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Aug 18, 2008 08:39 PM

Best Eats in Park Slope

Hello, I just moved the city and am located in Park Slope. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best eats in the neighborhood and around the neighborhood, as I am a little overwhelmed by the options since I am coming from a place with only an Applebees and McDonalds.

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  1. The consensus choices for best in the neighborhood will be Al di la; Applewood; Blue Ribbon; Canaille; Convivium; Rose Water; Stone Park Café; Taro Sushi; and Tempo. All other nominations will be down to personal tastes. They're all on 5th Avenue except Applewood (11th St.), Rose Water (Union St.) and Taro Sushi (Dean St.). Someone is bound to suggest Franny's for pizza, but that's technically in Prospect Heights. Likewise, Geido is a good Japanese restaurant, but it's in Prospect Heights. Someone will mention Bonnie's, a hole-in-the-wall lunch counter that serves a very good hamburger. There's also a new Ethiopian place called Ghenet on 4th Ave. and an old place called 12th St. Bar & Grill that someone might mention. Beyond that, it gets controversial. Every other place in the hood is either your kind of place or it's not - it all depends on what you like.

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    1. re: Juanita

      "Bonnie's, a hole-in-the-wall lunch counter that serves a very good hamburger."

      While Bonnie's certainly isn't fancy, calling it a hole-in-the-wall place isn't accurate in the normal usage of the phrase. I think that usually implies a measure of shabbyness. New York magazine captured it best when they said it has the feel of a college diner. It's bright, clean, and has a bit of style.

      The burgers are very good and the wings are excellent. (Don't make the mistake of being overly macho - order them medium hot.)

      I agree on all your other recommendations.

      1. re: Juanita

        I would definitely include Moutarde in the high-end category. It's as good a French restaurant as you are likely to find anywhere.

        1. re: ITtraveller

          Is MOUTARDE really that good? We have passed by often, and the facade is beautiful...authentically Parisian, but how is the food?

          1. re: Fleur

            The food varies. Some things are just adequate but the steak frites and endive salad is first rate. Get the sirloin, not the hanger steak. At $18 it appears to be a bargain but the portion is woefully small. In contrast the sirloin at $22 is nicely sized and a real value.

            1. re: Fleur

              I have a particular liking for the skate. It is delicately floured, and has a nice buttery flavor

        2. I agree with the majority of the spots on this post. Al Di La, Applewood, Blue Ribbon, Rose Water, Convivium, Stone Park, Tempo, Taro are all excellent. I also really enjoy Song for inexpensive Thai, La Taqueria for Cali-Mex, Chilis and Chocolate for Oaxacan (best enchiladas here) and Flatbush Farm. Alchemy, Melt and Miriam are decent options as well. If you venture over to Prospect Heights (my neck of the woods), Geido, Franny's (overrated in my opinion, but good), Amorina, Beast and James are all very good and moderately priced.

          12th st bar and grill has a nice menu and good ambiance, Bonnie's I like, but I don't find the burger that amazing.

          For bars The Gate, Lighthouse Tavern, Loki Lounge, Flatbush Barn, Union Hall (only when it's not a mad house), Dram Shop, Commonwealth and more.

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          1. re: ginsbera

            Alchemy had gotten great press and an inviting menu, so I was surprised to be disappointed when I finally ate there a couple of months ago and got a very bland chicken sandwich that wouldn't have been out of place at a chain restaurant.

            Tried it again today. Two of us ordered the delicious-sounding BLTs, both arrived with stingily thin slices of not very flavorful tomato and dried-out reheated bacon (the same that wasn't so good on top of their chicken sandwich).

          2. You'll have the best luck by actually searching the boards (maybe by cuisine when you're in the mood). One thing that's great about living here is that you can actually walk everywhere -- including a lot of great markets (we take it for granted that most of us have 5 decent baguettes within a 5-block radius in NYC). Check out the farmers' market at Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays (everything from produce to dairy to humanely raised meat and fresh-caught fish) for instance, and even though people have a love-hate relationship with it, the Park Slope Food Coop. Oh, and while you're at it, head over to Fairway in Red Hook, for the great shopping and the view.

            And welcome to the city!

            1. I agree with many of the above recs, but I'll pitch in my two cents, for what it's worth:

              For really good veggie/vegan stuff, try S'nice, on third and 5th avenue.
              For great Shepards pie, go to Chip Shop (British fare)
              Chinese food: lacking, Red Hot on seventh seems to get attention, I like it.
              Indian food: eh, I usually order from Kinara
              Peruvian food: El Pollo, on 5th, Great chicken
              Pizza: I've been partial to Peppe's, on 4th ave, people have strong opinions on this one
              Muffins/Baked Goods: I like Trois Pommes (5th ave) and Lady Bird (8th ave).
              Beer: go to Beer Table for a unique selection on Tap, pretty much my favorite place in the Slope.
              Coffee: Gorilla coffee seems to be the favorite in the neighborhood, I'm partial to the mellower roasts at Ozzies, on Fifth. Both places roast their own, and both are better than Starbucks.
              Mexican: I like Rachel's (5th) and "chiles and chocolate" (7th).

              I'm not a Taro lover, but I"m in the vast minority. I like Blue Ribbon Sushi, but I'm in the minority on that too. There are plenty of posts on this subject.

              I'd also recommend Palo Santo, on Union Street; I love the food and atmosphere there.

              Welcome to the neighborhood, We've been here for 6 years now, we like it a lot.

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              1. re: gfood

                don't forget Bierkraft for the best beer selection and high end cheeses, meats and chocolates.

                1. re: ginsbera

                  I forgot one place which I think deserves mentioning: The Chocolate Room, on fifth avenue.

                2. re: gfood

                  Yes, Palo Santo should've been included in my list of consensus choices.. I think most people who've tried it really like it.

                3. I can't argue with the best in the neighborhood selections. Here are my cheap eats choices. When I lived in Park Slope I found that I ordered my pizza from Joe's on 7th Ave., chinese from Hunan Delight on Union and 6th, and Mediterranean from Pita Pan on 7th Ave. and (1st?). The pizza and chinese are reliable companions, but for someone who is used to Applebees and McDonalds you may want to try Pita Pan is an alternative to fast 'food'.