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New to Park Slope (PPW and 13th)

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  • 3fish Aug 30, 2010 12:12 PM
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Like to walk... love ethnic Greek, Italian, Spanish, etc etc. The previous overview of PS is old... where do you recommend (willing to leave the environs if easy walk or subway. Also... recommendations for markets, grocery stores, etc. Help and thanks.

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  1. Search for South Slope and Windsor Terrace - lots of posts in addition to Park Slope.
    We like Fez on PPW

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    Fez Cafe
    240 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Can you tell me what you like about Fez? Is it just good for the neighborhood or a good restaurant in general? I've only been there once and thought it was kind of mediocre. The braised lamb shank was nicely tender but was served with a clear consomme with two dried prunes and two dried apricots. There was no body to it whatsoever. Hummus sorely needed some sort of acid -- either that or some salt. The service and artwork there is very charming but I was underwhelmed by the food. I think I'd rather much go to Atlantic Ave for my Moroccan fix.

      1. re: Miss Needle

        it doesnt help with the quality but i do believe i saw fez on restaurant.com (i think the deal was $2 for a 25 dollar gift certificate with a 35 dollar minimum purchase)

        1. re: Miss Needle

          hm, its been a while since we have been. The tagine I remember wasnt as you describe, and the little salads, etc were fresh and tasty. I thought it pretty good by the standards of Brooklyn Moroccan - it must be 20 yrs since I ate Moroccan on Atlantic Ave,however. We will have to revisit and see if I can still recommend.

          1. re: jen kalb

            where can you get moroccan on atlantic ave?

            1. re: missmasala

              back in the day the Almontaser family had several restaurants with Moroccan food down around Atlantic and Court. some history is on this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/241377 Someone else will have to answer about the current situation. There were a few Moroccan restaurants in Bay Ridge more recently (better) but I havent kept up on them. Fez was about as good as the best we had in Bay Ridge and better than the Atlantic places, but it needs a revisit.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Well, that's why I was asking, because I am on Atlantic ave all the time and have never seen a north african/moroccan restaurant there (yemeni excepted). But, since I really like moroccan food, I was hoping I had overlooked some gem.
                Never made it to the place in bay ridge (maison de couscous) before they closed and haven't managed to try Fez, either. Guess I will just stick to making couscous and tagines at home.

                1. re: missmasala

                  There used to be. The Moroccan Star, just a few door east of Sahadi's, closed about 5 years ago. It had been there forever and was very good. Sad to see it go. I believe divorce was the cause.

                  1. re: bobjbkln

                    Oh, that's terrible news! Really liked Moroccan Star. And it was a great value. Well, I guess I should amend my previous statement to say that I'd rather go to Bay Ridge for my Moroccan or go to Atlantic Ave for Middle Eastern food.

                    1. re: Miss Needle

                      Fez is a cute, friendly little place with a nice back yard. The food is fine but IMO not worth traveling for. But since the OP is in the neighborhood I would recommend dinner in the back yard on a nice warm evening.

                  2. re: missmasala

                    Not too far off Atlantic is Kif, in Fort Greene. They are a Moroccan restaurant if memory serves. Haven't been in a long time, but enjoyed the few meals I had there.

        2. You could check out my post from last summer - lots of good advice that we're still working through!

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711554

          1. The best place we've eaten so far is Applewood. Here's my review from last summer: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722051.

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            Applewood
            501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. Double Windsor has great food. I also really like the French place on PPW and Prospect, Petit Paris.

              There is a new Italian delivery only place down PPSW, Piccoli. We had a good experience our first time and the owner also owns one of my favorite neighborhood places in Carrol Gardens.

              The new Middle Eastern place on PPW and 17th is good. They make their own bread fresh for each order.

              Thistle Hill on 15th and 7th ave is very good. 12th Street Bistro isn't bad.

              My favorite sushi in the area is Ten (7th ave).

              Enzo's on PPW and 16th makes a great Grandma pizza. HIt or miss otherwise.

              Rhythm and Booze on 10th ave is a friendly neighborhood pub and has a good burger.

              There is a new Greek place but I haven't tried it yet.

              Fonda on 7th ave is worth a try. I was underwhelmed my first visit but liked it much better the second time.

              There is a lot of great Mexican food up in Sunset Park, which is not too far and Brooklyn's Chinatown is within striking distance too. Sorry if that info is remedial.

              I highly recommend Al Di La (5th ave in Park Slope).

              Chip Shop will deliver to you, love their chicken mushroom pie among other things.

              Probably my favorite restaurant in all of Brooklyn is Tanoreen in Bay Ridge. Worth the visit (Try the Fette, brussels sprouts, most of the cold mezze).

              The butcher on PPW and 16th is very good. Union Market on 7th ave has great stuff but is expensive. Grab is a nice little provisions shop on 7th ave.

              Hope this fills in any gaps you haven't already discovered for yourself.

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              Tanoreen
              7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

              Al Di La
              248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Enzo's
              1998 Williamsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10461

              Rhythm and Booze
              1674 10th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Union Market
              404 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              The Double Windsor
              210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Piccoli to Go
              157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218

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              1. re: MRich

                Double Windsor - higher than average food quality and rea$onable plus spectacular variety of craft beers on draft...Happy Hour deals until 7PM and worth it!

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                The Double Windsor
                210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              2. If you don't have time to go to Sunset Park, I find that the best Mexican is Tacos Nuevo Mexico. Chinese is another story. Best one I've found is Red Hot, but it's still not that great. Hancos makes a decent banh mi, and I see that they've recently started serving pho. Haven't tried the pho so don't have an opinion.

                For something sweet, you're right by Ladybird Bakery!

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                Ladybird Bakery
                1112 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Hanco's
                85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                Tacos Nuevo Mexico
                4410 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

                Red Hot
                349 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215