Map No 3: Atlantic Avenue
With Bruce Ratner’s new Atlantic Terminal at one end, C&W bar Floyd at the other, and a mix of antiques, boutiques, and Arabic stores in between, Atlantic Avenue is as good a symbol of Brooklyn’s gentrification—and multiplicity—as any.
  • By Hope Reeves
  • Published

  • Winding up in Floyd's boccie pit.
    The wine list is extensive and the attitude nonexistent at Bacchus.
    Vintage furniture at sleek Darr.
    Photographs by David Leventi
    Real Estate
    Court House
    125 Court St., nr. Atlantic Ave. With 320 luxury studio (starting at $1,400), one- and two-bedroom (up to $3,625) rental apartments, it opens in February 2005.

    Boulevard East
    53 Boerum Pl., at State St. Studio, one- and two-bedroom luxury condos, from $257,000 to $700,000-but move fast, because they’re 80 percent sold already.

    The Atlantic
    100 Atlantic Ave., nr. Henry St. Just three of the 58 luxury rentals in this new, yet historically appropriate building are still available, including a one-bedroom decorated by Queer Eye’s Thom Filicia ($2,350 furnished).

    (1.) Atlantic Terminal
    139 Flatbush Ave., at Atlantic Ave. 718-290-1109
    Finally, once-unthinkable one-stop shopping arrives, courtesy of Target. And the lower level of the Atlantic Center garage across the street is usually wide open.

    (2.) Floyd
    131 Atlantic Ave., nr. Henry St.
    A 40-foot-long indoor boccie pit, Brooklyn’s largest collection of country and western, and the “crap-a-copia”—a bucket containing Miller High Life, Colt 45, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Stroh’s—make this “gentleman farmer’s bar” (the owners are from Kentucky) a rocking good time.

    (3.) Jolie
    320 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-488-0777
    The last thing Brooklyn needs is another French bistro, but this recent opening is a cut above, with extra-tender rib eyes and succulent whole Daurade fish.

    (4.) Bark
    495 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St. (as of Dec. 1); 718-625-8997
    This Atlantic Avenue pioneer, formerly hidden behind now-defunct Breukelen, is about to move its mohair throws, cowhide rugs, and funky tableware up two blocks to its very own shop.

    (5.) Maleeka
    327 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-596-0991
    A South Asian store specializing in ralli—painstakingly stitched handmade quilts from Pakistan— at a reasonable price ($275).

    (6.) Town & Country Antiques
    352 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-875-7253
    Joseph Giallo’s willingness to negotiate sets him apart from other dealers on the avenue, and his refreshingly small store is full of interesting nineteenth- and twentieth-century furniture.

    (7.) Urban Monster
    396 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-855-6400
    T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like I ALREADY KNOW MORE THAN THE PRESIDENT are even more desirable postelection. Baby and kids’ clothes and toys are less partisan, and high-quality.

    (8.) Bacchus
    409 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-852-1572
    With over 200 wines, 23 kinds of beer, and a slightly broader menu than most bistros (mushroom ravioli is excellent), this is French food and wine sans l’attitude. Two-for-one entrées draw a big crowd on Wednesday nights.

    (9.) GRDN
    103 Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave. 718-797-3628
    Take respite from Downtown Brooklyn’s smog inside these flower-lined walls. Black thumbs can try the air plants—they don’t need soil or water to grow.

    (10.) Boerum Market
    402 Atlantic Ave., at Bond St. 718-330-0193
    A supermarket stuffed into a bodega, piled high with everything from health food to beer.

    (11.) Kili 81 Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave.
    Check your cool at this hipster joint set up to look like a Kilimanjaro ski lodge, with rotating D.J.’s who spin R&B, old-school hip-hop, and funk.

    (12.) The Victory
    71 Hoyt St., at State St. 718-596-9035
    The regulars at this tiny café come so often, owner Patrick Downey starts making souped-up cappuccinos before they get through the door. Snag pastries early, especially the almond brioche—by mid-afternoon, the best are gone.

    (13.) Darr
    360 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-797-9733
    This sleek vintage shop is era-agnostic, with everything from forties pleather office furniture to sixties coffee and dining tables.

    (14.) Circa Antiques, Ltd.
    377 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-596-1866
    An avenue veteran with some of the finest American classical and Victorian furniture anywhere—armoires and dressers easily stretch into five figures.

    (15.) Madina
    568 Atlantic Ave., nr. Fourth Ave. 718-875-4646
    This Muslim parfumerie specializes in alcohol-free scented oils—not only sweet-smelling but good for your skin.

    (16.) artez’n
    444 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St. 718-596-2649
    Everything here is made by local artists, including Brooklyn barware sporting area landmarks. Reshaped MetroCards make great tree ornaments.

    (17.) Soul Spot
    302 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-596-9933
    Don’t be put off by the vats of mystery meats congealing under heat lamps—chicken and dumplings accompanied by candied yams, okra, and stewed tomatoes will make your taste buds go mad, for less than $15.

    (18.) Butter
    389 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-260-9033
    Not Gucci or Prada, but Rick Owens and Dries Van Noten. A pioneer in the avenue’s gentrification, this high-end designer shop is the first reference point for fashionistas.

    (19.) Kea Carpets and Kilims
    477 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St. 718-222-8087
    These unique, customizable carpets scream in bright colors and offbeat patterns for $2,000 and up. Kilims go to $6,000 for a turn-of-the-century Caucasian.

    (20.) Kimera
    366 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-422-1147
    Owner and designer Yvonne Chu’s custom shantung-silk gowns look awfully pricey but run about $250 each—a great alternative to puffy prom dresses.

    (21.) Sahadi
    187 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St. 718-624-4550
    There’s no better place to stock up for a dinner party than this legendary Middle Eastern supermarket—grab some Havarti and Fontinella, walnuts, olives, hazelnuts, hummus, filo wraps, and a pack of pita, and friends will think you prepped for a week.

    (22.) Waterfront Ale House
    155 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St. 718-522-3794
    A great pub-style restaurant with a vast array of beers and surprisingly tasty food, including plates paired with brews and a curious cast of game burgers.

    (23.) Downtown Atlantic
    364 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-852-9945
    This kid-friendly neighborhood restaurant has food—like thyme-infused creamy polenta—and a dimly lit atmosphere aimed at grown-ups. The bakery has assorted cakes and pies.

    (24.) Hank’s Saloon
    46 Third Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave. 718-625-8003
    Behind the intimidating dark windows of this un-self-conscious honky-tonk lurk free barbecue Sunday nights—you can help man the rooftop grill—and the psychobilly sounds of the New Jack Ramblers. The red states never had it this good.


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