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Sep 11, 2007 10:21 AM

Quick and Delicious near the Brooklyn Gardens?

Hi New York hounds!

Some of you might have noticed from the Manhttan boards that I'm planning a 4 day whirlwind food tour of Manhattan. But I need one suggestion for Brooklyn as well!

Here's the deal: my fiance will need to be at a rehearsal for his friend's wedding, but I'm not in the wedding party so I'd probably just be in the way.

I can wander the Brooklyn Gardens, or I can go in search of food! Are there Brooklyn must-haves anywhere close to the gardens? I'm looking for morning coffee, exquisite chocolates, pastries, breakfast, snacks...anything that would be appropriate at 9 a.m. If it happens to be a slice of pizza or a bagel sandwich, that's fine too! I probably won't have had time for breakfast, and lunch won't be until after 1.

I have between 9-10:30, so I probably shouldn't stray too far. I don't know the area at all, so any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I'm assuming you mean the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens next to Prospect Park. What day of the week? There's a greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza on Saturday mornings that has some tasty baked goods. It's a short walk from the Eastern Parkway entrance.

    And I don't know if you'd want this for breakfast, but you're very close to Ali's Roti, which serves very tasty Trinidadian food. If you go, try the doubles. Spicy, really filling and delicious!

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    1. re: oolah

      Perfect! The wedding is Saturday so the market should be going on at 9 a.m. That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! It'll be fun to see what's in season in New York.

    2. You can also try Joyce bakery, which is on Vanderbilt and Park Place. They have excellent deserts made with the best ingredient. They're not cheap, but you get what you pay for. They serve Gorilla coffee, which I like very much. The farmer's market is nice to wander around, although I don't think all that much about the pastries from the chief vendor of sweets, Bread Alone, but that's just my personal opinion. There is a coffee truck nearby that has surprisingly good coffee. The truck I think is called Brooklyn Coffee, or something like that.

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      1. re: soupcommie

        Personally, I think walking the Botanic Garden will be a lovely treat for you.
        The Farmers Market is fun and Joyce Bakeshop (Vanderbilt at Park Place, west side, green hanging sign) is the nicest nearby pastry shop but they do not open early on Saturday, I think 9 am.

        1. re: jen kalb

          On weekends, the Bklyn Botanic doesn't open until 10 AM. For more info: www.bbg.org.

      2. (1) Take the Q train to Prospect Park
        (2) Get out at the front of the train (Lincoln Road)
        (3) Turn left (East)
        (4) Walk maybe 100 feet
        You will be in front of KDog and DuneBuggy, which has all kinds of wonderful pastries, bagels, cupcakes, coffees, teas, juices, etc. After refreshment, continue down Lincoln half a block to Flatbush, turn left again, heading north. You are a block away from the south entrance to the BBG

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        1. re: jmj

          Just a note-BBG doesn't allow you to bring in food-so a bit of stealth would be needed if you wish to.

        2. You know, the cafe at the BBG is surprisingly good. After the rehearsal I'd recommend getting a soup and sandwich there with your fiance.