NYC Food Tour #4: From Arabia to the West Indies in Brooklyn

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Step onto Atlantic Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and leave the United States. You’re welcome.

I’m biased towards Mediterranean foods, so when my class toured a community that was primarily Lebanese, Syrian, and Yemeni, you bet my tummy was having a party.

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On this Avenue, you step foot in what was once home to the royals and the elites of Brooklyn — try to picture a Brooklyn where there are horse-drawn carriages and gentry. Servant’s quarters and all.

Now, think of a Brooklyn which bleeds Middle Eastern spices, where you can find halva of all kinds, where finding the right pita bread is actually quite the challenge in the best of ways.

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This is the Brooklyn that we’re talking about.

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This is the Brooklyn that we’re talking about. #yes

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Now, take a train to Flatbush Avenue, also in Brooklyn. You’ve left the Mediterranean. Here, you’re hit with the aroma of the Caribbean. I invite you to walk up and down the streets, trying whatever food appeals to your senses.

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I’m talking about #jerk #chicken here!

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And pastries. Oh, the pastries. ❤

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Coconut Buns and More @ Errol’s Carribean Bakery

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Oh, and please, don’t forget your roti, and the art that is Indian-Caribbean food.

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Because you need Coffee, Water, and Ginger in Your life

Places of Interest: 

Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Court Streets

1.     Sahadi Importing Company – 187 Atlantic Avenue – all kinds of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern goods

2.     Oriental Pastry and Grocery Corp – 170 Atlantic Avenue

3.     Tripoli Restaurant – 156 Atlantic Avenue – for Lebanese food

4.     Damascus Bread and Pastry Shop – 195 Atlantic Avenue

Take the 4 Train for Borough Hall to Atlantic Avenue, Transfer to the B to Church Avenue

5.     Flatbush Caton Market – 814 Flatbush Avenue – for traditional West Indie Goods and products

6.     Peppa’s Jerk Chicken – 738 Flatbush Avenue

7.     Errol’s Bakery and Catering – 661 Flatbush Avenue – for coconut buns and all kinds of pastries

8.     Ali’s Roti Shop – 589 Flatbush Avenue – Trinidadian Rotis

9.     Culpepper’s – 1082 Nostrand Avenue – Caribbean food

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