Sheepshead Bay is a scenic area in Brooklyn off of Exit 8 on the Belt Parkway. It is definitely worth the trip to take a walk, have a bite and visit a really great market. Here’s the 411:
1. Randazzo’s – a Brooklyn staple and a great seafood restaurant. They have outdoor and indoor tables, specials and a good Italian menu. You won’t find fancy salads here. They make two kinds of tomato sauce – medium and hot. They have a variety of pastas and seafood. If you are looking to count calories you may have difficulty here, the best you could do is avoid the fried foods. They also have a variety of raw clams and oysters – try them with horseradish – yum.
2. Liman’s – Another great seafood restaurant. They also have some meat and vegetarian options. It is Mediterranean style fare with humus appetizers and a variety of vegetables. You will find good salads here. This is a great choice if you are looking for healthier fare. This restaurant sits on the water so you can admire the geese and ducks in the Bay as you dine. They concentrate more on fish rather than shellfish, – it is some of the best fish I’ve had – EVER. They certainly know what they are doing, it is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I had the sea bass, my husband had the salmon – each one was flavored with different seasonings, both equally delicious. On our last visit Harry had an octopus casserole which was delicious. The fish was tender and sat in a tomato based sauce with onions and peppers. I had St. Peters fish fillet served grilled with lemon – moist, tender and flavorful. We indulged in 2 turkish desserts, one was a crunchy, sweet cheese dessert and the other was a baklava with walnuts. This restaurant can get a little pricy, if you don’t want to spend too much skip the dessert. They show you a tray of desserts you can order from but we didn’t find out till the bill came that dessert added about $20.00-$30.00 to the bill.
3. Cherry Hill Market – in the old Lundy’s building is a beautiful Russian market that has every kind of food you can imagine. Start in the back of the store with their array of hot foods and cold salads. Then pass the bread counter which houses many varieties of whole grain and white fresh baked breads. Next to that is the meat counter – here you will find huge slabs of pork bacon they will slice to whatever size you would like. In the middle of the store is the dairy, sporting some unusual items such as kefir. Next to the dairy is the fruit and vegetable isle – so fresh you can buy garlic still on the stalk and oranges with greenery attached. In the front of the store is the bakery and coffee counter and on the side near the meats is the flower stand. Upstairs is a restaurant (entrance near the back door) – have the tea, it is like no other. You will hear Russian spoken here. If you speak to the staff in English they will answer you in English. They have a heavy Russian clientele and their tendency is to ask if they can help you in Russian. YES they are a little pricey but this is the perfect place to shop if you need something special for company. I buy the Russian labelled chocolates – it’s like a Whitman’s sample without the map.
4. Roll-N- Roaster – Another Brooklyn icon and the place to stop if you are in the mood for a burger and some cheesy fries. OK not your healthiest fare but oh is it good! Stop in on your birthday and spin the wheel to win something.
5. Take a walk on the water – no really there is a bridge that goes from Emmons Avenue (the main street of Sheepshead Bay) to the opposite shore. There are ducks, geese, yachts and fishing boats docked in the Bay. It is all very serene and nautical, especially on a sunny day.
So maybe we will meet while we are out and about in Brooklyn? If you do come our way remember to visit Sheepshead Bay, or as they would say in Brooklyn – Don’t Fuggedaboutit!
Note: You will need to either feed the meter or park in the lot located on Shore Parkway between 20 and 21st. If you are driving and get off at Exit 8 on Belt Parkway, you would take Shore Parkway past Ocean Avenue and then look for the Parking lot on the right.