Best Downtown Health Food Store (2008)


Downtown literary types cobble superwholesome meals (organic? That's what they claim) at Healthy Pleasures' (93 University Place, 353-3663) humongous salad bar. However, the perpetual state of freezer meltdown at this establishment encourages a trek over to LifeThyme (410 Sixth Avenue, 420-9099) or COMMODITIES (165 First Avenue, 260-2600) to stock up on essentials. All three stores score well on fresh produce, though Commodities' greens look lusher. HP may sell an impressive variety of fresh fish and organic meat (ugh), but only Commodities' freezer stocks frozen fish, including wild coho salmon—not that dubious farm-raised stuff.


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