I lived in Park Slope for just about six years. Our
apartment was near the subways and the food-nadir of
the world aka Flatbush Avenue. We just sold our place in September and, with the exception of bidding farewell to two friends, have not had one hankering for anything about Park Slope. It took me a while to read Leslie Brenner's farewell of 1 1/2 years ago, and she hit the nail on the head.
The only places I could cheerfully recommend to anyone
in the Slope would be Al-Di-La (just amazing), Olive Vine, Cafe Steinhof (not everything, but the goulash is good)and Bistro St. Marks. There's a new Indian resto on 7th Avenue that doesn't suck. Let's not even talk about the abysmal cooking at The 12th Street Bar & Grill. You want risotto? I'll make it for you, at less than half the price and it will be edible. The rest of the roster is dreck, pure and simple. And these folks (are they all such lemmings?) who live there don't seem to mind. And let's not talk about the prices. My jaw dropped when I saw the menu at 12th St. -- and the joint was packed. It was a good Mom place, and she needs to get out more, but PUHLEEZE.
The only good thing about Park Slope, in all those
years, was a) the great transportation into the city
where we lived; b) the Park (wowwee); c) seeing my
best friend on a regular basis and d) Al-Di-La. Other
that that, the absolute best thing about Park Slope
was taking the 4-times-what-we-paid-for-it apt. sale
$$ and putting it in the bank.
On the other hand, there are a few restaurants I miss
in Brooklyn, like Restaurant Saul, The Grocery, Pastis, Cafe Banania, Smith Street Kitchen, BRAWTA CAFE (can you please send me their jerk chicken right now??)...alas, none of them in PS. Frankly I eat better living in the Hudson Valley than I ever did in the old neighb.
And try not to rag on me -- I am a born-and-raised Brooklynite who grew up going to Lundy's every Sunday night and whose father was a smoked fish wholesaler. And there's some wonderful food in Brooklyn -- Park Slope's generally sucks.