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.

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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

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2.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

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3.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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4.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

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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

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More Ideas: The Museum of Arts and Design

New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design collects and displays objects that demonstrate innovation in craft, art and design. Designers, artists and artisans are championed by the museum, which seeks to showcase the highest levels of skill and ingenuity in all creative fields.

Ongoing installations of the permanent collection include a goblet collection display. The exhibit traces the history of glassblowing from a utilitarian skill to an artistic endeavor, and the rise of the American studio glass movement. The collection includes works by Dale Chihuly, Beth Lipman and Flora Mace among others and shows a wide range of work from the mid 1960’s to the present day. Another glass installation occupies the 2nd floor stairwell. The stained glass panels by artist Judith Schaechter were installed in 2008, and incorporate contemporary imagery into the traditional craft.

Other permanent installations include Charles Simonds’ 2011 “Dwelling.” The tiny pueblo of miniature bricks is installed in a corner of the lobby. The piece is in conversation with another of his installations from 1970, in the window of a building across the street. The relationship between the two reminds visitors to look beyond the walls of the museum for works of art. Patrick Jacob’s “Dandelion Cluster #3” explores the boundaries between photography, sculpture and painting with a pseudoscientific diorama of a landscape viewed from a porthole on the exterior of the building. The piece was part of the 2011 exhibit “Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.”

A jewelry collection is on permanent display. Over 200 pieces from the 1,000-piece collection are displayed among 45 interactive drawers. Works date back to 1956 when the museum first opened and include traditional studio pieces by artists Betty Cooke, Jacqueline Lillie, Ed Weiner and Diane Love, as well as conceptual works by Wendy Ramshaw, Otto Künzli and others. More than 80 artists are represented in the collection.

In addition to the permanent displays, the museum offers temporary exhibits of works in the permanent collection, and installations and exhibits by visiting artists, or of traveling works of art.

History: The Museum of Arts and Design was founded in 1956 as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. The founding collection was largely nurtured by the philanthropist Aileen Osborn Webb (1892-1979). Ms. Webb was a patron of American crafts and also the founder of the American Craft Council.

In 1979, the museum moved to a larger location and re-opened as the American Craft Museum. A growing collection and expanding programming spurred another move in 1986, and another in 2008. In the process, the museum and the American Craft Council were more distinctly defined, separated, and re-established as two independent non-profit organizations. By 2002, the Museum had been renamed the Museum of Arts and Design to better reflect the increasingly diverse collection.

The museum now has a permanent home in a new building in Columbus Circle, designed in 2008 by Allied Works Architecture’s Brad Cloepfil. The building itself complements the collections of the museum with its craft-influenced tile and glass exterior. The 54,000-square foot building includes a 144-seat auditorium, four floors of exhibits and an education center.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Visitors to the museum may join in on public group tours, or groups may elect to schedule their own private 60-minute tours. Educational programs include hands-on workshops for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as after school teen classes, teacher resources, and summer camps. Family programming includes Studio Sundays in which artisans host crafting workshops for the public in the museum’s education center. MADMakes are public workshops led by the museum’s artist in residence, while Artists Studios host visiting artists to work in the museum during the day, and allow the public to ask them questions about their art and view their process as they work.

Additional programming includes artist performances, either in the galleries or in the museum’s auditorium. A variety of cinema, digital works and works on film are shown, and artists, artisans and authors give once-monthly talks.

2 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-299-7777

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More Ideas: Neue Galerie

The Neue Galerie is located in New York City, New York. Visitors to the Galerie will enjoy the Austrian and German art from the twentieth century that the museum specializes in. The Galerie was established by two close friends who had known each other for thirty years.


One of these men was a museum organizer for exhibitions and an art dealer by the name of Serge Sabarsky. His partner was Ronald S. Lauder, an art dealer, philanthropist, and businessman. These men were committed to Modern Austrian and German art and wanted to share it with he world through a museum. Sabarsky died in 1996 before their vision could be brought to like. The Neue Galerie was created by Lauder to honor his late friend.

The Neue Galerie takes its name from historical roots in several different European artists associations, institutions, and other commercial galleries, but especially from the Neue Galerie in Vienna. There are two main goals for the Neue Galerie: to bring perspective back to the culture of the Germans during era and to make the best art works from this time period available for aesthetic and scholarly study.

Collection and Exhibitions

The Neue Galerie contains collections and exhibitions for visitors to explore.

Collection- The Neue Galerie collection consists of a variety of art media which includes sculpture, painting, paper works, photos, and decorative arts. The various media in the collection were all done in Germany and Austria from 1890 to 1940. Many of the works are from Ronald S. Lauder’s personal collection as well as from Serge Sarbarsky’s estate. Others are owned by the museum itself.

Material from Austria puts emphasis on the unique relationship between fine and decorative arts around 1900 in Vienna. Some of the important artists featured in this collection include Gustav Klimt, Alfred Kubin, Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele that specialized in fine arts. The Decorative arts artists featured include Josef Hoffman, Dagobert Peche, Koloman Moser, and Wiener Werkstatte. Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos were architects and their work is also featured in the Austrian collections.

The German collections emphasize important movements in art during the twentieth century. Special attention has been given to Ernst Ludwig Kerchner and Emil Nolde who were Expressionists as well as Max Beckmann. The Bauhaus art type features decorative arts. Artists affiliated with this movement include Marianne Brandt, Theodor Bogler, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and Oskar Schlemmer. Material from the Neue Sachlichkeit collection includes both well known and more obscure artists. Included artists are Otto Dix, Albert Birkle, Karl Hubbuch, Georg Scholz, Felix Nussbaum, and George Grosz.

Exhibitions- The Neue Galerie puts on several exhibitions a year. Current Exhibitions are listed below.

· Highlights of German Art from the Collection- The collection of German art covers the time period from 1890 to 1940. It focuses on important movements of the era such as Expressionism and includes canvases painted by Bruke members. Some of these artists include Erich Heckel, Max PEchstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Ernst Ludwig Kirtchner. Other artist featured in this exhibition include those from the Blaue Reiter affiliation such as Vasily Kandinksy, August Macke, Gabriele Munter, and Paul Klee. The Neue Sachlichkeit, or New Objectivity, movement is featured using art from Otto Dix, Max Beckman, Christian Schad, and George Grosz. The Bauhaus movement, which is a decorative art movement, is represented by works from Marcel Breuer, Marianne Brandt, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. All of these works together, represent the riotous time in Germany’s history, when the nation became a democracy under the Weimar Republic after World War I.

· Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: 1918 Centenary- This exhibition features two of Austria’s most important artists in the beginning of the twentieth century. Both artists died in 1918 though born thirty years apart. 1918 is the year that the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell after being defeated in World War I. The work of Klimt and Schiele have been used to express the creativity of the “joyous apocalypse” also known as the last days of Habsburg’s rule.

Educational Opportunities

The Neue Galerie offers several opportunities for visitors to further their knowledge on the artists and art work represented by the museum.

· Family Mornings- Certain Sunday mornings that are scheduled, families are offered an opportunity to interact with the museum’s collection and exhibitions in the Talking Art: Family Converstations program.

· Lecture Series- The Neue Galerie offers a series of lectures that compliment the current exhibitions that are led by distinguished scholars.

· Guided Tours- Three tours are offered throughout the day at the Neue Galerie at the hours of 11 am, 4:30pm, and 5pm.

· Field Trips- Guided tours for students are offered and catered to the interests and needs of the school group. Unguided visits are offered for high school and college students with reservations made in advance.

Special Events

The Neue Galerie offers the opportunity to delve into Austrian culture through the Cafe Sarbarsky.

Caberet at Café Sabarsky- The Caberet series pairs modern Austrian cooking with classic performance and music from Europe that extends back to the 1890s and goes to the 1930s. Visitors to the Café Sabarsky are given the opportunity to enjoy a meal that consists of three courses from a prix-fixe menu.


The Neue Galerie offers two different gift shops.

Book Store- The Book Store focuses on fine art, decorative art, and architecture publications from Central European, Austrian, and Germanic cultures. The Book Store also contains a wide selection of calendars, posters, and postcards that relate to the museum’s collection.

Design Shop- The Design offers works that are based on the original works from Bauhaus, Biedermeier, and Vienna 1900. The museum teams up with famous designers like Eva Zeisel and Michael Graves to create original works that are inspired by the museum collection.


Two dining options are available for visitors at the Museum.

Café Saba sky- This café draws from the Viennese cafes that were important places of artistic and intellectual life in the twentieth century.

Café Fledermaus- This café is located on the lower level of the Neue Galerie.

1048 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028, Phone: 212-994-9493

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More Ideas: Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art, located in Chelsea, New York City, is dedicated to the preservation and collection of Himalayan art. The museum is housed in the Chelsea neighborhood of the city and inspires engagement between contemporary life and the life of the Himalayas and near regions including India. The Rubin Museum of Art seeks to establish cross cultural ties between people from different backgrounds through art, film, concerts, theater and education.

The Rubin opened in 2004 and has accommodated nearly 1.5 million visitors and showcased over 100 exhibitions. There have been thousands of public and private education programs for all ages. There are five floors of gallery space that encompass both the ancient past, as well as, contemporary Himalayan art. There is also an education center that provides the opportunity for visitors to become artists themselves. The café and gift shop further expand the connection between the Himalaya and India culture and America.

The Rubin’s collection of Himalayan art includes nearly 4 thousand artifacts spanning the course of the last 15 centuries. The collection showcases art from many countries in the region including, Tibet, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Mongolia.

Most of the permanent collection features scroll works and sculptures, but other mediums such as masks, textiles and paper are also highlighted. The permanent collection is showcased in two permanent exhibitions.

Gateway to Himalayan Art encompasses a large range of cultural works that provides a general overview of artistic techniques used in the Himalayan region and the materials that were used to make art.

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection is exactly as the name entails—the best of the collection that highlights the main styles that are incorporated into art from the region and how artistic developementn as occurred in a region surrounded by mountains, typically closed off to the rest of the world.

Monumental Lhasa explores the most revered monuments in Tibet are viewed by locals. This exhibit specifically showcases the fortress, palace, and temple of Lhasa, the holy city and capital of Tibet. History prior to the 20th century is examined and works from both the loaned private collections, and special pieces of the permanent gallery collections comprise this exhibit.

Nepalese Seasons Rain and Ritual features 50 artifacts from the Rubin’s collection of art from Nepal specifically. There are also pieces that are on loan from private collections. The region of Nepal that is highlight is the Kathmandu Valley and the festivals, rituals, and complex natural environment of the valley are illustrated in this exhibition.

Scared Spaces focuses on devotional activities such as ritual and prayer and the divine places that they are done in. This is the second creation of this exhibit which now highlights the high Himalayas and includes sound. The sounds that surround sacred Buddhist temples and shrines such as prayer flags flowing in the wind, chanting, and silence. There is a video, meditative experience, interaction with soundscapes, and places of contemplations that are part of this installation piece.

Masterworks of Himalayan Art- This exhibit changes frequently, but for the current year and into the next focuses on the master pieces of Himalayan art and those that had the most significant contribution to the culture of the region. The piece that are showcased in this exhibit are pulled from The Rubin’s permanent collection and explores the last 1000 years of art history and style. This exhibit is organized by region and shows how different the distinct cultural divides are in the area. A virtual pilgrimage is also part of this exhibit that allows visitors to explore Mount Wutai’s monasteries, caves and art.

The Rubin presents many series throughout each year that are thematic and represent many different facets of art and science. The first and most current series are listed below although there are several more scheduled.

The Wisdom Matrix seeks to find out where your greatest strengths lie—in your head, heart, or gut. This series features celebrity dialogue with Steve Buscemi, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and open conversation panels on The Holy Mountain, Hell, Chasing Consciousness and cabaret cinema. Musical Show Boat and the book Animal Farm are both presented in Cabaret Cinema.

Breathe teaches meditation and how the old teachings relate to contemporary life. Connections between yoga and meditation are explored and practiced. Naked Soul features singers and songwriters who will perform without any devices or instruments. No microphones, ear pieces, or back up. Just their voice, on stage. These artists will perform on select Fridays and include Anais Mitchell, Dana Fuchs, Joe Purdy, Duncan Sheik, Ben Sollee, and many more.

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