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Tag: Park Slope

Ten Japanese Cuisine

Sushi and dishes in Park Slope.

What We Had

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Sushi & Sashimi For Two

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Wasabi Pork Shumai – These were sinus clearing but tasty.

The sushi was really fresh, good quality, good variety and a nice roll. The raw shrimp sushi was on the challenging side.

Decor

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Modern black & white with pops of red.

Service

Not bad. Efficient.

Overall Impressions

Ako in Williamsburg is better, but this is closer. We base this not on the fish quality, which is superb at both places, but on the rice temperature and seasoning. Ako’s is better, therefore has to be our more favorite sushi spot.

Rating

DH says 3.5 out of 5 because the rice was nothing special, but I’m bumping it up to 3.75 because there was nothing wrong with the food and we will go there again.

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Taqueria de Los Muertos

Taqueria de Los Muertos

Tacos just off Prospect Park.

What We Had

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I had 3 tacos: turkey with mole, tongue with tomatillo and pork with spices.

Great turkey – really nice spice. Good tongue – tender and well seasoned with a bare hint of wild and orange.
Decent pork – a little sweet but tons of spice.

These tacos were huge; 2 was more than enough.

My DH ordered the burrito with chicken, but received a burrito with steak. he wasn’t came out as steak, but it was really flavorful. Huge.

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We also ordered chips & salsa. The chips were fresh and unsalted; the salsa was chunky and bright. We both drowned everything in heaps of salt, lime and Chaula.

Decor

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Cute decor – very open for a tiny space, cafe feel, lots of sugar skulls.

Service

Not bad for such a casual eatery.

Overall Impressions

This is a great little find. Solid tacos, huge burritos, and a pleasant walk from the park.

Rating

4 out of 5 for an easy, relaxed time with surprisingly good food.

Fonda

Gourmet Mexican with a laid-back vibe in Park Slope.

What We Had

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My DH had the Enchiladas de Mole Negro Oaxaqueno – Corn tortillas filled with braised chicken and topped with black mole, onions, cream, queso fresco, cilantro & sesame seeds.

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I had the Pollo Norteno – Achiote marinated chicken tossed with chihuahua cheese and topped with Serrano chiles and pickled red onions. Served with tortillas.

Both dishes had tons of flavor and really well balanced fat to salt to savory to spice ratios. Both were deep, complex, and kept us going back for more even after we were full.

The Mole was the mole you never get in non-gourmet Mexican restaurants – it was deep, complex, rich and totally bonkers. A must-get on any visit.

The black charro beans and Mexican rice sides were amazeballs. Crazy amounts of flavor in both. I could happily down half a pint of each and call it dinner. Really something special.

The only dish misstep was a tiny piece of bone left in my chicken. Whomever chopped the chicken that day must have gotten a little carried away with the cleaver. Not a huge deal, just a small caution.

Decor

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Tasteful and streamlined.

Service

Decent. Friendly.

Overall Impressions

This is a great place to go if you’re craving Mexican but not tacos (though mine was basically tacos). The only minus was no auto table chips, so no house salsa. I had habanero salsa geared up in my mind (our favorite gourmet Mexican spot in Miami had the best habanero salsa ever) and my mouth was sad I didn’t get any. My stomach, not so much. We ate more than enough as it was.

Rating

4 out of 5 for outstanding flavors in a grown-up atmosphere.

Cafe Steinhof

Artsy little Austrian cafe & beer spot in Park Slope.

What We Had

I had the Seafood Ragout – a nice hearty yet light bowl of mixed seafood and vegetables in a creamy white broth. This dish was light enough to enjoy in the summer, but would warm your bones in fall. A solid choice.

My DH had the Bratwurst with Lentils and Potatoes – decent sausage, nice buttery potatoes & solid lentils. A good dish, also multi-seasonal.

Décor

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Kitschy with artsy posters in English & German.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad little cafe. They also have movie nights, which look kinda cool. My enjoyment of this place was tempered by trying to restrain myself from popping a bar patron on the nose – he left his dog outside while he and his kid ate – close enough to the door that the poor dog had nothing to distract himself from the fact that his people were just inside the door. He kept trying to make it in the door, getting hit with it in the process. Needless to say, this whole scene was distracting for fellow patrons.

Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Elora’s

Mexican eatery a few blocks off of Prospect Park (near the F stop)

What We Had

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I had the carnitas. This pork was crazy good – and a huge portion. It was so good, being too full to finish was depressing.

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My DH had the Chimichanga w pork. His dish was huge as well, with really good flavors – not quite the orgy of yumminess mine was, but still faboo.

Fresh beans, even good rice.

Nice fresh, bright table salsa with homemade chips.

Décor

Minimal decor

Service

Friendly service

Overall Impressions

This is a great little place. Nothing fancy, but good. Next time, we will either consider splitting the pork or make sure it’s our last stop so we don’t have to schlep leftovers all over the city.

Rating

A solid 4 for great (huge) food in a welcoming atmosphere.

12th St. Bar & Grill

Laid back Park Slope eatery serving American fare.

What We Had

*None of the food pictures turned out – a storm was rolling in and cut the available light.

I had the hanger steak w frites and seasonal veg, with a blue cheese moray sauce. The steak itself was good, if just a touch dry & underseasoned without the (very tasty) sauce. Hit the spot though.

The seasonal veg was a dish of garlicky spinach that had a great taste but was too oily.

The fries were decent, but I was in no real danger of devouring the plate.

My DH had the espresso rubbed strip steak with truffle mac & roasted button mushrooms.

His steak was great – juicy, flavorful, everything you would want.

The mac was basically bechamel sauce with truffle oil… we couldn’t taste the cheese much at all.

The mushrooms were great. I’m a sucker for sautéed mushrooms, and these did not disappoint. It is times like this when I am glad he doesn’t like them.

I also had the limoncello cocktail w prosecco and did not like it, but I’m very picky.

Décor

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Nice – nice large paintings on the wall, soft lighting, and good natural light.

Service

Not bad.

Overall Impressions

A nice little neighborhood joint if you are craving a steak.

Rating

3.5 out of 5 for being a decent steak option. I have to take points off for my steak’s seasoning & the missing cheese, but overall – if it’s a choice between a chain like Outback and this place, this place makes a decent local business option.

Little Purity

Little corner diner serving a little bit of everything in Park Slope.

What We Had

My DH and I both ordered lunch specials.

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I had the Summers End Panini – pulled chicken, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cucumber, mayo and mustard with mixed green salad. This sandwich was nice and light, just like the name advertised, with good crusty bread. The side greens were also nice – all deep greens with cruets of olive oil & red wine vinegar alongside.

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My DH had the Pulled Pork Sandwich – pork shoulder marinated & slow roasted and topped with tangy sauce.

My DH and I are heavily biased toward eastern Carolina style pig, so to us it was too sweet, with not enough smoke or vinegar. Objectively, it wasn’t bad. A little on the sweet side. The sandwich wasn’t finished, but the side of fries was decent.

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We also had table pickles & slaw.
Great fresh sour pickles; throwaway too-bland slaw.

Décor

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Lots of sun and lots of orange. Cheery.

Service

Not bad. Efficient.

Overall Impressions

Not a bad place to stop for a bite after a morning of heavy-duty walking and green market shopping, but I wouldn’t make a special trip for it.

Rating

3.75 out of 5

Talde

Pan Asian fusion in Park Slope helmed by Dale Talde of Top Chef fame.

What We Had

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Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings w Spicy Mustard – Right off the bat, our favorite dish of the evening. Dumplings are always welcome, and it’s really rare to find a dumpling that wows. These are just such dumplings. Incredible depth of flavor, with a really cool slight pretzel aftertaste. Don’t worry, it totally works. The tahini mustard is not to be missed.

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Hawaiian Bread Buns with Filipino pork sausage, garlic vinegar mayo & pickled shallots – Another great dish. The house made buns were sweet & light, the sausage deeply flavorful. A knockout in two bites.

Hawaiian Bread Buns with fried fluke, garlic vinegar mayo & pickled shallots – This was the very best kind of fish & chips fish on a roll. Buttery, crispy, not too much batter – delicious.

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Singapore Chili Soft Shell Crab Banh Mi – Crazy good crab that actually had taste. So often with soft shelled crab, the crab taste disappears. That was not the case with this dish. This sandwich managed to taste just like a Banh mi (with the pickled carrot, cilantro and sturdy French bread) and yet somehow all it’s own (thanks to the crab and hot/sweet chili sauce). Another winner.

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Crispy Oyster & Bacon Pad Thai – This dish made my DH wow. I danced in my chair. Perfect char flavor and finally enough acid in a pad Thai that we weren’t scrambling for the vinegar sauce.

The oyster was great; a real gem, but didn’t quite mesh with the rest of the dish.

If you don’t like bacon, don’t order. The bacon is rich & double smoked – the first bacon bite informs the rest of the dish.

Décor

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Lots of reclaimed sculptural wood murals, cozy and snug. A great date or night out with a few friends place.

Service

Friendly, but really busy.

Overall Impressions

This was a knockout meal. We were fortunate enough to get to sit at the chef’s bar overlooking the kitchen, and the kitchen was running like a well oiled machine. It was also nice to see ‘he of the restaurant’s name’ working the pass.

The food was amazeballs; my only gripe is that by the end of the meal, all that salt really caught up with me and I thought I might explode. A small gripe to be sure, but one worth noting for the salt sensitive. No single dish left me thinking ‘too salty!’ This was a cumulative effect.

Rating

5 out of 5. Run, don’t walk. Wait an hour if you have to – it is worth it.

UPDATE (07.13) – The 5 still stands. Talde has become our go-to dinner spot (or brunch! Bacon & Egg Ramen with Buttered Toast Broth FTW) and the first place we take out-of-towners. On the weeks I don’t post a review, it is most likely because we went to Talde instead of somewhere new. Sometimes multiple times in a week. Plus, most times we visit, Chef is in the house and he is one of the most gracious restaurant owners I have ever met. Needless to say, he has won our support – and repeat business – time and time again.

Red Hot II Szechuan

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While serving an Americanized version Szechuan, the menu holds a few dishes that are slightly more spicy than the more traditional Hunan or Canton style dishes served by most Chinese restaurants. This was also the only restaurant we found open from 4-5 in Park Slope on a weekend day.

Convenient to the F train.

What We Had

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I had the Basil Seafood — Basil-y, spicy, and non-gloopy sauce – a hit. Unevenly cooked seafood, but for the most part cooked well – out of the dozen or so sticks of squid, only 1 was cooked to death; all half dozen or so of the shrimp were cooked only a little over; and the 3 scallops were all cooked well. I didn’t touch the 2 sticks of surimi – I hate that stuff and it looked like styrofoam.

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My DH had the Hot & Spicy Chicken — A surprisingly complex dish that kept him interested until the end. I had a bite, and it was indeed really good.

Décor

Basic non-fancy Chinese restaurant decor.

Service

Not bad. Friendly and efficient.

Overall Impressions

The meal got off to a rocky start with really greasy table chips (fried wontons). Like so greasy, if we weren’t in needing food meltdown mode, we would have bolted. I’m glad we stayed though, because the food was a surprising treat.

Rating

3.75 out of 5. A solid option for lunch or dinner.