Heralded by banners and pot plants and hoovering up a corner of prime Yorkville real estate, it looks more like a boutique hotel or spa from the outside. This gourmet grocer inspires the society hostesses who shop here by stocking a cornucopia of imported foods, prepared deli dishes (think fancified classics like truffle mac ‘n’ cheese) and patisserie goodies. You can be smug and satisfied giving a gift from their selection of fresh flowers and boxed chocolates.
Pusateri’s flagship at 1539 Avenue Road positions itself in the food-hall big leagues alongside Harrod’s and Fauchon. At this smaller Yorkville sibling, however, the aisles are as slim as its patrons. There’s a tiny café selling sandwiches, cakes and coffee that spills out onto the street in the summer.