I’m not a Trader Joe’s expert—or even a fan, to be honest—so I can’t really say how it compares to the company’s other stores around here. My first thought was that it’s big, but I think it’s airy more than anything else; the aisles are generally wide (but of course they’ll seem tighter when the customers pour in). And in Trader Joe’s style, while some sections are clearly delineated, other items seem randomly placed—oatmeal raisin cookies on a shelf above frozen salmon, for instance. The atmosphere is bare-bones, with many of the products—or maybe most of them—Trader Joe’s proprietary brands. And the staff is as chipper as can be. It’s open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Trader Joe’s is at 233 Spring (between Sixth Ave. and Varick); 212-691-2721; traderjoes.com.