In matters of the fruit, Paris: 1, New York: 0.
Ah yes, the good REAL food. This is exactly why the EU has subsidies and much stricter regulations.
It’s one of the few things I like about living in the Midwest. We have farms everywhere, and farmer’s markets if you know where to look for them. Granted, they’re usually only open from June-October, but during those months, it’s nothing but fresh fruit and veggies!
In the matters of food in general, it’s not true a I’ll tell you why. I’ve been living in Paris for a year now (and before that spent three years in NYC) and can testify to the fact that to really get good produce in Paris you must go to either the markets or the organic stores. But definitely your average supermarket or corner bistro/brasserie for that matter will not have good produce or just good food in general.
One of the things I miss the most about NYC is how easy it is to find fresh good food all over the place, whereas in Paris, be afraid if you don’t know the name and addresses to the places that do. Sadly, there has been a huge slump in the food in Paris in the last couple of years, which I actually read a great article on Paris By Mouth recently if anyone is interested here: http://parisbymouth.com/the-menace-of-culinary-displacement-in-paris/.
It’s not surprising that this same restaurant review website has several sections titled “Not terrible near the Louvre, Not terrible near the Notre Dame, etc” which are central areas of Paris that because of tourist traps it’s hard to find a decent meal.
This is not to say that there aren’t fabulous places wit delicious food. What I am saying is that the ones that won’t cost you an arm(y) and both legs, are far and between and again, you have to know them.