Went for a quick visit yesterday morning. While there are still some signs of Sandy, the main Boulevard is open for business and the Babushkas are out in full force. Visited my favorite store, the nut and candy store, Vintage Food 287 Brighton Beach between 2nd and 3rd. All kinds of terrific chocolates here. Hint: Anything with camels or squirrels pictured on the wrapper is good. Had a nice beef Pirogee at the window to the left of Vintage.
Everything is back except for one glaring exception. Sorry Mel! M&I is closed for good. Word is that their owners got tired and their spoiled kids didn't want to continue to legacy.