Help! Park Slope Needs a Good Market!
- Mara G. Jul 8, 1999 10:23 AM
I hope this is an okay post for this site, but I
couldn't think of a better crowd to ask, actually. I
have lived in Park Slope for 5 years, have seen
restaurants come and go, but the neighborhood has never
had a "Gourmet Garage" type of market. Does anyone
know why this is, or know if there are any plans to
open one? I know there is the Food Co-op and Back to
the Land, but I think a big food market would flourish
in Park Slope. Any thoughts on the matter would be
Similar to the restaurant dilemma, there are no great
markets in the Slope. If you have access to a car or
bike with a REALLY big basket, you can find treasures
in many of the surrounding neighborhoods. Here are
just some of the possibilities:
Asian, mostly Chinese: Sunset Park, 8th ave between
50th & 60th st.
Italian: Court St. in Cobble Hill, or better on 18th
Ave between 60 - 72nd Street.
Middle Eastern: Obviously, Atlantic Ave.
In general, the butcher & fish stores in the Italian
and Chinese neighborhoods are superior.
Don't forget Saturday morning (early) for the
Greenmarket at the Park.
I also use the guys who sell fruit from the backs of
trucks on 4th ave. They have the best Mango's and
Papaya's. Not to mention some weird brown liquid in
gallon jugs, as yet untried.
Hope this helps.
Is this true in Brooklyn, too? The place on 7th Ave.
and 1st street has pretty decent fish, although it
rarely has the *sparkle* of the fish at Citarella or
Balducci's, to name just two Manhattan meccas. Are
there any *great* Brooklyn fish stores in the above-
We DO need a Citarella type store here in the Slope.
Or a Gourmet Garage.
Not park slope, but Fish Tales near Bergen Street on
Court Street, just gets better and better. Bought
wonderful soft shell crabs there a month ago.
Wonderful salmon, sea bass, about anything you could
want. Very fresh and an increasingly wide selection.
Staff is very eager to please. The other shop lower on
Court street can be smelled at least a block away so i
avoid that. Can't imagine why!! Oh well, it's a lot
longer walk, but Fish Tales has worked out well --
free lemons too with your purchase.