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More delicious pizza in the South Slope.

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

There was a lot of (well-deserved) hype surrounding the opening of Giuseppina’s, the off-shoot of Lucali’s in Carroll Gardens.  But there is another contender for delicious pizza in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights vicinity that’s been under the radar.

If you haven’t tried yet, check out Pauline and Sharon’s.  While a different style pizza is offered making a direct comparison unfair, Pauline and Sharon’s does deliver which should count for some bonus points somewhere in the evaluation process (you can pick up your pies at Giuseppina’s if you don’t feel like dining in but no delivery).

The puttanesca pie is amazing.  If that’s not enough salty goodness for you, add a Caesar salad which comes with house-made dressing chock full of anchovies.  Word on the street is that the tacos are outstanding.  Will have to give it a try soon.

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Finally! Good Chinese Food in Park Slope!

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Bar Review: Beer Table

May 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Beer Table

  • Address: 427 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website: www.beertable.com
  • What to get?  Ask the owners.

Beer Table is the teeny, tiny bar located in the part of town the real estate folks currently call the “South Slope.”  Get there early if you want a seat.  There are only three small communal tables and a bench in the front window that could accommodate 2 people (maybe 3 hipsters, or at least their skinny jeans).

The beer menu changes daily.  The limited food menu of small plates, charcuterie and pickled items are meant to complement the beers.  The owners are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in your decision making process.

Most of the complaints I have heard about Beer Table concern some of the prices for the beers.  Yes, $9 for a beer is expensive.  But the beers being served are specialty beers that are not likely to be found in any other bar and they are constantly being switched out.  If you are looking to get hammered on cheap beer, Murray Hill is about 30-45 minutes away by subway.  If you are looking to try some unique and interesting beers that often pair well with food, give Beer Table a try.

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Bar Review: Mission Dolores

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Mission Dolores

  • Address: 249 4th Avenue (between President and Carroll Streets) – Park Slope
  • Website: http://missiondoloresbar.com/blog
  • What to get?  Anything on draft, handmade margaritas.  For food, go across the street and bring back tacos from Oaxaca.

Located in part of the space that housed the now-defunct lesbian bar Cattyshack, Mission Dolores is becoming a popular destination for those seeking outdoor drinking space.

Brought to you by the folks behind Smith Street’s Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores has a relaxing atmosphere where a wide variety of people — from Brooklyn hipsters to Park Slope moms to suits, artists and everyone in between — meet up for craft beers that change out regularly.  I am a fan of the selections from the brewers at Captain Lawrence (Westchester County) and Sixpoint (Red Hook).

The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones pinball machines naturally inhabit this nerdy part of Brooklyn provide for a nice distraction from the usual outdoor bar scene.

On the occasions I’ve been at Mission Dolores, some people had their dogs along, much to the delight of their pooch-less drinking neighbors. 

Given its convenient location close to the Atlantic/Pacific subway stop and decent outdoor seating, look for Mission Dolores to get busier and busier as the weather gets warmer and warmer.