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16 Noteworthy Park Slope Restaurants

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Plenty of restaurants in the brownstone-lined and stroller-friendly Park Slope are just fine, but some manage to stand out. Below, find a mixture of destination-worthy brunch, a place with an outlandish but worthy fried burger, newcomers serving hard-to-find fare, and neighborhood standbys. Ahead, 16 Park Slope spots for any occasion.

Note: This list is arranged geographically, from north to south.

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SkyIce Thai Food & Ice Cream

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This cheery, casual corner outpost is a family-owned place with an affordable Thai menu that skews toward Northern specialties from the Chiang Mai region. There’s a solid chicken larb salad, delicate steamed mushroom dumplings, a selection of curries, and various noodle dishes. A selection of homemade ice creams, including a nutty sesame option, are popular in warm temps, available by the scoop or pint.

This popular restaurant — it’s especially packed at brunch — serves Middle Eastern fare with a strong Israeli bent. The light-filled space is bedecked with colorful star-shaped lamps and pottery adorning brick walls. Meze dishes like piquant grilled eggplant salad, spiced vegetable root cakes, turmeric-fried calamari, swiss chard and feta-filled burekas, and hardboiled egg-topped hummus are served solo for $10 a pop or any combo of three for $27. For mains, choose from a slew of couscous choices, shawarama or schnitzel plates, and tagines.

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Nargis Bar and Grill

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Typically, a Uzbek feast requires visiting the deepest depths of the borough, but the distinctive cuisine, which is like a mashup of Turkish and Central Asian fare, is now on offer in Park Slope, too. The O.G. outpost, dubbed Nargis Cafe, is located Sheepshead Bay, and in August 2017, owner Boris Bangiev opened up shop in the neighborhood, in a space filled with decor imported from Uzbekistan. A plethora of ultra-flavorful meat kebabs are complemented by plump manti dumplings, a rife pilaf dish called plov, and lagman, a.k.a. hand-pulled noodle soup.

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Occupying the digs of fiercely-adored Franny’s, this newcomer is Italian as well. It’s a Brooklyn spot from formerly West Village-centric restaurateur Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura, who was a chef at Campanale’s popular L’Artusi. Options include apps like arancini and red snapper crudo, a range of pastas that veer classic, like linguine with clams and orcchiette with fennel-braised pork and wilted greens, and entrees like grilled lamb chop and whole-roasted porgy. Expect an extensive host of unique wines, too.

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Al di la Trattoria

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This beloved Park Slope stalwart has been serving up stellar Northern Italian fare since 1998, like a spaghetti neri alla chitarra (homemade squid-ink tinted black strands with octopus confit) and a tagliatelle with ragu, plus pasta-free options like braised rabbit and saltimbocca alla romana, or pork loin scallopine with sage leaves and prosciutto. Brunch is great too; don’t miss the polenta topped with wild mushrooms, parm, and sauteed greens (with an optional poached egg). It doesn’t take reservations, so come right when it opens or at the tail-end of service for a shorter wait, as the cozy room — replete with mismatched antiques and a nonna’s house sort of vibe — is regularly packed.

La Villa Pizza

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This bustling family-run Italian joint with a pleasantly suburban vibe started in Bay Ridge circa the ‘50s, and like its South Brooklyn original, the Park Slope location is rife with pizzas offered on a range of crusts, including a grandma pizza and the thinner Neopalitan margarita. The cheese game is particularly strong, with burrata, smoked mozzarella, and locally-made fresh mozzarella on offer. A wide range of classic pastas, calzones, and old-school salads and apps are available too; sharing family style is the way to go, and for an area ridden with strollers, it’s a particularly kid-friendly place.

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Gristmill

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Expect fancy pizzas and seasonal farm-to-table fare at Gristmill. The name comes from chef and owner Jake Novick-Finder’s predilection for artisanal grains, sourced from various Northeastern farms. The “Not Pizza” options, like mushroom pate, kale caesar, and cornbread with tomatillo jam, almost uniformly include cameos from fancy grains (bread crackers, breadcrumbs, et al). Don’t skip the garlic knots: an order includes both cacio e pepe and everything-spiced hunks of dough, showered in parm. Novick-Finder kicked off his career at age 12, assisting with pastry at Chanterelle, and he’s an alum of Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern.

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Papi's Grill

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For affordable Mexican food, Papi’s Grill is the way to go in the neighborhood. Made-to-order burritos, tacos, tortas, and bowls make for solid takeout options, or a casual meal out at one of the handful of tables on the premises. The carne asada and chicken tinga are standouts, and harder-to-find fillings like lengua (tongue) and cactus are also available. The owners also run Las Rosas Grill in Sunset Park.

Du Jour Bakery

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This bakery is helmed by married couple T.J. Obias and Vera Tong Obias, who’ve collectively done stints at the likes of Cafe Gray, Gordon Ramsay at The London, The Russian Tea Room, and Dovetail. It offers French pastries and breads, plus a tasty and affordable breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus, with a small edit of sandwiches, salads, and egg dishes. Cocktails and wines are available as well. The space works for laptop-toting types working remotely, and in warmer weather, there’s a patio space out back, too.

Dumplings & Things

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Pop by for dumplings, baos, and a noodle soups at this casual cash-only takeout joint that also has a Sunnyside outpost. The dumplings, served fried or boiled, are quite dense and doughy, but the filling-to-wrapper ratio is hearty, with fillings like cilantro-charged chicken and shrimp or five spice-packed pork and chives. Toss in an order of hot oil wontons and peanut-laced sesame noodles, topped with piles of julienned veggies, or the Peking duck bao, which is only available on weekends. There’s one communal table and a handful of counter seats for dining in.

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Saigon on 5th

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This family-run Fifth Avenue newcomer leans into homey Vietnamese fare, including a pho with beef brisket and garlicky lemongrass tofu. The bright, quiet space makes sense for families or weeknight dates. Stand-outs include a grilled pork chop, which arrives either with rice or a robust bowl of rice vermicelli and a fish-sauce based marinade. Entrees top out at $16.

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Sushi Katsuei

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This sushi spot serves an affordable and acclaimed omakase, priced at $60 for nigiri and a handroll, or $65 for the sushi and sashimi option. Straightforward rolls and a tight edit of non-sushi options are on offer, too, and the service is quite friendly. A West Village outpost opened in April 2017, albeit with slightly higher prices than the Brooklyn original.

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Dale Talde’s eponymous place has been kicking it since 2012, serving up modern riffs on pan-Asian fare, like dumplings encased in pretzel dough, kung pao wings, crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, and Hainanese beef and broccoli. The dark wood-filed space features an expansive bar as well, with a wide wine selection of over 100 bottles; the cocktails adhere to the Asian fusion theme, too.

An extensive menu of Mexican dishes fill the menu at Fonda. To start, options include chorizo or mushroom packed queso fundido, crab croquettes, a slew of taquitos, and braised-duck stuffed corn tortillas. Choose from a range of sophisticated entrees, from three different enchilada dishes to hearty skillet options like the carnitas de Fonda. With a lit backyard and colorful interior, it’s a fun brunch choice for the ‘hood, too. Other outposts are located in Alphabet City and Chelsea.

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The main attraction at this Eastern European restaurant in South Slope is the deep fried original burger: a juicy patty plus funky Allgauer Emmentaller cheese, mustard, and a seasonal pickled veggie gets swaddled in dough. The whole thing is dunked in the fryer, accompanied by steak-cut fries or salad. (Dip into sweet beet ketchup, too.) The burger is certainly a filling solo act, but for a gut-busting experience, add on a half order of Halusky, hand-cut potato noodles with Bryndza cheese and bacon morsels. The whole menu goes heavy on meat and potato variations, like Hungarian beef goulash, apple-raisin latkes, and turnip and squash-stuffed pierogis. It also offers an extensive range of ciders and beers.

This South Slope restaurant is plenty charming for a date but low-key enough to be a casual weeknight dinner that doesn’t require a reservation. Don’t miss the namesake burger, where a thick, juicy Creekstone Farms patty with considerable funk is smothered in a thick layer of white cheddar and served with pickled onions and thin-sliced pickles. It’s accompanied by three hefty duck fat fries.

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SkyIce Thai Food & Ice Cream

This cheery, casual corner outpost is a family-owned place with an affordable Thai menu that skews toward Northern specialties from the Chiang Mai region. There’s a solid chicken larb salad, delicate steamed mushroom dumplings, a selection of curries, and various noodle dishes. A selection of homemade ice creams, including a nutty sesame option, are popular in warm temps, available by the scoop or pint.

Miriam

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This popular restaurant — it’s especially packed at brunch — serves Middle Eastern fare with a strong Israeli bent. The light-filled space is bedecked with colorful star-shaped lamps and pottery adorning brick walls. Meze dishes like piquant grilled eggplant salad, spiced vegetable root cakes, turmeric-fried calamari, swiss chard and feta-filled burekas, and hardboiled egg-topped hummus are served solo for $10 a pop or any combo of three for $27. For mains, choose from a slew of couscous choices, shawarama or schnitzel plates, and tagines.

Miriam Photo via Miriam

Nargis Bar and Grill

Nargis Photo by Gary He

Typically, a Uzbek feast requires visiting the deepest depths of the borough, but the distinctive cuisine, which is like a mashup of Turkish and Central Asian fare, is now on offer in Park Slope, too. The O.G. outpost, dubbed Nargis Cafe, is located Sheepshead Bay, and in August 2017, owner Boris Bangiev opened up shop in the neighborhood, in a space filled with decor imported from Uzbekistan. A plethora of ultra-flavorful meat kebabs are complemented by plump manti dumplings, a rife pilaf dish called plov, and lagman, a.k.a. hand-pulled noodle soup.

Nargis Photo by Gary He

Fausto

A straight-on view of tables set with wine glasses and wicker chairs Photo by Amber-Lynn Taber

Occupying the digs of fiercely-adored Franny’s, this newcomer is Italian as well. It’s a Brooklyn spot from formerly West Village-centric restaurateur Joe Campanale and chef Erin Shambura, who was a chef at Campanale’s popular L’Artusi. Options include apps like arancini and red snapper crudo, a range of pastas that veer classic, like linguine with clams and orcchiette with fennel-braised pork and wilted greens, and entrees like grilled lamb chop and whole-roasted porgy. Expect an extensive host of unique wines, too.

A straight-on view of tables set with wine glasses and wicker chairs Photo by Amber-Lynn Taber

Al di la Trattoria

This beloved Park Slope stalwart has been serving up stellar Northern Italian fare since 1998, like a spaghetti neri alla chitarra (homemade squid-ink tinted black strands with octopus confit) and a tagliatelle with ragu, plus pasta-free options like braised rabbit and saltimbocca alla romana, or pork loin scallopine with sage leaves and prosciutto. Brunch is great too; don’t miss the polenta topped with wild mushrooms, parm, and sauteed greens (with an optional poached egg). It doesn’t take reservations, so come right when it opens or at the tail-end of service for a shorter wait, as the cozy room — replete with mismatched antiques and a nonna’s house sort of vibe — is regularly packed.

La Villa Pizza

This bustling family-run Italian joint with a pleasantly suburban vibe started in Bay Ridge circa the ‘50s, and like its South Brooklyn original, the Park Slope location is rife with pizzas offered on a range of crusts, including a grandma pizza and the thinner Neopalitan margarita. The cheese game is particularly strong, with burrata, smoked mozzarella, and locally-made fresh mozzarella on offer. A wide range of classic pastas, calzones, and old-school salads and apps are available too; sharing family style is the way to go, and for an area ridden with strollers, it’s a particularly kid-friendly place.

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Gristmill

Expect fancy pizzas and seasonal farm-to-table fare at Gristmill. The name comes from chef and owner Jake Novick-Finder’s predilection for artisanal grains, sourced from various Northeastern farms. The “Not Pizza” options, like mushroom pate, kale caesar, and cornbread with tomatillo jam, almost uniformly include cameos from fancy grains (bread crackers, breadcrumbs, et al). Don’t skip the garlic knots: an order includes both cacio e pepe and everything-spiced hunks of dough, showered in parm. Novick-Finder kicked off his career at age 12, assisting with pastry at Chanterelle, and he’s an alum of Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern.

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Papi's Grill

For affordable Mexican food, Papi’s Grill is the way to go in the neighborhood. Made-to-order burritos, tacos, tortas, and bowls make for solid takeout options, or a casual meal out at one of the handful of tables on the premises. The carne asada and chicken tinga are standouts, and harder-to-find fillings like lengua (tongue) and cactus are also available. The owners also run Las Rosas Grill in Sunset Park.

Du Jour Bakery

This bakery is helmed by married couple T.J. Obias and Vera Tong Obias, who’ve collectively done stints at the likes of Cafe Gray, Gordon Ramsay at The London, The Russian Tea Room, and Dovetail. It offers French pastries and breads, plus a tasty and affordable breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus, with a small edit of sandwiches, salads, and egg dishes. Cocktails and wines are available as well. The space works for laptop-toting types working remotely, and in warmer weather, there’s a patio space out back, too.

Dumplings & Things

Dumplings & Things Dumplings & Things/Yelp

Pop by for dumplings, baos, and a noodle soups at this casual cash-only takeout joint that also has a Sunnyside outpost. The dumplings, served fried or boiled, are quite dense and doughy, but the filling-to-wrapper ratio is hearty, with fillings like cilantro-charged chicken and shrimp or five spice-packed pork and chives. Toss in an order of hot oil wontons and peanut-laced sesame noodles, topped with piles of julienned veggies, or the Peking duck bao, which is only available on weekends. There’s one communal table and a handful of counter seats for dining in.

Dumplings & Things Dumplings & Things/Yelp

Saigon on 5th

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This family-run Fifth Avenue newcomer leans into homey Vietnamese fare, including a pho with beef brisket and garlicky lemongrass tofu. The bright, quiet space makes sense for families or weeknight dates. Stand-outs include a grilled pork chop, which arrives either with rice or a robust bowl of rice vermicelli and a fish-sauce based marinade. Entrees top out at $16.

Saigon on 5th Photo via Facebook

Sushi Katsuei

A piece of red sushi over rice is topped with green paste Stefanie Tuder

This sushi spot serves an affordable and acclaimed omakase, priced at $60 for nigiri and a handroll, or $65 for the sushi and sashimi option. Straightforward rolls and a tight edit of non-sushi options are on offer, too, and the service is quite friendly. A West Village outpost opened in April 2017, albeit with slightly higher prices than the Brooklyn original.

A piece of red sushi over rice is topped with green paste Stefanie Tuder

Talde

Dale Talde’s eponymous place has been kicking it since 2012, serving up modern riffs on pan-Asian fare, like dumplings encased in pretzel dough, kung pao wings, crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, and Hainanese beef and broccoli. The dark wood-filed space features an expansive bar as well, with a wide wine selection of over 100 bottles; the cocktails adhere to the Asian fusion theme, too.

Fonda

An extensive menu of Mexican dishes fill the menu at Fonda. To start, options include chorizo or mushroom packed queso fundido, crab croquettes, a slew of taquitos, and braised-duck stuffed corn tortillas. Choose from a range of sophisticated entrees, from three different enchilada dishes to hearty skillet options like the carnitas de Fonda. With a lit backyard and colorful interior, it’s a fun brunch choice for the ‘hood, too. Other outposts are located in Alphabet City and Chelsea.

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Korzo

The main attraction at this Eastern European restaurant in South Slope is the deep fried original burger: a juicy patty plus funky Allgauer Emmentaller cheese, mustard, and a seasonal pickled veggie gets swaddled in dough. The whole thing is dunked in the fryer, accompanied by steak-cut fries or salad. (Dip into sweet beet ketchup, too.) The burger is certainly a filling solo act, but for a gut-busting experience, add on a half order of Halusky, hand-cut potato noodles with Bryndza cheese and bacon morsels. The whole menu goes heavy on meat and potato variations, like Hungarian beef goulash, apple-raisin latkes, and turnip and squash-stuffed pierogis. It also offers an extensive range of ciders and beers.

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This South Slope restaurant is plenty charming for a date but low-key enough to be a casual weeknight dinner that doesn’t require a reservation. Don’t miss the namesake burger, where a thick, juicy Creekstone Farms patty with considerable funk is smothered in a thick layer of white cheddar and served with pickled onions and thin-sliced pickles. It’s accompanied by three hefty duck fat fries.

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