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Reviews by Andreji:
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
So this place in the upper west side is famous not for its beer selection but rather because it's a cheap nonetheless gourmet grocery store.
Which is apparently why hundreds flock there on the dreaded day I went: sunday. I still tried to be objective with the scores on the review trying to imagine a fairway without the crowds.
Place is nice and decent but looks more like a warehouse. if you look it doesn't take long to find the stacks of beer, imported and locals, a very extensive one by singles or otherwise, with the chance to fetch many nice things at a lower than average price.
That being, of course, if you're willing to stand in line for about 30min (my case) waiting to pay- my shopping actually took less than the actual paying. At some point i considered dropping my basket and getting the hell out of there.
Sure, cheap and good selection but really, if you're not a local don't bother wasting an afternoon or so here.
03-19-2010 11:51:43 | More by Andreji
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3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I decided to check out Fairway Market after more than a year of not going in. The competition has gotten stiff lately in New York City, with so many quality markets that have sprung lately plus all the great ones we already had.
Fairway is a classic, and you can tell people still love it, even though it is more expensive (and smaller and more cramped) than the newly-opened Trader Joe's two blocks down Broadway.
As beer goes, all of it is in one single aisle (number eleven). There are a bunch of macros here, and -cool factor- cases/party packs from Sam Adams, Yuengling, Smuttynose, Flying Dog, Abita.
Some basic imports like Leffe, Guinness and Heineken and some German singles (Weihenstephan, of course)... and six packs of American crafts such as Flying Dog, Blue Point, Sierra.
Good selection of Belgian bombers- lambics, Kwak, Corsendonk, Duvel, Ommegang and the whole array of Ommegang in four-packs (kind of rare and cool).
There are also few American bombers from Stone, Eel River and Coney Island, but I missed the Dogfish selections they had last year.
Overall, the selection and quality has improved, but this is still an only "OK" store. You can do much better around the neighborhood (Pioneer is two blocks east).
Also, service here is non-existent. You're on your own. Lines are huge and a bit chaotic.
03-02-2011 03:41:14 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Never realized that Fairway had a real beer selection until the other day. They have two sections. The first includes the standard fare, with some higher end brews like Smuttynose and Leffe. The other section is a full shelf in the middle of the store with just bombers of some great and harder to find beers. Had a full range of Lindeman's and Sam Smith beers. I picked up a Hennepin, Ommegang Abbey Ale, Sam Smith's Nut Brown, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, La Fin du Monde and Lindeman's Framboise. Prices were fairly reasonable, especially considering Upper West Side location. However, not many people there knew too much about the beers, which was a shame as there were several local beers I knew nothing about. Probably not deserving of a long trip but definitely a worthy stop if in the area, especially considering the tremendous quality of the food they carry.
05-04-2009 20:24:27 | More by stingrayvr6
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Anyone living in NYC knows Fairway as a gourmet supermarket. It fits it's own little niche in this market somewhere between Trader Joe's/Whole Foods and Citarella. Fairway used to be an exclusively Manhattan based market, with two big stores on 74th & Broadway and an even bigger one on 12th Ave. in Harlem, but now they have a location in Red Hook and one out on Long Island. This is a review of the 74th St. location.
They have a decent selection of the well known craft and micro brews in a small space. It's one large shelving unit, actually, that has most of the brews you'd find in most respectable beer stores, though there are a few surprises occasionally. The prices are a little on the high side and it's unlikely that the staff will know much at all about the beer on the shelf. That said, it's definitely a good place to get good beer in a pinch, if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
12-09-2007 20:14:05 | More by sbe1
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
In the heart of NYC's upper west side neighborhood stands this long time mecca for foodies. This place has been a "gourmet market" far longer then that term has been on the lips of Americas upscale consuming public. If you like good meats,cheese, breads, fruits and veggies of a thousand nations, nice prepaired foods etc etc and need some worthwhile beer this is a fine place to stop. Not a stand alone beer hunting must hit destination, but a decent place to get fixins for a meal, or a picnic in central park or for a high quality brew before a show at the nearby Beacon Theatre. They carry the expected and widely available in the area micros and imports, dont expect much service, but this place does a very swift business, so the stock moves and stays fresh.
05-22-2005 12:22:26 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
While more of a grocery store, they've got a great selection and great prices. I recommend that you check for price tags, because some of the beer didn't ring up in the computer correctly. They had cases of more beer on the curb, I guess they were restocking after the holidays, because it was stuff not on the shelf.
Scored some beers to share/educate friends and some to bring home.
Allagash Dubbel Reserve Batch 40 750mL - $5.99
Saison Dupont 750mL - $6.99
La Chouffe 750mL - $7.99
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout Imperial Pint- $3.89
Baladin Super 750mL - $12.99
Young's London Special pint - $2.99
Hitachino Nest Weizen 750mL - $4.69
Not a bad score. I would have gotten more, but I have to carry all this shit home on the plane.
This place is a grocery store first, but supposedly one of the best in Manhatten. At least that's what my cousin tells me. The service isn't the best, but the prices are good and much more selection than in NC. They did do a very good job of wrapping each bottle and double bagging it.
01-02-2004 17:46:36 | More by Loki
Fairway Market in New York, NY
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.