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Looking for specialty foods & bakeries in Brooklyn

I'm making a road trip from Philly to pick up some stuff from a distributor in Brooklyn (D. Coluccio & Sons on 60th) and would like to make some other stops in Brooklyn at good specialty food shops/suppliers and traditional Italian or other bakeries. I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks in advance.

Denny in Philly

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  1. Sahadi's on Atlantic Avenue. Villabate bakery on 18th Ave.

    187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. ROYAL CROWN Bakery on 14th Avenue and 65th Street...crusty, old-style coal-oven bread...check other threads on this subject.

      1. What areas will you be in? Brooklyn is a big area, as you may know.

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        1. re: chow_gal

          My main destination is around 60th St & 12th Ave but I'll go anywhere in Brooklyn. I'm basically planning on spending the day there exploring food shops and bakeries.

        2. Villabate http://www.villabate.net/index.html ... is close enough to where you'll be ... so get over to 18th Avenue. Try shops along 86th Street too. Sahadi's is worthy of a visit for sure, but it's a bit of a trek being it's just outside of downtown Brooklyn. Brighton Beach is worthy of a visit as is Greenpoint if you like Russian and Polish foods.

          1. Hong Kong Market in Sunset Park - 61st St and 8th Ave (they have a parking lot, get your ticket from the cashier) if you're interested in anything from Asia - their selection covers a lot of countries.

            Piazza Mercado (91st St and 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge) for excellent Southern Italian prepared foods in a butcher shop. They are affiliated with Royal Crown bakery, and carry RC's excellent bread. If you're lucky, they'll have figs roasted in a pizza oven up by the cash register. Nearby, there's a Greek specialty grocery nearby on 4th Ave at 87th St.

            Search this board for Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst Italian bakeries -- there's been specific discussion by those who know what they're talking about.

            As mentioned already, Sahadi's and Brighton Beach
            - the M&I International, on the main Brighton Beach Ave shopping strip between Brighton 1 and Brighton 2 has sausages, smoked fish, pickles, cheeses, lots of canned and jarred goods from Russia. Further down on Brighton Beach Ave, on the other side of Coney Island Ave down around Brighton 14 or so is a great tiny storefront bakery. They sell most things off of industrial baking racks, by the pound. Anything with cherries is good...

            Acme Smoked Fish in Greenpoint has one day a week that they're open for retail, if that's your interest...

            Sounds like a fun day!

            187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

            M&I International Food
            249 Brighton Beach Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

            Acme Smoked Fish
            30 Gem St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

            Piazza Mercato
            9204 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

            Hong Kong Supermarket
            6013 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

            1. Besides all the other great recs, If you're willing to go down to Brighton Beach, try Georgian Bread on Neptune Ave.

              It's a tiny little storefront with great bread and khachapuri (cheese bread) from their beehive oven and delicious Georgian spreads to go on top of the bread.

              Georgian Bread
              265 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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              1. re: missmasala

                While there, also grab a bottle of the bright green tarragon soda. It's great even if, like me, you don't like licorice.


                Glendale is hungry...

              2. Frank & Sal's, 8008 18th Avenue (by 81st Street). Excellent Italian specialty grocery.

                Frank & Sal
                8008 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                1. The Family Store on Bay RIdge Ave and 3rd Ave. Homemade yogurt with homemade fruit toppings. Hummus, and all the mediterranean dips you can dream of. I think the best falafel in NYC, and whatever else the owners have made that day. They'll give you so many tastes, you won't be hungry anymore.

                  Family Store
                  6905 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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                  1. re: foodforu

                    I second nearly all of these recommendations, but in the interest of convenience, would especially recommend the ones relatively near coluccio (which is itself one of brooklyn's greatest specialty food stores, and make sure to get the lard bread):
                    - villabate (esp the gelato and cannoli, ricotta cheese cake, lobster tails, inis.)
                    - pastosa (homemade pasta and other specialtes on 75th and new utrecht ave)
                    - frank and sal's
                    - lioni latticini, possibly the city's best mozzarella, on 15th ave and 75th. theyve got several stores on the same block, a butcher, a sandwich shop and a cheese shop. be sure to check out all three , especially the cheese shop.
                    -royal crown/piazza mercato/paneantico (different stores but same owner), for best italian bread in city, although pastries aren't on the level of villabate.

                    1. re: Wet Towel

                      Lioni is must- the cheese is really amazing.
                      I am not a fan of Villabate- find the gelato just ok. Paneantico is panned by my family.
                      I have yet to try Pomegranate - would love to hear from someone who has...
                      Funny that for someone coming all of the way from Philly, we would discourage them from going to Sahadi's. But since moving to Bay Ridge, I am not as motivated to go to Sahadi's because I have great access to Middle Eastern stores of many countries right in my backyard- but Sahadi's covers the basics under one roof.
                      Do I dare suggest Fairway? And as the weather gets warmer and 3 guys from Brooklyn offers multiple varieties of eggplants and fruits, thats a must for me....

                      187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      Lioni Fresh Mozzarella
                      7803 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

                      9124 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                      Bay Ridge Cafe
                      1548 Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

                  2. Thanks everyone for the great rec...it should be a fun day!