Lookin' to do a little foodie field trip
A couple of friends and I are looking to hit a neighborhood in the outer boroughs and get out of the bubble that is Manhattan. We have done Brooklyn Heights and Arthur Avenue. Can be in any borough (accessible by subway is ideal though). Any suggestions for a neighborhood and suggestions of where to go in that neighborhood? We don't want any asian cuisine.
Hi again offthebeatenpath1,
Since you'll be in a Polish neighborhood, either before or after Paulie Gee's I'd recommend checking out some of the grocery stores/Polish delis for packaged foods to take home for later (i.e., things that won't need to be eaten right away).
You'll likely find jars of tasty Eastern European spreads like Ajvar, Lutica and Pindjur, jars of pickled salads (zucchini and green tomato come to mind), unusual cookies and candies (chocoloate-covered chocolate-flavored marshmallows, for example), and perhaps the stray smoked dry salami covered with crushed pepper.
These are items I've seen frequently in neighborhoods with a significant Eastern European population and that's one thing that Greenpoint is known for with its current Polish leanings.
As far as specific places to check, I say just wander into any small deli/market with a Polish-looking name and see what's there. I'd even check the Key Food down on McGuinness and Greenpoint Avenue. The Key Food in Ridgewood (another Polish hotspot) has stuff like what I described in stock all the time.
Glendale is hungry...
the greenwood heights crawl:
fried burger and pilsner // korzo
greenwood cooler // quarter
faro risotto and an abbey ale // lot2
spinach pecorino pizza and an ipa // toby's
aperitivo at the bar // bar toto
grill cheese w/ krinkle chips, shot and a beer // south
raw oysters, chicken liver pate and a saison dupont // sidecar
cappuccino // southside coffee
oatmeal, wifi, beards and a stumptown // roots
R to prospect ave
Astoria (Greek, Balkan, Brazilian)
Brighton Beach (Russian)
Sunset Park (Mexican)
Elmhurst/Corona/Jackson Heights (Mexican, South American)
Rego Park (Uzbeki Kosher--not sure if this fall into your no-asian ban)
Carroll Gardens/Red Hook (Italian)
Too many places in each of these to post about. I think it would be easier if you pick a cuisine or a neighborhood and then people can tell you where to go.
Crown Heights (Carribean)
When you say you don't want any Asian cuisine, do you also mean you're not interested in Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani, etc.?
I'm asking since when a lot of folks say Asian cuisines, they're often referring only to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai, Filipino, Cambodian, Laotian and Indonesian cuisines and excluding the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent and parts west that are still part of Asia.
If you would be interested in foods of the Indian subcontinent, then I recommend hopping on the 7 train and checking out Jackson Heights (74th Street and also 37th Avenue). As a bonus, you'll also have easy access to lots of Latino food in that area (Mexican, Salvadoran, Argentiniean, etc.).
Happy exploring wherever you go!
Glendale is hungry...