Top choice food

in Upper West Side & Central Park

A bastion of gourmet kosher foodie-ism, this sprawling local market has been a neighborhood fixture since the 1930s. And what a fixture it is! It features a heavenly array of cheeses, meats, olives, caviar, smoked fish, pickles, dried fruits, nuts and baked goods, including pillowy, fresh-out-of-the-oven knishes (Eastern European–style potato dumplings wrapped in dough; $3).

With cramped and crowded aisles, the shopping experience can feel like a bit of a scrum. Grab a number at the specialty counters upon entering – the wait can be long. Upstairs is an entire floor of oft-overlooked houseware products and next door is a sit-down cafe with frozen yogurt, paninis and Zabar's own-blend coffee.