Grew up in Brooklyn also.
Loved the seafood, particularly in Sheepshead Bay. McGinnis and Ross, Lundy's, and I know I have forgotten a few (can sort of remember where they were located but heck if I can recall the names). The mussels and clams, raw and cooked, and the fish, crabs, and lobster, none were better.
Loved all the food sold at Italian festivals.
And scungilli (conch) with any type of gravy. Have not found that stuff anywhere outside of NYC.
And Weiss' in Broad Channel Queens. That place sold everything from hamburgers (in the best tasting caramelized onions) and hot dogs, to clams, to fried almost anything, and a dynamite lobster bisque. The place was an adventure in eating. Too bad it has been gone for many years.
And the Kosher delis. As teens we would buy their hot dogs with the great kraut and knishes on Christmas Eve, to be eaten before we decorated the tree.
And I would be greatly remiss if I did not mention Fox's Ubet (chocolate syrup), without which an egg cream could not exist.
Thanks folks for allowing me to dig up some very special memories.