because everything is fresh here and you won't find dusty crap. Service gets an "average" because I didn't see anybody around in the beer section and I'm not sure they have a resident beer nerd.
All in all, if you live in the upper Upper West Side, you should come here for good stuff. This is one of the better Whole Foods in town. Otherwise, this is not a destination, but a neat store for the neighborhood.
03-02-2011 02:08:42 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
So this is the upper west side's whole foods and a damn good one as usual. Also as usual it's really far away from me as an upper east sider (at least for now) but on a nice day it warrants a stroll accross the park then maybe picking up a beer.
The usual layout, not much to say there. this is, by all means, a grocery store with that independent organic whatever hippie feel to it (which i'm all for haha!) but they all are basically equal and this is by no means my first WF ever.
But as usual you can guarantee quality is good and the service is (almost) always good.
The selection here is better than the one in union square though, nice racks of imports and a large freezer with tonnes of domestic craft singles and sixers. I've also very much enjoyed seeing WF promote local brands a lot, brooklyn usually hogging up a big chunk of the place, but nonetheless letting other regional stuff have their place.
As usual though, a bit pricey but less crowded than the union square one. and in a city without true beer stores, this is an easy reliable place to find stuff.
03-19-2010 11:58:45 | More by Andreji
4.2/5 rDev 0%
This is the newest NYC Whole Foods, and it's literally across the street from my best friend's place. Man oh man, if this place is anything like the Bowery location, it's going to make my life much easier...
The beer selection, while not as mammoth as Bowery, is quite wide, and even cooler, doesn't seem to be completely redundant. I saw a few things that I don't remember seeing at Bowery, like 21st Amendment, and a good amount of British beers. They also seem to have more singles for sale than Bowery, though that could be my imagination. You can get pretty much anything you'd expect to find in a decent NYC beer place; Captain Lawrence, Stone, Ommegang, Smutty, etc. I was only on a small run (was mainly casing the joint), and I picked up a Cane and Ebel, a Captain Lawrence Double IPA, and a single of 21st Amendment IPA for around $11 total. Like Bowery, the prices are New York reasonable, which always surprises me at WF. They had 4 growler stations as well.
I'll still need to schlep down to Bowery/New Beer every so often, but this place should work great for keeping me stocked up in the meantime.
12-24-2009 15:16:09 | More by CharlatanSin
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Yet another New York city Whole Foods Market. I think the city is up to six! Anyway expect the typical over load of good, healthy food, cheese, veggies, fish, meats, everything you could ask for in the food world. The beer is located to the right as you enter. As is typical for the City WFs (except for the Bowery location, whos selection is above and beyond all the others) expect a very respectable collection of most of the good stuff that you expect to see in NYC better real beer distribution spots. For sure, you will find plenty of Stone, Avery, Ommegang, Captain lawrence, Brooklyn, Southern Tier, and a host of others, plus typical quality imports from Belgium, Germany and England. Yes, they fill growlers, about 6 to choose from as I recall. Well worth a visit if you are in the area and have no time for a visit to the Bowery location.
11-10-2009 00:48:29 | More by Billolick
Whole Foods Market - Upper West Side in New York, NY
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