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Jul 21, 2006 06:51 PM

Brief Return to Park Slope--WIll You Comment on My Old Faves?

I apologize if you read these same questions on my post to the Manhattan board [before I amended it today, July 24, to avoid redundancy]:

But I wanted to ask for your comments/suggestions/updates on the status of some of my old favorites in Brooklyn and the Slope.

* Grimaldi’s. I’m planning a late lunch to avoid the lines, for old time’s sake. I read about their customer-service issues, but I'm still leaning towards going for it.

* Blue Ribbon Brooklyn. I’m avoiding their sushi place after reading bad things about it here. Please tell me that BR's fried chicken is still good.

* Al di Là or Tempo. Can you recommend new pasta dishes? Has service or quality gone downhill at either place? I moved away almost a year ago, so I’d appreciate any updates.

* Taro Sushi in the Slope. I understand from a previous post that it's best on a Friday or Saturday night.

* Anything new that I shouldn't miss?

I plan to hit Blue Apron for packaged fine foods, cured meats, and cheeses. Does anyone have recommendations on new items or old standards that will keep well? I need to take advantage of this opportunity since similar offerings in Texas are quite poor.

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback you could give me.


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  1. stone park on 5th ave is pretty fabulous. great room, nice staff, and terrific food.

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    1. re: ary

      Stone park is Great for Sunday Brunch! But I've also discovered the Black Pearl Brunch with unlimited Bloodys or Mimosas.

    2. These may not be new but rosewater, al di la, convivium, although it may be slipping and applewood are my picks.

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      1. re: josh L

        Josh, what's your comment on Convivium?

        1. re: jen kalb

          the last two dinners I've had, while still pretty good have been sloppy. The sardines were dried out and a bit off, and I had a poached fish dish was places over veggies, which were not properly prepared. I also split a steak with my dad, ordered rare and was sent out way over done. I've found the food to be much more consistent at Al di La lately. The owners of Convivium need to get back in the kitchen.

          1. re: josh L

            I hope they are reading along...

            1. re: jen kalb

              I too had some really foul sardines at Convivium.

      2. some input-

        -Grimaldi's is Grimaldi's. Not bad, but you could certainly do better at Di Fara's

        -Thankfully, al di la is the same. Same great waiters, same great menu, same great prices (and same lines). Let's hope is stays that way. My fave app- tripe (or baccala); pasta- beet ravioli; entree- rabbit.

        -I don't know how Taro differs from weeknights to weekends, but if you do go on a weekend, don't go too early. It seems like Sano (the head chef/owner) starts a little later.

        There certainly have been a ton of new places that have opened, but you can't go wrong with Taro, al di la, and Blue Ribbon.

        1. Al di La and Tempo are both great. I can't choose between the two except to say that Al Di La will be more crowded and the tables are a lot closer together (actually they they'll turn a table for six [2x3] into three tables for two). It will also be more noisy. But the food is still great. Also Tempo will take reservations.

          1. I'm not a Blue Apron fan. Most of the meats and cheeses are pretty mild and standard fare. I do like International Taste on 150 7th Avenue by Garfield. They don't have Ehmer hot dogs or some of the deli that Apron has but what they lack in some variety they make up for in quality, such as the Lebanese and Spanish cheeses, the strong sheep, goat and regular bries, the salamis and hams, etc.