I know Manhattan is “the place to be” when it comes to NYC, but since moving to Brooklyn just one month ago (happy anniversary to me!) I am finding myself falling in love with the most populated of New York‘s five boroughs.
While eating out is a an amazing perk of this prodigious city, I’m a bit of a homebody and love staying in as much as getting sassed up to dine at fantastic restaurants. That being said, I’m a bit fastidious when it comes to the places where I buy my groceries. I’m not a “everything must be 100% organic” kind of person as that would not only break the bank, but also limit what I eat on a daily basis. I do however, want access to quality organic produce and meats, as well as competitive pricing on staples (lentils, buckwheat, quinoa, rice, etc) and dairy-free (plus the occasional gluten-free) options that I buy.
While hulking leviathans like Pathmark, Trader Joe’s and Key Food are great for certain things, I find them to be a bit overwhelming and also not so great when it comes to things like organic apples, dairy-free ice cream, raw honey and the like (with incidences of mis-labeling and/or prices more expensive than organic stores). I have though, found a great modestly sized supermarket that seems to cover all my food-related needs.
Welcome to Brooklyn Fare.
Brooklyn Fare is one part supermarket, one part gourmet food store and one part neighbourhood grocer. It has a very cozy, hometown feel, and while the aisles are a bit cramped it has absolutely everything under the sun. BF sells a healthy mix of organic and non-organic foodstuffs and leans towards sourcing local, small-name and “good for you” brands.
Though they stock trusted brands for items like cereal, peas and frozen foods, Brooklyn Fare also has environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and kitchen utensils (ahem, corkscrews) should you find you’re without. There’s booze, there’s a cheese bar, there’s a bakery, there’s a wall filled with juices/drinks and there’s bulk tea to boot. If you’re too lazy, busy or tired to whip up a meal, they also sell healthy and tasty pre-made dishes and cooked meats (e.g. roasted chicken, grilled salmon, quinoa with cranberry, greens, olive oil and lemon pilaf) that you can grab on the run.
Now I know there are countless grocers – organic and non – in-and-around New York, and I’m sure I’ll come across many places to food shop over the next few years. The thing I really like about Brooklyn Fare at the moment is that it’s a little bit of everything all rolled into one. Oh, and they have this:
It might not be Tempt Hemp “ice cream,” but it’s good enough for me.
I think I’m in trouble.
200 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, New York
Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 22:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 21:00 pm