by Joshua M Bernstein - 90 Reviews - 13 List
While Park Slope may be saddled with a dowdy, stroller-pushing rep, this brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood's dining scene is anything but sleepy. Park Slope is on an upswing, its tree-lined blocks stuffed with restaurants that run the gamut from finely calibrated Italian to marvelous Middle Eastern--with BYOB. With our list of the best Park Slope restaurants, supping in central Brooklyn has never tasted so good. (Photo of Bark Hot Dogs by Jason Lam on Flickr)
Updated: June 25, 2010
Sick of Sabrett wieners? Never loved a Hebrew National hot dog? Head to Bark, a haute--or is that heart-stopping?--hot dog boutique. Grub on griddle-crisped pork-and-beef frankfurters basted with smoked lard butter and topped with house-made sauerkraut and pickles. For sides, look to the salt-and-pepper fries and addictive onion rings, as well as pints of locally brewed Sixpoint beer. Weekend mornings, you can rise and shine with egg sandwiches and cheesy grits.
Middle Eastern eats don't come much tastier--or more affordable--than at this long-running, laid-back canteen. The lure is smoky baba ganoush, lush hummus and cracker-crunchy falafel served on fresh-from-the-oven pita bread. Alternately, try one of the cheese-crowned pitzas, which ditch pizza dough for thin, hot pitas. Come summer, the back patio becomes a perfect refuge, made even better by the BYOB policy.
Sure, the Dram Shop's a bar, but its food is as top shelf as its selection of bourbon and Scotch. Look no further than the double-patty cheeseburger sided with crunchy, hand-cut fries, and the snappy nuggets of deep-fried mac ?n? cheese, which are best dipped into a spicy ketchup sauce. After dining, you can play a game of shuffleboard or pool, or just nail yourself to the bar and sip a cool, frosty mug of craft beer.
Former Jean Georges toque Akihiro Moroto has shepherded the ramen craze into the Slope, bringing slurpable noodle soups to a sleek little spot on 4th Avenue. But instead of sticking to the pork-broth script, Moroto messes with tradition, ladling up steaming bowls of green curry-miso ramen and hot-and-sour ramen accented with lemongrass and Thai basil. Slow-cooked beef curry over rice and pork dumplings will satisfy those who prefer their food in solid form.
Landlubbers and seafarers alike will find lots to love at this breezy sibling to the West Village's Mary's Fish Camp. Here, you'll find shipshape eats, including briny local oysters, crisp cod sandwiches, lightly dressed lobster rolls and whole fish (bronzini, red snapper, porgy), either grilled or fried. Great deals--two-for-one brews at the bar, sandwich-and-beer lunch specials--a sunny backyard and warm service complete this Camp.