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L'Epicerie gets the once-over by the brownstoner crowd

The French grocery store on Vanderbilt and Dekalb is getting the once-over by the crowd over at The gourmet grocer has had a bad reputation from day one, it seems. Some choice comments:

  • l'epicure (sic) is gross. they are the same people who owned a table, who were rude, especially to people of the "non majority" race. i am SO happy that that closed down and i hope l'epicure does too.
  • Maybe the people at l'Epicerie aren't unfriendly, just French. If you've ever lived or shopped in Paris especially you'll know what I mean. Merchants seem to have a different idea of customer service -- it's not about being all lovey-dovey with the customers, just providing them with capable service and quality merchandise. They're friendly with their friends and do eventually warm up to regulars.
  • the people at L'epicerie may be French, but they speak with American accents. Which implies to me that they are at least bi-cultural. My parents were immigrants from a country that is certainly not known for their warm and fuzziness, in fact, they are known for their brusque efficiency.
Apparently, a new French grocery at Lafayette and Grand Ave is opening up soon, which may spell some of the naysayers...


At November 11, 2005 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had nothing but good experiences at this place. Maybe it is crazy overpriced, but it is high quality for the most part, and truly the only place one can shop for organic poultry, fine cheese, and specialty items in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. If I don't lug home my groceries from Citarella, then I'm buying them at L'Epicerie. Also, the white-haired older French woman is fabulous, and I love her.

At November 24, 2005 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like that place, and they are friendly. thank god they are in the neighborhood. i love supporting them. naysayers, make can make your way over to the pathmark, and that way we dont have to even see each other.

At April 04, 2007 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree: this place is great, the people are friendly, the options a wonderful addition to the area. I have never had a bad experience there.

At October 20, 2007 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you cook and or appreciate fine ingredients and good meats you will be right at home here. Prices are med. to higher, but they have the best proscuitto in the city. Best butcher in Brooklyn.


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