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Best Eats in Park Slope

I believe that is because it's nothing special and quite overpriced. We went there once and found the food surprisingly bland (not terrible, just eh) and the service disinterested and unaccommodating. Besides, I think their menu is limited for a Korean (or for that matter European) establishment. Save your cabbage and head into Manhattan for good Korean.

Aug 23, 2008
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Red Hook Soccer Fields - Any less crowded?

I totally agree. I was there last weekend and it was really unpleasant. Besides, I think the long lines and extra demand has caused the quality to suffer. It's starting to really feel like a tourist trap. I won't be going back for awhile.... Too bad.

Aug 23, 2008
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Where to buy fresh fish in Park Slope?

I think the fish there generally is very good, particularly the monk fish, scallops and shrimp. It is expensive though.

Aug 18, 2008
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Kellari's Parea Greek Bistro, Flatiron

My advice to anyone considering this place is to avoid it like the plague. It basically offers mediocre-to-bad taverna food at Le Bernadin prices. The spreads were bland, the octopus was bitter, the salad was unbelievably small, comprised over over-ripe tomatoes and cucumbers, and the fish was okay, but again ridiculously overpriced. Finally, the servers were nice but absent-minded at times. Plus, they interrupted us every five minutes to push their sparkling water and alcohol. All in all, three mezes, one SHARED fish, one small plate of lemon potatoes, which we had to pay for separately, ONE bottle of beer, ONE bottle of sparkling water, an espresso, a decaf capucinno and ONE shared galaktoboureko cost us $210!! Save your money and go to Astoria. If Manhattan is a must, go to Ethos -- and NOWHERE else....

May 30, 2008
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Late Night Eats in Park Slope

IMHO you are way off about 7th Ave Donuts. It's probably the best PS diner option, which admittedly might not be saying much. Little Purity seems to becoming more and more popular, but it doesn't have the old school, basic diner fare appeal of 7th Ave Donuts. It's not terrific, but it's certainly not miserable....

May 01, 2008
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eating in Staten Island- where to go?

Basilios is a terrific old-style Italian restaurant near the Verazzano Bridge.

Mar 28, 2008
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good Polish deli to buy food for Easter?

Eagle Provisions in Park Slope/Sunset Park, which is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 18th Street. It's a large, gem of a polish supermarket with tons of great food and beer selections. There's also a small one-off Polish deli on the same side of the street a few blocks south (in the 20s).

Mar 14, 2008
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New restaurant at site of Laila

With all due respect, IMO the place should have been condemned a long time ago. I only hope that Olive Vine suffers a similar fate....

Mar 14, 2008
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Zum Stammtisch (Queens) vs 'Allo Berlin (Manhattan)?

I've been to both places a bunch of times, and while Chalet Alpina is very good, I don't think it really measures up to Zumm in terms of the food and overall atmosphere. The sauerbraten at Zumm is still tops for me. But I certainly respect your opinion and could see why you would prefer Chalet Alpina. BTW, to the original poster's question, either blows away Hallo Berlin. The only German food restaurants I would now consider going to in Manhattan are Zum Schneider and Lederhosen, with Heidelberg as a lingering possibility only due to fond memories of ridiculous evenings spent there....

Mar 02, 2008
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Scalino - new Ital. place in Park Slope

That's a really terrific dish. I assume the owners/staff were their usual accommodating and attentive selves.

Mar 02, 2008
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Best Brunch in Park Slope?

I think some of Dizzy's breakfast options, like the pecan amaretto french toast, are actually pretty good. Plus they're accommodating and do provide a free muffin basket. It's certainly not the best spot, and I'm not all that wild about the place, but I wouldn't say it's awful or horrible.... At the very least, their musical choices are pretty good!

Mar 01, 2008
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what is new on 7th avenue in the slope?

No need to apologize. Afterall, it's a matter of personal opinion, which is why I think some of your "debates" with others are pointless -- I'm not going to "convince" you that Scalino is not mediocre, nor would I try. Sometimes these discussions take on WFAN proportions.... Anyway, I just wanted to get a different perspective on the place out there.

Feb 24, 2008
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what is new on 7th avenue in the slope?

I have to say Cdog, that is a gross exaggeration in my opinion. In fact, I was there today for lunch with my wife and 2 1/2-year old and we had a really nice time. The owner and staff were about as nice and accommodating as can be. We shared an arugula parmegean salad, a grilled calamari dish and the papardelle in creamy tomato sauce with bacon bits and really enjoyed everything. We topped it off with chocolate mousse and espresso, which really hit the spot. I acknowledge that it's not Il Mulino, but it was certainly enjoyable and seems to be a very nice neighborhood option. We will most certainly be back again.... With all due respect, the Olive Garden comment just destroyed any credibility you otherwise might have had on the subject.

Feb 24, 2008
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Belleville, Cocotte, Moutarde - Similar, which is best?

Unfortunately, they are all mediocre and have been in steady decline for quite sometime now. Cocotte used to offer a good brunch, but the quality has really suffered this past year, and the slow, neglectful service has all but put the nail in the coffin in it for me. Belleville has a good vibe and the service is good, but the food just doesn't measure up. The same goes for Moutarde. Both of these places are average, run-of-the-mill options for when you don't want to venture too far or think too much about it. They ceased being destination spots a long time ago.

Feb 17, 2008
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Chopped Liver...

I went to Sammy's a few nights ago. The chopped liver was excellent.

Feb 08, 2008
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Best Italian Sandwiches in Brooklyn?

You're a good man! :-)

Jun 17, 2007
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Best Italian Sandwiches in Brooklyn?

Hi. Just to respond quickly -- while I thank you for making feel young, I'm no spring chicken (born in '68), and, in my opinion, they're just not that great relative to what's offered in other parts of the City -- and certainly fall short when compared to the bagels I grew up eating in Queens and Manhattan in the 70s and 80s.... When you throw in the lousy service and all the screw-ups, it's just not worth the trip for me anymore. If you're in that neck of the woods, you might as well go to Connecticut Muffin! Again, just an opinion....

Jun 17, 2007
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Best Italian Sandwiches in Brooklyn?

With all due respect to Woodside Al, with whose opinions I usually concur, I have to disagree with the statement above about the Bagel Hole and the one below about the A&S Pork Store. In my opinion, they are both mediocre at best. Starting with the Bagel Hole -- the bagels are often too chewy, the spreads are typically bland, and the service is usually atrocious -- mostly because, in my experience, the staff don't care to speak/understand English and virtually always screw up some aspect of the order. I mean adding coffee to your order typically presents an insurmountable obstacle for them.... Back to the merits, however, their bagels pale in comparison to those sold in other parts of the City and, in my opinion, are only considered good due to the general dearth of options in the Slope.... Second, the A&S Pork Store could be the biggest let down in the neighborhood. It should be great (history, look, etc.), and I really wanted it to be great, but my one experience with the store proved to be the exact opposite. Growing up in Corona, Queens, I learned that the true test of any so-called "authentic" Italian pork store is how good or bad their chicken parm heros are. They can offer other things, but they have to do that well. My wife and I sampled theirs about two years ago -- which was the first and last time we've been in the store -- all excited and ended up throwing the food in the garbage literally within minutes after leaving the store. It was atrocious.... Almost as bad as those soggy pizza deliveries from Anthony's.... In the end, I'd go to war with Russo's #7 hot pannini any day of the week....

Jun 15, 2007
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Park Slope Delivery Favorites

I would go with Red Hot for Chinese. With all due respect to Parkslopemama, I actually think it is very good....

May 28, 2007
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Disappointing 718

My wife and I met a friend there for bruch a few months back and really liked it. The "pizzas" are delicious and the wine selection is very good. Don't expect too much. In my mind it's a solid alternative to all the wonderful Greek restaurants in the neighborhood. Give it another shot -- for brunch or for a lo-fi dinner. The key in my humble opinion is to reset your expectations and think of it as just a nice little alternative....

Feb 19, 2007
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Suggestions for Annivesary Italian Dinner in Queens

I second that. What a gem of an experience. The rabbit dish is unbeatable....

Jan 20, 2007
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Queens recs: family friendly for couple with a new baby

My wife, 18-month old sone and I had dinner at Chalet Alpina, an old German mainstay on Metropolitan Ave., and found the staff to be very accommodating. The food was pretty solid as well, and reasonably priced. You won't be disappointed....

Jan 20, 2007
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Best Rotisserie Chicken in Park Slope and Surrounding...

I like the chicken and sides at Russo's, as well as the chicken at Fairway, but I think the best overall deal in terms of quality and price is at Los Pollitos II.

Jan 04, 2007
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Most underrated in Park Slope?

The Ecuadorian restaurant, Salinas, on 5th and I think 12th or 13th is a pretty solid take-out/delivery option. I have always found it to be a great bang for my buck. I typically order the fish and onions in yuca sauce, along with the arroz con pollo and their delicious house salad (which is an eclectice combo of fresh vegetables and, believe it or not, potato chunks). Really delicious. I will note, however, that the folks who work there barely speak English, and the timing of their deliveries can be spotty, but be patient -- it'll really be worth it.

Dec 30, 2006
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Good French in Park Slope/Ft. Greene?

Belleville isn't bad....

Dec 21, 2006
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Any great muffins in Brooklyn?

While I think their scones are great, I have found their muffins to be mediocre at best....

Dec 10, 2006
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Best restaurant in Brooklyn?

Of course Peter Luger's is worth the wait for a rez. It is still hands down the best steakhouse in NYC -- from a variety of perspectives -- in spite of the occassional hiccup. I couldn't agree more with Bob. The bacon appetizer and porterhouse are still legendary and still unbeatable in my mind.

Nov 29, 2006
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New Orleans on Atlantic

Hi. I was riding in a cab on Atlantic Ave. the other night and noticed what seemed to be a New Orleans themed restaurant. It looked interesting and was wondering if it was any good?

Oct 05, 2006
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Helios - Park Slope

That's too bad. I've had their souvlaki and salads for brunch and have always found them to be good. I think their biggest challenge is that they are a "tweener" -- they're a cross between a glorified diner and a Greek restaurant. It's owned by the same folks who own Elia in Bay Ridge, which is an excellent, very authentic Greek restaurant, and I think that somewhere along the way they wouldn't or couldn't replicate the model at that particular location in the Slope.

Sep 13, 2006
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Windsor Terrace for a chowhound?

I consider Windsor Cafe to be a notch or two above decent, certainly better than any diner in the South Slope. I enjoy the Mediterrean Wrap.... I also second United Meats....

Sep 10, 2006
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