424 Sixth Avenue at West 9th Street

I feel inspired every time I shop at Citarella. There's always something new to discover, which is why it's my favorite grocery store. They prefer to be called a "gourmet market," but that sounds place you'd only visit for special items whereas I come here once or twice a week to stock up with necessities. You'd be surprised how many departments they've managed to fit in this relatively small space: Cheese, Deli/Prepared Foods, Specialty, Bakery, Meat, Seafood, Produce & Salad Bar, Dairy, Groceries, and Frozen Foods/Desserts. (They have the best seafood selection in the neighborhood.) And, contrary to what you might think, it's not unbearably expensive if you shop efficiently. For about $40 or so, I can buy enough ingredients for four meals. My top three Citarella items are the rotisserie chicken, tartar sauce, and truffled mushroom mix.