Having lived downtown (Financial District and East Village) for 10 years now, I'm having an extremely difficult time accepting the idea of moving to Park Slope. I know I'm only going to be about 15-20 minutes further from my usual haunts in Tribeca, East Village, West Village, Nolita, Soho, Lower East Side, and Chinatown, but I'd like to venture out of my comfort zone and discover the best foods and restaurants Brooklyn has to offer within 30 minutes from my new stop (4 Ave/9 St on the R/F/M).
Would greatly appreciate if you could help me embrace my new neighborhood by offering your recommendations for "Destination"** and "Neighborhood Best"*** in the following categories. Must be within 30 minutes via public transport from Park Slope:
Best Raw Bar/Oysters - Blue Ribbon (D); doesn't exist? (NB)
Best New American
Best Brunch - Stone Park Café (D)
Best Italian - Al Di La (D)
Best Mac & Cheese
Best Sushi under $30*/pp
Best Sushi over $30*/pp
Best Ramen - Zuzu Ramen? (NB)
Best Izakaya - Is there anything outside of Williamsburg (Zenkichi/Bozu)?
Best Banh Mi - Nicky's/Ba Xuyen/Home/Hanco? (NB)
Best Bubble Tea
Best Real Chinese Food - Sunset Park vs. Manhattan Chinatown? (Mainly looking for Cantonese Dim Sum, Cantonese Congee/Noodles, Hong Kong Style Diners, Cantonese Soups, Wontons/Shui Jiao, Chinese Bakery, XiaoYe/Late-night dining, Chinese BBQ)
Best Wine Bar with Small Bites - is there a place similar to Blue Ribbon Downing St. Bar?
Best Bar for Beer Snob
Best Dive Bar
*price does not include tax/tip/beverages
**"Destination" - Food marked by a very high level of execution. Must be phenomenal/unique for the prices charged. It could be anywhere from $5 to over $100/pp as long as the food is worth it. You wouldn't bother to go all the way to Manhattan to find a better version of it.
***"Neighborhood Best" - You know there's a better option in Manhattan, but you're willing to settle for the next best thing close to where you live. The food doesn't need to be blow-your-mind amazing, but it needs to be the best that you can get in Brooklyn within reasonable distance from Park Slope (under 30 mins via public transport door to door)
Places I've tried and liked for "Destination": Al Di La, Brunch at Stone Park Cafe.
Places I've tried but failed to meet my "Destination" standard: Char No. 4, Frankie's 457, Po, No.7 (Most of the food at these restaurants were well executed, but not worth the prices charged. i.e. I can find much better alternatives at the same price in Manhattan)
For reference, these are my usual haunts in Manhattan: La Sirene, Market Table, Blue Ribbon Downing St. Bar, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Cafe Cluny, Pearl Oyster Bar, Mary's Fish Camp, La Esquina, Tia Pol, Basta Pasta, Greenwich Grill, Sobaya, Matsugen, En Japanese Brasserie, Taisho, Ippudo Ramen, Momofuku Ssam/Noodle/Milk Bar, Spice, Saigon Grill, Noodle Bar, Noodle Village.
Park Slope Residents - do you ever eat out in Williamsburg or South Williamsburg, or is it too much of a hassle to get to without a car?
Thanks very much in advance!
85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Al Di La
248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Stone Park Cafe
324 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
173 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217