Another Brooklyn Fare location. Photo by j-No.
The Western Beef supermarket at 62nd Street and West End Avenue is expected to close on Wednesday, and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal tells us it will be replaced by a market called Brooklyn Fare.
Brooklyn Fare started in Brooklyn, but has since expanded into Manhattan, with stores in Hudson Yards and the West Village. The store website says it tries to provide “fresh, delicious groceries and prepared foods at approachable prices, with the perks and services of an old-school neighborhood grocer.”
Rosenthal says the landlord assured her that the new market would have similar prices to Western Beef. But she has concerns about some of the prices she sees on the store’s website. “When comparing Brooklyn Fare and Western Beef’s prices online, I noticed that while many items were similarly priced, there were a few notable exceptions, especially with higher prices at Brooklyn Fare in the produce, meat and dairy departments. While a $2 or $5 difference may be nominal to some, such an increase on essential items will have a profound financial impact on my constituents,” she wrote in a letter to the landlord.
Rosenthal also raised worries about the market’s renovations plans, which could last more than six months. In addition, she wants to make sure they take grocery orders by phone. “Many West Siders, including those living in Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Houses Addition do not have access to Wi-Fi and will be unable to order groceries online from Brooklyn Fare,” she wrote.
Brooklyn Fare did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but we’ll update this if they do.