Neighborhood Guide

Must-See Park Slope

by staff, 01/07/2014 [Updated 02/22/2016]

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  • Sit-Down Dining
    Park Slope's sit-down dining scene starts with Al di Là, which opened in 1998—back when Brooklyn was still a place characters in You've Got Mail and Sex and the City decried for being so uncool cabs wouldn't go there—and still managed to snag a glowing Frank Bruni review and draw diners from far and wide. Now the neighborhood is a destination in and of itself, and the trattoria remains a reliable source of Northern Italian fare like ravioli with red beets and ricotta and braised rabbit with polenta. Another Park Slope mainstay, the pizza joint Franny's, finally moved across Flatbush to a bigger space in 2013, having outgrown its tiny digs almost instantaneously after its 2004 opening. Diners flock here to enjoy wood-fired pizzas and wine on tap. Also of note in the neighborhood: Benchmark, which features a New American menu focused on pasture-raised animals and locally grown produce; Rose Water, which also specializes in local organic fare; Fonda, a very classy Mexican joint (neither the portion sizes nor the flavors on the seasonal menu evoke Chipotle); and a Brooklyn outpost of Grand Central Oyster Bar, whose extensive raw bar serves oysters from both coasts. Finish off at the Chocolate Room, which combines romantic mood lighting with desserts built around the ingredient that gives the place its name.— staff

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