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mvilla Dec 22, 2011 09:03 AM

Heading to Manhattan for a visit and would like to spend a day in Brooklyn walking around, eating, shopping (at food/kitchen stores and just general shopping). Probably will spend a morning/afternoon or afternoon/evening and it will be a weekday. I'm unfamiliar with Brooklyn so looking for suggestions for the best neighborhood(s) to focus on and specific places to eat, browse, etc. We love all types of food, from high end to low-brow and are really hoping to experience Brooklyn.

  1. Motosport Dec 22, 2011 10:31 AM

    Coney Island: Nathan's for a couple of dogs, french fries and a root beer. If the weather permits have your meal on the boardwalk.
    Totonno's for pizza
    Brennan and Carr (close to Coney Island) for a nice roast beef sammich

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    Brennan & Carr
    3432 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11229

    Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
    1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

    Nathan's Famous
    1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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      MiriamWoodstock Dec 22, 2011 09:11 AM

      There are lots of sides of Brooklyn, even within one neighborhood. So, I'll just describe my area, to start to give you ideas. Carroll Gardens is an old Italian neighborhood and has lots of old school places (maybe others can recommend favorites? Sam's comes to mind) as well as some excellent new Italian places (Lucali's pizza comes to mind) plus a huge number of other new restaurants (Frankies 457, Buttermilk Channel, Prime Meats). There are also great food shops (Caputo's, near the restaurants I mentioned, is just one. Court Street Bakery is another fun one). The 'hood also has a lot of boutique shops (Court Street and Smith south of Atlantic), so you can spend a ton of time there. Another idea is to go the Middle Eastern route and visit Atlantic west of Court Street. Sahadi's is a fun general store that offers Middle Eastern foodstuffs and MUCH more. Damascus Bakery next door has lots of sweet and savory baked goods. Plenty of options for dining across the street (we like Waterfalls Cafe and Yemen Cafe.) You mentioned kitchen stores -- Cook's Companion is on Atlantic between Sahadi's and Damascus. Good luck!

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      Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
      195 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Sahadi's
      187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Waterfalls Cafe
      144 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Yemen Cafe
      176 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Lucali
      575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Frankies 457 Spuntino
      457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Court Pastry Shop
      298 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Caputo's Fine Foods
      460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Sam's
      238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Buttermilk Channel
      524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      Prime Meats
      465 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      A Cook's Companion
      197 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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      1. re: MiriamWoodstock
        missmasala Dec 22, 2011 01:17 PM

        Not sure what you are looking for, but a walk from Atlantic Ave into Carroll Gardens might be a good one. As Miriam says, on Atlantic is Sahadi's and Damascus and some other middle eastern stores, as well as a nice kitchen goods store (blanking on name at moment) if you then walk down court street through cobble hill, you'll pass boutiques, bookstores, etc. Then, in Carroll Gardens, you'll come across what is left of the old Italian neighborhood--court pastry, esposito's pork store, caputo's foods, etc.
        As for eating, there's Catania, the sicilian place next to Damascus on atlantic, plus Van horn sandwich shop, Brucie, etc. Stroll Atlantic, court, or smith, and eat where you want. Also good are some snack type items, like the spinach pies from Damascus and the panelle sandwiches from Fernando's on Union St. Neither Lucali's nor Sam's is open for lunch, tho both have good pizza.
        On the other hand, this part of brooklyn isn't that dissimilar from, say, the west village. Williamsburg is another area that has trendy shops/stores and a vanishing italian neighboorhood, but it looks different, more industrial.
        Or, for some really different options, stroll Bensonhurst, also formerly Italian but now an amazing melange. Visit Villabate bakery and other great food stores. Or do Coney Island/Brighton Beach--strolling Brighton Ave, you might think you were in Moscow.

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        Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop
        195 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Sahadi's
        187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Lucali
        575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Ferdinando's Focacceria
        151 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        G. Esposito and Sons Pork Store
        357 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Court Pastry Shop
        298 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Villabate Alba
        7001 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204

        Caputo's Fine Foods
        460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

        Sam's
        238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Brucie
        234 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Van Horn Sandwich Shop
        231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Catania
        193 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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