Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

Grocery Store, Supermarket, and Wine Shop
Chelsea, New York
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  • @theMichaelShane
    "inexpensive and best of all NO GMOs!"(11 Tips)
    Nathanael C.
    "Come right when they open for a less crowded shopping experience."(7 Tips)
    Paige C.
    "... Square - much more spacious and friendly!"(4 Tips)
    paul w.
    "The house blend coffee yields surprisingly good cold brew"(11 Tips)
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  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    LOVE the 6th avenue location. Roomier than 14th st. My go-to for party shopping. I always get the burrata cheese, the cold cuts , the dark chocolate ginger and the orange chocolate strips.
  • Jessie M.
    Jessie MiñoAugust 18, 2014
    Great variety of healthy meal options and snacks. If you're looking to eat well, you can pick up some key foods here to add to your grocery list and in expensively. Only downfall are the LONG lines.
  • Dolly W.
    Dolly WicksJanuary 23, 2015
    Way better laid out than the gramercy location, quick and friendly staff and unique items. Also, if you're looking to make a quick easy dinner they sell the absolute best store bought pizza dough
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 9, 2013
    Definitely beats the Union Square location, mainly because it's always less crowded, although lines still can be lengthy.
  • KristiaMarie P.
    KristiaMarie Pastor BalatbatApril 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocados were cheaper here than my usual grocer in the UES. I usually pick up 'healthy' snacks when I get a chance to shop here -- too far for weekly trips. Tried their Challah buns, I've had better.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJune 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to the frozen foods section and take a look at the fish selection. Mahi Mahi, Ahi Tuna and Swordfish vacuum packed at really low prices. This is a great place for basics like eggs and milk.
  • Sameepa S.
    Sameepa ShettyMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best TJ in the city. All one floor. Good coffee & munchies like pizzas on offer always. Find the fresh produce here better than other TJ's, also wider variety.
  • Ian V.
    Ian ValentineJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best TJ's in the city. Wide aisles, a layout that makes sense, plus they have the small two-level shopping carts that are inexplicably absent from the (much smaller) UWS location!
  • Brad K.
    Brad KleinFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Pro tip: for workday lunchtime shopping, use the buddy system. 1 person immediately gets in the line that's wrapped around entire store, other does shopping. Queueing person may want to bring a book..
  • Laura G.
    Laura GormanApril 15, 2016
    such a good check out experience, the check out people are the nicest, i wish it was closer to my home i'd go all the time even w/long lines
  • Peace S.
    Peace ShantiAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    A must try: the chili cheese tamales are absolutely delicious. Pair it with their lime and habanero salsa and some sliced avocado - all from Trader Joes!
  • Erin S.
    Erin SmithSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to stock up on gluten-free essentials. Ask customer service for their list of gluten-free products. Also, look for the "g" on the label indicating no gluten ingredients. Read more
  • marylou m.
    marylou mendozaFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love love love this place!!! Try the pies! Hummus! Grilled chicken!! My mom loves the fish fillet! I love the chicken pesto genovese! Oh i love every single item in this place. :)
  • Ailie C.
    If it's your first time here, be prepared to spend some time getting familiar with the products they have. You won't recognize any brands here.
  • Crunch Gym
    Crunch GymOctober 28, 2010
    Cut you some flax. Try adding flaxseed or its oil to your meals. Trader's has it golden roasted, milled, whole, in cereal, in oatmeal. The health benefits are plentiful and the taste is yummy.
  • Brooke S.
    Brooke StarMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Trader Joe's in Manhattan, hands down! Easiest to navigate and line didn't conflict too badly with shopping areas unless it's lunch time or a Monday!!
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJune 13
    Love this location even more than Union Square - much more spacious and friendly!
  • Randall
    RandallOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pumpkin is back! They have pumpkin Greek yogurt, ice cream, soup, butter, cheesecake, cream cheese, muffin mix, ravioli, and more.
  • Ed
    EdMarch 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a much larger store than 14th Street and the one on 73rd at Brdwy. Long lines, but that's nothing new. Great store and friendly-as-f*ck service.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KhurginFebruary 23, 2012
    There's a big section of fruits and vegetables near the front. If you run into the store at full speed, you might miss it. Don't! There's some good food here.
  • Ali H.
    Ali HJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the management is very accommodating to people with food allergies. I was given a comprehensive guide to gluten free foods in the store! if you have a special dietary concern, tell the captain!
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezMarch 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The lines are a nightmare in the later afternoons and evenings, but this is probably the best organized NYC store and a great lunch spot if you're close!
  • Princess R.
    Princess RuneAugust 16, 2013
    WOW! All the staff and cashiers are super friendly and have a sunny disposition. Makes me want to visit here more often!
  • Gretchen
    GretchenJanuary 3, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Consistently less crowded than the TJ's at Union Square but the best time to go is between 8 and 8:30 am
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan ViperDecember 12, 2014
    The cheapest place to get organic yogurt in the city, so I try stocking up on other affordable organic foods while there.
  • Peace S.
    Peace ShantiAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Well, they consider chicken to be meat. And as a vegetarian I like this distinction because often Americans say chicken is poultry not meat. (That makes no sense to me.)
  • Nick S.
    Nick SewalishApril 21, 2012
    Try something new to add some flavor to your life - maybe a pineapple, an organic banana or a gluten free mini quiche!
  • Torrey F.
    Torrey FSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to grab a few extra produce bags before getting in line so you have something to strangle yourself with while you wait.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NNovember 11, 2012
    Dear Trader Joe's Chelsea, I am sick and tired of your obnoxious lines at every hour of the day. I will be taking my business to Whole Foods on 7th and 25th (right around corner).
  • Jason
    JasonJanuary 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Shop with a friend during the busy hours, one of you can wait on the super line to the cashier while the other shops.
  • Demetria H.
    Demetria HarvinSeptember 21, 2014
    Love the brown rice medley, all natural BBQ sauce, red lentils, friendly staff & layout of store.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)December 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprised by how short the line looks from outside? Think again, they do a superb job of hiding a line that snakes around the back of the store!
  • Christa F.
    Christa FletcherJuly 15, 2010
    The new Trader Joe's is located on 675 6th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets. It's very well laid out and has a wider selection of goods than other NYC TJ's locations.
  • Ash
    AshJune 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes when its really crowded someone will ask everyone in the line if they forgot anything...then they'll bring it to you!
  • KitchenKonfidence.com
    TJs is a great place to find seasonal produce. Pick up a bag or two of blood oranges (while you still can) for this Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake. So flavorful! Get the recipe on kitchenkonfidence.com.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LevineOctober 11, 2014
    The line looks like a hot mess (and is) but moves fast. At its worst (starting at the entrance), Ive gotten out in 15-20 mins, approx the same as waiting behind 2 people at Costco
  • KitchenKonfidence.com
    KitchenKonfidence.comJanuary 16, 2011
    Looking for garnishes for your next Bloody Mary? Check out TJs selection of olives & pickled items. Totally legit. Also swing by produce for celery. Find a Bacon Bloody how-to on kitchenkonfidence.com
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 2, 2012
    A quick trip here for some bleu cheese and pecan dip w/baby carrots will fuel you for a show nearby at Webster Hall or Highline Ballroom.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're going to go on a Monday night, make sure you get your shopping done by 7pm. If not, prepare to stand in line just to get in the door.
  • Old Amsterdam
    Old AmsterdamNovember 5, 2012
    Pick up some Old Amsterdam Gouda! Check out our website to read up on some great recipes and pairings for our premium aged Gouda! http://oldamsterdam.com/
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayNovember 17, 2014
    This place is always swarming with people. Go with a friend so one of you can shop while the other waits in line.
  • Katherine D.
    Katherine DJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Although not as many selections; it's still a million times better than Whole Foods! Better prices, nicer people, and better hours, too. Read more
  • @theMichaelShane
    @theMichaelShaneApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can always trust the food to be fresh, natural, inexpensive and best of all NO GMOs!
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeeJanuary 13, 2015
    Come with a friend so you can take turns standing in line (especially on the weekend)
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamJanuary 26
    Best supermarket in New York, great fresh food choices and relatively cheap!
  • Danielle V.
    Danielle VApril 23, 2013
    Prices are great for college students on a budget! And they're all very friendly.
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkNovember 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    If there's enough space, best believe that I'm gonna push off and ride my shopping cart down an aisle. I've done it before and I'll do it again.
  • Kain
    KainMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Best time to come here is in the morning before noon. Avoid afternoons and evenings.
  • matt l.
    matt leeFebruary 22, 2012
    Cheap, wholesome salads for lunch in the far back right corner. Beats justsalad any day
  • Kris M.
    Kris MinksteinJanuary 23, 2011
    Bring a friend to get in line while you shop. By the time you're done they be near the front of the line and you'll be in and out in no time
  • Tony C.
    Tony CalegaMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    It's almost Easter which means TJ's gourmet jelly beans are back in stock! With flavors like pomegranate, pink grapefruit and blackberry Stock up before they are gone!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LegeneApril 8, 2012
    Don't be intimidated by the lines - moves so quick! Service ALWAYS with a smile :)
  • shan s.
    shan smithJune 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the line scare you off. I've never spent more than 10 mins in it. Well, maybe let it scare you... No qualms with getting through there even faster.
  • KEN N.
    KEN NaardenAugust 22
    TJ's rocks! All their products are excellent, and well priced!
  • Amaury H.
    Amaury HenderickMarch 6, 2016
    One of the few grocery stores in Manhattan that won't set you back a fortune.
  • Joan R.
    Joan Rose PalaciosFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lines are long but move really quickly. Staff is very polite, prices are great!
  • Fabio
    FabioOctober 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great pumpkin stuff season: cupcakes, cookies , coffee, pies and drinks...... All . Happy Halloween
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BakerJune 12, 2013
    I like this trader joes so much better than the one in union square! Much more room to move around
  • Alex C.
    Alex CancelFebruary 24, 2013
    Don't really like the layout here, and literally everything I came to get is o ut of stock, but love Trader Joe's nonetheless lol.
  • Blaire F.
    Blaire FraserOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome selection and so much cheaper than other options!
  • Ben A.
    Ben AndrewsMarch 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Carly was a fantastic cashier (they're all great but she was exceptional!)
  • Howcast
    HowcastJuly 21, 2011
    Don't sacrifice your family's health just to save some cash! Learn how to feed your family healthy meals on a budget! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULLSKPoPYLc Read more
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If your favorite item is sold out, ask a team member to check the stockroom for it. They are always happy to do so!
  • Peter S.
    Peter ScordoJune 20, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Cookie butter + $0.99 avocados 👍🏽
  • lanamaniac
    lanamaniacDecember 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't come on a Monday tho! Otherwise it's great.
  • Jillian S.
    Jillian SprengerFebruary 26, 2015
    Go earlier in the day to avoid the line. It moves fast, though.
  • Julie L.
    Julie LinNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Go in the morning when it's relatively empty - but not too close to opening because the shelves haven't been stocked!
  • Natasha M.
    Natasha MoriniFebruary 21, 2015
    Nothing like California but still great prices just the line is crazy! Does go fast for the most part.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GanskyMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I miss the days when people didn't know about this location. Lines are awful now & wrap throughout the store, causing havoc for eveyone.
  • Nathanael C.
    Nathanael ChoAugust 26, 2015
    Come right when they open for a less crowded shopping experience.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CaloMay 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Simpler Times Lager. Mighty tasty, and the price is right.
  • Diane J.
    Diane Jean-MaryMay 25, 2016
    Lines are long but can be avoided if you go early morning. Whatever you do avoid the 6 pm rush!
  • Rae @.
    Rae @ Ciona Taylor ProductionsMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Organic hummus and whole wheat pita make for a great post workout snack. fitandfabstudios.com
  • Jon G.
    Jon GormanJanuary 31, 2012
    Never come here on a weekday between 4 and 6. Never come here on a weekend after 3. ALWAYS stock up while you're here because the prices and selection are fantastic!
  • DJ J.
    DJ JensenOctober 15, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best time to go is one hour before closing on a weeknight!
  • Christopher E.
    Christopher E. PinedaAugust 4, 2011
    You have to try the Soy & Flax Clusters cereal, it's so good! and good for you! It's my new favorite cereal. omnomnom!
  • Emily C.
    Emily CintrónMay 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have something called Journey to the Center of the Cookie. Do I have to say more?
  • JM D.
    JM DAugust 26, 2011
    Even if there is a big line it is fast. Very well organization !!!! Bravo
  • Michele P.
    Michele PiccaroAugust 13, 2015
    Line may look long sometime but it moves very quickly.
  • Laurie
    LaurieFebruary 27, 2013
    Avoid the one at Union Square and come here instead. Wide selection, short lines, wide aisles...
  • paul w.
    paul wallaceJuly 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The house blend coffee yields surprisingly good cold brew
  • LaVerne W.
    LaVerne W.August 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come pass 6pm to avoid the wrap around line
  • chris b.
    chris brownJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    far more spacious than union square. actually left satisfied & without a headache.
  • Tommy D.
    Tommy DiPietroMarch 11, 2013
    The sesame honey cashews are the real deal. Holla!
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJuly 20, 2016
    Pretty large store, a better produce selection than most TJs.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LoSeptember 25, 2012
    Come with two people at rush hours. Pair shopping is key to entering and exiting quickly.
  • Kyler R.
    Kyler RossOctober 21, 2015
    So much better than the Union Square TJ's, avoid during rush hour though
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline McIntyreNovember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely place just always packed
  • Héloïse B.
    Héloïse BrièreJune 15, 2013
    Best time to shop: Friday evening. Short lines and less crowded.
  • Holly H.
    The line on a Sunday afternoon is unbelievable, but moves fast.
  • Howcast
    HowcastAugust 11, 2011
    Looking to save some cash on groceries? Save your wallet without sacrificing hunger with this how-to on grocery budgeting! http://ow.ly/60F2j Read more
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesApril 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Chili spiced mangos are the #1 reason to come here
  • Koji K.
    Koji KnoApril 22, 2015
    Always staffs are friendly! I love it!
  • Courtney E.
    Courtney English LapinOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    100 dark chocolate bars (located at check out) are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth
  • Erica v.
    Erica van RabenswaayJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Freshest yogurt in the area. Great for lunch!
  • Cotter
    CotterJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday afternoon in the summer is def the best time to go to avoid the lines
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel M.September 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk straight to the back for a free sample of coffee and the dish of the day.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BailyeNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The orange chicken is amazing. Cantaloupe slices are always fresh and yummy!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerryNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The line can be 100 deep. But it is always faster than you think and still worth it.
  • Kirill K.
    Trade Joe's is my favorite supermarket
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FradeSeptember 29, 2013
    Try 14th St. Trader Joe's wine store, good wines better better prices. Chateau de la Riviere $ 15.00 priceless
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