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Sep 3, 2008 09:34 AM

1 day in Brooklyn, what's not to miss?

Going to drive all over Brooklyn, get out and walk around in a bunch of different areas, for example, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Red Hook, Fort Greene, Coney Island, Ditmas Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights---Is Prospect Heights or Windsor Terrace of particluar interest to visit---Interested in architecture, shopping, and food places to get stuff to go or grab a quick bite.......That ice cream place in Boreum Hill that has been talked that near these areas?? Worth a stop??? ---Of all of these areas, which is the best to plan for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive, clean, nice atmosphere, and child friendly. Any cuisine is fine, except Japanese.

Plan on hitting Coney Island first and then working our way back up.............

Only been to Williamsburg a few times, and Brooklyn Heights many years ago, so, not very familiar with the best most interesting areas of Brooklyn....

Thanks.....planning on going on Thursday, tommorow..........

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  1. Bierkraft (great beers) and blue apron (specialty store) in park slope are great. For a small bite Little Miss Muffin in Prospect Heights for cookies, pastries and chicken/beef patties. Tough to sit down for long and eat a big meal if you are going to be all over the place so take out spots are the best. Definitely Nathan's at Coney Island and DiFara's in Midwood.

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    1. re: ginsbera

      Thanks! Would love to go to Di Fara's, but can't deal with the delay of long lines there on this particular outing, we will make a special trip there another day. Looking to make some pitstops for Best Fresh Mozzarella, Best Bakery, stuff like that..........grab and run......and also, a sit down place for early lunch and early dinner..........Looking for what the neighborhood does best....Can't remember the name of the place that's supposed to have the best fresh mozzarella..tried searching and don't know where it is.........


    2. Blue Marble... that "ice cream place" in Boerum Hill.

      Lucali... pizza on Henry St. (dinner only, no slices)

      DiFara... pizza in Midwood. Sometimes a long wait, slices for sale. Uneven of late.

      Fernando's Foccaria... a more than 100 years old sicilian casual restaurant on Union just below Hicks. A time machine to a different era with amazing sicilian specialities.

      Monte's Venetian Room... on Carroll St. in Gowanus. Probably horrible in every way (who knows? No one ever eats there) except for the cheesecake. It's the best italian riciotta-based cheesecake on the planet. Stop by for a slice. There will probably be someone there after 1pm or so.

      Fairway in Red Hook... for the $9 lobster roll that's not the best lobster roll ever, but it's very good and when you add in the price and the amazing view of the harbor from the outside seating, it's the best deal in town.

      Except for DiFara, all of these are within 10 minutes of one another by car.



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      1. re: Peter

        Prospect Heights looks like Park Slope so if you see a few brownstones, you've got the idea. Windsor Terrace isn't so exciting for food or architecture. Ditmas Park has nice old houses.

        Peter's sugg of Fernando's Foccacceria (Carroll Gardens) is great, but it's is only open till something like 4 or 6pm, do your research. Definitely DiFara's for a slice, leaving you room to eat other stuff. Totonno's pizza in Coney Island is good, but for the experience it's better to have Nathan's hotdogs on the boardwalk (they aren't great but it's the idea that counts). Don't forget Brighton Beach for more boardwalk and weird Russian shopping & snacks.

        1. re: chowbeth

          Chowbeth, thanks for the compliment re: my suggestion of Fernando's (Ferdinando's?).

          Everyone should know -- they've extended their hours. They're open later every day and into the actual dinner period on Fridays and Saturdays.

          (Sorry, don't recall the actual exact hours.)


        2. re: Peter

          It all depends on how your tastes run - Red Hook is a pretty interesting area foodwise as well as for ancient industrial architecture to explore - but if you are over there, I would prefer Da Fonte's for terrific italian sandwiches to the Fairway visit, - for views of the Harbor, Steve's Key Lime Pie or the area around the barge (right behind fairway) are better. If Steve's is closed, Baked is nearby too, for good desserts.

          Fernando's Foccaceria is old line and close by for great rice balls and panelle (fried chickpea pillows); Sahadi and Damascus Bakery on Atlantic Ave are also great nearby food stops and convenient if you decide to walk through Bklyn Hts/Cobble HIll..

          the rest if it depends on what you want, the extreme multicultural mix (Brighton Beach, Coney Island Ave, Bay Ridge or a specific focus, old school italian, west indian, chinese, hip upscale - you cant possibly cover everything in a day. Outer brooklyn is not exactly beautiful - its flat and mostly pretty beatup in appearance, but the waves of immigration have left a lot to interest you (despite a new wave of deplorable re-development)

          The last time I did a big loop I covered CIA (Eastern Foods for turkish bread, indian spices), The Orchard (upscale expensive fruit, smoked fish, nothing appealed), Gulloglu (Turkish Pastries), the Neptune Ave (the Georgian Bread store), Gravesend (L&B) for a slice and spumoni, Bath Beach for mozz and italian bread and the 8th Ave Chinatown (fresh bean curd, random veg and bahn mi and drinks at Ba Xuyen and Eagle Provisions (Polish). Took about 3 hrs alltold, without any lingering.. It you had longer, you could add walks on 5th and 3rd aves in Bay Ridge and exploration of the booming 5th Ave hispanic nabe in Sunset Park, with its outdoor stands and taco places.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Best mozzarella: its not even close -- go to lioni latticini in bensonhurst. go to the wholesale store, not the sandwich shop a few doors down, for the full-on experience. men in the back playing cards, etc. 7819 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228, Phone: 718-232-7852

            1. re: ropa vieja

              agreed on Lioni for mozz.. For bread I still like Royal Crown (main outlet at 66th and 14th Ave) tho they have stopped making their big pane antico except for special orders - D. Colluccio on 60th St. nr 11th Ave is good for all things Italian, Three Guys at 65th and Ft Ham for the total mob multi culti produce shopping experience (very good prices)

              1. re: jen kalb

                yes, royal crown and coluccio are both fantastic. get the lard bread at coluccio, which is actually baked by sal & jerry's in nearby bensonhurst.

                1. re: ropa vieja

                  I like their foccaccia/mini pizzas and some of their sliced breads too.

                  who bakes the lard and similar breads at the Lioni's sandwich shop?? they wouldnt say but have a great variety

                2. re: jen kalb

                  While I like Lioni's (and the related store with hundreds of different fresh made heros), I think that the best mozzarella in Brooklyn (and the most time warped) is Tedone Latticini at 597 Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburgh. And right across the street (also in a time warp) is Napoli Bakery (616 Metropolitan Ave.) with the most amazing round! lard bread. Go quick, neither will be there forever.

            2. Don't miss Bed Stuy if you're looking for architecture and use the opportunity to go via Prospect Heights/Crown Heights and get food from both Peppa's Jerk Chicken and The Islands.

              1. Fort Greene - Habana Outpost. Get the corn and if it's Sunday check out the Flea Market for browsing and for architecture stroll around the most pristine of brownstones (and check out this weird little "parlour sale" called the Chateau Chat Noir to have a look inside an unreno'ed brownstone..

                Williamsburg- if you are into oysters/cheese/wines, stop into Marlow & Sons and have a snack.

                1. Coney Island,brighton beach - M&I international

                  Difara - call and order a pie to pick up
                  If you go pick up rye bread at a jewish bakery

                  From CIA go over to flatbush and get some Roti, Image restataurant. and maybe jerk chicken.

                  Park slope - order buffalo wings at bonnies grill

                  Go down Union st to Henry get lard bread at Mazzola Bakery.

                  Go to Blue Marble Atlantic and Bond? for ice cream.

                  Pit stop on columbia is kid friendly

                  IN Red Hook the IKEA has a swedish cafeteria.