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Jun 1, 2009 08:23 PM

Lunch in Park Slope

Will be visiting Brooklyn later this month. Arriving on a Saturday around 11AM. Would like suggestions for a nice place for lunch. The main event of the weekend is dinner at Eleven Madison Park later that day, so I'm looking for a Chowhound worthy lunch destination as a prelude to that. (For me, a slice at DiFara's would fit the bill, but I want something without the hassle factor and in Park Slope). Another wrinkle to throw in here is that my wife is vegetarian (not vegan, so eggs and dairy are OK), but I am comfortable in my "flexitarian" skin. High end place, low end place, no matter - YOU help me decide. Thanks!

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  1. I'll be the first one to suggest it -- al di la. In my opinion, it's the very best restaurant in Park Slope, bar none, and they're now open for lunch. Very comfortable ambience, truly amazing northern Italian-based food. Right on Fifth Avenue, corner of Carroll Street. Plus, they have several vegetarian pasta options on their regular menu -- the squash-filled ravioli in sage and brown butter sauce is (as my mother-in-law likes to say) "to die for."

    1. Yup. Al Di La is the place. Amazing restaurant that is particularly pleasant at lunch. I'll throw Franny's out there too if you are looking for someplace further north. Franny's also has a lovely garden if you want to sit outside.

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      1. re: prdct

        I'll be the third to recommend al di la. Non- vegetarians should try the fried rabbit which, I think, is available only at lunch. It is truly unique and beyond delicious. The perfectly fried rabbit is served with a garnish of fried sage, rosemary and thinly sliced fried lemon rounds. A small side of spicy, salty (in a good way)olive relish completes the dish. It hits the savory-spicy-hot and crunchy spots all at once. Uh,oh,I think I just talked myself into an al di la lunch tomorrow.

        1. re: micki

          Cafe Steinhof has been doing lunch for a while. They have an extensive brunch/lunch menu with what they call "Austrian comfort food". I love their French toast with stewed fruit, and their dumplings with mushroom sauce are unbelievable. It's never crowded for lunch and with the many windows open during this nice weather one gets a nice European cafe vibe, never feels rushed. You can sit for hours reading the magazines from their rack, and it seems a few mothers (with strollers) have noticed.
          Seventh Avenue and 14th Street.