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Tag: Park Slope

Joya

Thai in Park Slope.

What We Had

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My DH had the Pad See Yue – chicken and vegetables with noodles in a black bean sauce – nice flavor.

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I had the Gai Kraprow – chicken and veg in spicy basil sauce – a little sweeter than I generally like, but tasty.

Decor

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We ate in the back garden, but inside had an open kitchen concept with dark woods, lots of white tables and interesting lights.

Really great branding and modern, clean decor.

Service

Adequate.

Overall Impressions

Great value and a cute little place, but beware: cash only.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 for pretty good food in a cute atmosphere.

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Alchemy

American fare + bar in Park slope.

What We Had

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I had the corned beef hash & eggs with hollandaise & organic mixed greens – they actually forgot the hollandaise, and that was just fine by me – it wasn’t needed. This dish was great. House made corned beef, well-seasoned potatoes, and a nice little salad. A winner.

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My DH had the grass fed angus burger with shallot confit, tomato, lettuce & fries – really nice burger with good seasoning and plenty of juice. The fries were decent, too, and he had a bit of the greens salad as well. Another hit.

Decor

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We sat in the back garden, which was very sunny but nice. The restaurant has lots of dark woods with iron accents.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad brunch at all. The coffee wasn’t great, but the food was spot on.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thistle Hill Tavern

Thistle Hill Tavern

American gastropub from the minds that brought you Talde & Pork Slope.

What We Had

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I had The Chop – Smoked 16 ounce Lucki Seven pork chop with red onions. — It was pretty good. A little dry. Overcooked – hard well – but still tasty.

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My DH had the Burger — Also pretty good but a little dry and overcooked (well, ordered mid rare). The fries were the best part.

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We split some Deviled Eggs – The chicken skin was both of ours’ favorite. Good. Not overly flavorful, but nice for a deviled egg lover.

Decor

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Pub style dark woods and local history pieces.

Service

Ok.

Overall Impressions

Not bad, but not as special as the other restos in the roster.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 because there are a lot of paleo-friendly options, but the execution wasn’t spot on.

Hanoi Kitchen

Vietnamese/Thai in Park Slope with a large pho menu.

What We Had

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I had the Pho Sate – Rice noodles, special beef sate soup, rare steak, brisket, tomato, cucumber & peanut – Spicy and delicious. Good flavor on the broth and the meat was good too.

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My DH had the Pho Thai Rice – Rice noodles beef soup with rare steak – His was more delicately flavored than the heat hammer mine carried, and it was good. The beef broth base did more shining in his dish.

Decor

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Cute Thai decor with dark woods, natural elements and exposed brick.

Service

Decent.

Overall Impressions

A cute little spot for some pho. The menu also has a wide selection of other dishes, but we hasn’t had good pho in quite a long time and missed it.

Rating

4 out of 5 for good flavorful broth, nice decor and a widely varied menu.

Pork Slope

Pork-centric casual sandwich restaurant/dive bar in Park Slope from the mind(s) behind Talde and Thistle Hill.

What We Had

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My DH had the Mother Porker – a classic porky melt (cheddar rolled pork bratwurst, grilled onions & mustard) with bacon, egg and pickled jalapeño – This sandwich was a flavor bomb of porky goodness. Great sausage, killer balance, and an egg. Lots to love here.

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He also had the Crispy Mac & Cheese – Delicious, with a lovely layer of almost-burnt cheese.

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I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich – 24 hour brined & hickory smoked pork shoulder with BBQ sauce and pickles – the Texas toast came out a little too wet for me to eat everything as a sandwich, but the meat was killer. The porcine gods are smiling.

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I also had the Smoky Collard Greens – I had high hopes, given Chef Talde’s prowess with other green veggies (I’m thinking specifically of his brussels special at Talde) and I was not disappointed. Vinegary, smoky, cooked until slippery and luxurious; this was one tasty bowl of greens.

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My DH continued his citywide bloody mary sampling with a Michael Collins – Irish whiskey and fresh house made Bloody Mary mix with a house smoked rosemary and sea salt rim – This was a crazy good bloody. I think Char No. 4 is still his favorite, but this version is right up there (with the more Asian-inspired version served at Talde) in the pantheon of greats.

I had a Brooklyn Mule – Brooklyn Republic vodka, ginger beer & fresh lime – This drink was everything I wanted it to be – light, refreshing and a nice summer sip.

Decor

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Pork & Brooklyn -centric decor ala local punk dive bar with great music (if you like a heavily punk soundtrack played at a comfortable volume for listening an talking).

Service

Decent for a bar.

Overall Impressions

Yum. This is one of those spots that successfully straddles the line between local hangout and somewhere worth taking the train to visit. It feels homey without being exclusive and simple enough to be a no-brainer weeknight choice for those days when you don’t want to think too hard and just want something good.

Rating

4.5 out of 5. I was leaning more toward 4, since there aren’t many options for the sandwich-challenged (although you can order just a side of meat), but the DH had pork in his eyes 🙂

Burger Bistro

Park Slope build-your-own burgers.

What We Had

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I had a bunless beef burger with portobello mushroom, crumbled bacon and goat cheese and a side of sweet potato fries.

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My DH had a beef burger with crumbled bacon and fried cheese sticks on a potato roll with a side of horseradish cream and seasoned fries.

The burgers were cooked well, but both were really greasy. My sweet potato fries were battered in flour and greasy to the point of inedibility.

Decor

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Nice simple brick decor with some outstanding bathroom art.

Service

Friendly service.

Overall Impressions

The burger menu was large, with lots of great topping options (including bunless). Not near as many meat selections as Bare Burger (and minus the ethos), but more topping options and better side item offerings.

The toppings however, are expensive (to be fair, so are Bare Burgers’). Our burgers ended up costing $17 apiece.

The DIY options were great, but I prefer having a few ‘stock’ burgers to choose from as backup.

Rating

2.5 out of 5 for strictly edible burgers; if Bare Burger wasn’t in the same ‘hood, the score may have been higher. Maybe. While the taste was there, both our meals were so bogged down in grease we regretted eating them.

Yamato

Sushi in Park Slope.

What We Had

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Amuse of a sweet and nutty black seaweed salad and rich spicy tuna

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Omikase sushi – 12 pc. sushi + a roll – really good sushi – a nice mix of fatty vs lean fishes and a standout salmony roll. The rice was well seasoned but got gluey as the meal progressed. I did find a pinbone in my salmon, but it was still very good.

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Pan fried pork potstickers – not bad. Nutty, with some effort at seasoning.

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Lobster & spinach dumplings – really great flavor, nicely cooked lobster.

Decor

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Minimal with clean lines and nice fixtures.

Service

Ok.

Overall Impressions

A nice little dinner spot, despite the small bony misstep.

Rating

4 for great food in a nice atmosphere.

Bareburger

Bareburger

“Healthy” burger bar with locations throughout NYC. We visited the Park Slope location.

What We Had

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I had the Roadhouse Burger (pepperjack, roasted red peppers, avocado) with elk on a tapioca rice (gluten free) bun.

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My DH had the Maple Bacon Burger (maple bacon, sharp cheddar) with bison on a brioche bun.

Both burgers had great taste, were juicy, and were wholly satisfying. My bun was also great.

Decor

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Lots of bright colors and Scooby Doo on the TV.

Service

Not terrible.

Overall Impressions

I can’t really argue with this place’s ethos – grass fed everything; buffalo, boar, elk & ostrich on top of beef, poultry & vegetarian options. Gluten free & paleo friendly. This place represents one of the very best compromises in my DH and my eating styles – it’s a burger joint, which he loves, but a burger joint with slightly less horrible for you options, which I need in my life.

I can take exception with the screaming gaggle of children that finally, mercifully, left after holding the door open so every shred of warmth escaped the building – sometime after the onset of unruly child-induced headaches set in. But, it is a burger joint, and it is in mommy-drone central, so that just has to be worked around. We have since been back and the children weren’t as cringe-inducing in subsequent visits.

Rating

4 out of 5, despite the screaming groups of children.

Beet Thai

Thai in Park Slope

What We Had

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I had the pineapple curry with chicken & lime leaves – The dish had a nice taste; the addition of raisins was interesting and not at all unwelcome.

Pork & chive pot stickers – They had nice seasoning but were low on crispiness.

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My DH had the Pad Thai with chicken – The addition of turnip pickles was new and interesting, otherwise the dish was standard but good. The sauce almost went over to gloopy but did not.

Decor

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Vibrant beet shade on the walls, with a happy, modern feel.

A word of caution about the chairs: if metal on concrete bothers you, beware. The chairs all have unfinished leg endings and the scrape is horrendous.

Service

Standard.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little place, minus the chairs.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for solid food with gut wrenching chair scrapes.

Kiku Japanese Bistro

Sushi & other fare in Park Slope.

What We Had

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We both ordered the Sushi Dinner – 9 pieces of assorted sushi with a tuna avocado roll

Nicely seasoned if a bit stiff rice,
good quality fish on the sushi, and the tuna boat looking piece had nice little crunchies for a change of pace. The roll was simple but good with sesame seeds for an extra pop.

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As always, we had to get dumplings. Pork Gyoza was the dumpling of choice – The gyoza had vice seasoning, with a melt in your mouth wrapper and just a touch of crunch.

Somehow, we also ended up with vanilla ice cream and oranges at the end if the meal. Fabulous, and a welcome treat we didn’t even know we wanted.

Decor

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Clean, modern, and low lit.

Service

Stellar. Attentive and efficient.

Overall Impressions

A nice little sushi spot and a great option for dinner in the neighborhood.

Rating

4.5 out of 5 for solid sushi and a pleasant atmosphere (minus the smooth jazz. They almost lost a quarter of a point for that).