A new market serving halal products has opened at 2705 Avenue Z, off East 27th Street… you know, just a block away from the 2812 Voorhies Avenue mosque, an area that opponents claimed has no Muslim residents.

Well, regardless, the Sheepshead Bay Halal Market has been open for a few weeks and looks well stocked. It replaces B&R Electronics & AC Service, the television and appliance repair shop that has been in this location for as long as I can remember. But, fret not, B&R is still alive and kicking – they’ve just moved around the corner to 2577 East 27th Street.

Good luck to the halal market and B&R in their new locations!

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  • Anonymous

    what does Halal mean? Kosher? 

    • SUPERHERO

      no you idiot.

      • NSF

        Superheros are not rude

    • NSF

      You’re on the right track but not in the sense most people equate the word kosher. Halal is “kosher” or permissible for Muslims.

    • Barkingspider07

      Halal actually means legal or allowed.  Haram is not allowed

    • Ijas2000

      halal is something that permissible or lawful in islam. 

      • Anonymous

        thank you.

  • nolastname

    I was just telling someone about this place the other day. The prices are good, they have some candies by the pound and all kinds of groceries.  The woman on the register is very sweet as is the owner and the employees for stock are helpful.
    Been there a few times and I try something new with each visit. 
    PS I am told they will have prepared foods.

    • Barkingspider07

      the prices in all the Halal markets are great.  The foods are good also.  I like shopping in these stores in our neighborhood (Sultan and EFE on Ocean Ave and Ave W) and in Bay Ridge

      • BOSB

        Those potato pastries (longish strudel kind of things) in either EFE or Sultan are delicious, can’t decide which is better.  EFE also has great breads made onsite (the store used to be a bakery), and a kind of open-faced apple cake/pie that is also delicious.  Great selections of olives, cheese, and other goodies.  Wonderful additions to the nabe.

        • Barkingspider07

          Those pastries are called Bourek.  They come in meat, cheese, potato and spinach.  they are delicious!  I buy them for myself and a friend of mine.  The turkish pide (bread), the one with the dimples is made off site.  The other breads are always fresh and super yum! 

          • nolastname

            Don’t start talking about the puddings and deserts, I put on a pound just thinking about them.

          • Barkingspider07

            Oh – the vanilla pudding at EFE – it’s orgasmic!  Chocolate pudding ain’t too shabby either.  The kazandibi (brown top pudding) and rice pudding – Oh my god – this is what heaven must be like – all these puddings just waiting for us.

          • nolastname

            You seem very familiar with the culture. Maybe you can help me with this. I bought a box of “Kabob Spices”….(I love meat on a stick) and I hesitate to use it because I can not place one of the smells I smell. The box lists black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander and Galingal. I never heard of galingal.  Does it smell like anisette or liquorish? The box is no help because the pics are of whole cloves, mustard seed (a bunch of other stuff) and those green things that go in tea.  Any idea? 

          • Anonymous

            Replying to Nolastname:

            Galingal has a sharp flavor like a combination of black pepper and ginger and smell a bit like pine. 

          • nolastname

            Thanks Robert, Maybe if you took a whiff of this stuff you would pick out what it is. Might be the Galingal spice but it smells more liquorishy than piney.

  • nolastname

    I was just telling someone about this place the other day. The prices are good, they have some candies by the pound and all kinds of groceries.  The woman on the register is very sweet as is the owner and the employees for stock are helpful.
    Been there a few times and I try something new with each visit. 
    PS I am told they will have prepared foods.

  • us citizen

    nice variety of Indian, Pakastani spices

    • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

      Have you notice Garam Masala in there?

      • Barkingspider07

        you can probably fiind Garam Masala in the middle eastern store on Avenue U by Bedford Avenue.  That store is enormous, and has products from all over.  Another great store!

        • Anonymous

          Stop and Shop sells Garam Masala – McCormic makes it

  • Anonymous

    Today I learned that people still get their TVs repaired at shops.

  • Ijas2000

    awesome! we needed this in the neighborhood. with the growing population of muslims in sheepshead bay, this is an outstanding addition to serve the communitys needs. its clean and convenient just what i need. 

  • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

    Please, please tell me they have a butcher and actually sell meat! Oh how I yearn for quality butcher shop for affordable price in that location!
    I promise not to ask for pork loin in the place.

    • Ifitsabutcheryouseek

       Psst….Silverstar is 3 blocks away. Been around for many years.

      • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

        Silver Star butcher fucked me over once in major way. So I like to “vote” with my money and shop elsewhere.

    • Anonymous

      John’s Meat Mkt. on Ave X and C.I.A.
      Great, old fashioned butcher whose been there for at least 30 years.

      • nolastname

        I bought 2 steaks…..50 bucks and worth every penny. Does Frankie still deliver for them?

        • Barkingspider07

          Holy underwear Batman!  $50 for 2 steaks?  I’m glad that they were good.  That is a little too rich for my blood. 

          • nolastname

            It surely is not something I do every day, not even every month. I think of it as eating out with all the trimmings of home. Sometimes it is more relaxing with a beer and hot BBQ Pit. 
            I know you spend more than $50 bucks on a night out/or know all the right people.

          • Barkingspider07

            I don’t go out to eat very often – I cook at home.  I can see a nice steak at home though on occasion, especially if it is barbequed.

          • Anonymous

            You GRILL steaks folks. 

            The process of making barbecue is a long slow fire and cheap meats. 

            Sorry, pet peeve.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re looking for Hallal meat F_a_b_a, try Sultan on Ocean Ave, just off W. They have a butcher counter in the back. 

      • ES

        They also sell awesome feta cheese.

        • Barkingspider07

          Yes they do.  And they sell all types of feta, not only greek.  They sell french feta, bulgarian feta, feta that is whipped like cream cheese ….. feta ….feta

          • Howie

            EFE store across from sultan has much better meat, better prices in general and their own bakery downstairs.  contrrary to what someone else said, this store was never just a bakery. As a matter of fact, store started as just turkish groceries in the late 80′s, and slowly added bakery within the confines of the space.  they do cakes as well. 

            another GREAT butcher is inside a small russian food store on Ocean avenue  – close to ave Z.  great prices, and fresh meat at all times.  also sells meat for shish kebob.

          • BOSB

            Sorry for the confusion, Howie, but the EFE location was a bakery (plain old Brooklyn/Italian/French style) before it became a Turkish grocery.  That was back when the corner store (now a liquor store) was a plain old Brooklyn luncheonette (before it became a pizzeria and whatever else it was before the liquor store … memory fails).

      • nolastname

        The people in the store across from there are much nicer. Matter fact the owners are from the Mosque on Avenue U past McDonald Ave.

      • Barkingspider07

        They have 2 butchers there, and they are great.  I bought a leg of lamb there a few years ago, and they took it off the bone for me. They did such a good job – the bone was bare.  Every bit of meat was cut off – like wild animals got hold of it. 

    • Barkingspider07

      Sultan has really good meat, but halal meat is not cheap.  I think it is worth the extra $ though, because it is really fresh.

  • http://www.google.com/ F_a_b_a

    I will be trying Sultan this weekend. Thank you.

  • zaara16

    I was there the other day. It’s nice and clean. They also have great meat and good prices. Ya should give it a try.