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Just moved to Park Slope - where to eat and buy food?

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My husband and I just moved to Park Slope, and are eager to explore the amazing food options in our new hood. Recommendations for our best options for dining and shopping are much appreciated - from browsing the boards, I know we'll be checking out al di la, franny's, and blue ribbon sushi at some point, and we've already enjoyed amazing food from the Saturday and Sunday farmer's markets (we LOVE the fish stands at both!) and eaten several tasty sandwiches from Mr. Falafel.

Any suggestions would be great, though ideas for the following would be especially helpful, since we're on a budget and can't eat at the fancy places very often:

1) Best reasonably priced takeout - especially chinese, japanese, thai, indian, and pizza
2) Best bar for food (especially burgers!) and/or excellent draft beer
3) Best specialty food shopping (eg good and reasonably priced cheese, wine, Asian/Latin American groceries)
4) Best Ice cream, pastries, and other sweets
5) Best reasons to join the Food Co-op

We're at 3rd and the park and willing to walk, but places relatively close to 3rd St are a plus! Thanks in advance!

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Mr. Falafel
226 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  1. I'll handle number 2: The best place for burgers and beer is Bonnie's, on Fifth Avenue between 1st and Garfield.

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    1. re: motl

      A 2nd for Bonnies. The burger is very good. Even better are the Buffalo wings, the best I've ever had. Order them medium spicy. Hotter than that and the heat overwhelms the flavor.

      Two other places that serve very good burgers are Bar Toto and Johnny Macks.

      http://bartoto.com/index.html

      http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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      Bar Toto
      475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Johnny Mack's
      1114 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      1. re: Bob Martinez

        Finally got to Bonnie's a few weeks back - yum! I liked the regular-level spicy, though maybe I should have tried the medium. We've also enjoyed the burger at Dram Shop, though they're very different. Will have to check out Bar Toto and Johnny Macks soon!

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        Bar Toto
        475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Johnny Mack's
        1114 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        1. re: rovingfoodie

          Thanks for reporting back.

          The burgers at Macks are very good - they're the big, loosely packed ones like you get at Waterfront Ale House and Molly's.

          The ones at Bar Toto are also that type but are served on pita bread and they've got a nice range of options. They also have very good paninis as well. We usually split the Bar Toto burger (red onions and gorgonzola) and a panini. The burger is really good but very rich. It can be overwhelming. Splitting one works best with half a panini as a chaser.

          If you're looking for a field trip you can do a lot worse than getting out to Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park. It's a 10 minute ride on the R train to the 45th St. station. The tacos are very good but the cemitas are extraordinary. I highly recommend the pollo asado. Prices are crazy cheap.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6704...

          Menu here - http://www.grubhub.com/nyc/tacos-mata...

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          Waterfront Ale House
          155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Bar Toto
          475 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Tacos Matamoros
          5717 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

    2. 5) best reason to join the Coop?
      cheap high quality food, and because you have the time to do your shift that is a membership requirement. If you don't want to make the time, don't bother - it'll just be frustrating.

      much of what you're looking for has been discussed very thoroughly (and repeatedly) here, so keep reading! In my opinion, we don't have *great* options for great ethnic takeout, just okay and ordered due to proximity

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      1. re: pitu

        here's a p.s. about the Coop
        http://twitpic.com/1twcmi
        from
        http://twitter.com/foodcoop

        1. re: pitu

          Well, we joined the co-op and love it - I even got a weeknight shift my first try! It's become our go-to spot for fruits, veggies, cereal, dried goods, eggs, chicken, hummus, beer, and fancy cheese, though I have to admit I keep an eye on the beer sales at the 7th Ave Key Foods - they have amazing deals sometimes. We still go to the farmer's market for fish, though, and to Sunset Park for Asian groceries.

        2. Wine: I like the selection at Picada and Vino, 5th Av. at 3rd
          Latin American groceries - you'll do better going to some of the markets on 5th Avenue in Sunset Park (around 45th St.)
          Ice Cream: The Van Leeuwen truck has been hanging around 5th Avenue lately in the early evening.
          Indian: nothing really exceptional but Joy Indian on Flatbush is pretty reliable.
          Chinese: fuhgeddaboutit - go to Chinatown!

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          5th Av Cafe
          432 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          1. Blue Apron on Union near Seventh is a very good choice for high quality, and fairly priced cheeses, cured meats and other fancy foods. D'Vine Taste on Seventh is also good for fancy/exotic items and also middle eastern prepared food, cheeses not as well kept however. Brooklyn Larder is a good bit farther away and pricy but has wonderful stuff, also. Reasonably priced cheese is a rarer bird in park slope that very good cheese.

            For hispanic stuff, the grocery store on 5th Ave at around 6th has a good range, as does the store at 5th ave and 17th st., which is totally hispanic focussed. They have both changed chain affiliations recently so I dont remember the names.

            There arent any asian groceries per se nearby, but most of the korean grocers as well as some of the fish markets will have a fair selection of Japanese, chinese or Korean dry products. For chinese groceries galore go to 8th Ave in Sunset Park, indian there is Patel on 4th Ave (50s, Gujarati) and Bangla Nagar (Church Ave, Bengali)

            For pastries, I would check out Trois Pomme on 5th, Almondine on 9th and fall back to Sweet Melissa, 7th Ave around 2nd. Almondine, Blue Apron and Brooklyn Bread (5th Ave around 4th) all have good artisanal bread.

            We think La Villa has very good pizza for takeout but its very pricy - and sometimes doesnt get there real quickly.

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            D'Vine Taste
            150 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            Blue Apron Foods
            814 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            1. re: jen kalb

              Forgot to mention Prospect Wine Shop, which I like best of the neighborhood wine merchants, interesting, tasty and decently priced selection, including organics, helpful and knowlegeable staff

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              Prospect Wine Shop
              322 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              1. re: jen kalb

                Thanks for the recommendations - I've enjoyed Prospect Wine Shop, Almondine, and Sweet Melissa (they have a very cute backyard!) and am looking forward to stopping into Blue Apron and Trois Pomme soon.

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                Trois Pommes
                260 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Almondine
                85 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                Sweet Melissa
                276 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                Prospect Wine Shop
                322 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            2. 1) Thai- bang for your buck is Song (cheap, tons of food, decent standard thai) quality of food for thai is Watana.
              2) Dram is good for a burger and draft- they have a great selection of draft beers. Avoid on game days unless you like the crowds.
              3) I LOVE Slope Cellars, which is a bit far for you (7th ave and 14th st) It is, hands down, my fave wine shop in the hood. Its also next door to Grab, which is a specialty food shop with excellent cheeses and olives at about 20% less than other shops in the hood, including Union market. They also have growlers of beer if thats your thing,

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              Watana
              420 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Slope Cellars
              436 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              1. re: CarmenR

                Slope Cellars is excellent. Ask for a punch card.

                Baguettes at Almondine (9th Street & 7th Ave by the F Train Stop) are very good as well.

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                Slope Cellars
                436 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Almondine
                442 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              2. Re: Bonnie's, opinions are definitely mixed. I'd say the lovers outweigh the haters (or 'shruggers'). I'm definitely in the latter category, plenty of raves, but also lots of naysayers, just FYI. Interested if you go where you fall in.

                1. 1) Forget about Indian and Chinese in this neighborhood, nothing good. Thai, go for song, Japanese Giedo and Taro, Pizza I think Roma Pizza on 7th near Union is pretty good, I used to LOVE Pizza Villa Rustica but have found lately that it's sometimes terrible.
                  2) With bars around here, I think the best strategy is to bring your own food. Best beer selections are at the Gate and Mission Dolores, and the Gate is very near to Bonnies, which truly is the best bang for the buck burger-wise. I do enjoy the burger at James quite a bit though (it's pricier).
                  3) Key Food on Fifth Avenue has a surprisingly awesome selection of ethic foods from all over the world, and also, surprisingly enough, amazing selection of specialty beers. If good prices are important to you, I would join the coop, however.
                  4) Only ice cream around here I think is worth writing home about is at Blue Marble, which is on Underhill in prospect heights. For pastries, I would go to one of the small specialty marts like Blue Apron that carry from the city's better bakeries. Almondine is awesome -- voted best baguette a few years ago.
                  5) Price and selection are the best reasons to buy at the coop. You'll get hooked--produce that's from some of the same farmers at the Greenmarket for much less $$$, fabulous availability of all sorts of great meats, cheeses, beers, everything year-round.

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                  Blue Apron Foods
                  814 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  Mission Dolores
                  249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                  1. In general, I'll say that the best place we've eaten so far in this neighborhood is Applewood. Here's my review from last summer: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722051.

                    To the co-op, of which I'm a member, I can say a few things. They have good prices on fresh, organic produce. But if you don't care about organic, then prices are just expensive compared to what you'll get at your local supermarket. On a few other specialty yippie items, such as Bonner's soap and bulk cereals, the prices are good as well. Other than that, the prices for the things we want are just average. The major downside is that the place is almost always packed, especially during regular shopping times like evenings after work and weekends.

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                    Applewood
                    501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                    1. Chinese take-out ... Sun Bo Bo

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                      Sun Bo
                      4285 Main St, Queens, NY 11355