Fairway Market

4 Ratings

Type: Store

480 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, New York, 11231-1014
United States

(718) 694-6868 | map

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Added by Billolick on 06-04-2006

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

This is the latest incarnation of the Fairway mini-chain (this is number 4 in the NYC/L.I. area) Its been open for only a few weeks and it's the typical and expected large and hectic heaven for foodies. Huge selection of all things tasty. Beerwise its not going out of your way on a special beer hunting quest, but its got a respectable selection of the typical good stuff in one medium sized cooler and on a few shelving units near the check outs. You'll find some Bklyn, Omme, Rogue, Chimay, Duvel, Dupont, Lindemans, Harpoon, Long Trail, Stone, Sam S. and Sam A., Unibroue, Leffe, Cru D'or, Old Plowshare, Goose Island, Victory etc etc, nothing amazing or beyond the usuals, great place to buy all things food and related to food, and pick up some worthy beer while you are at it.

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Photo of gory4d
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

The beer is one reason to visit Fairway Market, but it's really worth a trip just to see the market itself. It's a huge, cavernous place with aisles that don't always open through to the next - kind of like the labrynth of Minos!

Beyond that, it's interesting in that it's a little bit like Whole Foods, Traders Joe's, and a discount supermarket. They have fresh seafood and meats, an impressive cheese selection, and even more bulk food items than Whole Foods. There's an area where you can taste dozens of olive oils, and a good selection of artisanal bread (their Classic Baguette is one of the best I've ever tasted). It's like a Trader Joe's in that they have inexpensive, and fairly unique, store-brand items. Finally, it's like a discount supermarket in all of the good ways (lower prices) and bad ways associated with that.

On to the beer. I was not impressed with the pricing on the beers as much as I was the specialty cheeses. My guess here is that other sellers can only mark their beer prices up so far, whereas they have much more wiggle room on specialty items. Still, I thought that their prices were well within reason, and much better than many. Where I find fault is that many, if not most, of the items were not priced. Items were in the wrong place above the shelf tags, and some individual items had price stickers whereas others had none. The employees are simply not taking care of the area. My second complaint is that although they have about 28 feet of cold storage, and almost a whole aisle of (mainly) warm six-packs and large bottles nothing really impressed me. In that sense I thought the selection was good, but far from great. Only a few of their big bottles popped out at me (Brooklyn's Cuvée Noire $24.99), and there was a very limited selection of single bottles / cans in the cold area.

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Photo of ManekiNeko13
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A nice, large, well lit supermarket with a good selection of Belgian and other beers. The best feature is the food, with a huge produce section, lots of different meats, cheeses, pickles, olives, and everything to accompany your beer, event cafe that is alleged to have one of the best lobster rolls in the city (closed by the time I got there). The prices are reasonable for NYC, but the customer service is somewhat lacking. Again, this could have been a factor of the time I was there (near closing on a hot, sticky Friday night), but still, service is service.

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Fairway Market in Brooklyn, NY
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