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Aug 12, 2008 06:26 AM

Other restaurants near Di Fara Pizza

I rented a car and will be driving from Manhattan to Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn today. Are there any other places I should visit on the way, nearby, or just because I have access to a car?

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      1. No major destinations but plenty of other places to eat something. On Coney Island Ave, between Prospect Park and Ave J, are lots of small Afgan and Pakistanian places to get things. And, past DiFara on Coney Is. Ave are Turkish places. And, on Ave U around E. 14th St is a very small Chinatown w/some decent dim sum. On the corner of Ave U and McDonald Ave (equivalent of E. 1st St) is a very good Sicilian place for panelle, spleen sandwiches, etc. And, of course, all the way down CIA is Brighton Beach with tons of Russian groceries and snack places on Brighton Beach Ave (M&I is the best of the bunch for salads, take out). And the Boardwalk. Continue down BBeach Ave and bear left when it ends to get to Coney Island. Totonno's pizza. Still hungry?

        1. Orchard Fruit Store on Ave J has some amazing fruit. But they're very expensive -- some stuff doesn't even have the prices on it. But it's the quality can't be beat.

          I wanted to preface this by saying I haven't been in years. But I've had the best malawach at Cafe Bissaleh on Ave P and Coney Island Ave. Malawah -- think of a huge, thicker, chewier version of Singaporean roti canai. Instead of a curry chicken dipping sauce, you've got a spicy tomato sauce.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            I stopped in Orchard Fruit store a little while ago and was very underwhelmed by their selection and quality. Pacific Green here in Cobble Hill has as good - if not better - looking produce at half the cost.

            After hearing such amazing things about this place for years it was very disappointing.

            1. re: lambretta76

              The selection at Orchard isn't huge at all -- and their storefront doesn't match their crazy prices. But I've been happy with everything I've got there. I haven't been to Pacific Green. But I've found the fruit at Orchard to be a lot tastier than what I can get in Manhattan -- including the Greenmarket. I find a lot of things look good. But once I take a bite, I'm so disappointed. Orchard hasn't let me down yet. Perhaps you got some bad fruit?

              Nothing like buying fruit from a farmer's market in California, but found it to be one of the better options in NYC.

            2. re: Miss Needle

              Their prizes are outrageous at Orchard.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Isn't there an Italian bakery nearby that is supposed to be good - near Di Fara, I mean?

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Adding to my other post that I can't get to right now:

         - this is the bakery I was thinking of, but haven't tried it yet myself.

                2. You could check out the area around McDonald and Church Ave which is very Bangladeshi and has a good restaurant or two (Jammun is one.)

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                  1. re: JFores

                    the farm on adderly is only about 1 mile away. get a burger and a six points beer.