Move toward the light. I’ll back up slightly: Leave the N train at the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop, exit onto the parkway, look to your right, and move toward the light. That would be the floodlit mountains of fruit and vegetables piled in bins along the sidewalk outside Circus Fruits, at the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 60th Street.
The concept here is easy to grasp. Picture the produce at the Korean market down the street. Picture heroic amounts of it at a block-long supermarket that’s open 24 hours a day, in a drab no-man’s land at the nexus between Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.
Now picture prices that might suggest a misprint if they weren’t markered up on bold cardboard signs. Like a carton of grape tomatoes for 50 cents. A five-pound bag of russet potatoes for a buck. Bok choy and zucchini and red delicious apples for 39 cents a pound. (Some of these are sale prices, so your mileage may vary. See www.circusfruits.com for current specials.)
Produce is the main draw here, but there’s a deli counter inside where things worth your attention include proscuitto di Parma at $16 a pound, hunks of Pecorino Romano for a ridiculous $5.99 and kalamata olives for $2 a pound.
I could go on, but you get the idea. And the quality is quite good. OK, there are hits and misses—and maybe Tom Collichio isn’t going to be serving up those 29-cent-a-pound bell peppers at Craft—but that’s true of most produce stands.
Like, for example, Circus’ rival up the parkway, Three Guys from Brooklyn, at 65th Street, whose slogan is “The Original Poor People’s Friend,” and whose prices are comparable. We’ll give Circus the nod for superior quality and a less jammed layout, but for the bargain hunter, it can be worth a stop at both, especially to investigate the weekly specials, which on our recent trip to Three Guys included $1.39 pineapples and 40-cent artichokes.
Three Guys From Brooklyn 6502 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 718-748-8340