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Java Indonesian Rijstafel

We had a great meal here today for rijstafel, and wanted to give this place a shout-out. Had a great meal consisting of about a dozen little tastings of different Indonesian dishes, all of which were excellently prepared. Each dish had a different sauce, all of which were complex yet well-balanced in its seasoning. The only weakness was dessert (but I find that true with many Asian cuisines). The owner/server could not have been nicer. A very pleasant and exotic surprise in Park Slope.

Jul 01, 2009
coho in Outer Boroughs

Sushi in Park Slope?

Geido on Flatbush for great rolls, Taro Sushi in North Slope for sushi to rival the good Manhattan places, and Gen in Prospect Heights for both.

Jul 01, 2009
coho in Outer Boroughs

Birthday Cake in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Try Cousin John's bakery on 8th and ?Berkeley on the North Slope. We get all of our kids birthday cakes there, and all of their other stuff is also very good.

Jun 18, 2009
coho in Outer Boroughs

Franny's Wait on a thursday night

Having done both of these restaurants recently, I would strongly consider Convivium Osterio, where I found the food to be superior to Franny's. They take reservations, but make sure you bring plenty of cash, since they only accept American Express.

Aug 21, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Picnic stuff in North or Central Park Slope?

Thanks for suggestions, everyone. Ended up going to Bierkraft, and bought 2 amazing sandwiches there. The only potential downside (for me, at the time) is that the woman does such an amazing, artisanal job to make perfect sandwiches that it took a really long time. However, definitely worth the wait, and will have to plan accordingly next time.

Aug 13, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Picnic stuff in North or Central Park Slope?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a place to buy good subs or sandwiches for a picnic in Prospect Park? Looking for a place in North or Central park Slope. I was surprised that Blue Apron only makes 1 type of sandwich per day (and a limited supply of this also!). I don't think Union Market does sandwiches, but I could be mistaken. Thanks!

Aug 12, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Going to Garden Cafe and seeking recommendations

I'm going the to Garden Cafe this week for the first time. Anyone been there recently, and any must-try dishes? Thanks!

Jul 31, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Five Guys Burger in Park Slope

Five Guys is open. I was skeptical, but I now have to admit the food lives up to the hype. Flavorful double patty burger on a soft bun with your choice of toppings, excellent fries, and free peanuts in the shell while you're waiting. Yes, it's fast food, but great quality burger and fries.

Jul 25, 2008
coho in Chains

Barrio Park Slope

I may be one of the few here who is very underwhelmed by Barrio. Yes, the food is pretty good, but overpriced for what you get. I also ordered the enchilada, which was very tasty, but not much better than ones that I had at La Taqueria. I understand that food prices are going up, but rice and beans or even iceberg lettuce are still relatively cheap, and would have made me feel better about shelling out that much money for enchiladas.

Jul 21, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Lahmacun in Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

I'm looking for a good lahmacun, which is a Turkish pizza wrapped around tomatoes, onions, and parsley, when done right. They make great ones at Ali Baba on E. 34th in Manhattan, but I have yet to find a decent one in Brooklyn. Any suggestions?

Jul 21, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

River Cafe

We went a few months ago, and were blown away by how good this restaurant still is. We were not expecting a lot since it has been around a while, and I had heard it was past its prime and more of a tourist spot. We had the tasting menu, which was well-paced with great-tasting well-prepared dishes, and was equal, if not better, than some of the tasting menus I have had in Manhattan. The portion sizes were very generous, considering it was a tasting menu.The decor is outstanding (of course!), the service attentive and not overbearing or snooty, and the food sublime. Yes, it is filled with tourists, but still a great experience, and a perfect spot for celebrating.

Jul 18, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

anything new and noteworthy in BKLYN??

Have you tried Ghenet on 4th and Douglass yet?

Jul 10, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Franny's: Worthwhile?

Overhyped and overpriced. We had a weekend without the kids recently, and ate at Convivium Osterio on one night, and Franny's the next. Spent the same amount of money at either restaurant, and was blown away at Convivium, and underwhelmed ar Franny's. Among other dishes, we had similar pasta dishes for similar prices at both restaurants (basically a pasta w/ pork sausage sauce), and Convivium was vastly superior. I thought the pizzas were not horribly priced but not particularly special, compared to other high-end pizza places in NYC. However, the prices for the sides were outrageous. $10 for a handful of pole beans in olive oil? The service was good and they were very friendly, but I don't think i will be frequenting this place despite the fact it is across the street from our apt.

Jul 10, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

I want to find a diner like the ones you see on Food TV.

Have you tried Tom's Diner in Prospect Heights?

Jul 10, 2008
coho in Manhattan

Convivium Osteria -- fantastic meal (long-ish)

We had a fantastic dinner there last night. We split the seafood tapas for 2, which was was a nice, heart selection of both cold and hot seafood tapas, all of which were excellent. We both had excellent pasta entrees. My pasta in a lobster sauce was one of the best pasta entrees that I have had in a long time. The spaghetti was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was bursting with lobster flavor and perfectly seasoned. My husband had a pasta with meat ragu, which was also perfect and brimming with flavor. We will definitely be going back again, although the cash only policy is a bit of a pain.

Jul 01, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Foodie Neighborhood?

I also live in the nabe, and mostly agree, particularly with the GAP farmer's market, which also has a stand with wonderfully fresh fish. My main complaint is with the quality of the more ethnic food, aside from Caribbean, Thai, Japanese, and Mexican. Some of the worse Chinese and Indian restaurants reside in this area. The Korean food is OK, but for this type of food, you can do much better in Queens, or alternatively, with a quick subway ride into Manhattan to Chinatown, Curry Hill, and Koreatown.

Jun 09, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Any half-way decent Indian restaurants in Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

Can I trust my eyes? Is there actually a decent restaurant within takeout range for me? Anyone else try this place and care to comment?

May 28, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Perch

Your kids didn't miss much. This is one of the few restaurants that can make kiddie food inedible. Their mac and cheese was regular pasta topped with a melted cheese concoction, so the whole thing was a gooey (in a bad way!) mess. The buttered noodles were undercooked and flavorless, even for buttered noodles. My husband's shrimp and grits were almost inedible. The only saving grace was my fried chicken, which was excellent, but I was only given a tiny portion, which all 4 of us ended up splitting. I agree that the service was ridiculously bad. I am not sure why the place is so popular with the stroller set here, but we are never going back either.

May 28, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Any half-way decent Indian restaurants in Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

That would be great. Although I agree that Baluchi's is not wonderful Indian food, at least it is edible. Now if we could only get a half-decent Chinese restaurant or noodle shop in this area. . .

May 08, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Bad meal at "Perch" in Park Slope

I though Perch was supposed to be a good restaurant. We went with our kids last weekend, and 3 out of the 4 of us had lousy meals. Luckily, I ordered the rosemary fried chicken breast, which was outstanding. Unfortunately, my husband ordered the chili-crusted shrimp in grits, which was soupy and weirdly spiced with overcooked shrimp. They even managed to mess up the kids' meals- undercooked undersalted buttered noodles, and tasteless goopy mac and cheese that both my kids refused to eat. Everyone ended up eating my chicken, which was also a very small portion. So was this a bad day, or par for the course?

May 02, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Great meal at River Cafe

I had heard that this restaurant was way past its prime, but was very pleasantly surprised to have a superb 6 course tastings menu there tonight. Of course the ambience and view are wonderful, but I was expecting to have an experience similar to "Tavern on the Green" since it is reputed to be more of a tourist destination nowadays. However, I ended up having one of the best meals I have had in a long while. Still a special occasion restaurant since prices are high, but definitely worth a visit.

Apr 21, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Any half-way decent Indian restaurants in Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

Yes, I read the warnings on Chowhound about how there were no good Indian places in brownstone Brooklyn, but thought I would give it a try anyway. Ordered from "Joy of India" yesterday night, and it was inedible. I was not hoping for something on the order of Indian food in Jackson Heights, but was hoping for serviceable fare like you would get at "Curry in a Hurry" in Manhattan. The samosas were mush, and the main dishes were weirdly spiced or flavorless. I know this topic has been done to death before and this is probably a futile request, but I am hoping someone can help me find not a GOOD, but merely ADEQUATE Indian restaurant in this area, for nights when i simply must have a decent rogan josh or saag paneer.

Apr 11, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Taro vs. Ki

$50 for the sushi and sashimi omakase, w/ 3 "courses", preceded by a monkfish liver appetizer, and then consisting of a generous sashimi, followed by 7 pieces of sushi, and finishing w/ a roll. Plenty of food for me, and great bang for the buck, in my opinion. Their omakase is different from other ones that I've had, in which it was a little more structured, but still very high quality fish. I will be definitely be going back again for this at some point.

Jan 30, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Taro vs. Ki

We were at Taro a few weeks ago at the recommendations of others on Chowhound. We ordered the omakase, and were really impressed. The fish was very fresh and interesting, and you get a lot for what you pay. We recently moved from Manhattan and don't know many good Brooklyn sushi places yet, but have to say that this meal ranks comparably with some of the high end places in Manhattan. We ordered takeout from them recently (just generic sushi deluxe), and the sushi was good but not horribly outstanding, but definitely better than other sushi restaurants in the area. I highly recommend getting a recommendation, especially if you want to sit at the sushi bar, but should still be able to get one if you call now.

Jan 30, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Buffalo wings in N. Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

I searched Wing Wagon, and there were lots of mixed reviews but not much more recent than 2005. Has anyone been there recently, and how good and consistent are their wings?

Jan 21, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Buffalo wings in N. Park Slope/Prospect Heights?

Superbowl is coming up, and looking for the best (or at least pretty good) Buffalo wings in North Slope. Any recommendations?

Jan 19, 2008
coho in Outer Boroughs

Helios - Park Slope

Had a great meal at Helio's today, but doesn't appear to being doing any better business than last year when it was last discussed. Agvolemono soup, moussaka, wonderful souvlaki, and great burger. Wonder why it isn't more popular?

Oct 19, 2007
coho in Outer Boroughs

Looking for good Chinese food in Park Slope or Prospect Heights

Recently moved to North Slope from Manhattan, and having trouble finding good Chinese food in the area (I'm Cantonese, so am very picky). Someone had suggested "Mr. Wonton", which was horrible. Any recommendations, or am I going to have to go to Chinatown for my Chinese food fix? Thanks!

Sep 14, 2007
coho in Outer Boroughs