B, Q at Brighton Beach
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Bustling with Russian locals shopping for supper, this airy, three-level emporium houses a vast selection of Eastern European imports and fresh Slavic delicacies. The store’s teeming first floor is a tightly packed study in Eastern appetites and Western abundance: Heaping piles of sausages occupy yards of counter space, and smoked fish, pickled vegetables (with a half-sour flavor), and an astonishing number of cereal boxes decorated with Russian cartoon characters also occupy large sectors. An extensive case of prepared foods provides homestyle cooking for those disinclined to whip up their own borscht, pirogi, or stuffed cabbage. Climb one of the curving staircases to the second floor, devoted to preserves, wildflower honey, dollar pastries as big as a man's fist, and counter after counter of brightly wrapped Russian chocolates. Venturing up a few more stairs, the by-now-weary shopper can enjoy a fresh, crumbly pastry and mild coffee in the small café area, which provides an aerial view of the busy atrium below.Note
Some signs and labels are printed in Cyrillic only, and the staff presumes their customers speak Russian, but will communicate in English when necessary.