For folks who don't already know, Best Yet Market on FDB/8th Avenue has opened and apparently is doing brisk business in its first weekend. The crowd which included many young families shopping together reminded us of the cross section of folks you would find at Fairway. The food selections is a definite step up for South Harlem and folks will no longer have to head to Whole Foods on 97th Street, Fairway on 132nd Street or West Side Market at 110th and Broadway for better items. The stand outs at BYM include several specialty stations that serve bread and pastries, cheeses, fresh seafood and even olives. There's also a couple of kiosk with fancier prepared plates that are standard in deluxe markets but often missing uptown. Another perk is the in-store seating which could be found out front at the bakery and upstairs at the small cafe (top right of second photo). There seems to be some stock that could be filled but the space is pretty complete.
Overall, BYM is probably closer in appeal to West Side Market than any of its other competitors. The only minor issue with the food purveyor didn't even involve food. The cut flower selection is always a luxury to have in any deluxe market but the assortment at Best Yet could improve with a little more focus on bulb plants, tropical species and seasonal floral branches (hey, designers are picky when it comes to blooms). The Best Yet market is located at 2195 Frederick Douglas Boulevard/8th Avenue, between 118th and 119th Street. Closest subways are the B,C at 116th Street. Read more about Best Yet in our previous post: LINK.