Tomorrow, we turn our thoughts and appetites to Park Slope, Brooklyn. The area has a long history, first as a Native American settlement, and later as farmland cultivated by the Dutch colonizers. George Washington and his troops fought part of the Battle of Brooklyn in what is now Prospect Park. In the 20th century, the neighborhood was home to a growing Irish and Italian population, and then a burgeoning Latin-American community. Most recently, Park Slope has been known for gentrification, as professionals priced out of Manhattan sought Brooklyn’s slightly larger spaces and cheaper rents.
Park Slope has its fair share of mediocre restaurants, but there’s also a host of terrific stuff, including al pastor tacos, Tuscan-style tripe, street empanadas, pizza, chewy spaetzle, pristine sushi, fantastic burgers, Portuguese sardines, and more.
For the purposes of this list, we’ve decided to define the neighborhood generously, including what is now called South Slope, and a tiny square of Windsor Terrace. Restaurants that are fair game for inclusion will fall within the boundaries of Flatbush to the north (including the south side of Flatbush), 15th Street to the south, Prospect Park West to the east, and Fourth Avenue to the west (including the western side of Fourth).
Nominations gratefully accepted in the comments section.