Stepping into Brooklyn Larder is like entering the fantasy version of a corner deli, albeit one with so many tempting provisions you may not know what to buy. There’s hand-crafted cheese (and a cheese room), meats like cured pancetta, country paté and lamb merguez (made on site), fresh stocks, pasta, olive oil, homemade pickles, cashew butter and the absolute best almond gelato I’ve tasted. Everything is specially chosen or made by Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg, who also own neighborhood favorite Franny’s. For lunch, nearby Park Slope moms, and others, can enjoy soup of the day along with a choice of over 10 sandwiches, including BLT, speck & mozzarella and meatball with provolone. There’s even an inspired vegetarian option (a stellar combination of sautéed greens & fresh Salvatore Brooklyn ricotta) served, naturally, on locally baked bread. And details like this are what make Brooklyn Larder extra special: it goes above and beyond to serve the finest ingredients with a nod to local products and sustainability. Brooklyn Larder is that amazing, fully stocked pantry you wish you had at home.
Brooklyn Larder/228 Flatbush Ave/near Bergen St/718-783-1250/www.bklynlarder.com