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Nov 6, 2010 02:26 PM

Park Slope Gems

Lived in Park slope about 5 years ago. Things sure have changed....just here for a few days.....
are there any places I should try ?
seeking great bakery, grocery stores..., great sushi
love the union market on 7th avenue

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    1. Yeah, Union Market has come in handy. Love that they carry goods from Baked, especially their coffee crisp bar. I haven't been here five years ago, so can't say what's new in Park Slope. I have a feeling the Almondine Bakery is on the newer side. Their chocolate almond croissants and almond croissants are very delicious. I'm not a fan of their regular croissants as I find it a bit on the dry side. I've had a bad experience with one of their baked goods as it was stale.

      I haven't had any sushi here (with the exception of Blue Ribbon on 5th Ave a couple of years ago). Have a feeling you'll find decent sushi, but not great sushi. Manhattan is probably stronger in that arena.

      If you don't want to trek to any of the C-towns, Hanco's also makes a decent banh mi. It's probably more to American tastes as they're pretty generous with the fillings. One thing I like is when I order it spicy, it's pretty spicy (more than what I get in Chinatown).

      85 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Union Market
      754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      350 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        Just wanted to report that I've noticed a change with Almondine's plain croissants in the last couple of months. Much flakier and not as dry. Good news!

        1. re: Miss Needle

          The Hanco's banh mi is good. I had it tonite. They gave me hot sauce on the side, to spice it up. The bread quality is good. The sandwich is better than Nicky's in EV.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            I know this is an old post, but thought I would make some comments. For sushi Kiku and Sushi Katsueiare great among some other ones in the neighborhood.

            Union Market isn't what it used to be. Their prices are horribly over-priced, and why would anyone choose to go there now when there are a number of other gourmet markets in the neighborhood that are considerably less money for the same products. Whole Foods has come to the neighborhood, and it looks like the dollar store compared to Union Market. The only thing somewhat reasonable there is their olive bar.

            NuNu Chocolates bakery just opened up recently on 5th Ave. Instead of going to Union, you can go to Du Jour, Blue Sky, Buttermilk, Lady Bird, Colson Patisserie, L’Albero, Cousin John's, etc.

            For markets, try Whole Foods, Park Slope’s Down to Earth Farmers Market, D’ Vine Taste, Blue Apron Foods, BKLYN Larder, Ivy Garden, etc.

            I won't even begin on the long list of some of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood!

            1. re: IEatMyVeggies

              How could you possibly compare Kiku, run of the mill crappy Chinese sushi, to Katsuei, some of the best sushi in NYC?

              1. re: Peter Cuce

                I like it, find it fresh and not hard to get in so that is all that matters to me. The poster wanted opinions and that is mine!

              2. re: IEatMyVeggies

                Katsuei is the only decent sushi in Park Slope and including neighboring areas. Perhaps the only good one in Brooklyn. Mano-san used to work in Manhattan at Sushisay ( i'm pretty certain).
                I like Cousin John's bakery

            2. Might want to stay away from Union Market on Sunday afternoon/evening. Crowds, strollers, etc. place gets to be a bit of a zoo...

              Restaurants-wise, I think Stone Park is quite good.

              Stone Park Cafe
              324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Union Market
              754 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              1. re: Pedr0

                Union Market's prepared food is horrible, just horrible. With seamless these days there is no point for anyone to get prepared food from there where anywhere under the sun with deliver.

              2. I'll try to actually answer the question:
                I like Kappa Sake house, on 5th; not a sushi bar, but great Japanese cooking and Sake, w/ some sushi.
                Beer Table, on 7th, for eclectic food and great beer
                Trois Pommes on seventh is a great bakery, imo; Almondine opened on 9th but I haven't been to the Park Slope cafe yet.

                Trois Pommes
                260 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Beer Table
                427 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                442 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                1. re: gfood

                  Unfortunately, Kappa sake house is closed...

                  As far as new places to try, none of these are sushi or a bakery -- but I love Littleneck. Second the rec for Beer Table, as well. Culture has awesome frozen yogurt from house-made yogurt. Not sure if Brooklyn Larder was here 5 years ago but if you haven't been their sandwiches are great. Lots of people like Fort Reno, I haven't been. I think Zuzu Ramen is pretty tasty too.

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