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Brooklyn Larder vs. Zabars: Gorgeous Food and High Prices or Gorgeous Food and Lower Prices

Brooklyn Larder, a carefully curated Park Slope fine foods shop, is gorgeous to behold. The place is operated by the same folks who run Franny’s, the popular Park Slope pizza spot.

Photo: Brooklyn Larder Facebook page

At Brooklyn Larder, there are tantalizing displays of cheese, artfully arranged in a towering mound. There are garlicky ramps to take home (mine didn’t make it; I scarfed them down on the No. 2 train). Also, pastries, imported canned goods, not to mention their house-brand gelato, which is worth the trip alone.

But Brooklyn Larder’s stuff is really pricey. Only the sandwiches seem reasonable: Salami, Provolone & Hot Pickles for $8.50. 

Overall, Compared to Zabar’s on the Upper West Side, it’s no contest. At the venerable emporium, the eats are plentiful and delicious and the prices generally fair.

Here’s a sampling of some of Brooklyn Larder’s other offerings (their web site is under construction).

  • 1/2 roast chicken $8.
  • Meatballs with tomato sauce $17/lb
  • Maccheroni & Cheese (yes, that’s how they spell it) $11/lb
  • Egg Salad $8/lb

Brooklyn Larder
228 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
718 783 1250

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Ice Cream Trifecta in Brooklyn and Phillie: Bluemarble, People’s Pops, Bassetts

Ice cream cones via Flickr by Thomas Hawk
Ice cream cones via Flickr by Thomas Hawk

This weekend, we traveled far and wide for ice cream. We went east to Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Flea for Blue Marble’s exceptional organic ice cream. We also stopped by People’s Pops for luscious homemade bassettspopsicles. We went south to the Reading Terminal Market in Phillie for Bassett’s unbeatable peach ice cream. In business since 1861, Bassett’s once produced 50 tubs of borscht sherbet for Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Later this week, I’ll stop by the Jacques Torres outpost on Amsterdam and 74th, where he has an ice cream cart parked out in front of the chocolate store.

Here’s the rundown on this weekend’s ice cream eating activities:

  • Bluemarble. The chocolate was divine–rich, flavorful, fantastic.  Orange sorbet was refreshing with a great citrus flavor.
  • People’s Pops. People’s Pops was offering shaved ice and homemade popsicles like peaches and cream. I chose rhubarb-sour cherry. Who needs the fat from ice cream  when you can dig into this luscious ice on a stick? There were bits of fruit and the sweet-sour taste was delicious.
  • Bassett’s Ice Cream. Yes, you have to trek to Phillie to enjoy this Philadelphia-style premium ice cream. It’s worth the trip. Bassett’s peach ice cream is simply the best I’ve ever had.  It actually smelled like a ripe peach. Rich and smooth with tiny chunks of fruit, Bassett’s was my favorite of all the icy treats we devoured over our two-day marathon of ice cream indulgence.
Blue Marble Ice Cream
420 Atlantic Ave
(between Bond St & Nevins St)
Brooklyn, NY
718 858 1100
Bassett’s Ice Cream
Reading Terminal Market
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA
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Brooklyn Uncorked Set for May 13 at BAM

Brooklyn Bridge, Photo by Keith Pomakis

Brooklyn Bridge, Photo by Keith Pomakis

It’s a total mob scene, but Brooklyn Uncorked, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, does provide a convenient locale for sampling Long Island Wines and Brooklyn eats — from barbecue to oysters.

Get your tickets early.  This event always sells out.

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, May 13, 2009, 4 PM-8PM.

Price: $40 (or half price if you buy a subscription to Edible magazine).

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