Moving to Brooklyn
Some friends and I are planning on moving into an apartment in Brooklyn next fall. We're currently deciding between a place in Willamsburg and a place in Park Slope. I was wondering, from a culinary point of view, which would be a better area to live?
Williamsburg is better food wise, except if you live in the slope you have the food coop and the farmer's market.
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Park Slope is better food wise. There is some good stuff in Williamsburg, but there are some "top-notch" places in Park Slope (A Di La, Applewood, Blue Ribbon, etc.), as well as a ton of other good choices, especially along 5th Ave. Also, in Park Slope, you are surrounded by the food choices of other neighborhoods (Ft. Greene, Smith St., etc.) whereas in Williamsburg you pretty much have Williamsburg. Better choice of groceries in the Slope as well. But, that's just my opinion.
I think williamsburg has much better affordable options, while PS has better higher-end options. Depends on what you like to spend on dinner....
W-burg has better beer, too! Barcade, Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn Brewery Happy Hours, Mugs.
I've lived in both and I would definitely vote for Williamsburg for food, particularly if good cheap eats is a big consideration. If you're looking for fine dining though, then Park Slope would be it, although there are also a lot of aggravatingly overpriced mediocrities there. Even better for all food would be somewhere in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens region.
As someone else mentioned you are also considerably closer in Williamsburg to the food wonders of Queens (my present residence). But be prepared to live amongst an awful lot of 25 year olds.