Finally! Good Chinese Food in Park Slope!
Park Slope is a great place to live — proximity to Prospect Park, beautiful brownstones, good schools, relaxed watering holes, etc. However, it is definitely lacking in good, reasonable restaurants. Sure, you could blow a wad at Al Di La or Blue Ribbon for a great meal, but is that what I plan to do every Wednesday night after work? (Don’t worry. There are those who do.)
While many Park Slopers fancy themselves “foodies” or otherwise knowledgeable about organic-free range-local-artisinal this and that, the reality, based on the eateries in the nabe, is that there are a good number of people paying lots of money night after night for mediocre take out and delivery food. This is especially true for ethnic food. There is no good Indian restaurant. All of the sushi and banh mi joints are run by ethnic Chinese folks, which alone doesn’t discredit the establishments, but do they compare to the real thing? No.
But at last! Some quality Chinese food exists in the ‘hood. Tofu on 7th has been on 7th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets for a good number of years now. The name speaks to its history of catering to the large number of vegetarians in the area, but don’t let it be a misnomer for its current iteration.
Recently, a new chef has been hired and real Szechuan food can be had from its kitchen. The decor is a bit blah, and I’ve never observed many people eating in. Go for delivery and order off the Szechuan menu (there is an American menu available for all your greasy, overly sweet favorites but just skip it). My favorites so far have been the Ma Po Tofu (with pork), “Kung Pao Style” chicken, tea smoked duck and “Hot Pepper Style” beef. I hope more people discover this joint as I would love for it to stay as is for years to come.