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Mar 21, 2011 08:10 AM

Best Mithai (Indian Sweets) in Brooklyn?

Looking to pick up some assorted sweets for a party next weekend - quality is more important than variety, and freshness is probably the most important determinant of quality in my experience.

Can anyone recommend any of the coney island avenue spots for indian/south asian sweets (i know a lot/all of the CIA places are bangla, and that the selection will probably reflect that but were not looking for anything too specific, just some rasmalai, barfi and gulab jamun most likely). Does anyone know if any brooklyn spots make their own in-house (i suspect a lot of places are probably reselling from a central producer) or have particularly high turnover?

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  1. well IMO forget about the places on church, particularly Kabir's.

    Havent inventoried the places on CIA lately, past experiences have not been stellar - the community on CIA down by Newkirk/Foster has some punjabi establishments. There was a place on the east side of the street farly far down at one point which had good jalebis, etc , but there has been a lot of RE development and other changes, and I am not sure its still there.You might want to take a cruise along that strip and sample.. On CIA, Id be more inclined to get some turkish sweets at Gulloglu.

    Patel Grocery on 4th Ave (Sunset park) , which is gujarati-owned, carries milk sweets (dont remember the source) does not make their own, and does not get a lot of weekday shopping traffic, but their quality otherwise is good, you might sample their wares or give them a call and find out if they can get a special order for you.

    Maybe MissMasala will surface with some better intel.

    1985 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Patel Grocery
    5303 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

    Kabir's Bakery
    97 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

    1. CIA is more Pakistani/South Asian. Church at McDonald are Bangla. Try Gourmet Sweets located near the large Makki Mosque.

      Gourmet Sweets and Restaurant
      1107 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230