Whole Foods Market - Union Square

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4 Union Sq S
New York, New York, 10003-4196
United States

(212) 673-5388 | map

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Added by twilight on 03-30-2005

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Located right near Union Square Park in NYC.

Take the elevator downstairs and work your way over to the opposite corner to reach the beer selection. Nearly all of it is refrigerated, with the exception of a few stacked displays of six packs. Service in this small section is essentially non-existent. They carry Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Dogfish, Stone, Anderson Valley, Butternuts, Schneider-Weisse, Chimay and others.
Since this is Manhattan, most of the prices are higher than you would be in the suburbs. But if you are visiting a friend in this neighborhood, this is a good spot to pick up some beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bgold86
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

It's an ever dwindling corner of the downstairs area of this whole foods. They have a steady rotation of the classics, and get a good allotment of local stuff (Singlecut, etc.). There is basically no one ever there to help you, and the one time someone was there she was extremely rude. I've never had anything on tap here, but they don't seem too concerned about updating their tap list (which is all of one beer deep from what I can tell).

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Phigg1102
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rojapa
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This is, without a doubt, the weakest Whole Foods in NYC beer-wise. It is also the one Whole I visit the least, due to the busy-crazy location.

Beer is downstairs, all the way at the end of the store. What you'll find first is the cheese-and-coffee section, with five taps right there for growlers to go. Good selections, I have gotten Avery Czar and Fort Collins Incredible Hop among others.

Then you'll see a small shelf with room-temp bombers (Ommegang, Blue Point, Pretty Things, Rogue, Allagash, Dogfish Bitches!). Around the corner they have a big cooler with six-packs (Sierra, Sam, Founders, Troegs, Ithaca) and cases (Dale's Pale Ale, Troegs, Ommegang).

More imports and fake good beer I care for (Stella, Heineken, Bass, you name it), and one final shelf with cool bombers, including a lot of Belgians, British and German names.

As I said, this place is very busy and not the best to shop/browse/look for beer. Similarly, service is not the best. I usually have to call somebody to get my growler refill, and you won't see a "beer guy" on the floor too often.

A good stop, but really, Whole Foods Bowery is not that far away... and don't forget Duane Reade Union Square right next door for cheap growlers!

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on May 20. Came here right before heading back to our hotel.

It's hard to see from outside but you can the big building across from the metro station (sorry, can't remember the name) and go down to the escalator.

The beer is to your left after the escalator. The place was very busy but it didn't stop the guy stocking the beer to help. He showed me where the singles were sold (near the cheese) and seemed knowledgeable in respect to breweries. No breaking of six-packs which is a minus but a good selection nonetheless. There was 2 Bruerys, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Night Stalker, Big John, some Hitachino and English ales. There was also 5 taps where growlers could be filled. Bought some Jack D'or. Prices seemed actually reasonable in comparison to Philly. Would come again.

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Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Union Square Park in NYC.

Take the escalator downstairs for the beer department. Mostly refrigerated bottles. Service is a bit spotty and nobody really knows anything about the beer.

Decent selection but nothing like Whole Foods Bowery.

Usual NYC area breweries Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence, Ommegang, decent Europeans as well.

Sometimes they have decent stuff on tap for growlers, so thats always a plus.

Overall decent to stop in a check to see whats on tap or grab a bottle of one of your usuals if you're in a bind, nothing crazy though.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This was the first place I bought beer when I visited NYC a few months ago, and while I usually shop at the Bowery Whole Foods for beer, I decided to stop in today as this place is closer to me and I didn't feel like walking all the way to Bowery, and walking back with a load of beer.

The beer is all downstairs, and they have a reasonable selection. The selection isn't overwhelming, and there really isn't a whole lot, but most of the beers they have are enough to keep beer lovers happy. There is a solid lineup of imports and a good selection of American craft. Price-wise, most things are fairly pricey, but that's expected in NYC. They do have some specials from time-to-time which are nice (I got a sixer of Wolters Pils for $6.99). Quality-wise, the beer is all pretty fresh, and it seems they do a good job of quality control.

Service here is great- two very friendly employees came up to me asking if I needed help. One had explained that they just added taps for growler fills, and I asked him where it was and he showed me. I didn't have my growler on me so didn't fill it, but it's nice that they added this. They have five taps, mostly of beers from more local breweries. The service here is very good, and the employees seem to know their department.

Overall, this isn't a beer store with a huge selection like New Beer or WF Bowery, but it does have a solid selection and I like going here when I don't feel like wandering too far. If you're in the area, this store is worth seeing. Also, as others have said, since this is a food store, this is a good place to make food and beer pairings.

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Photo of goblet
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

whole foods, there are a few in the city and easy to find like this one ,it's right on the lower part of union square park. you'll notice right away that this place is fairly big and busy.on your first visit it maybe hard to find the beer. ! it's hard to find help to ask where the beer is located also.the beer aisle is about a half of an aisle long,it's in a corner conveniently next to the cheese.. there is a decent selection of sixer,bottles,international and local brews that change often so you can visit once in a while to see what they got new. a bit pricey and long lines take points off the over all .i would suggest don't come to this place just for beer, shop a little to make it worth it.. cheese anyone...??!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev +1%

Whole Foods in Union square is one of the more pricey places to go get beer in the city but its also a little more mainstream so its easier to seek out.
The beers are kept in cold and in good condition on refrigerated shelves and condensed into one easy to find and manage area. Lucky because being one of the busiest places to get eats around Union Square, you're unlikely to find many people around to tell you about the beer and help you with a selection. Also, if you're gonna buy something, be prepared to wait as you;ll have to check out through the grocery line.
Being in Manhattan, prices are a little high, but still and again, seeing where this place is, paying $4.99 for a 12oz. St. Bernardus Abt 12 isn't totally unreasonable.

Definitely recommend this place as you'll likely find nice cheeses, meats, chocolate, and other foods to go with that nice Belgian or Imperial Stout, but if you're just going to try to seek out elusive beer, skip it. Go to New Beer in Chinatown instead.

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Photo of CHickman
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Whole Foods always carries a great selection, considering that it's a food store. A lot of imports as well as micro-brews, and in general they always have a good variety of brands with a mix of IPA's, pilsners, lagers, stouts, seasonals, as well as some large bottles.

When I lived in the neighborhood it was always a treat to try something new while picking up some good food, and it allows for great food pairings since you can pick your beer based on the planned meal. I'm not sure that any other true food store carries a better beer selection.

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Photo of david18
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Not the best whole foods but pretty good in general. Not sure why the best one isn't listed on this site.

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.

Also a great neighborhood and easy to get to.

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Photo of Andreji
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

I love wholefoods all over america, however here in NY it's far ahead from its distant brothers down in FL.

the selection here is amazing, a whole aisle full of sixers and singles from across america and a floating selection of singles from all over the world. party packs of brooklyn beers, dozens of other promos lying around while i stare in awe in what is one of the most hectic supermarkets i've seen (the queue itself can serve as a reference).

by default, having 50+ different beers in a supermarket (translation: this is NOT a liquor store) means the place is fabulous. and I come to think paying what, 7bucks for sixers of craft beer is inexpensive.

in conclusion, this place is well worth the visit.

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Photo of dudecandle
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Yes, Whole Foods is a pain, way too crowded, and pretty pricey, but given this one's in New York City, it fits pretty well.
Selection was good, a good selection of Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Coney Island, Stone, Sam Smith, just to name a few. You're not going to find too many ridiculous finds here, but you get more than what you need. Prices were pretty average, if not even lower on some beers like Sierra Nevada than they tend to be.
When I was there, a guy wearing an apron and a Sierra Nevada shirt saw me talking to my friend and struck up a conversation with me for a good 15 minutes on anything and everything beer-related, so the service in my mind was pretty good.
He told me they apparently have beer tastings every Friday night, so that sounds good, though haven't checked that out.
All in all, worth the couple minutes of checkout time.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Just south of Union Square, this is probably the best Whole Foods in the city. But it is really busy, and it is really big. The beer is downstairs in the back. They have a very good selection and you won'tt leave wanting. It also has reasonable prices for Manhattan, especially considering that some of your options are little deli's! And, of course, they have the whole thing going on with fresh fish, fresh bread, fancy cheeses, etc. Now, there is a fairly new Trader Joe's just a bit to the east at NYU, but the selection there is not nearly as good (for beer and food) and it's even more crowded!!! Unless you can't get around paying jacked-up deli prices try to head over here!

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Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Whole Foods is massive and well stocked in general, but it was a nice surprise to see a relatively large beer selection. Dale's Pale Ale, Stone, Brooklyn, Stoudt's, Ommegang, and several others. Decently priced, and they almost always have some kind of special of a brew or three in large piles next to the main beer area. Staff wasn't really to be found anywhere to help, but it's a grocery store, so what ya gonna do. Whole Foods is usually insanely busy, so if you can deal with that, then definitely stop in. They're cafe area, cheese and coffee selection, and spices are good finds too.

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