The Edible Guide

Our picks for where to eat, drink and shop in Brooklyn.

Neighborhood: South Slope

Aska

At Aska, the entirety of the food and bar programs—beyond the spirits themselves—rely on seasonal and local ingredients.

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Jubilat Provisions

But inside Jubilat’s modest storefront, one encounters a curtain of smoked meat and sausage, tinged rose by paprika and oven heat, hanging over a counter display that runs the length of the store. Customers navigate a narrow space mined with buckets of fresh sauerkraut and pickles, bordered by a wall of imported Polish groceries and a cooler full of prepared delicacies.

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Barbès

Barbès is a bar and performance space owned and operated by two French musicians and long-time Brooklyn residents, Barbès functions as a neighborhood community center of sorts. Much like the neighborhood it is named after, Barbès puts the stress on cultural variety, neighborhood conviviality—and bargain hunting , with $6 Ricard and an eclectic music collection that ranges from the Lebanese diva Asmahan to Mexican bandas, Venezuelan joropos and Romanian brass bands.

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Roots Cafe

Roots Cafe is a space for the local community to meet and gather together while enjoying delicious food and coffee. Owners, Amanda and Christian Neill, also seek to share the space with musicians, artists, and vendors living and working in Brooklyn.

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Toby’s Public House

This bustling South Slope sports bar has four flat-screens and a Sicilian pizzaiolo manning a beehive brick oven. Despite a seemingly schizophrenic concept, Toby’s twelve-inch pies are much more satisfying than your typical pub grub, and the olive-oil-anointed Bufalina D.O.C., in particular, demonstrates an ideal sauce-to-buffalo-mozzarella balance.

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Quarter

Tucked away among far South Slope’s neon bodegas and crumbling pre-war façades is this low-key drinkery with lots of autumnal ambiance: warm-hued walls, dark, wooden tables, and low ceilings. An intimate second bar boasts a sturdy selection of creamy stouts and IPA on tap, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails.

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Shawn Wine and Spirits

Established in 1970, Shawn Fine Wine & Spirits is Park Slope’s destination for first-rate and affordable wines alike. With an extensive selection of over 500 wines, we can meet the varietal and price range needs of Brooklyn’s diverse consumers.

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Purple Kale Kitchenworks

As you might gather from the name of her culinary training program, caterer and former restaurant chef (Rose Water, Savoy) Ronna Welsh has a passion for ingredients, and her customized workshops and classes, held at your house or hers, guide you in creating simple but flavorful meals based on what’s best—or just what’s in your fridge at the end of the day.

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Gillies Coffee

Gillies Coffee is America’s oldest coffee merchant. Based in Brooklyn, it continues the tradition set by its founder 175 years ago of bringing coffees of outstanding quality to America’s table.

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PS 295 Farmers Market

A weekly farmers market offering fresh, locally grown produce, meats, dairy, honey and more. The market is run by the students, teachers, and parents of PS 295 and is open seasonally on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Southside Coffee

A bare-bones space on a quiet block in South Slope, Josh Sidis and Ben Jones opened Southside Coffee as a serious java haven for neighborhood locals. Serving a rotating selection of beans from Counter Culture and PT’s Coffee Roasting Company, baristas manually brew the coffee with French presses. Pastries are baked each morning across the street at Lot 2, a restaurant co-owned by Jones.

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