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Guidebook for Brooklyn

Kevin

Guidebook for Brooklyn

Food Scene
Mexican fine dining, always very crowded, make reservations or plan to stand in line or wait at the small bar!
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Fonda
434 7th Avenue
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Mexican fine dining, always very crowded, make reservations or plan to stand in line or wait at the small bar!
Best take-out Bahn Mi sandwiches, amazing Pho soups. Casual dining experience, and very good for take out. Their bread is made on site and is legendary. A cut above most Vietnamese food.
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Hanco's
350 7th Avenue
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Best take-out Bahn Mi sandwiches, amazing Pho soups. Casual dining experience, and very good for take out. Their bread is made on site and is legendary. A cut above most Vietnamese food.
Closer/cheaper Bahn Mi than Hanco's, nearly as good. Almost exclusively take-out, but just around the corner.
Henry's
433 7th Ave
Closer/cheaper Bahn Mi than Hanco's, nearly as good. Almost exclusively take-out, but just around the corner.
Best sit-down restaurant pizza experience. They only serve whole pies. Menu contains many other Italian specialties, with absolutely legendary marinara sauce. Outdoor dining out back, an old neighborhood staple.
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Pizza Plus
359 7th Avenue
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Best sit-down restaurant pizza experience. They only serve whole pies. Menu contains many other Italian specialties, with absolutely legendary marinara sauce. Outdoor dining out back, an old neighborhood staple.
Closest "nice" restaurant by far. Sophisticated menu, without being unapproachable. We have not dined there, but there's no question it's quite popular.
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Camperdown Elm
441 7th Ave
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Closest "nice" restaurant by far. Sophisticated menu, without being unapproachable. We have not dined there, but there's no question it's quite popular.
Closest Sushi restaurant with table service, always very crowded inside and sidewalk tables.
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Ten Japanese Cuisine
440 7th Avenue
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Closest Sushi restaurant with table service, always very crowded inside and sidewalk tables.
Take-out sushi, very high quality, very fast service. Our go-to.
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Kiku Sushi
453 7th Avenue
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Take-out sushi, very high quality, very fast service. Our go-to.
Closest Coney Island-style Pizzeria where they sell by the slice. Some seating at the location.
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Smiling Pizzeria
323 7th Avenue
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Closest Coney Island-style Pizzeria where they sell by the slice. Some seating at the location.
Best Italian food near our house, seriously good on a charmingly renovated spot.
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Provini
1302 8th Ave
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Best Italian food near our house, seriously good on a charmingly renovated spot.
Very good tacos with a few tables for customers. Mostly we order take-out.
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Fatty Daddy Taco
310 9th Street
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Very good tacos with a few tables for customers. Mostly we order take-out.
Mexican take out a cut above the rest.
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Oaxaca Taqueria
250 4th Avenue
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Mexican take out a cut above the rest.
Brand new quirky candy shop.
Fferins of Brooklyn
438 7th Ave
Brand new quirky candy shop.
Closest coffee shop with wonderful owner and a very chill vibe. A few tables and some baked goods to complement the fine coffee.
OS Cafe
535 A 6th Avenue
Closest coffee shop with wonderful owner and a very chill vibe. A few tables and some baked goods to complement the fine coffee.
Hyper-trendy hipster coffee chain made famous by HBO show "Girls."
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Cafe Grumpy - Park Slope
383 7th Avenue
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Hyper-trendy hipster coffee chain made famous by HBO show "Girls."
Eat in or take out, excellent coffee, croissants, salads and other offerings. 2nd closest to our house.
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Couleur Café
435 7th Avenue
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Eat in or take out, excellent coffee, croissants, salads and other offerings. 2nd closest to our house.
Coffee hang-out situated in newly trendy Greenwood neighborhood, fantastic array of baked goods and sandwiches.
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Southside Coffee
652 6th Avenue
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Coffee hang-out situated in newly trendy Greenwood neighborhood, fantastic array of baked goods and sandwiches.
Closest and oldest bagel spot near us. The real deal.
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Bagel Hole
400 7th Avenue
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Closest and oldest bagel spot near us. The real deal.
Phenomenally popular bagel spot with huge array of various cream cheeses and other deli offerings.
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Bagel Pub
287 9th Street
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Phenomenally popular bagel spot with huge array of various cream cheeses and other deli offerings.
Small pizzeria, closest to the house. Pretty good quality, good large pies to serve a larger group. Pizza Pasta is better but they can be a longer wait.
Mike Daddy's Pizza
449 7th Avenue
Small pizzeria, closest to the house. Pretty good quality, good large pies to serve a larger group. Pizza Pasta is better but they can be a longer wait.
Strongest coffee.
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Cafe Regular
318 11th Street
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Strongest coffee.
Ultra fancy and expensive, with spectacular views. Reservations required.
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The River Café
1 Water Street
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Ultra fancy and expensive, with spectacular views. Reservations required.
Oldest restaurant in the NY city region I believe. Steak and Chicken and surly old waiters. Quite an experience.
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Peter Luger Steak House
178 Broadway
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Oldest restaurant in the NY city region I believe. Steak and Chicken and surly old waiters. Quite an experience.
Hipster take on a lobster shack.
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Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt St
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Hipster take on a lobster shack.
Best Pizza in NYC. Pizzeria dining like it used to be. There's gonna be a line when you get there. You're gonna want to stand in that line. Charming oldies set the mood for all the chewing and slurping.
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NY Pizza Suprema
413 8th Avenue
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Best Pizza in NYC. Pizzeria dining like it used to be. There's gonna be a line when you get there. You're gonna want to stand in that line. Charming oldies set the mood for all the chewing and slurping.
Best place to find an $8 cup of coffee.
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Blue Bottle Coffee
203 7th Ave
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Best place to find an $8 cup of coffee.
An enormous grocery, but there's also a huge buffet set up in the back with waterside al fresco dining for you to enjoy. Great place for an informal breakfast or lunch. Worth a trip.
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Fairway Market Red Hook
480-500 Van Brunt Street
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An enormous grocery, but there's also a huge buffet set up in the back with waterside al fresco dining for you to enjoy. Great place for an informal breakfast or lunch. Worth a trip.
A food court for foodies. Some wild choices and unmatched variety.
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Dekalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square W
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A food court for foodies. Some wild choices and unmatched variety.
Classic iconic, one of the original delicatessens, one of the last of it's kind. Right near 2nd Avenue stop on F train, so maybe a half hour from our house.
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Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
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Classic iconic, one of the original delicatessens, one of the last of it's kind. Right near 2nd Avenue stop on F train, so maybe a half hour from our house.
Greatest doughnuts.
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Doughnut Plant
245 Flatbush Ave
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Greatest doughnuts.
Get in line. This place is tiny and the people line up out the door. With good reason. Maybe greater than Doughnut Plant. You tell me.
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Dough
448 Lafayette Avenue
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Get in line. This place is tiny and the people line up out the door. With good reason. Maybe greater than Doughnut Plant. You tell me.
Parks & Nature
This place has it all. A must see. Don't miss the zoo and carousel, especially if there are little ones among your group.
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Prospect Park
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This place has it all. A must see. Don't miss the zoo and carousel, especially if there are little ones among your group.
Historic botanical garden. See the water lilies in August. Beautiful Japanese garden, herb garden and Shakespeare's garden. Wonderful attractions for little ones as well.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
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Historic botanical garden. See the water lilies in August. Beautiful Japanese garden, herb garden and Shakespeare's garden. Wonderful attractions for little ones as well.
Wonderful park along East River with spectacular views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. There's ferry service to Manhattan as well.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
2 Furman St
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Wonderful park along East River with spectacular views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. There's ferry service to Manhattan as well.
Arts & Culture
Great repository of contemporary art, and a lot of early American art as well. Beautiful modern renovation of a Gilded Age classic building.
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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy
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Great repository of contemporary art, and a lot of early American art as well. Beautiful modern renovation of a Gilded Age classic building.
Movies, concerts, theatre.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
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Movies, concerts, theatre.
Local nationally-recognized Shakespeare theatre company.
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Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
262 Ashland Place
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Local nationally-recognized Shakespeare theatre company.
Avant-garde and contemporary theatre mostly by European companies on tour.
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St. Ann's Warehouse
45 Water Street
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Avant-garde and contemporary theatre mostly by European companies on tour.
Great stop for serious cineastes or casual movie/television lovers. Spectacular recent renovation, steps away from Kaufman Astoria Studios (original home to Paramount Pictures), where Marx Brothers and others made many classic films.
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Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue
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Great stop for serious cineastes or casual movie/television lovers. Spectacular recent renovation, steps away from Kaufman Astoria Studios (original home to Paramount Pictures), where Marx Brothers and others made many classic films.
It's a short trip via subway from our house to the Meatpacking District. There you'll find the spectacular new home of the Whitney, and after taking in the legendary art you can stroll along the iconic High Line.
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Whitney Amerikan Sanat Müzesi
99 Gansevoort Street
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It's a short trip via subway from our house to the Meatpacking District. There you'll find the spectacular new home of the Whitney, and after taking in the legendary art you can stroll along the iconic High Line.
Brand new renovated art cinema with current features as well. Servers bring you your food while you watch! You can have an elite dining experience, or munch on popcorn. People show up very early to grab best tables. We love this great neighborhood upgrade!
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Nitehawk Prospect Park
188 Prospect Park West
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Brand new renovated art cinema with current features as well. Servers bring you your food while you watch! You can have an elite dining experience, or munch on popcorn. People show up very early to grab best tables. We love this great neighborhood upgrade!
Getting Around
F and G service. Shortest walk and quickest connection to Manhattan from us.
7 Avenue Station
F and G service. Shortest walk and quickest connection to Manhattan from us.
B67 and B69 Bus service for connections to the subway or to go to downtown Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods
7 Av/15 St
B67 and B69 Bus service for connections to the subway or to go to downtown Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods
B63 Service to Atlantic Avenue, all the way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
5 Av/14 St
B63 Service to Atlantic Avenue, all the way to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
F train on the traffic circle, same distance from house as one on 9th St/7th Ave.
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15 St - Prospect Park Station
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F train on the traffic circle, same distance from house as one on 9th St/7th Ave.
R train service to Atlantic Ave, Barclay's Center and Manhattan
Prospect Av Station
R train service to Atlantic Ave, Barclay's Center and Manhattan
Great way to get into Manhattan.
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Nyc Ferry
Furman Street
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Great way to get into Manhattan.
Entertainment & Activities
Home of NY Islanders, Brooklyn Nets and headline concert performers from all over the world.
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Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Avenue
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Home of NY Islanders, Brooklyn Nets and headline concert performers from all over the world.
2nd closest cinema from house. Walkable, if you're not in any hurry. Charming unpretentious small theatre with great concession stand.
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Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court Street
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2nd closest cinema from house. Walkable, if you're not in any hurry. Charming unpretentious small theatre with great concession stand.
Trendier, more artsy Cineplex and revival house.
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BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave
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Trendier, more artsy Cineplex and revival house.
Upscale movie theatre where wait staff serve food and alcoholic beverages.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Brooklyn
445 Albee Square W
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Upscale movie theatre where wait staff serve food and alcoholic beverages.
Trendy hipster upscale movie theatre where wait staff serve food and alcoholic beverages.
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Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Ave
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Trendy hipster upscale movie theatre where wait staff serve food and alcoholic beverages.
Music and comedy venue
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The Bell House
149 7th Street
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Music and comedy venue
Major amusement park about a half hour subway ride on the F train.
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Luna Park
1000 Surf Avenue
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Major amusement park about a half hour subway ride on the F train.
World-class aquarium, right next to legendary amusement park at Coney Island.
New York Aquarium
610 Surf Ave
World-class aquarium, right next to legendary amusement park at Coney Island.
Wonderful Victorian-style renovated carousel with a real pipe organ and hand-carved wooden animals. Right beside Prospect Park Zoo.
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Prospect Park Carousel
95 Prospect Park West
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Wonderful Victorian-style renovated carousel with a real pipe organ and hand-carved wooden animals. Right beside Prospect Park Zoo.
Small, friendly local zoo with conscientious presentation of wildlife.
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Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue
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Small, friendly local zoo with conscientious presentation of wildlife.
Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo in New York City is the biggest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats. The zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals of 650 species, many of which are endangered.
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Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd
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Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo in New York City is the biggest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats. The zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals of 650 species, many of which are endangered.
Beautifully located ice/roller rink on pond in the middle of Prospect Park. Great snack bar as well.
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LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn
171 East Drive
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Beautifully located ice/roller rink on pond in the middle of Prospect Park. Great snack bar as well.
Closest ocean facing beach, requires a car.
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Jacob Riis Park
Rockaway Beach Boulevard
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Closest ocean facing beach, requires a car.
Cheapest baseball tickets in the city, and you get to take the Staten Island Ferry to get there. Panoramic views of the city as you sit with your beer enjoying the next generation of big-leaguers.
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Staten Island Yankees
75 Richmond Terrace
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Cheapest baseball tickets in the city, and you get to take the Staten Island Ferry to get there. Panoramic views of the city as you sit with your beer enjoying the next generation of big-leaguers.
Classic blue collar bowling alley with a snack bar offering pizza, chicken nuggets and fries. Way cheaper than Chelsea Piers and a step back in time.
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Melody Lanes NY
461 37th Street
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Classic blue collar bowling alley with a snack bar offering pizza, chicken nuggets and fries. Way cheaper than Chelsea Piers and a step back in time.
Last of the great slot car arcades in the city. Catch it before it is no more. Heckuva lot of fun to spend an hour there. VERY limited hours on weekends only.
Buzz-A-Rama
69 Church Avenue
Last of the great slot car arcades in the city. Catch it before it is no more. Heckuva lot of fun to spend an hour there. VERY limited hours on weekends only.
Essentials
Upscale grocery store with meat/fish/poultry to order and gourmet coffees and other ingredients. Pricier than some.
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Union Market
402-404 7th Avenue
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Upscale grocery store with meat/fish/poultry to order and gourmet coffees and other ingredients. Pricier than some.
Comprehensive grocery store with generic and brand foods. A deli counter and some OK fresh veg and fruit offerings. Delivery can be arranged.
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CTown Supermarkets
329 9th Street
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Comprehensive grocery store with generic and brand foods. A deli counter and some OK fresh veg and fruit offerings. Delivery can be arranged.
Nearest pharmacy, standard big chain drug store.
Walgreens
462 5th Avenue
Nearest pharmacy, standard big chain drug store.
Another pharmacy, this one is open 24/7, in case of emergency.
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Neergaard Pharmacy
454 5th Avenue
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Another pharmacy, this one is open 24/7, in case of emergency.
Most recent addition to the supermarket franchises in neighborhood. Very well stocked.
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Associated Supermarkets
216 5th Avenue
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Most recent addition to the supermarket franchises in neighborhood. Very well stocked.
Beautifully renovated bank, now a Trader Joe's!
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Trader Joe's
130 Court Street
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Beautifully renovated bank, now a Trader Joe's!
Neighborhood 7-Eleven
520 5th Ave
520 5th Ave
Neighborhood 7-Eleven
Fairly close for a quick run. A little upscale.
Prospect Market
236 Prospect Park West
Fairly close for a quick run. A little upscale.
Everything Else
Most recent addition to the supermarket franchises in neighborhood. Very well stocked.
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Associated Supermarkets
216 5th Avenue
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Most recent addition to the supermarket franchises in neighborhood. Very well stocked.