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I’m organizing a meal for my co-op — sorry if that’s really “Brooklyn” — and want a delicious, decently-priced place to grab dinner in Park Slope. I’ve already tried Nargis; I’m not opposed to going again, but we have one vegan and one pescatarian in the group, which makes it more difficult. Also, they want to eat a restaurant that’s not “New American,” or whatever that is. Any advice?
— Looking for Tasty Brooklyn
Hi fellow Brooklynite,
The sad reality is that Park Slope dining is awful. A slew of seemingly ambitious restaurants have opened there, but most of them are just fine, which is not what you want when you’re paying those prices.
However! A few gems do in fact exist. One of them is Miriam, an Israeli restaurant that pulls out stunningly wonderful classics and some creative dishes, too. The salads are bright, fresh, and packed with spices, and anything with flaky pastry is worth ordering. It’s a vegetable-heavy menu, which should offer enough options for buddies with slightly more restricted diets.
Miriam also has familial, lively neighborhood vibe — probably an ideal setting for your crew. Better yet, try the restaurant at brunch. Order the Mediterranean crispy dough; it’s a thin, buttery, slightly sweet concoction that’s 100 percent worth ordering.