According to Chung, its new owner, Brothers Farm has done business at 83 Main Street for over 83 years. Chung, who describes himself as a "distant nephew" of the original owner, and his partner, Song Mee Kim, have completely renovated the premises and updated and upgraded its offerings. The opening celebration for friends, family and business associates included a Korean religious service and a lavish buffet, which included a number of the delicious dishes that Brothers will be offering on a regular basis.
The renovation resulted in a store that is light and airy, and a pleasure to shop in. The first thing one notices on entering Brothers, a full-service grocery and deli, is the beautiful display of cut flowers and healthy-looking plants. Most notable, however, is the produce section. There is a wide variety of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables, including organic choices. The produce selection, as well as the store's other offerings, caters to Port Washington's ethnically diverse population. We spotted (among others) plátanos (both green and yellow), broccoli rabe, raddicchio, bok choy, collard greens, yucca, papaya, chayote and batatas. There are also jalapeños and Asian hot peppers. The produce prices are competitive.
Brothers has an outstanding sushi and sashimi menu. In addition to a large variety of delicious store-made sushi and sashimi, the menu also lists noodles, soups, and some very interesting salads including seaweed salad, smoked salmon salad, avocado salad, and Korean ginseng salad. All sushi and sashimi dishes are served with green tea rice. The sushi chef proudly showed us the "party on a love boat": sushi, sashimi and rolls artfully arranged on a wooden boat. The "boats" are available for parties of two to ten for $35 to $200.
The deli provides a full line of breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as Boar's Head meats, a variety of cheeses, including flavored cream cheeses, delicious salads, and pickled jalapeños and pimentos. We sampled a number of the offerings, and found them all tasty. The store-made coleslaw, in particular, was outstanding. There are also packages of nuts and dried fruit for healthy snacking. Fresh-made Colombian coffee is available for takeout or to drink while you shop.
Brothers carries a full line of dairy, including organic milk and frozen foods. We also found an interesting assortment of hummus, including classic, roasted garlic, dill, scallion, lemon and chili pepper. Of course, the store carries standard staples: cleaning supplies, canned goods, cereals, and so forth. They have an interesting variety of teas and coffees, including the newly discovered Eight O'Clock brand.
Catering, takeout and delivery are available. Telephone 944-3660. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chung, who was born in Korea and came to this country about 25 years ago, summed it up by saying, "We have brought a little bit of Manhattan to Port Washington."