there used to be a 99¢ store around the corner from me, on clinton street. then they tore the store down and threw up "luxury" housing. but the storefront was vacant for a while, and i was curious what would arrive. yet another pricey restaurant? a starbucks? a fancy-ass korean deli?
i was relieved when the "clinton supermarket" opened. clinton street needed a good grocery store, and this one wasn't too upscale. in fact, it was more chinatown than lower east side... need soy milk? cereal? toilet paper? they've got it. but they're also ready to take care of all your asian-inpired culinary needs. live eels, live frogs, fish heads, persimmons, chinese cucumbers, bitter melon, and lots of things i have never seen before, and don't know the names of, because the signs are not in english.
the real score at clinton supermarket? macau beer, which tastes pretty damn good - a little sweet - and is priced to move at $4.99 a six pack.
plus, they have the best damn slogan ever:
it's all good.
look at that face! it's not a smiley face - macau is better than that! macau beer makes you completely indifferent to everything happening around you, so that your mouth strightens out in a general expression of ennui and/or stupor. that's the kind of beer i want to drink.
i took all of these pix on the DL, because i didn't want the nice people at clinton supermarket to notice... but i didn't get the live eels or the live frogs. maybe next time.