August 8th 2007: As to be expected, Cafasso’s Fairway Market in Fort Lee has filed suit against NYC/Manhattan’s Fairway Market. I’ve decided to bump up the Fairway Market post for everyone’s reference due to the timing of the litigation.
1214 Anderson Ave, Fort Lee, NJ
Web Site: http://www.fairwaymkt.com
Recently, North Jersey was made aware that the famed Fairway Market gourmet supermarket chain from New York City was going to be opening a store in Paramus’s Fashion Center in 2008 — and there was much rejoicing from the Bridge and Tunnel crowd, myself included.
However, North Jersey has had a “Fairway Market” for decades, even prior to the existence of the more famous NYC chain to which it has no relation. The Cafasso family has been selling gourmet food goods since 1927, and their Fort Lee Fairway Market store has been around since 1962, making it a fourth generation family business. It remains one of the finest food purveyors in all of Northern NJ.
Cafasso’s Fairway Market on Anderson Ave in Fort Lee.
Marianna and Umberto Cafasso, the store’s founders, preside at all times, even if it is just in spirit.
You don’t need to wait until 2008 to go to Fairway Market. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.
Fairway has some unique items, like these unusual tomatoes. The prices aren’t cheap, but the quality of the goods here are impeccable.
The prepared foods section is vast.
Freshly baked foccacia.
A view of the antipasti/olive bar.
This selection of cheeses at this endcap is just the tip of the iceberg.
The poultry and meats case.
The butchers at Fairway are very friendly and will get you whatever you need.
There’s also a lot of great pre-packaged cuts.
This is the first time I’ve ever actually seen Nathan’s kosher product — regular supermarkets don’t carry it.
Fairway also carries its own line of Gelato, which is contract manufactured for them by Bertolotti in Fairview, NJ. Bertolotti used to have a Gelato parlor in Cliffside Park, which it ran for many years, but it closed it down several years ago to concentrate strictly on manufacturing and commercial accounts. In my opinion its a great product, and Fairview is a great place to get it.