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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.

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    Sahadi's
    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!

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            Sahadi's
            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