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What is the best Indian in Park Slope?

I second Kinara, and what the DOH is concerned, I believe that their ratings are very random and inconsistent.

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Kinara
473 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 27, 2011
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Anyone tried Soigne? (In Magnolia's old spot, Park Slope.)

It looks closed now. Is it ? So fast ?

Sep 14, 2011
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thistle hill tavern?-south slope

Yep, second the Applewood reference. Never been disappointed.
On the Thistle Hill topic though, how come, considering so much negative feedback, they are able to already build and soon open a second, much larger place down the Avenue ?
I believe it will be where the old big dry cleaner was, at 11th Street. And Asian Fusion cuisine......
Haven't been to Thistle Hill myself yet because of the alleged price point, but will try soon anyway.

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Applewood
501 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sep 12, 2011
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Kiwiana

Anybody been to this New Zealand newcomer on Union Street below 7th Ave ?

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Kiwiana
847 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Aug 27, 2011
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Fornino branch coming into the old Tempo space

so Michael Ayoub is coming back to the space where he ran Cucina, funny. I do like his place in W'burg, actually.

Mar 25, 2010
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Brunch spots in Park Slope?

Fonda has a good brunch. And 1 block down 7th Avenue at 14th Street Cafe Steinhof is a reliable destination. I like their French Toast with stewed dried fruit. Applewood stands out in the neighborhood. Great brunch, and equally superb dinner. Rosewater is excellent for brunch even though the menu is somewhat limited. Belleville on 5th Avenue is hit and miss, but brunch is generally satisfying. For huevos rancheros Tacos Nuevo Mexico on 5th Ave (close to 12th Street) is always a good stand by.

Feb 13, 2010
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Olive Vine (15th/7th) gone?

I meant is the food good enough to warrant a search for their other locations and/or have them deliver to a customer who does not live very close to them ?

Oct 17, 2009
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Olive Vine (15th/7th) gone?

Is it worth it ?

Oct 16, 2009
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Varenichnaya, Brighton Beach

Have eaten there this summer for the first time, It's a little place of home cooking gems. Sweet couple owns it. I like dill, so their garnishing almost everything with it makes it a plus for me. Soups are great, dumplings tender as can be, everything tasty and served with a smile. Only one tiny quibble: the blintzes where a bit doughy and the filling of marinated sour cherries tasted too alcoholic and dry.

Sep 21, 2009
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top 3 restaurants iin williamsburg?

I second your Aurora mention. Have not been to their Soho location yet, but now it's on my list.

Sep 04, 2009
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Best French (Traditional) Restaurant in Brooklyn?

no, it closed recently. just found out.

Aug 27, 2009
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Brooklyn Bar Crawl

Your post made me laugh, it's very descriptive and really mentions a lot of great places, dives and newcomers. Thanks.

Aug 26, 2009
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Best French (Traditional) Restaurant in Brooklyn?

The first ones popping into my mind are Chez Oskar (Dekalb Ave), an established stand-by with reliable fare, and Ici, also on Dekalb, but more American-French than the classics you might be looking for.
Belleville on 5th Ave in Park Slope (nice decor, solid cooking), Jolie on Atlantic Avenue is very pretty and has "Lobster Sundays" and other good deals on different days.
LouLou on Dekalb is probably closest to your idea of traditional French Bistro fare, and I really like their menu and execution, You get a lot of the standards from Onion Soup to Pates to Moules and Steak Tartare to Crepes and Creme Brulee.

Aug 26, 2009
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Di Fara Closed due to extreme weather

I was just responding to your statement that business owners " can come and go as they please", not to be confused with this very specific weather related incident at DiFaras, or others like it.

Aug 21, 2009
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Di Fara Closed due to extreme weather

"he doesn't need your business" and if he "wants to close it's his business" ?
it's true, because he can afford it.

Aug 20, 2009
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Di Fara Closed due to extreme weather

almost everybody else would be out of business in a very short time with that policy, just saying....

Aug 20, 2009
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EuroTrip is delish!!

sorry for your experience, but based on your review of the langos I just have to go back there (I first experienced this place when it was called Eurotrip, and there were no langos as far as I remember).

Aug 15, 2009
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Mesa Coyoacan

Finally managed to go back to Mesa, and it was unbelievably good. The guacamole is nice and chunky, and very well seasoned. Then we had the enchiladas with mole and the carnitas tacos, both impeccable and prepared by very assertive hands.
The room is separated into various sections, with a big table upfront and a lounging area to enjoy their strawberry and peach Sangrias. Behind the main dining area is the open kitchen and a staircase that might lead to an upstairs outdoor area someday. Right now it is beautifully decorated and lit with candles to add to the cozy vibe.
The dessert, a flambeed dish of bananas, finished tableside with a very strong tequila I suppose, is quite spectacular and also very "yummy" (for lack of a better description).
Service was very professional, not intrusive at all, just there when you needed something.
Overall, thumbs up, enthusiastically.

Aug 14, 2009
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No Roast Goose?

I think it's better than duck, too, even though I love a medium rare duck breast. And the (mass of) rendered goose fat from the roasting is so delicious we spread it on bread like butter the next day, when it is creamy. It's a pity that roast goose is so hard to find !

Aug 14, 2009
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Varenichnaya in Brighton Beach, Russian

No, we both don't speak Russian, but there is an English version of the menu printed on the backside of the Russian one. We also used the point and ask method when we noticed a particularly interesting looking dish being brought out of the kitchen.

Aug 03, 2009
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Fresh Liverwurst

Quite a few Polish butchers in Greenpoint still do make fresh Liverwurst. Just stroll up Manhattan Avenue and specially Nassau Avenue. You are very likely to hit the Liverwurst jackpot.

Aug 02, 2009
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Varenichnaya in Brighton Beach, Russian

Made it out to Brighton Beach yesterday, and found this little gem of a Russian restaurant on 2nd Street.
As a previous poster has noted they have some of the best Vareniki in the city, melting in your mouth, thin dough, tasty fillings. I had the ones with mushroom and potatoes, and bf had the boiled meat ones. Both came with clarified butter and the traditional golden brown onions on top. I am a big fan of Pierogis, but this very similar dish beats all the Pierogis I've had in New York.
Next came a bowl of Pelmeni, dumplings that can be ordered with or without a tasty broth: The Siberian meat Pelmeni proved to be an absolute winner. Again, a silky layer of dough, and a very flavorful meat stuffing floating in a clear broth flavored with fresh dill.
The condiments on the table included a chunky tomato "salsa" like concoction, and a little white vinegar dispenser loaded with pickled vegetables, like onions, carrots, celery, dill. Visually pleasing, and a very nice touch, if you want to add some extra zest to the already well seasoned dishes.
The lamb kebab came on a long skewer, and a side of rice. That's where the tomato salsa sprung into action, and the result was good.
Looking around the small room, which holds about 8 tables and is decorated with kitschy Russian paintings, we saw mostly Russian customers, obviously delighted with their food - the pilafs seem to be very popular - and the very sweet owners keeping a keen eye on everything. There is Russian music playing in the backgound.
Finishing the meal with cherry Blintez (like Polish Blintzes), it turned out that the cherry version was filled with dried marinated in brandy sour cherries, rather than the Polish version of gooey pie filling. They were a little on the dry side, and could have actually been an appetizer as well as a dessert, because of the lack of sweetness.
The cost of a 5 dish meal for two (you can share most dishes, they are big), no drinks except for their home made compote, came to 29 $ before tip, astonishing.
Overall the meal was quite impressive, the service was nice, an unexpected afternoon treat in Brighton Beach.

Aug 02, 2009
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Schnitzel truck spotted in Cobble Hill

I spotted them around McCarren Park in W'burg a few nights ago. A very friendly and enthusiastic bunch of guys, and they seem to know where to go and when (there was an open air movie night with a huge crowd, maybe they twitter ?). All the sides (lentils, potato salad, beet salad, and others) were good, and the Schnitzel I tried (pork) was definitely above street food level.

Jul 31, 2009
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Korzo (f.k.a. Eurotrip), 5th Ave.

Are there other places that make fresh langos ?
I believe they have a great formula, there are not enough Eastern European restaurants in NY.

Jul 31, 2009
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Lunch in Park Slope

Cafe Steinhof has been doing lunch for a while. They have an extensive brunch/lunch menu with what they call "Austrian comfort food". I love their French toast with stewed fruit, and their dumplings with mushroom sauce are unbelievable. It's never crowded for lunch and with the many windows open during this nice weather one gets a nice European cafe vibe, never feels rushed. You can sit for hours reading the magazines from their rack, and it seems a few mothers (with strollers) have noticed.
Seventh Avenue and 14th Street.

Jun 08, 2009
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Mesa Coyoacan

This upscale Mexican "bistro" opened last week on Graham Avenue in W'burg, where Pampa Grill used to be. From the opening "tasting party" that we fell into by coincidence because the door was wide open, I got the impression that the chef really knows his stuff. The place does not look like your typical Mexican joint, except for a little market shrine close to the bathroom. Other than that it could be any type of restaurant/cuisine.
It's cozy and creatively designed, but I can't say much about the food yet, except that there is some buzz about the chef. Has anybody had a full dinner experience there yet ? Me and my partner will be going there with a group of friends this Sunday. We'll post about our dining experience then.

Jun 08, 2009
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Little D: in memoriam

It's closed, for real. And according to a waitress there it has already been bought by someone who is going to open a Mexican restaurant in it's place. Bummer.

Jun 08, 2009
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Vinegar Hill House

correction to above post; the snail app doesn't exist at VHH, we had it the night before at Jolie on Atlantic Ave, my apologies.

May 24, 2009
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Vinegar Hill House

Ok, so we had to try this beautiful place last Sunday. Got there at 6 and snagged a lovely table for 2 at the widow right away. The owner was very gracious. We ordered cocktails and were served in a reasonable amount of time. No bread basket was forthcoming, a good way to save on food cost. Ordered the zucchini ribbons with poached egg and bacon, delicious.
The other app was a snail dish, also quite satisfying and garlicky. Our waiter had a weird habit of cleaning his fingernails with his fingernails, and flicking the debris sideways while talking to us, gross. He also stroke his thick beard constantly. Maybe a nervous thing, but not appetizing.
I got the pork chop with fingerling potatoes, which was weirdly cut up into 6 segments, exposing way too much fat. Awful presentation, good caramelized flavor. When I was finished there was a heap of fat, about one half of the original chop, left on the plate, though. Also ordered a side of artichokes, which were decent.
My partner had a fish filet (forget which), which came with no sides at all, as other posts have pointed out, so you wind up ordering a $7 side, and the dish becomes quite expensive.
Desserts, butterscotch pudding and lemon tart were presented very no frills on small mismatched bread plates or saucers. We liked every bite of both.
So, to sum it up, I would go again. The wait staff is a bit slow and, in our case, weird.
Ted Danson seemed to have a good time, with his party sitting near the kitchen. I hope the hip factor will not kill their culinary ambitions.

May 19, 2009
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Pomme de Terre, midwood-ish BKLYN; any reports?

as far as I know Pommes and the Farm are owned by the same people...

Jun 09, 2008
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