Park Slope

I have tooled around Park Slope many times over the past 20 years.  Our kids had their pediatrician there at one point.  The neighborhood has changed like all the neighborhoods in and around all the NY boroughs have changed in 20 years. 

My friend and I try to do a trip somewhere in NYC a few times a year and this time we picked Park Slope.  We were both interested in checking out the Park Slope Food Co-op.  Our first stop was lunch.  We went to Bierkraft.  Love this place.  Multiple beers on tap including a menu of fresh made sandwiches.

We both had a beer.  I had the Greenport Harbor Ale and she had the Lowenbrau Buttenheim Kellerbrier.  I rarely drink beer (particularly at lunch) but beer on tap like this is so delicious.

Wrapped sandwich
We got a few sandwiches.  Nice presentation on the wrapping. 

This is the vegetarian with roasted marinated eggplant, mozzarella,basil almond pesto, black olive, arugula and hot pepper relish.  We also had a few pickled celery stalks on the side which were amazing. I'd like a vat of them for my fridge.

Fleishmans bones
We strolled around and stopped into Fleishmans, the neighborhood butcher.  Kind of love the sizing chart here.

Then to the Park Slope Food Co-op.  This place has been open since 1973 and now has over 15000 members.  There has been controversary on and off around this place as long as it has been around.  If you belong, you must work there at least so many hours a week.  That allows them to price the goods at a much lower mark-up.  We took a look around.  It has a very organic feel.  I remember when we lived in Alston MA during college and there was a food co-op down the street that I checked out once.  Pretty sure this is not my kind of thing. 

Grabbed the last shaved ice of the season at the People's Pop before they close shop for the season.

Now this is my kind of place, Brooklyn Larder.  Located in Prospect Heights which is right next to Park Slope. 

I have wanted to open something like this for 5 years if not more.  I could sleep here.  It took a lot for me not to buy up the entire store. 

Not only are the products beyond well curated but the clean precision and visual placement is fantastic.

Had a piece of this pistachio cake and a cup of coffee before we jumped back on the subway back home.  I am going to attempt to duplicate this.  Tasted like a really good lemon pound cake but with pistachios. 

Next trip? 

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