Net Cost Market
Just around the corner from the Neck Road stop in Sheepshead Bay.
ABC Birch Juice
Technically birch sap, it's actually a light and refreshing drink. Right next to the ABC was another brand that has birch rose hip juice.
Sadochok was the juice brand that was present at every celebration I went to in Ukraine. They have many flavors: apple, strawberry, carrot and multi-vitamin (includes strawberries, pear, apple, and peach).
Eastern European Beers
A large selection of Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish beers are available, though they tend to be on the lighter side. One very sessionable beer in stock is L'vivske 1715.
Pickled carrots tossed with special spices at home becomes "Korean Carrot Salad" that has a peppery bite. Find them in the aisle that has pickled everything: carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and, of course, pickles.
From sweet to spicy, there's a sauce for everyone's palate on this shelf. The Nezhyn company makes rich eggplant spread that can be added to dishes or just used as a condiment. Both brands make lecho, a sweet, chopped pepper sauce that I would always demolish much too quickly.
Artek Wafer Cookies
Forget everything you thought you knew about wafer cookies. Eastern Europeans make them better, fresher, and tastier. They come in flavors from condensed milk to cappuccino, so no judgment if you pull them apart layer by layer to enjoy them longer.
Though they look like little bagels, these semi-sweet hard breads are actually considered a dessert. During fasts, they're one of the few sweets available and are sold fresh on strings outside orthodox churches in Ukrainian towns.
Chocolates Upon Chocolates
There's an entire aisle of chocolates, including this section where you can create your own mix within the same price range. A couple aisles away they have the same thing with diabetic sweets.
Generally made with a fluffy cake, cream, and jam, roulettes make a perfect pairing for an afternoon coffee or tea. They have boxed roulettes, but these are made on site.
Kvass is essentially Eastern Europe's rootbeer—the taste is difficult to describe to people who have never tried it. The base is malt, similar to some carbonated drinks in South America, but it comes in a range of sweetness. The brand pictured is one of the least sweet.
Whether you call them pierogi, varenyki, or pelmeni, Net Cost sells them. In the frozen section they offer a wide variety of sweet and savory dumplings, but also make their own on site that you can buy by weight.
For all you meat lovers out there, this section of the store is pig heaven. This isn't the only rack of sausages, either. The deli offers even more options.
Tvoroh is a soft, mild cheese that's used in many Eastern European dishes. Dessert dumplings are filled with this cheese, sweetened, with raisins added. Babushkas will sell homemade versions at small town bazaars.
Dried mushrooms are sold right next to several varieties of bullion (including mushroom, vegetarians!) for at-home soup making.
A quick and easy Eastern European dessert is layers of wafer sheets and condensed milk, a kind of sweeter, less fluffy icebox cake. Best of all, you can have your dessert in five minutes flat.
Assorted Breads and Pastries
The bakery section has packaged cookies, breads, and pastries including these Russian gingerbreads that are soft and not too sweet. The bakery itself turns out fresh bread all day long, including dark breads studded with chewy sunflower seeds.