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Global dining in Manhattan continued
Within spitting distance of Manhattan, Carroll Gardens (15 minutes on the F train to
Carroll Street) is what Little Italy once was, a small collection of Old-World Italian
bakeries, restaurants, markets, and social clubs. Join old men playing bocce ball at
Carroll Park (Smith and Court Streets), while Virgin Marys seem to blossom in
courtyard gardens for visitors strolling to F. Monteleone and Cammareri Brothers
Bakery and Café on Court Street, 355 Court St, (718) 852-5600;
www.nicholascammareri.tripod.com, my favorite stop for pastries and Italian ice.
Polish sausage and pierogis, anyone?
Greenpoint’s row of bakeries and butchers falls on Manhattan Ave., with neighboring Warsaw Bakery, 585 Manhattan Ave., (718) 389-4700) and Sikorski Butcher, 603 Manhattan Ave., (718) 389-6181, my favorites for kielbasa and pastries from the motherland. Dipping into the multitude of chop shops here yields varied pleasures, such as Kabanos sausage at Steve’s, 104 Nassau Ave., (718) 383-1780, or the double-smoked Krajana sausage at Beata’s Delicatessen, 984 Manhattan Ave., (718) 383-2534–just look around to find strange and tasty treasures. Don’t forget a cheese-and-cherry-filled blintz for dessert. Busy local bars and live music venues like Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., (718) 387-0505, (located in the Polish National Home) run rife with Williamsburg cool kids, underground artists, local gypsy punks, and Soviet-scarred hooligans. continued >
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