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“The Anchor of the Neighborhood and Genuine New York”
Review of Mani Market Place

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Mani Market Place
Ranked #6,614 of 15,760 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Deli
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
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Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Reviewed November 1, 2015

Taki and Taso are the wonderful brothers who operate the Mani Market and Mila Cafe across the street. Mani is an anchor for the neighborhood, offering a large selection of groceries and prepared foods in a small space. It is not just a food store but a public-spirited gathering spot where the hard-working owners and staff provide the community with the kind of service and care that is almost unheard of nowadays. Schoolkids, the elderly and everyone in between are welcomed and their needs are seen to. I have seen the brothers do endless acts of kindness without seeking any attention for it. You can get all the food basics you need but also excellent speciality foods, particularly from Greece. Superb olive oil, honey, oregano, dried figs, manouri and feta cheeses, and prepared foods such as spinach pie and baklava. There are foods from other countries that arrive seasonally, such as moscato grapes from Italy each September. Fruits come from the Caribbean that appeal to many locals. There are all kinds of organic juices, good teas and coffees, French biscuits, organic and health foods, and more. In the back is a prepared food counter that draws school children, construction workers, police officers, mail carriers and "real" people of all kinds. Tourists occasionally saunter by and take in the scene, including the fruit and vegetables and pushcarts with local produce outside. Some go in while others are intimidated by the busy activity in this small space. Mani Market Place is genuine New York.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

Some local businesses in any city add character, charm and essential services to a neighborhood. Mani's is a great example. For such a small grocery store to have such a broad and deep range of food choices is no small feat. Mani's is open 365 days a year ... Thanks, guys

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Go early for prepared food, preferably lunchtime, but be prepared to wait in line. They have a freshly-roasted turkey every day and it sells out by the end of lunch. But its worth the wait. Excellent prices on sandwiches, fruit and other prepared foods.

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2  Thank lincan
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Lovely small grocery store where travelers can get sandwiches, soft drinks and snacks. A mainstay for the neighborhood. Food at the deli is all cooked at their larger store uptown. Stop in and listen to the cool cds playing too.

2  Thank Mariam V
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