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Jun 20, 2011 01:28 PM

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

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        1. 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.