New York City is one of the biggest and most amazing cities on Earth. Home to some of the most iconic landmarks and buildings on the planet, NYC is a wonderful place to live and visit, and is also filled with world class restaurants, bars, and cafes. Eating out in New York City can be a magical experience, with every kind of cuisine found all around the city.

However, if you prefer a quiet night in, the Big Apple is also home to a long list of top quality gourmet grocery stores, offering incredible fresh ingredients and produce you simply wouldn't be able to find in a typical supermarket or grocery store. With these ingredients in your kitchen, you'll be able to open up a world of vibrant new recipes to share with friends, family, a special someone, or even just by yourself. Read on to learn all about the best gourmet grocery stores in New York City.

1. Eataly NYC Downtown

Eataly NYC Downtown
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There are two branches of Eataly in New York City; one in Flatiron and one in the Tribeca area downtown. Eataly, as the name suggests specializes in Italian food and is well-known for a really broad range of delicious baked goods and breads. You'll also find all the typical Italian ingredients here like cold meats, seafood, and a lot of different types of pasta and sauces.

Four World Trade Center, F3 Floor 3, 101 Liberty St, New York, NY 10007, Phone: 212-897-2895

2. Zabar's

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Zabar’s is every food lover’s dream shop. Zabar’s is a family-owned business which was established back in 1934. The original owner, Louis Zabar was known to be a stickler when it came to quality and enjoyed finding new lines for his deli to stock. Today his legacy lives on and Zabar’s still endeavors to offer excellent quality produce and to introduce customers to new and exciting flavors. You can buy just about anything edible at Zabar’s, but they are particularly known for their charcuterie meats, smoked and cured fish and wonderful breads and bagels. They also stock dinners-to-go and fabulous café sandwiches.

Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 212 787 2000

3. Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese
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For cheese, there's simply nowhere better in New York City than Murray's Cheese. Hugely popular with local foodies, Murray's Cheese offers a huge range of dairy treats, perfect for the preparation of all kinds of meals, from bite-size appetizers to evening platters. You'll find plenty of other great snack items here like olives, oils, and more, as well as plenty of freshly prepared creations like sandwiches.

254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-243-3289

4. Citarella Gourmet Market

Citarella Gourmet Market
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Located in the West Village, Citarella Gourmet Market is one of New York City's finest gourmet grocery stores. There's a real focus on house made goods here, with plenty of pre-prepared meals and freshly made pastas. Citarella is also one of the top spots in NYC to enjoy some truly exceptional seafood. Lots of different kinds of fish can be bought here, as well as shrimp, crab, caviar, and more.

424 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-874-0383

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5. Lobel's Prime Meats

Lobel's Prime Meats
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A leading light in the New York butcher industry, Lobel's Prime Meats is the best place to be if you're looking for European cold cuts, steaks, sausages, and more. The prices are high here but the quality really shines through in every single product and the friendly family staff, who have been running the joint for decades, are real experts on meat and always ready to offer their guidance and advice for people in need.

1096 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028, Phone: 212-737-1372

6. Despana

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Offering a wealth of Spanish specialties, from Serrano ham to spicy chorizo sausage and much more, Despaña is one of the finest, best-rated gourmet grocery stores in all of New York City. This location is open every day of the week from 10 to 7, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. If you love Spanish food, you'll adore this place, and even if you don't love Spanish food, you'll find a lot to like about Despaña. Lots of freshly-cooked meals can be purchased directly from this store and plenty of free samples are offered to let you try before you buy.

408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 212-219-5050

7. Agata and Valentina

Agata and Valentina
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Bringing the flavors and aromas of Italy to the heart of New York City, Agata and Valentina is a quintessential Italian Deli where you can stock up on all your favorite groceries or home-made meals to go. This amazing grocer/deli serves up a wide range of delicious Italian classics in the form of DIY Cooking Kits or ready-cooked meals and a huge selection of exciting snacks and appetizers including dips, spreads, olives, pickles and pates. Serving a crowd has never been easier and you can order online for home deliveries. They also make their own fresh pasta and pizza. Agata and Valentina also offer cooking lessons for enthusiasts.

Agata and Valentina, 1505 & 1513 First Ave, Upper East Side, New York, NY 10075, 212 452 0690

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