Foodcellar & co. Market - 4-85 47th Road, Long Island City NY 11101
7 Train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue
In preparation for my big Super Bowl dish, the homemade Mac n' Cheese, I stopped at LIC's newest and poshest supermarket, Foodcellar & co. Vicky and Eric told me about it a while back and mentioned how nice it was. Eric also said that the Foodcellar boasted an impressive cheese selection and a knowledgeable staff. Needless to say, I was looking forward to checking it out.
I was impressed right off the bat, when I saw how large this place was. It very much reminded me of Whole Foods, as it had a neat, organic feel. All the produce was beautifully organized and there were tons of specialty food items in every aisle. While the prices were high, they weren't exorbitant and you could always find a less expensive option for each item.
The cheese counter was as bountiful as I expected, displaying a variety of domestic and international fresh cheeses. Specifically searching for Fontina for my mac', the helpful cheese consultant chose a beautiful piece of "Fontal" for me. He told me the history behind it and said that it was a version of Fontina that was good for melting. I didn't want the large pre-cut piece so he happily accommodated me with a smaller one for the price that I was willing to spend. What great service!
The bakery and deli counter were also nice and featured premium products. The bread drew me in especially, as I consider myself to be a bread "freak." There were several versions of boule, including sourdough, whole wheat and white. They looked fresh, crusty and cost a mere $2.50 per loaf. Not too bad, but the only inconvenience was that they didn't have a bread slicer in-house.
As for the deli counter, it provided good service and wonderful products at moderate prices. I bought a 1/4 lb of pancetta for my Mac n' Cheese, which only set me back about $2.80--and it was good quality pancetta.
Try this place and let me know what you think. I'd recommend it if you have something specific in mind, not for routine food shopping because that could get expensive.