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chocokitty Jun 1, 2008 08:45 PM

Hey 'hounders,

A few friends and I are planning to take a food tour at Park Slope this Saturday (we're not from the area and plan to be there around 3 pm) and would like a few suggestions in terms of where to have a late lunch/brunch (is Miriam good?).

May you please recommend any dessert/bakeries and coffee places that serves good cappuccino near the nabe? In terms what type of cuisine, we're pretty much open, as long as it's breaking away from the normal brunch food.

Thanks in advance!
Tina

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  1. Mel loves food RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 09:45 AM

    If you're beer fans. I'd highly reccomend stopping in Beer Table for a post-brunch drink.

    http://www.beertable.com/

    With 4 beers on tap and about 30 very well selected bottles. I've never had an experience quite like it. The best way to describe is the beer equivalent of a wine bar.

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      ginsbera RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 10:12 AM

      There is so much to eat in the slope, its tough to say where to start. Here are a few ideas:

      - Rosewater for brunch - very seasonal and very good
      - Sweet Melissa's Bakery or Cousin John's
      - Blue Apron foods is a great specialty store
      - Bierkraft for the best beer selection in the area as well as meats and cheeses
      - Dram Shop a new bar on 9th street is a fun place to get some pool and shuffleboard in as well as a cheap beer ($2.50 12-3 on Saturdays). I've covered a lot of the area in more detail at the link below:

      http://always-eating.blogspot.com/

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        chocokitty RE: ginsbera Jun 2, 2008 01:08 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions!

        But what would any or all of you recommend for non-brunch food? Not to say I hate pancakes, omelets, etc., but we're not in the mood for that...

        Also, where are some good coffee places nearby (especially cappuccino since a friend of mine is obsessed with it)?

        Thanks again!

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          ginsbera RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 01:27 PM

          you can go to frannys for lunch

          everyone likes gorilla coffee (so I hear), I'm not a coffee drinker. Also joyce bakeshop on vanderbilt in prospect heights is very popular.

      2. Peter Cuce RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 01:13 PM

        You should consider searching the board - there are billions of posts about Park Slope brunch.
        Cousin Johns is mediocre for both sweets and coffee. I don't have enough experience with Sweet Melissa baked goods, but you won't find a revelatory cappucino there. For that I suggest either Cafe Regular on 11th St just off 5th Ave or Southside Coffee on 19th St and 6th Ave (just outside Park Slope). Cafe Regular has good sweets from Marquet Patisserie and bread from Sullivan St, while Southside has less good things from Colson Patisserie. Perhaps your quest for cappucino should be separate from that for sweets, in which case you could hit Ladybird Bakery on 8th Ave near 11th St for a blackout cupcake. Another place for excellent sweets is Trois Pommes Patisserie on 5th Ave between Garfield Pl and Carroll St, fairly close to Miriam, if you end up there.

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          Budino RE: Peter Cuce Jun 2, 2008 06:22 PM

          I second the Trois Pommes recommendation. Excellent pastries, fantastic gelato and sorbet, and they carry gorilla coffee (and have a much nicer atmosphere than gorilla does).

          Miriam is very nice for brunch, though it is more or less standard fare with a middle eastern spin.

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            Peter Cuce RE: Budino Jun 2, 2008 06:59 PM

            Trois Pommes sometimes makes good drip but I don't think their cappucino would be up to your friends' expectations, which is why I recommended the places that I did.

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              chocokitty RE: Peter Cuce Jun 3, 2008 03:12 AM

              The cappuccino place can be separate from the bakery. I know the majority of the time bakeries don't know how to make a good cup - they're not trained baristas.

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          marcantel RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 01:33 PM

          I would suggest the Chocolate Room for sweets and good coffee, definitely Beer Table for drinks and snacks, specialty shops - Bierkraft, Restaurants - Rose Water, Al di la, Bogota, Applewood, Melt, Song, Little D. At 3 pm, you'll definitely get more than typical brunch food.

          1. prdct RE: chocokitty Jun 2, 2008 02:21 PM

            I like miriam a lot for brunch, but I do find it to be fairly typical brunch food with a bit of israeli twist. I'm not sure if its original enough for your purposes. I love Franny's for lunch on a weekend, espeically if you can sit in their back garden. The new Mexican place on 7th avenue, Barrio, has brunch and a outdoor patio, and I suppose mexican food could count as non-standard brunch food.

            1. NYJewboy RE: chocokitty Jun 3, 2008 05:15 AM

              Just go to Al Di La 7 times in a row.

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                allieinbklyn RE: NYJewboy Jun 3, 2008 06:06 PM

                I like Trois Pommes, but was really disappointed to be charged 4.50 for a lemonade there this weekend. Nothing special, just a lemondade. Are you kidding?!

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                chocokitty RE: chocokitty Jun 3, 2008 07:12 PM

                I know I'm keep adding more to this, but do you know any good ice cream/gelaterias near or in Park Slope? I think it's going to be a scorcher this weekend and this might seem like a better route than pastries...

                Thanks!

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                  prdct RE: chocokitty Jun 4, 2008 10:19 AM

                  I haven't tried it, but I hear great things about the gelato at Tempo Presto (next door to the main restaurant). Their flavors always look very enticing.

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