Eating in a whole lot more? We totally understand. And inviting a bunch of friends over for your Barolo-braised coq au vin to find that you only have flat plates with strokes of nondescript "flowers" to serve it on? We've been there, too. Have no fear -- Brooklyn is well stocked with fashionable dinnerware. Here's where to get the best canvas for your culinary masterpiece, just in time for holiday feasts. Plus, you'll never dream of polluting the planet with disposable plates at parties when you have these keepers in your cupboards.
Cog & Pearl
190 5th Ave., Park Slope
Unique, handmade crafts by up-and-coming artists are the signature of this Park Slope gallery gift shop-like store. Silk-screened handmade ceramics and Brooklyn designer Alyssa Ettinger's sweater-textured "Knitware" line are among the several tableware offerings from small studios. And don't forget to serve your sides on a recycled vinyl record, or street sign.
110 Union St., Carroll Gardens
You'll want to pull out the one-pot recipe booklets and throw a fifties-themed dinner party with Union Max's collection of oldies but goodies: pastel-colored porcelains, retro barware and many-patterned juice glasses. Grandma's attic at its best.
44 Grand St., Williamsburg
Casual alternative materials are all the rage at this expansive home and garden store. Melamine plates come in a range of colorful, can't-decide-which-one's-the-cutest collections. Sturdy aluminum, like this lotus-patterned set, also shines. Try to stop me from buying them all.
Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves., Fort Greene
Your favorite lazy Sunday shopping spot is a good place to score second-hand tableware ranging from the shabby-chic to the retro-raggedy. Stumble into the athletic court-turned flea market and you're sure to spot a stand with them sooner than you can say pupusa.
619 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
Swoon for this Prospect Heights home decor spot's small but sweet selection of porcelain, etched glassware and modern serving pieces. Quiet botanical themes abound, lending every meal a seasonal touch.
187 Sackett St., Carroll Gardens
Tucked away on a tiny side street is this trove of vintage kitchen things galore. You'll find complete sets of cute china, mid-century mod-ish tea sets, or souvenir state collector's plates to mix and match your own table setting.
West and Green
190 West St., Greenpoint
For the decor connoisseur, head over to Greenpoint's new home furnishings store, where the carefully curated selection includes decoupage serving trays, rare discontinued vintage ceramics and sleek new work from the Brooklyn pottery studio Kiln.
889 Broadway, Manhattan
It may not be in Brooklyn, but it's where you'll find THE celebrated "Brooklyn" tableware collection by Jordan Awan. The quirky, detailed illustrations and angular shapes create a gorgeous emblem to Brooklyn sights and skylines. If that doesn't instill some Kings County pride as you eat, check out another collection from Fishs Eddy called "Brooklynese," adorned with words like "cawffee."
Sent by Cathy Erway. Photos by Cathy.
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