Whole Foods Market - Chelsea
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Billolick:
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Chelsea location, (Columbus circle store has NO beer, only wine) Nice large and very well stocked health food store. The brew is in the back. Large cooler houses most of the selections, close by is a large shelving unit with a mess of belgians, germans, canadians and British imports. Nice variety, more then a handful of selections you wont find in every well stocked bodega in town. had that nice Sticke alt beer. Also they stick a bunch of cases of micros all over the store, so you never know when you'll bump into 10 cases of Brooklyn IPA, when youre really looking for japaneese soba noodles. Worth a visit.
05-22-2004 01:49:03 | More by Billolick
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -6.7%
Impressive upon the first visit, but it gets old after awhile. But maybe that's because I'm there so often. I work right by the place, and try and swing by to scope out beers I haven't tried before about once a week. Visits are always hit or miss. Like a thrift shop, you might find a real jewel after digging through the single bottles one day. On another day, you might feel like you've seen, and tried it all before. That said, I do feel the selection is wider than many other places, including the Whole Foods by Union Square. Also, I've never bought a "bad bottle" here.
While the variety of breweries is good, but the variety of styles is less so. It's easy to find a Russian imperial stout, an IPA, or almost any German style out there, but brown ales and porters are rare, for some reason. Single bottles are mostly imports and bombers, so everything is pretty pricey. If you're looking for a 12 oz. domestic bottle, it can be difficult to find something decent. Most of the time, you're going to find leftovers from a single haul, meaning most everything is the same. And it'll stay that way for weeks.
The service leaves you alone, which is fine by me. Everyone is friendly at checkout. None of the cashiers look at you funny for buying a random assortment of single beers at a supermarket, not even when you're a lone young female with a ingénue look to her. It does feel a bit awkward to spend twenty minutes staring at the beer section while everyone around you is squeezing past you with their carts to pick up eggs and cereal.
Checkout is fast in comparison to the Union Square store. I think it helps that the main beer section (yes, there are two, so you need to look out for both) is right by the express checkout line.
08-15-2013 20:56:04 | More by BethanyB
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
I work right next to the whole foods in tribeca which really puts this one to shame in terms of selection. The variety here is pretty limited, although as others have said, the bottles are well chosen. This neighborhood seems pretty bereft of bottle shops so this might be your best bet as you go north of 14th street for a while. Prices are pretty high too...just did some shoppping at new beer distributors the other day and they had Whole Foods beat by a wide margin on nearly everything.
I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point Imperial Porter (Victory at Sea) and the total was over 10 bucks with tax and deposit. They had a fair amount of Rogue, Pretty Things, Dogfish, Cigar City, etc....nice bottles. Again, the one down on Greenwich really has this one beat by miles. But any beer geek will find something to drink here easily.
The beer guy was really friendly and chatty even if he wasn't exactly super well-informed. The guy downtown really knows his shit!
Overall I hate Whole Foods, its obnoxious and expensive and crowded. But it works in a pinch if you need some craft and can't make a trip to greener pastures.
06-29-2011 21:23:48 | More by tobelerone
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Of the many Whole Foods of New York City, this is the one I know better and frequent the most. It is pretty close to my house, and while I was attending culinary school, it was only one block from the school so I would often go back home with a bunch of craft beers.
Granted, the selection is small. Probably the smallest of all Whole Foods in Manhattan. But still, very focused and very good. There is basically one medium-size cooler and a shelf with room-temp beers across from the cooler. That's it. But worry not!
The cooler's got your classic craft beers... Brooklyn, Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Dogfish and many others.
The shelf will have rarities, lots of Belgians, aged beers, Imperial Stouts, boxed treasures and the occasional oddity, like Goose Island Rare Bourbon County for $39.99!!! Yes, I got one. Yes, it is outrageously expensive. Yes, it is extremely delicious and worth trying at least once.
Service is not really there, unless you ask, and then the official "Beer Guy" will come and talk to you. Nice dude, knows his shit.
Oh, there is another cooler by the cheese department and near the registers, with a good amount of bombers (Stone, Sierra, Hebrew, Avery).
Check it out if you live nearby, or if you're visiting. The location can't be beat, near Madison Square Garden/Penn Station/Midtown/all the best beer bars in Manhattan.
01-22-2011 08:27:15 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
This is not the best whole foods but pretty good in general. Whole Foods has been great about offering a wide selection of international and popular micros.
My biggest problem with them is that they refuse to sell many of their beers by the bottle. Particularly their 12 ounce bottles, and cans, have to be purchased in six packs which is never good at a store that has such a wide selection as well as for selling beers that I've never tried.
The 22 ounce bottles are, of course, available individually and the staff is very knowledgable about beer.
07-20-2009 21:18:08 | More by david18
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
I remember visiting here a year or two ago for the first time and being impressed. This place is still bringing serious heat. All of the De Dolle except the Reserva, Defiant Tripel, Pennichuck, trappist ales, Canis Major variety pack, Nugget Nectar, and on and on. Plenty of stuff here worth trying. And if you are visiting in town and are in the area and can't get away to anywhere else, plenty of stuff worth picking up. Even though there are no growlers, and none of the hardcore rarities that the Bowery location has, this is just as good IMO.
Keep in mind if visiting that the larger selection of beer is all the way back and to the right. Don't think the stuff you see near the bread area is all there is.
The only drawback here is that it's Whole Foods and man those long lines really look like a pain in the ass.
04-26-2009 00:12:54 | More by RblWthACoz
Whole Foods Market - Chelsea in New York, NY
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.