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Best Brooklyn neighborhood for a foodie?

So I'm making the move to Brooklyn and wondering what neighborhood is going to have the best food shopping, especially for a girl that likes to cook a lot and eat healthy (organic when possible http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php) or not so healthy (mmmmm can you say raw cheese...)?

I enjoyed shopping at Union Market in Park Slope (reminded me a bit of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA) and found some of the prices to be highly competitive. I'm not sure how I feel about the Co-op after reading up a bit. (I currently belong to a paid-membership Co-op.) I don't mind making multiple stops to find just what I want, but proximity to a number of (preferably) walk-able locations - especially farmers markets - is highly desirable. Any suggestions as I begin looking for a new 'hood?

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  1. In terms of geographic convenience to a variety of stores and markets I think Park Slope is a good location. There is a Farmer's Market at Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays that, although nowhere near as big as the one in Union Sq, has a great selection from local growers. There are at least 4 "gourmet" or specialty food shops that I can think of: Blue Apron on Union & 7th, Union Market that you mention, Devine Taste on 7th & Garfield, and Bierkraft on 5th.
    There is a great butcher shop called A&S Pork Store on 5th and 1st. and several good wine stores throughout the hood. This is just off the top of my head, I'm sure others will add more.
    Take a look at an old thread I started about this topic:

    And then there is the Coop... You should try and find a member to take you inside as a guest and do some shopping. This time of year there is an explosion of fantastic produce that'll blow your mind. Seriously. And the prices are very cheap.

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    1. re: Gnu23

      though i live in park slope, i might push you closer to carrolgardens, brooklyn heights. with incoming trader joes, sahadi's, damascus bakery, stinky cheese, court street bakeries, and numberous other smaller places, parks slope, carrol gardens, beorum hill are all pretty good, pretty lovely places to shop for food.

      1. re: ceasar11

        Agreed. Cobble Hill would be good for you, or the North Slope.

      2. re: Gnu23

        D'Vine Taste is a gem of a shop. The owners are the nicest, and they know their stuff.

      3. For real food, probably Greenpoint or Williamsburg, preferably East Williamsburg. East Williamsburg will give you easier access to the bounty of Hispanic food in Bushwick and "Black" and Carribean food in Bed Stuy. Those are my favorite areas, but probably not the best for living in. Honestly, I think Park Slope absolutely sucks for food. It's so fake and Yuppy.

        1. thanks for the tips so far! I'll check out these other 'hoods on my next visit. Any favorite weekend farmers markets in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area?

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          1. re: MB fka MB

            there is a small Greenmarket at DeKalb and Washington Park on Saturday mornings in CH/FG, but as a semi-retired chef and neighborhood resident, I can tell you that as a foodie haven, it's spotty at best.

            Our biggest problem is that we lack a consistent supermarket right here in CH/FG...the Associated on Myrtle close to Pratt can yield some decent choices as far as ingredients, but at times the lack of consistency in their inventory can be maddening. Surprisingly, the smaller Bravo market close to the Whitman Houses can yield some finds, especially in terms of meats, but it is small and limited in terms of selection and hours. And the largest market, Pathmark at Atlantic Yards, is a far walk for what it is, which is a Pathmark.

            We also lack a good fishmonger and butcher, and there are no decent bakeries that I know of, nor is there a good cheese shop as well.

            We have a few good wine shops, and though our restaurant row on DeKalb trys hard to be something, it's really more flash than substance at this point, to be honest.

          2. Williamsburg will be the best place to live for a foodie that's into cooking healthy. Although there is only about 1 restaurant worth eating at in this neighborhood (marlow and sons and its expensive), there are 2 greenmarkets in williamsburg (sat and Th) and it's super easy to go to the Union Sq. greenmarket that is held M, W, F, and Sat. I walk to the McCarren park greenmarket every saturday and get all the local skatefish, fresh garlic, spring onions, purple bell peppers, gooseberries, rainbow chard and flax seed loafs I need.

            The fish lady there once gave me a huge sea scallop and we ate them raw together, me gasping at its delicate pink deliciousness

            1. ps. I bought some fresh fava beans from the Un Sq. greenmarket (farmers market), de-shelled them, boiled them, pureed them with roasted garlic olive oil, and salt and pepper. Then I topped a couple slices of Our Daily Bread (local bread makers) crusty baguette with it and small strips of crispy Dinesfarm bacon. It was quite fun.

              1. My guess is you will be happiest near Grand Army Plaza, so I second the other post.

                The sunset park China town might work for you, and possibly be cheaper.

                Red hook has the fairway.
                Birghton Beach has M&I international
                There are a few larger Shop Rights and PathMarks around Bklyn.
                Cobble hill has the Arab food stores, cheese stores, and perhaps a future Trader Joe.

                A bicycle will get you around Brooklyn efficiently if that is a possibility.

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                1. re: Geo8rge

                  Great tips and yes, I'm a cyclist--have messenger bag will pedal!

                  Thanks again to everyone so far - this gives me a good plan for checking out these areas before I commit to a neighborhood. Plus, who doesn't love 'hounding their way through a new-to-you neighborhood?

                    1. re: nyebaby37

                      I live in Bay Ridge and don't think it is particularly competitive, unless you have a car. I am always driving to Fairway, "Two Guys" or Hong Kong Supermarket. (Granted, the latter two might be easily accessible from the northern edge of the nabe.) And our restaurant scene isn't really that good.

                2. I'm going to second the F train neighborhoods -- it's easy to go among them, or to get to Fairway or any of the other great places by bus or zipcar. And I also find myself doing more shopping at US greenmarket and the 2nd ave Whole Foods, as it's easy to pick up a few things and just head back to the Slope on the train.

                  I spent a lot of time in East Williamsburg (South 5th and Bway area) last year, and man, it was slim pickens. Was shooting something over there, and while I'm not as picky an eater as some (and I'm certainly not all that healthy about it either), there was NOWHERE for me to eat, whether I was just looking for raw ingredients or cooked food. It was scary.

                  1. If you don't mind the commute, try Bensonhurst or Bay Ridge. 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst has lots of fruit and vegetable stands, Italian bakeries with great breads, and small Italian specialty markets. There is one on 18th @ 80th street, close to Christopher Columbus park, that I really like. Queen Anne Ravioli has cheap homemade pasta. Bay Ridge also has some nice stores.

                    The south side of Williamsburgh, c. Broadway and Marcy, does have a Farmer's Market on Broadway and Havermeyer on Thursdays in the summer. While that stretch of Broadway is not noted for its produce, the cheap restaurant situation is improving. You can also take the M train to the Metropolitan Ave stop (c. 15 minutes from Marcy Ave and c. 20 minutes on the Q54) and shop the Italian bakeries, produce stands, and specialty stores of Middle Village. The G train to Nassau gets you out at the Greenpoint Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

                    1. Brooklyn has many neighborhoods with ethnic diversity, so there is no need to locate yourself in one particular neighborhood. The more expensive neighborhoods to live in have more expensive food markets, catering to a higher income. The beautiful part of Brooklyn is bopping around o the different stores in different neighborhoods for the local specialties. If you have a car, that would help. I would never do my fruit and vegetable and grocery shopping in the slope or Court St. or other high end neighborhoods, which by the way only a few years ago were not that expensive. Go to workingclass neighborhoods and buy where the locals buy and you can save big money

                      1. I just moved from South Williamsburg (S. 4th and Rodney) to Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, and the difference from a foodie perspective is amazing. There are almost no good grocery stores in the area (the closest to me was a sorta gross organic place called Sunac), just lots of bodegas and fast food places. The most convenient place to shop was actually Whole Foods Bowery. In CH/CG, there are tons of gorgeous little stores, including some old Italian meat and cheese shops, plus a smattering of larger places like Met. I would NOT recommend moving to Williamsburg if you like to cook and eat fresh, organic food.

                        1. Despite all the back and forth about Williamsburg... I have to say that I think its a pretty good foodie neighborhood. Of course, you have all the ethnic food options (south williambsurg, there are a number of grocers that sell latin american food cheaply, near lorimer you have all the italian grocers and fresh pasta makers, and can always walk to Greenpoint for polish) and then....

                          You have Brooklyn Kitchen on Lorimer and Skillman, which is a LOVELY kitchenware store that also has demos, classes and amazing prices; Bedford Cheese which has many hard to find items you might be looking for; despite the contstant reiteration of "no good groceries" Tops on N. 6th isn't bad; there are plenty of polish and italian butchers locally, plus the small, but lovely farmers market on saturdays. Not to mention that w'burg is the home of McClure's pickles (sold in several shops), which is far and away the best pickle I've had in years.

                          As mentioned in an earlier response, the proximity to the L train is not to be discounted... one can easily (one train, few stops) get to: the Union Square Greenmarket, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Chelsea Market, Balducci's and a number of lovely west village shops. Also, after YEARS of issues, the L train is now running often and smoothly. I hardly wait anymore.

                          From my perspective, as a foodie, it doesn't actually get much better than where I am for my food needs (which are abundant).

                          1. Also forgot to add:

                            UVA wines, although small, has one of the most knowlegeable staffs I've come across in a wine store and local bar Spuyten Duyvil has opened a shop on Bedford which sells crazy amounts of hard to find, delicious beers and specialty items.

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                            1. re: likaluca

                              Agreed: UVA is great, and Sunac is gross. But which shop do the Spuytin Duyvil owners have on Bedford?

                              1. re: theworldaway

                                Spuyten Duyvil's beer store opened a few months back in the little mall on the corner of N. 5th & Bedford. Nice selection of Belgian ales along with the occasional gem from the American craft brewing scene. Prices are all over the place, but pretty fair considering the selection (most beers are in 22 oz bomber bottles, and they have a small cooler if you're fixing for something pre-chilled).
                                If you're looking for a little 6-pack action in the local neighborhood, Wells Ales & Lagers down on S. 2nd & Bedford has a cooler in the back full of beer-to-go, although they tend to skew a little more towards the American side of the equation with their offerings.

                            2. Williamsburg has a huge range of type and number of restaurants -- and the quality/price ratio is much better than the rest of the city. (Probably due to the low rent.) it's really really easy to find a good dinner for $15 or $20 or even less, and you can eat really well for $40. Fer instance, two of my favorites are Enid's in Greenpoint, a kind of college-y dive with unbelievably good heuvos rancheros and Dumont, my favorite bistro in the city. I ate at a random neighborhood Mexican on Grand between Union and Lorimer and it was very good and had a full bar. There's a fun Southern style diner called Union Picnic. There's a Peruvian place by the Lorimer stop that's supposed to be good but I haven't tried it yet. This is just a tiny sampling. Check out the post "Graham L train stop choices" for more recommendations.

                              And then of course there's the convenience of the Farmer's Market on the L train others have mentioned.

                              I have lived in Carroll Gardens and Jackson Heights and am pretty familiar with Park Slope and Fort Greene, and while all those neighborhoods have their own unusual strengths, the variety, range, and quality in Williamsburg just cannot be beat.

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                              1. re: KateC.

                                "Probably due to the low rent"... Are you kidding?

                                1. re: KateC.

                                  i agree with everything but AVOID that peruvian, is the worst peruvian in the city (and believe me, it has a few strong competitors), i had my worst latinamerican food experience there.

                                    1. re: KateC.

                                      Agreed completely, the Peruvian place is not to be trusted.

                                      Also, did I forget to mention Marlow & Sons? (Of the Diner, Bonita, Marlow empire.) They also produce a pretty kick ass food writing quarterly "Diner Journal".

                                2. Oh and speaking of South 5th and Broadway, there is Diner and Peter Luger in Williamsburg also.

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                                  1. re: KateC.

                                    Yes, Kate, of COURSE there's Peter Luger there -- but that's it. Unless one wants to eat steak breakfast, lunch and dinner, there's not ANYthing else that I came up with over there. I was cautious about even getting a sandwich from any of the bodegas over there, as they all looked filthy. And the one fruit stand? Forget it.

                                    And what cheap rent in Wburg? Surely you jest. Wburg may be a cool neighborhood, but does it even have a decent market? I think what one wants in a neighborhood are choices nearby, so that when you're cooking, you can run out the door and to the corner for that forgotten ingredient. No one wants to have to jump on a subway to get to either Union Square or to go to Green point.

                                    Seems there are good restaurants in Wburg, but c'mon, for day-to-day food convenience? It's certainly NOT the best of the choices available.

                                    1. re: bebevonbernstein

                                      Oh dear, you sound so bitter :) Hey, you can get a very good burger at Luger's. And there are plenty of three-room railroad apts for rent for $1300 to $1500 -- between the Graham and Jefferson stops (yes, I know, Jefferson is Bushwick). Anyway, when I was talking about the cheap rents I was speculating about the rents of the restaurants. I can't think of any other reason Williamsburg restaurants have been half the price of any other restaurants in Brooklyn or Manhattan since 2001, but maybe that will change soon as long-term commercial leases expire. Are you the one who moved to Carroll Gardens? I found day to day eating there to be a much bigger challenge -- but that was 2001 to 2004, so maybe it's changed. Also, I don't know if it's all that fair to say all of Williamsburg is a food desert because your apartment wasn't near a concentration of restaurants. In my experience, there are many good choices close to the Metropolitan stop, so if I were moving there now I'd probably look for a apt near Graham one stop away.

                                      1. re: KateC.

                                        Kate, hon, if you read the original post, it's not about finding ONE place to go for something, but a neighborhood that makes cooking and eating well easy (my paraphrase). Luger is the only place in that neighborhood that's worth going to, which in my book doesn't make it a place that's worth living for someone who's wildly into food. If you found Carroll Gardens a challenge in 2001-04, can't imagine that you'd find Lugerville any less challenging now. You may be able to get a few ounces of pot in that neighborhood when you want 'em, but you sure as hell aren't going to be able to get a peach or a plum.

                                        Again, reading the original post, it's not about a couple of decent restaurants, it's about a neighborhood being good for someone who's into food. That encompasses not only restaurants, but also farmers' markets, grocers, spice markets, etc.

                                        And am not bitter, but seriously, when Luger is the only decent place in a locale, it's not a neighborhood for those who love food, but rather a single-restaurant destination for those who love beef.

                                        Ditto any Italian or other ethnic joints along any L line stops. Sure, there's a good place for this or that, but that's not what the poster asked. She wants one-neighborhood shopping, on the way home from the subway (again my paraphrase), and F line is still better for that, I think.

                                        1. re: bebevonbernstein

                                          While I certainly don't believe Williamsburg is the best foodie hood that Brooklyn has to offer, I've gotta disagree with the logic behind your dismissal, bebevonbernstein. Your claim that the area boasts places "good for this or that" seems a rather weak acknowledgment that there might be something out there beyond Luger, but I get the feeling you haven't given many of those places a serious chance.

                                          Calling Williamsburg a one-horse-town (or one-cow-town, in your case) is pretty ignorant unless you've already sampled - and dismissed:

                                          - burgers from Dumont
                                          - oysters, ceviche, & salted chocolate cake from Marlow & Son's
                                          - quaint, seasonal Italian from Aurora or Baci & Abracci
                                          - tortas & tacos from Matamoros grocery
                                          - enchiladas verdes con huevos from Bonita
                                          - chile colorado from Brooklyn Label
                                          - cheese and assorted charcuterie from Bedford cheese shop
                                          - beer galore from Spuyten Duyvil or Well's Ales & Lagers
                                          - cornmeal catfish, chicken, or key lime pie from Pies & Thies
                                          - pork (ribs, belly, pulled) or your meat of choice paired w/bourbon @ Fette Sau
                                          - biscuits paired with anything at Egg (nowhere else in nyc is brunch so cheap)
                                          - the surprising takes on banh mi and Vietnamese tapas @ Silent H
                                          - lard bread from Napoli Bakery
                                          - paninis, salads, date-cake, lentils w/fig-spread, fondue & macaroni @ Moto

                                          After trying all of these offerings, if you truly believe that Luger is the only destination-worthy spot in the area, then I'll respect your discerning taste and encourage you to stay away.

                                          Williamsburg may not be the right fit for the original poster - whose clearly-specified preference for cooking the F-line would certainly support - but that doesn't mean you should seize upon that shortcoming as an opportunity to superficially bash the entire neighborhood restaurant scene. While the grocery situation is still uninspiring, and the farmer's market feels inconvenient unless you're on the north side of the nabe, your post seemed bent on discouraging any and all exploration of this neighborhood beyond its obvious 4-star frontrunner, advice that any unenlightened tourguide would be equally equipped to dispense.

                                          Standing up for a neighborhood is fine, but stomping on another in order to do so seems a bit unnecessary in this case.

                                          1. re: bebevonbernstein

                                            Oh, you're right. She did say food shopping and home cooking. Whoops! Yeah, got to agree, Williamsburg is definitely not the best place for that. Never mind! Sorry. (I have no experience with their farmer's market so cannot comment on that.)

                                            1. re: bebevonbernstein

                                              Wait a sec, what's this about running to the corner? You yourself said in an earlier post that you take the F train to Whole Foods on Second Ave. If you live close to the Bedford stop, it is definitely more convenient to take the L train in one stop to the Union Square greenmarket than it is to take the F train from the Carroll St. stop to Second Ave.

                                          2. re: bebevonbernstein

                                            Oh the Southside of W'burg is, IMHO, the most exciting part of Wburg to eat in. As I just mentioned--Marlow and Sons, Diner, Bonita and a rash of new places on the south side of Bedford--many wonderful, creative and reasonable.

                                            And I DO do most of my shopping in the neighborhood (as mentioned we have a small farmers market, Tops Grocery, an excellent produce shop on Graham Ave and the Key food, despite naysayers is getting better every day--that should cover most areas). I think it is a BOON to be able to hop on the subway to get stuff at TJ's and Greenmarket. So "nobody" is perhaps a little broad. Maybe nobody else but me, but definitely not "nobody at all"

                                            And, of course, I tend to plan ahead, so I'm not usually running out in the middle of cooking my dinner.

                                            For PRICE, convenience and diversity---I argue FORCEFULLY that if it is not the best, it is equivalently as good as many other neighborhoods in BK.

                                            1. re: likaluca

                                              I don't know...it seems like Williamsburg has become a separate world where people speak a different language, and perceive a different reality. Don't get me wrong, I love it up there...wouldn't mind living there. But I could never argue forcefully that Bedford Avenue and environs has a more thriving food culture than Bay Parkway and 86th Street.

                                              1. re: PAL

                                                "I don't know...it seems like Williamsburg has become a separate world where people speak a different language, and perceive a different reality."

                                                I don't speak to those people. I've always lived by the rule that "home" is inside my house--I don't even notice the hipsters. And yes, I think Bay Parkway and 86th street MIGHT be more thriving, but I have to give it up for good food AND getting to work in 20 minutes.

                                        2. All of the back and forth about Williamsburg and other neighs is kind of annoying. I guess we need to know what your budget is, for both dining out and cooking?

                                          If money is no object, then I would definitely pick Boerum or Cobble Hill; you have the Smith Street restaurants right there, and great gourmet places like Sahardi's, and you're a quick drive/cab ride to Fairway.

                                          If you are on a budget, you have some options. I love to cook and go out to eat, and I get by in Williamburg. I shop at Trader Joe's for staples like cereal, dried spices, condiments, pasta, because Williamburg is totally lacking in basic grocery stores that aren't ridiculously priced. l go to McCarren Park and Union Square farmers markets for seasonal produce. Cheese at Bedford Cheese, etc.

                                          The restaurants in Williamburg are inexpensive to moderate. I've had luck weeding out the crap by looking on this board and on Menupages.

                                          I work in Bed Stuy/Clinton Hill, and the area is lacking in restaurants and foodie stores IMO. Ft. Green seems to be better (I know the restaurants are) but I can't speak specifically about gourmet shops in the area. My foodie friends in Park Slope love the Food Co-op, and there fridges seem well stocked with great stuff. You might want to do a Google search on the area to find out specific gourmet food stores.

                                          So I guess it all depends on your budget. If you can afford it, I would definitely pick Boerum or Cobble Hill, just for the selection of food shops and restaurants alone.

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                                          1. re: chubbycheeks

                                            Grocery shopping in Clinton Hill is pretty irritating, imo. I feel like I spend half my life schlepping quality stuff from Manhattan (mostly Chelsea Market and the Union Square greenmarket) and if I wake up too late for GAP on Saturday my whole grocery schedule for the week is messed up. That said, the little Associated on Waverly is the best bet in the neighborhood because it actually is pretty clean and has a better selection of higher-end, organic type stuff than other markets in the area and there is always at least one or two fresh items in the produce department that are worth buying. They even have a small selection of organic meat these days.

                                            I think Sunset Park is a great Brooklyn neighborhood for people who love to cook, between the abundance of Asian and Latino markets and the easy access to really inexpensive Italian stuff in Bensonhurst, middle eastern groceries a short bus ride away in Bay Ridge and some Jewish specialties in Borough Park. There's even 2 Polish markets on 8th ave that sell pierogies, meat and good bread and pickles.

                                            1. re: bolletje

                                              "...I feel like I spend half my life schlepping quality stuff from Manhattan..."

                                              Yeah, this is definitely very true of living in Clinton Hill & Fort Greene. The Associated on Waverly and the smaller Bravo on Myrtle down by the Whitman Houses are the primary, everyday grocery choices in this neighborhood, and you really have to shop them well to get to know the inventory. The Associated is a pain sometimes because they can be wildly inconsistent with what they have from week to week, or even day to day. Some good meats at reasonable prices can be had at the Bravo, though, along with fresh mint and fresh thyme all the time.

                                              Living in this neighborhood, you definitely have to maximize your trips to and from the City for things like cheese (I've lately been going to the new Bowery Whole Foods via the F-train to 2nd Ave, a quick run from here), seafood (Chinatown is my go-to for most seafood, again, a quick run), specialty products like nuts, granola, premium coffee (still use WF-Union Square, Trader Joe's and Fairway in Red Hook for many of these things, and the Essex Market is quickly accessible via the F to Delancey St. as well), and I like to hit the Greenmarket in Union Square when I can as well.

                                              The key to eating well in CH/FG is to keep a running grocery list on you at all times, and be procative about picking stuff on the way home from the City, including making stops at Pathmark at Atlantic Center occasionally, which is easy becasue of all the subway lines that run into there. Just need to make the walk home afterwards, and not load yourself down.

                                              You just can't get it all right here in the neighborhood, but if you plan things out roughly and carefully, you can always eat well here.

                                          2. I would like to re-iterate that Williamsburg will give you the easiest access to 3 really lovely farmer's markets via walking, cycling, and 15min train ride if sustainable, healthy cooking is what you're looking for. Restaurants not so great here though.

                                            1. OP here...

                                              My #1 priority is proximity to grocery/specialty foods shopping for at-home cooking, with a particular focus on healthy, preferably organic produce and meat/fish/poultry. Like any true 'hound, I'll drag my ass just about anywhere for a restaurant experience that I'm looking for, but for every day cooking (which I do a lot of) I don't want to find myself in an area where I can't find, say, organic greens or cage-free eggs.

                                              The recommendations - and debate - here is hugely helpful as I'm seeking out a new 'hood. Thanks so much!

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                                              1. re: MB fka MB

                                                You might also want to join a csa for the growing season and scrape by in the lean winter months. In Clinton Hill, the csa goes from (I think) June to October or early November and egg shares are available. The website is http://clintonhillcsa.org/
                                                Information about csa's citywide is available at http://www.justfood.org/

                                                1. re: MB fka MB

                                                  Based on that, I would have to recommend Park Slope -- ideally the north or central slope (think between flatbush and 5th or 6th street, and between 5th avenue and the park). This puts you not too far from Union Market, DVine Taste, Back to the Land, the Food Co-op, and of course, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket on saturdays. Also, you have the A&P Pork Store for a butcher (as well as United Meats or whatever it is called on about 16th street or so). There is one other butcher on 5th around 7th street that is decent as well, but I don't remember the name.

                                                  Unfortunately, this is also "prime" Park Slope, and thus, it more expensive.

                                                  Regarding the Co-op -- I know a lot of people rave about it. But honestly, I have lived in Park Slope since 2000, and have only once ever felt compelled to join. I went to check it out, and while the prices are undeniably good, it just wasn't for me. The lines were a hassle and, with my work schedule, it would have been difficult to find time to put in my hours.

                                                  1. re: elecsheep9

                                                    I use to live in clinton hill. it would take about 45 minutes to get to the union square farmer's market. C train to 8th ave. L to un sq. G train is worse. But the prospect park farmer's market is lovely. only on Saturdays though.

                                                    1. re: elecsheep9

                                                      I think the Park Slope is good for what you are looking for - in addition to the Saturday Farmers market, specialty grocers, wine merchants, etc. its also a short train,bus, bike, walk or car ride away from the other neighborhoods due to its central location. Since I mostly drive around, I just discovered recently that Sunset Park chinatown is maybe a 20 min subway ride from me via the N from Atlantic Ave. - as convenient as the Manhattan chinatown via the Q (or is it the B now?) Ive lived in Prospect Hts nr Flatbush Ave. for 25+ years now and have always been pleased with what I can get, tho the mix of sources has changed over time. Cobble Hill, Sunset Park and parts of Bay Ridge/Dyker/Bensonhurst/Brighton etc. are also very good. Id say that food resources are relatively thin on the ground in the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene areas, however, tho there is the Fort Green Farmer's market now. .

                                                    1. Carroll Gardens, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Park Slope