You start you morning walk passing one of the intersections from the film. The most famous film spot is at Sackett and Henry Streets, home of the fictional Cammareri Bakery. The pharmacy depicted in the movie still remains – Brooklyn Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. The bakery’s location is now a brand new chicken-centered eatery Purbird. Purbird was made popular in Park Slope, but it’s breakfast time so this neighborhood newcomer will be saved for a lunch-time visit another day.
Everyone knows that living in Brooklyn means you will likely need to have a bicycle. And there’s one bike shop that is heads and heels above them all. Two blocks from your favorite creperie is the all-in-one Maglia Rosa NYC shop. The European-style store is part café, part museum and park repair shop. Originating in Italy, Maglia Rosa offers bike repair specialists to go with a bad-ass espresso. There are also great paninis and a hefty beer selection. Maglia Rosa’s are very Renaissance in a sense, as they also host series of bicycle events and build custom bikes.
There’s one thing for sure in Carroll Gardens: it’s the ultimate Italian foodie playground. Unlike a lot of the neighborhoods in the city, the majority of the mom and pop shops remaining operate at peak level — mainly because the families that have departed for the suburbs return here to shop. And with lunch arrived, the best place for a legit Italian hero is G. Esposito & Sons Pork Store. The butcher shop is more than 94 years old and its secret is its personality. Their staff is easily considered the funniest and most down-to-earth in the city. But the cuts of meat have remained consistent since the shop’s humble beginnings. The fresh mozzarella melts in your mouth, and the cold cut heroes are beyond divine.
Just like an Italian grandmother, you may feel overpowered by the urge to sew while living in Carroll Gardens. There’s a certain beauty in sewing and knitting that is captured at Brooklyn General. The fabric store is likely to stock everything you may need to create your next fashion statement, including crochet and crafts. If you don’t know – yet – how to sew, they have classes.
There’s that throwback vibe when you live in this neighborhood: from the buildings, to the stores and the people. So naturally, there’s a record shop. But Black Gold Records is more than just the ordinary vinyl seller. They’re also an antique store with a massive selection of taxidermy. There’s nothing like listening to old Neil Diamond singles while inspecting stuffed raccoons, if you’re into that sort of thing of course.
With all of the Italian eats, your dinner choice is a bit of the opposite. The food at Buttermilk Channel is simple American cuisine… simply executed. On your first go-around, you must order the Pork & Pistachio Terrine and BBQ’ed East Coast Oysters. For dinner, you can’t pass up the succulent Duck Meatloaf that’s prepared with Shishito peppers and corn and pepper succotash. It’s hard to go wrong with anything you choose so be sure to come back for seconds.