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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.

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  1. 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

      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

    2. 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