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Jun 6, 2010 06:17 AM

Cobble Hill\Carroll Gardens Questions

It seems like G Esposito and Sons and Los Paisanos offer some of the same type stuff. What are the best things to buy from each of them? I am used to buying fantastic sausage and prosciutto from Faiccos on Bleecker Street. Are these places comparable. I am also looking for a place to buy well priced organic chicken breasts, as well as organic eggs and fresh squeezed juice. I am used to getting these things at Fairway on the UWS. I also hear Caputo's is a great store. Thank you very much for any help.

Paisanos Meat Market
162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. Two of my favorite shops---Esposito is also known as the pork store - so you'd only go there for piggy related purchases. They have excellent italian sausage.

    Los Paisanos is our go-to for meat. Great grass fed NY strip, good selection of offal (sweetbreads, pig heart, trotters, kidneys, etc), standard organic chicken selection, solid array of sausages made in house (incl great chorizo, andouille, provolone chicken). Father and son own and operate and are very sweet guys, and very knowledgeable. They've sourced a lot of things for us as we are obsessive home cooks.

    Organic eggs I usually hit the Borough Hall farmers market (tues/thur/sat) or the Carroll Street farmers market (sunday) for local eggs (and, of course, vegetables....and you'll find direct from farm meat sellers, and fish sellers). Trader Joes organic eggs are quite reasonable too.

    Bequ on Smith st is where we usually get our smoothies and they do fresh squeezed juice.

    Proscuitto, I typically go to Stinky on Smith St (great selection of meats and cheese incl a variety of ham on the bone...iberico, southern, italian, etc).

    We do have a Fairway in Red Hook near Ikea btw...

    Paisanos Meat Market
    162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: Nehna

      Check out Staubitz on court for meat as well.

    2. thank you so much that was very very helpful. i figured red hook was very hard to get to from pretty much anywhere?. i just looked at a map actually it doesnt look far at all

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      1. re: FrankieLymon

        Red Hook is a little tedious, we typically get a zipcar for a couple of hours if we want to head over there for Fairway (and while you're at it, you can hit Baked for great cookies and brownies and stuff and also the Red Hook Ballfields for amazing tamales and papusas). It's very rare we feel the need to go to Fairway though, with so much great stuff in the neighborhood. If you're into middle eastern food, you should also hit up Sahadi's and Damascus on Atlantic (Damascus for their homemade pita, samboosaks, falafel, pastries and Sahadi's for a variety of prepared foods as well and also a huge cheese selection and by the pound section).

        Oh and seafood be sure to check out Fish Tales on Court St----great fish selection brought in daily from the fish market, very friendly staff (they'll clean up your shrimp while you wait, etc).

        Happy to help if you need any other tips :)

        187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      2. I would add that Los Paisanos has a large selection of D'artagnan products and they'll order ANYTHING. A few months ago they ordered me 10 D'art squab with a day's notice. Taught me how to butcher a veal breast. They also carry homemade stocks - chicken, veal, beef. Man, they're the greatest.

        Second Caputo's and Stinky. Union Market is a very worthy addition for specialty items, though not cheap. They do have fresh juices. For produce I usually go across the street to K +Y. The farmer's market on Sunday on Carroll Street has chicken, eggs, meat, as well as produce.


        Paisanos Meat Market
        162 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Union Market
        754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215