A food lover's guide to Atlantic Avenue
By Linda Perney
Special to amNewYork
Atlantic Avenue takes you from the Middle East to the South of France. Start at the beginning, between Henry and Clinton Streets, and move on into Boerum Hill, and youll come up with everything you need to cook up a feast not to mention a few takeout places, and some wine bars and cafes to take the edge off the shopping.
Heights Chateau is a great spot for wine. (Andrew Hinderaker)
123 Atlantic Ave., 718-330-0963
Choose your wine at this meticulous liquor store. Tastings are held periodically, whether you want to sample the vino or the Scotch.
129 Atlantic Ave., 718-855-7775
If you dont feel like cooking, you can pick up perfectly fried fish and chips from this Brit outpost. The fried Mars bars are a favorite among the Kindergarten set.Floyd
131 Atlantic Ave., 718-858-5810
If you want to take a break from the stores, settle in for a beer and a game of bocce.
Oriental Pastry & Grocery|
170 Atlantic Ave., 718-875-7687
Whatever you need to put together a Middle Eastern meal, youll find it here.
Malko Karkanny Bros.
174 Atlantic Ave., 718-834-0845
One of the oldest Middle Eastern outposts on the avenue; people swear by the honey cake.
181 Atlantic Ave., 718-596-4624
The stands outside are inviting any time of the year, but go inside and youll find just about all the produce your looking for.
187-189 Atlantic Avenue, 718-624-4550
Before there was Trader Joes or Fairway, there was Sahadi. Much loved in the neighborhood for its bins of nuts, coffee, prepared foods and terrific prices on all kinds of imported groceries and chocolates. Did we mention the fresh halvah? The only downside: the crowds. Closed Sunday.
Damascus Breads and Pastry
195 Atlantic Ave., 718-625-7070
This has been a neighborhood stalwart since the 1930s, selling just-baked pita bread, plus baklava, spinach pies and the like.
197 Atlantic Ave., 718-852-6901
Some say its the best kitchen store in the city. Certainly, its one of the friendliest and best-stocked stores anywhere. As for the merch, theres everything from pots and pans to the most esoteric gadgets. Closed Tuesday.
Soul Spot Restaurant
302 Atlantic Ave., 718-596-9933
Take home some excellent fried chicken, tasty meat loaf, collards, yams and mac and cheese.
Nickys Vietnamese Sandwiches
311 Atlantic Ave., 718-855-8838
Dying for a banh mi? Nickys crusty take on the classic has found a home away from home. Closed Monday.s
320 Atlantic Ave., 718-488-0777
Stop for a little Gallic joie de vivre: a late-afternoon glass of wine or a bowl of the houses warming onion soup.
Brawta Caribbean CafÃ©
347 Atlantic Ave.; 718-855-5515
Pick up an order of jerk chicken or curried goat and take it home for a feast. Closed Monday.
Downtown Atlantic Bakery
364 Atlantic Ave., 718-852-9945
Whatever homey sweets you might want Buttery almond-flavored cookies dipped in chocolate; cupcakes topped with clouds of coconut are on sale in the bakery. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and a menu ranging from tagliatelle to roasted chicken, from shrimp rolls to samosas. Takeout, too. Closed Monday.
409 Atlantic Ave., 718-852-1572
This is a great place to stop for a leisurely weekend brunch and a glass of crisp Sancerre.
Blue Marble Ice Cream
420 Atlantic Ave., 718-858-1100
We all scream for it, and Blue Marble has it and its organic. Plus brownies, cookies, muffins, and other treats all served in a cheerful white space thats truly family-friendly.