Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Not Surprisingly, Z is for Zabar's

With just a few minutes to spare I am finishing the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I was discussing the challenge and my choice for a theme with a friend and she said, "I guess you'll do Zabar's for Z." Without question!

  It's hard to get a picture of Zabar's without lots of people in front of the store. 

Zabar's is my first stop when I'm having people over. To describe it as a grocery, simply doesn't do it justice, and saying it's a "gourmet" market makes it sound unapproachable. It is very gourmet in quality, yet very approachable. They have a fabulous cheese department, great smoked fish, terrific strudel -- at least six flavors -- coffee, great bread and desserts, the advertised olive bar and the list of goodies goes on and on. It's less than half a mile from my apartment and I've been there so many times in the twenty-two years I've lived in the neighborhood that I could draw a floor plan from memory. It's not a big store, but there's everything I'd ever want to eat and it's all delicious. The second floor has home appliances and it's a great place for browsing. 

 A closeup of some of the posters in the windows

It's one of the favorite places to visit with friends who are visiting New York. Some dried fruit or olive oil -- an amazing selection -- or coffee always becomes part of the souvenirs from the trip. There's a great coffee bar next to the food store, perfect for a croissant and an espresso. It's always crowded on weekends, but once I'm retired -- just a month away -- one of my first treats will be a mid-morning visit to Zabar's.

Twenty five minutes to spare, and I've just completed A to Z. Thanks, friends, for being part of this tour of New York City, from great and famous places to the fruit cart on my corner. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit so many interesting places and to share them with such terrific people all over the world. I am especially grateful for the many bloggers I've met through the Challenge. 

Wishes for a Wonderful Wednesday!


Dee said...

Congrats on making it to the A-Z finish line! :)

Zabar's sounds wonderful! I too love shopping in grocery stores that sell more than just groceries.

I've enjoyed taking a tour of New York with you and look forward to read more.

martinealison said...

Je vous souhaite un joyeux 1er mai et merci pour cette belle aventure.
Gros bisous


What a fabulous place. I would LOVE the olive bar there. No doubt about it.

Grammy Staffy said...

It sounds like a really nice store. Congrats for finishing A to Z with 15 min. left to spare. I finished with 1 min to spare but by the time it published it said 12:00 and registered as a Wednesday post. Oh well, I tried.

This has been work but fun. Thanks for telling me about it.
I've loved seeing NYC from A to Z through your posts.
Hugs, Lura

Jacquelineand.... said...

Congrats for finishing the A-Z challenge!

Zabar's sounds like a wonderful place to explore.

Another Clean Slate said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I love going to Zabars!

Paula said...

Another place to visit when I go to NYC (someday)!

Nellie said...

Oh, my! Now, that is my kind of place! Can you believe it would be first on my list of places to visit? I have a "thing" about stores such as Zabars.

This tour was such fun, Buttercup. Thank you for taking us along.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Hard to believe that April has finally ended. I'm hoping May brings some good weather for us.

Ms Sparrow said...

What a perfect ending to your A to Z challenge--and one more reason for me to want to come to New York!

Susie said...

Buttercup, Just the way you discribed that store makes me want to go. You could probably be a guide for people coming to NYC. You know every place and how to get there. xoxo,Susie