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BrooklynPaul | Apr 18, 200010:48 AM     3

Hey, Brooklynites:

Anyone been out to Kensington lately? I took the F train to Church Avenue for a food exploration mission and was pleasantly rewarded. The neighborhood is a great resource for those who live nearer to the city on the F line and have to deal with bad, expensive food.

Having eaten a bad, expensive sandwich at Boerum Hill Food Company for lunch (sorry, they serve Peet's coffee and I can't resist) I wasn't very hungry (or happy). But I read menus and peeked into a bunch of ethnic markets.

This neighborhood has got to be the Jackson Heights of Brooklyn. No ethnic group was dominant- except, perhaps, old Jews, whose departure is paving the way for new immigrants (like Jackson Heights). I spotted Mexican, Bangladeshi, Asian, Mexican, Eastern European (and not just Russian), and good old fashioned Jewish restaurants and markets.

The most interesting find, though, was that the Asian grocery on Church Avenue just east of the station had a huge selection of Thai products. THAI! Maybe Thai people are moving to Brooklyn; could a restaurant be far behind? They also had hard-to-find Vietnamese and Chinese items.

Also of note was a Mexican grocery just off Church on a side street (not too far from station- say, between E. 2nd and E. 5th, north side of the street). This place had many more Productos Mexicanos than we're accustomed to. I'm fairly familiar with Pueblan groceries, but this one was different. Maybe Mexicans from other areas are settling here, and will soon bless us with their cooking. I tried to ask the guy working there where he was from; but I didn't know enough Spanish.

Anyone have anything to report on the restaurants around there? Additionally, I'd love to know which sub-Prospect Park Mexican restaurant to eat at (besides Los Mariachis), as there seems to be one at every D and F station south of the park.

-Paul

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