Pappardella has changed its business for the world.
By Linda E. Goodman
Upper West Siders are desperate to find stores spacious enough to allow 6 feet of distance between people, delivery services that will take our calls and make deliveries in less than three days, greenmarkets, and anything else to help us avoid shopping in closely packed spaces.
Today, I want to tell you about the new option I have discovered.
As the pandemic engendered a new way of life, I took a walk along Columbus Avenue. At Pappardella on Columbus and 75th Street, one of my favorite restaurants, I noticed a hand-written sign on the door. It read: “WE SELL GROCERIES. (212) 595 7996.” This was in addition to selling their entire Italian menu for take-out, pick-up or delivery.
So I called. I asked about vegetables. I asked about chicken. I even asked about paper towels! “Yes” to all. So I placed an order which was delivered in less than 3 hours.
Arthur Frommer would have called this “a real find!” The general manager answered the phone, took my order, even offered to sell me TP ! What I received was thrilling! (Forgive me – I like to cook). There were beautiful chicken breasts, thick, green asparagus, a big bag of arugula, great goat cheese, scrumptious biscotti. These were restaurant-quality foods, at very competitive prices.
I will shop only here for the duration of the pandemic, and not just because the food is superb. Every time I called, the people on the phone have been helpful, knowledgeable, gracious. They are waitresses turned food consultants! They know at once if they have rosemary but but no thyme, chicken but no lamb. I know I am talking to real human beings.
Here is a business that could easily have gone belly up. But thanks to the creativity and energy of its management, they turned what might have been a financial disaster into a bright, new resource for hungry New Yorkers!
What’s the lowdown with garlic on the UWS? Is that the new TP? Who’s hoarding all the delicious bulbs? How can you make Italian food without fresh garlic !!!
Notice TP is not on the list. Shortage was just from inconsiderate hoarding.
Garlic seem to be more available now. Even TJ has restocked at 49¢/pound. I applaud all the workers there, it’s actually much more pleasant with limited customers getting in and out in 15 minutes.
Just go early or in the rain. 5-10 people on line. 5 minutes wait outside.
Vampire conspiracy to strike during the pandemic.
West Side Supermarket at 98th St. has had plenty of garlic every time I’ve been there.
Key Foods! Last Friday, anyway
I’ve found that fresh garlic shows up at Fairway on Sunday evenings (?!?!), at least for the past several weeks. Ginger too.
Nor can I find any online. Very mysterious
brillant. Can’t wait to go …. one day…. and toast them all!
You wear the garlic hanging from your neck so people won’t get near you and evil spirits (and maybe coronovirus) are kept away.
Does anyone know where to get Lysol wipes? Do they sell those? If yes in theirs for life.
The big hardware store at 114th and Broadway had wipes and masks a’plenty late last week. Seems to no longer be a scarcity issue.
I saw garlic for sale at one of the fruit/vegetable carts on Broadway between 77th and 78th.
It must be a different location. There has not been a veggie cart 77/78 in quite a while. Maybe the one by 81st or there is another at 86 by the Citi. Anyway, great tip on the restaurant/grocery can’t wait to check it out.
I stand corrected. The stand at 77/78 is BACK.
Fruit guy at 68th and Columbus was well stocked (back to double wide) this morning. No garlic.
What is TP?
Need to know basis.
If you don’t know, consider yourself fortunate,😯
Saw plenty of garlic at the Jubilee market. 68th st
Thanks, garlic accomplished. Crisis prices (maybe normal), 5 pack of little ones $3.99, nice big ones @5.99/lbs.
Ah, pasta !
Are there options for green markets on the UWS?
Green market on 97th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam still happening on Friday mornings. And Mani Market at 94th & Columbus is fully stocked with veggies, TP, & anything one could want.
A sizeable number, thankfully. GrowNYC has a fairly detailed listing of which markets are open which days.
Big thanks to you and Pappardella!
Are there plans to make a listing of restaurants doing similar things as Pappardella is here? I’d like to support them, if I can, and this is generally the place I go to start looking.
This is a good reminder that the UWS needs an Italian specialty market like Teitel Bros. on Arthur Ave. There used to be a store on 107th St called the Piccolo something or other and they closed. I used to love that place. Maybe this will set off a lightbulb in someone’s head.
Loved Piccolo! And they had huge delicious sandwiches!
The little Italian sandwich/small dish takeout place Giacomo Fine Food 72nd and WEA is still open and they have always been very nice.
My mouth is watering at your review! Will remain in Florida for as long as necessary.
Hope you and yours are well. Best regards. Eddie