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  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:30 am on Mon, Dec 24, 2012.

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    And in Brooklyn, just across the East river from Manhattan, named Williamsburg there is a four block long strip of businesses on Broadway that include thrift shops, dollar type shops, clothing, home furnishings, many restaurants, again mostly family owned, delis galore and is a mix of Puerto Rican and black Hassidic Jewish businesses and venues. The tiny Puerto Rican Restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner at such reasonable prices it's unbelievable. My wife and I had breakfast, including coffee, toast, Puerto Rican style cubed and seasoned potatoes, along with two eggs, any style, with choice of ham or sausage, and the bill was less than 7 dollars for both of us. That was in 2009 and I imagine theprices may have gone up some. The Jewish eateries are mostly cafeteria deli-style and offer the standard kosher foods, including pizza, Most dishes are tasty and many contain no meat products, although fish is in great demand. I'd suggest you try this area for a reasonable meal and just browsing. And for reasonable show and venue tickets, go to the brokers on 5th avenue or near the Statue of Liberty for tremendous savings on your entertainment. Merry Christmas, Joe, and a prosperous new year.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:15 am on Mon, Dec 24, 2012.

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    Joe, having sold our brownstone in Brooklyn in 2008 and still making frequent trips there, there are many neighborhoods that have their own ethnic type foods such as Polish, Jewish, Puerto Rican, Jamaican, etc. that offer great cuisine at very reasonable prices. Some of my favorite spots are Brighton Beach (Russian), Greenpoint (Polish) and Brooklyn near the Williamsburg bridge that not only offers the world famous Peter Lugars steak house ($25 hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, etc at an added charge) but also Jewish and Puerto Rican/Cuban dining, again mostly family owned. Brighton Beach has many restaurants with Polish/Russian cuisine and many are family owned and very reasonable if you check out those on the side streets toward the ocean. There are all sorts of businesses selling clothing, jewelry, many bakeries, and export markets that offer fresh vegetables, many from California, and two markets that offer homemade Kielbasa and any kind of european meats, bakery products, specialty entrees and appetizers, Russian candies and eye appealing desserts. Just catch the Q train and take it to the end and you'll find yourself in for a great treat and meals served and prepared by those who treat one like royalty. Brighton Beach is also located next to Coney Island and there are many seafood venues there on the property, offering fresh clams, oysters, fish, etc. The same holds true with Greenpoint, a Polish community, with many Polish restaurants, again mostly family owned, export markets, fruit stands and meat/ grocery markets that offer Polish kielbasa freshly made and any kind of fresh meat that you could imagine.


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