The demographics may have changed over the years, but Park Slope has always been a residential neighborhood: Apartment buildings and brownstones line up cheek-to-jowl on quiet streets, which slope gently downhill from Prospect Park. As such, the area is populated by neighborhood restaurants—the most lovable of all establishments—the kinds that don’t prompt cross-city journeys, but which turn out cared-for food, and cultivate their regulars. Are there destination restaurants in Park Slope? Two or three at the most. But the art of the neighborhood restaurant is alive and well.
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 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).
Read on to see our list of runners up.
Presenting the runners up, in no particular order….
Empanada Lady* (Empanadas), 13th Street and Fifth Avenue; Bussaco** (New American), 833 Union Street, 718-857-8828; Sheep Station (Australian Pub), 149 Fourth Avenue, 718-857-4337; La Villa Pizzeria (Pizza, Italian), 261 Fifth Avenue, 718-499-9888; Bark Hot Dogs (High-end hot dogs) 474 Bergen Street, 718-789-1939; Rose Water (New American), 787 Union Street, 718-783-3800; S’Nice*** (Vegetarian) 315 Fifth Avenue, 718-788-2121; Get Fresh Table and Market (New American, Greenmarket), 370 Fifth Avenue, 718-360-8469; Watana Siam (Thai) 420 Seventh Avenue, 718-832-1544; Anthony’s (Pizza, Italian), 426A Seventh Avenue, 718-369-8315; Ghenet (Ethiopian), 348 Douglass Street, 718-230-4475; Bar Toto (Italian cafe) 475 Sixth Avenue, 718-768-4698; Bonnie’s Grill (American) 278 Fifth Avenue, 718-369-9527; Fatoosh (Middle Eastern) 437 Fifth Avenue, 718-369-0606; Total Wine Bar (American, bar snacks) 74 Fifth Avenue, 718-783-5166; Sidecar (American, eclectic) 560 Fifth Avenue, 718-369-0077; Kinara (Indian) 473 Fifth Avenue, 718-499-3777; Nibble Nook (Trinidadian) 349 Fifth Avenue, 718-788-2548; Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Seafood, American, French), 280 Fifth Avenue, 718-840-0404; Alchemy (Gastropub) 56 Fifth Avenue, 718-636-4385.
* Not a restaurant, but she’s one of the only dependable sources of good street food in the neighborhood. ** The only reason this isn’t on the winner’s list only because of the recent chef-shuffling, which makes it hard to know what you’re going to get. *** Fake meat not recommended.
Read on to see the 10 best restaurants in Park Slope…
10. Beer Table (New American, Pub), 427 Seventh Avenue, 718-965-1196 9. Applewood (New American), 501 11th Street, 718-788-1810 8. ZuZu Ramen (Ramen, Japanese), 173 Fourth Avenue, 718-398-9898 7. Cafe Steinhof (Austrian) 422 Seventh Avenue, 718-369-7776 6. Chiles and Chocolate (Oaxacan), 54 Seventh Avenue, 718-230-7700
Read on to see winners five through 10…
5. Tacos Nuevo Mexico (Mexican, antojitos) 491 Fifth Avenue, 718-832-0050 4. Taro Sushi (Sushi, Japanese) 446 Dean Street, 718-398-0872 3. Convivium Osteria (Italian, Portuguese) 68 Fifth Avenue, 718-857-1833 2. Stone Park Cafe (New American, eclectic) 324 Fifth Avenue, 718-369-0082 1. Al Di La (Northern Italian, Venetian) 248 5th Avenue, 718-636-8888
Did we miss your favorite? Do tell in the comments.