Trader Joe's - Union Square Grocery

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Trader Joe's - Union Square GroceryTrader Joe's - Union Square Grocery

Type: Store

142 E. 14th St.
New York, New York, 10003
United States

(212) 529-4612 | map

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Added by papat444 on 08-21-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%

First off, this is the only Trader joes in Manhattan and right near a lot of NYU housing. What this means is that the place is crowded all the time. It is actually so crowded usually that the line snakes around the entire store and you have to pluck items from the shelves as you crawl through the line.

Beerwise they have some decent stuff but nothing you cannot find elsewhere. They have some Rogue bombers, Hitachino Nest, some decent imports and their own brews.

Pricewise they are reasonable.

Unless you are shopping here, I would say it is best to avoid it as a beer destination. If you are shopping there and can put up with the crowds, you can pick up some decent items. However most other grocery stores and bodegas now stock good beer, so really why bother? If you are in the area there is a supermarket right up the block on 17th and Third which has a good variety.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Eman17
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

So I've been to this place many, many times and I thought it was time to write a little review. I used to get really excited about coming here to shop for "fancy"-affordable groceries back then when this was the only Trader Joe's in NYC.

But now there is one close to me in the Upper West Side, and another one on Sixth Avenue in Chelsea, and they are much bigger and less crowded than this one near Union Square, so why bother.

The crowds and lines here keep getting worse, I swear. They have always been bad but I have been able to shop for some goodies from time to time! Today I visited and the crowds were so bad they had a "bouncer" at the door for crowd control. Believe it. No grocery store is worth that kind of crap, you hear me, NYU students and assorted hipsters!!??

So anyways, the very limited beer selection is, sadly, by the registers. Not the best way to browse. They have one long shelf with a couple of bombers (Chimay, Rogue, Ommegang, lambics, Mission Street, Trader Anniversary) and a bunch of six-packs from Trader Jose, Sierra, Smuttynose, Brooklyn, Magic Hat...

Employees are nice and prices are low, just like at any Trader Joe's, but the joint is just so crazy-busy it makes no sense. Go to Whole Foods one block over and do yourself a favor.

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Photo of papat444
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Visited on Oct. 11.

While my wife went shopping at Macy's, i hopped on the L train and made my way here. First off, the wine is in a separate store and the beer is in the regular store.

I walked in and almost walked out again. The sheer amount of people here was almost too much for me. And this was a Sunday afternoon. The beer is placed in a real bad spot right after the cash registers. I had to fight through the throng of people to get to them and then had to almost hug the shelves for lack of room. There was a halfway decent selection of beer though nothing like i've seen at a traditional beer store. One weird thing is that they almost no TJ exclusive beers. Lots of Dos Equis, Heineken, etc... but also some Victory, Brooklyn, Rogue and Samuel Smith to name a few. The thing that gets me with TJ's selection is they only have 1 or 2 beers of the breweries they do have so it is limited.

Forget about service. The employees were very nice and accomodating but there was just too much people to feel comfortable. I'd describe it as organized chaos. I don't think i'll be coming here again though the prices are very affordable. I'd rather go someplace where i won't feel claustrophobic.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Jeeez, sleazo was right in his review, this is possibly the busiest grocery store in all of New York city. I didn't even buy anything because I didn't want to wait in line - and there are something like 20 check outs! Seriously, there were at least 12 cashiers and the line to get to them ran back past the beer. Apart from that, it's just maddening. Maybe I was there at a busy time though. Anyway, I like Trader Joe's, but the only reason I'd go back to this store would be to get the Trader Joe's beers, and of course I'm sure I'll be able to find another Trader Joe's that has them (I live in PA and none of them carry beer). Beyond that I thought the beer selection was just a little bit better than average. Fair prices though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

I love to shop for food at trader Joe's., but I have never found them to much of a special destination for beer. Sometimes they have a few decent choices but they never seem to going all out to satisfy the beer geeks. This place is no different, they have a few decent selections, but this is not much of a beer destination. The length of the usual line to check out is sometimes comical, and has caused me to walk out on a few occasions. (Better beer choices can be found a block to the west at Whole Foods)

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Trader Joe's - Union Square Grocery in New York, NY
3.1 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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