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Walking around Bensonhurst

I'm moving to Bensonhurst in a few weeks. Can anyone recommend places I should check out - best-of-the-best, etc.? Food, drink, all are welcome. I've got a week to really explore before starting a new job, and I'd love to check out what Bensonhurst has to offer within walking distance.

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  1. Start at 86th St and 24th Ave and walk down to about 18th Ave. Then explore 18th Ave iinto the 70's..

    1. whereabouts in Bensonhurst? there are a lot of different communities there.

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      1. re: jen kalb

        I'll be around 19th ave and 83rd st

        1. re: bltaug3

          Welcome! As previously mentioned, take a walk down 86th. You may want to go beyond 18th on 86th though, as Jaime Lynn's Kitchen (86th and 15th Ave.) is the closest you will come to a bar and grill in Bensonhurst. Also that way is Mona Lisa Cafe.

          You are walking distance to Frank and Sal's on 18th and 80th. They will be your go to place for Italian Groceries. 84th and 18th has 84th Street Beverage. They will be your beer store including a surprisingly nice micro-brew selection. You have two small liquor stores near you, for a larger selection of wines and spirits there is Bensonhurst Liquors on Bay Ridge Parkway and 18th Avenue. There is another even larger store on Bay Parkway but I mostly stick to 18th.

          Also on 18th Avenue between 77th and 78th are 2 Italian Restaurants Villa Fiorita and Il Colosseo. Colosseo is wonderful and has shown up on Chowhound from time to time. I always enjoy Villa Fiorita as well.

          This is just the tip of the iceberg, you will have fun exploring. Don't forget Bath Ave and other points on your way to the the water which is only about a mile from you!

          Il Colosseo
          7704 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          Mona Lisa Caffe
          1476 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

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

          Villa Fiorita
          7720 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          Jamie-Lynn's Kitchen
          1504 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          84th Street Beverage Center
          1783 84th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          Bensonhurst Liquors
          7506 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

      2. Whatever you do, don't miss Frank & Sal's (18th Avenue & 80th Street). Their deli section has wonderful olives, cheeses and they make sandwiches also. Their meat is primo (especially the selection of Italian sausages). They also have many imported items in the aisles. I used to live at 19th and 82nd and I went to Frank & Sal's at least twice a week. You won't be disappointed.

        s far as bars go, Bensonhurst is pretty dry. I recommend a trip to Bay Ridge (the B1 bus on 86th Street will take you there). Many, many bars and restaurants. The Wicked Monk on 5th Avenue and 85th Street is pretty cool. Lots of interesting beers there as well (both bottled and draft).

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

        Wicked Monk
        8415 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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        1. re: Sluggo1407

          Frank and Sal's, Queen Anne, D. Coluccio and Sons, Pastosa, Dairy Maid, Eagle Cheese, Lioni's, La Bella Marketplace, and even the smaller stores, such as Bove Meat Market, B&A Meat Market, Steve's Salumeria (Bath and 16th), Tribuzio and Cottone, Trunzo's (a shell of its former self), D'Netto's, La Piccola, and others are worth patronizing, as well. They serve an important function. I like to patronize all of them for different items

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

          Coluccio and Sons
          1214 60th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219

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

          Pastosa Ravioli
          7425 New Utrecht Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

          Trunzo Brothers
          6802 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

          B&A Pork Store
          7818 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

          Dairy Maid Ravioli
          216 Ave U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

          Tribuzio Meat Market
          7714 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          8308 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

          Eagle Cheese
          320 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

          La Bella Marketplace
          7907 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

          Steve's Pork Store & Salumeria
          1602 Bath Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

          La Piccola
          1591 McDonald Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

          Bova's Meat Market
          8020 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

          1. re: tractarian

            I second most of these recommendations. Surprised noone has mentioned Villabate, the area's best Italian pastry and gelato spot, on 18th ave and about 70th st.

            Also, Spicy Bampa, for oustanding Sichuan across the street.

            And Da Tommaso, on 86th for perhaps city's best Osso Bucco.

            And Cherry Hill, sort of a Russian Zabar's, on 86th as well.

            Spicy Bampa
            6920 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

            1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

            1. re: Wet Towel

              I'd like to add to the list.

              Rimini Pasticceria on Bay Parkway and 69th Street is excellent, as is Ortobello's Ristorante on Bay Pakrway and 64 Street, Monte's Salumeria on Avenue O and West 4th Street, which is across the street from La Palina Ristorante and Dan Boccia and Sons Bakery, where they make great bread, and sometimes, prosciutto bread.

              La Palina
              159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

              6401 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11204

              1. re: tractarian

                As far as other restaurants go, there is New Corner on 8th Avenue and 70th Street, as well as Il Colosseo on 18th Avenue and 77th Street- they have great food where you will be dining among amici italiani, or paisans, if you will. I can also recommend Mama Rao's on 11 Avenue and 64 Street, which has its own adjoining salumeria/bakery, as well as La Sorrentina, which has amazing food, on 11 Avenue and 66 Street. Don't miss Faicco's across the street from La Sorrentina- great pork store.

                6511 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

                Il Colosseo
                7704 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                Colandrea New Corner
                7201 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

                Mama Rao's
                6408 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

                La Sorrentina
                6510 11th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11219

                1. re: tractarian

                  I'm surprised nobody else recommended Europa Restaurant before- great gelato, pizzas, and Italian food. Rimini Bakery is almost as good.

          2. I should also say that some bakeries do bread better than pastries or cookies.

            Boccia Bakery does superb bread, and I believe that Lioni's uses their bread for sandwiches.
            Il Fornaretto has great freselle, taralle, and brick oven breads, especially a focaccia, which is also Kosher, incidentally.
            Palermitana Bakery across the street from them makes a great pane di casa, and their cookies are delicious.
            Cristoforo Colombo Bakery on 18th Avenue does a respectable job at everything, just like West End Bakery on 18th Avenue and 85th Street (Across from Sea Breeze Fish Market, which is your best bet for fresh fish, other than Im Mondello on 18th Avenue and 68th Street).
            18th Avenue Bakery on 18th Avenue and 61st Street makes great sfogliatelle and tiramisu.
            Campania Bakery on Fort Hamilton Palrway and 69th Street is very good, as is C&D Bakery on 20 Avenue and 85 Street, which has a great German chocolate cake of all things.

            18th Avenue Bakery
            6016 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

            West End Bakery
            8517 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

            Il Fornaretto
            7616 17th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

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            1. re: tractarian

              Great reminder ... I need to get over there.