I just moved into Carroll Gardens from Manhattan a few weeks ago and have been reading post after post describing how lame the smith street scene
is and now complaints also about Park Slope. I just want to register my disagreement. I tried Alma and Smith Street Kitchen recently and liked both
quite a bit. And I also really like the small eateries-- like one that I have been censored from mentioning on this site-- in my immediate neighborhood-- so intimate that they make you feel that they belong to you personally. But more than that, the quality bakeries (especially Mazzola but also Caputo's and Sweet Melissa and Marquet) are wonderful enough
that I'm getting scared that I'm going to get really fat if I don't watch it.
Also, if you want more excitement-- get in your car, or bus, or even "G"
line train, and explore the other neighborhoods-- I just had a great meal at Chez Oscar this weekend. The cod was delicious and though the service slow,
the caparinhias were well-made and stong enough that I really didn't care. Oh, and I loved the atmosphere, decor, etc. there...
Also, there are som many Park Slope eateries yet to try, and Williamsburg isn't that hard to get there where I just had a great meal at Allioli.
And even Long Island City and Jackson Heights really ain't all that far away-- when you think
about it, should you crave that Asian authentic flair.
And last, if not least, if all the above still leaves you suffering with dread and ennui, there's a little island to the west, that I hear still has
a couple of good restaurants--