Prospect Heights Specialty
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
The specialty here is handcrafted ice cream and sorbet done in small batches—made extra-delicious by the fact that Ample Hills gets its cream and eggs from local farms upstate for the freshest (and most sustainable) product possible. Offering 24 flavors that change with the seasons, they also do really delicious and beautiful custom ice cream cakes. This fall, the creamery is offering a trio of Roald Dahl-inspired flavors (Mr. Fox’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Crunchy Cider Caramel Cream, Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace, and Sweet as Honey) which you can get in-shop or shipped right to your door .
228 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights
From the Franny’s gang comes this small gourmet grocery shop with great specialty and pantry items, including an excellent cheese and salumi selection from small-batch producers. Their yummy comfort-focused prepared foods (turkey meatloaf, roast chicken) are a great alternative when you don’t feel like cooking, plus they also do great cheese classes and gift boxes for the holidays.
245 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights
For many years Mark Israel’s plain glazed doughnut recipe was enough to draw crowds to this Lower East Side foodie destination, but more recent additions, like Mexican churros, house-made jelly filled doughnuts, and cake doughnuts have made Doughnut Plant legitimately legendary. You can find Doughnut Plant on the menus of many hotels and restaurants throughout NYC, and there's now a location in Brooklyn.
480-500 Van Brunt St., Red Hook
Beyond being one of the more perfect independent grocery stores around, Fairway is the perfect New York cross section: You'll see young families, old ladies in fur coats, students looking for good food at good prices, and just about every New York "type" you can think of. Beyond the cultural experience, the Red Hook branch in particular boasts the square footage, plus a frozen-foods department you can actually walk into (there are jackets you can borrow to go in), an amazing cheese selection, and a free parking lot.
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