Where’s the Beef? And the seafood? In Dyker Heights
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Where’s the Beef?
Meat-loving foodies might sound forth with Clara Peller’s cry from her famous Wendy’s commercials after shopping at 3 Guys From Brooklyn, a super-popular Dyker Heights grocer that primarily sells fruits and vegetables.
But they can satisfy their carnivorous tastes at Faicco’s Pork Store, another much-loved Dyker Heights food purveyor, which is two blocks away from 3 Guys From Brooklyn.
Faicco’s, which is at 6511 11th Ave., sells home-made sausage and gorgeous-looking cuts of meat. (Coming from us, that’s quite a compliment, given our vegetarian tendencies.)
The place is so perfect-looking, with its striped awnings, old-fashioned tile floors and gleaming glass display cases, that it could be a set for a Food Network TV series. And the employees are really nice to the customers, we noticed when we shopped there the other day.
The Faicco family opened the 11th Avenue store around 1940. They began their business in 1900 in the West Village, where they still have a shop at 260 Bleecker St.
The building that houses the Dyker Heights store has belonged to Faicco family members or a Faicco family company since 1970, city Finance Department records indicate.
Try the calamari at Rocco’s
Shoppers who want seafood but don’t feel like cooking it themselves can head for Rocco’s Calamari at 6408 Fort Hamilton Parkway, less than a block away from 3 Guys From Brooklyn.
We slipped into the eatery the other day. The fried calamari was really good. We’ll be back to try the grilled swordfish and seafood salad.
After lunch, we spoke with restaurant owner Rocco Bruno — who launched the business 34 years ago.
“I was young,” he said. “I did it on my own. I must have been crazy.”
According to Finance Department records, the building where the restaurant is located has belonged to him and his wife Lucy, or a family company, since 1991.
A small caveat for readers who want to eat at Rocco’s: Keep an eye on the calendar.
The restaurant closes for vacation on July 12 and reopens on July 21.
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