We all know all about the new brooklyn, with its jams and bitters. But there's are some true classics to be found in the borough as well, institutions that have only gotten better over time -- and not all of them are famous!
If there are hipsters and yuppies in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge never got the memo, and Leske's is proof: a complete throwback bakery, it's known best for its black-and-white cookies, but the babkas, donuts, and danish are exemplary as well.
This legendary appetizing store is so far from Manhattan that it's half way to South Amboy, but it's still well worth the trip: nobody does these kind of middle-eastern specialties like they do, from the vegetable mezes to the various spreads, to the amazing prepared foods.
One of Brooklyn's gerat ethnic meat stores, this Polish grocery has one of the all-time sausage programs.
On some level, Two Toms is terrifying, because when you eat there it's obvious that you are in a mob restaurant of one kind or another. I take that back, actually. I didn't mean it. In any case, go for the big pork chop. (And keep your mouth shut.)
I'm just going to go ahead and say that this is the best donut shop in the five boroughs. The time-machine decor, preserved magically; the stupendous, massive cruellers; and a broad selection of utterly perfect fried and cake donuts that come in tied-up unmarked white boxes can't be beat.
It's halfway to sicily for a Manhattan visitor, but then, it's more than halfway to sicily on a culinary level -- which makes Joe's more than worth the visit. Bring many people so you can order everything on the menu.
Without question, the best fruits and vegetables available in New York can be found in this legendary store, the Tiffany of produce. Don't come expecting any bargains though.
This tiny Kosher bakery, in an obscure corner of Midwood, produces what some people (and I am one of them) consider to be the city's greatest old-school bagels.
Traditional Georgian food at its best, is to be had at this classic Brighton Beach eatery, which is as authentic as you can get.