Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

photos: m&j

We’ve been trying to become “regulars” at this completely adorable Carroll Gardens old-fashioned soda shoppe with a hip, local foodie twist. The location housed an actual pharmacy, which opened for business back in the earlier part of last century. It has been reopened with all the original detail you’d expect from the local soda fountain in a town like Bedford Falls in the Frank Capra film. The Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain hand makes all their own sodas from herbal syrups (like cola from cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender and citrus peels) and sell all kinds of delicious items for the pantry from local (mostly as local as Brooklyn) purveyors. Plus, founder Peter Freeman and his friendly, young staff are just really nice and fun to hang out with. Our favorite BF&SF items: the homemade pies (especially peach), the root beer float with Adirondack Creamery vanilla ice cream, the chocolate egg cream made with none other than Fox’s U-Bet Syrup, McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix, Anarchy in a Jar strawberry balsamic jam, Odin’s New York State Pearl Cocktail Onions with rosemary and juniper and the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain’s own “Farmer Jacks” homemade caramel corn and peanut mix. Not to be missed, the vanilla ice cream, broken pretzel, caramel sauce and whipped cream concoction, dubbed the “Sundae of Broken Dreams” is a little slice of heaven. The Farmacy closes fairly early in the evenings (10 :00pm weeknights and Sundays and 11:00pm on Saturdays), so plan accordingly – the experience is well worth making a special trip.

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