On tonight’s Daily Show, reporter Samantha Bee traveled to Park Slope, Brooklyn to get some first hand accounts of the fight over a proposed ban on Israeli products being waged within the Park Slope Food Coop.
Park Slope is a great place to live — proximity to Prospect Park, beautiful brownstones, good schools, relaxed watering holes, etc. However, it is definitely lacking in good, reasonable restaurants. Sure, you could blow a wad at Al Di La or Blue Ribbon for a great meal, but is that what I plan to do every Wednesday night after work? (Don’t worry. There are those who do.)
While many Park Slopers fancy themselves “foodies” or otherwise knowledgeable about organic-free range-local-artisinal this and that, the reality, based on the eateries in the nabe, is that there are a good number of people paying lots of money night after night for mediocre take out and delivery food. This is especially true for ethnic food. There is no good Indian restaurant. All of the sushi and banh mi joints are run by ethnic Chinese folks, which alone doesn’t discredit the establishments, but do they compare to the real thing? No.
But at last! Some quality Chinese food exists in the ‘hood. Tofu on 7th has been on 7th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets for a good number of years now. The name is speaks to its history of catering to the large number of vegetarians in the area, but don’t let it be a misnomer for its current iteration.
Recently, a new chef has been hired and real Szechuan food can be had from its kitchen. The decor is a bit blah, and I’ve never observed many people eating in. Go for delivery and order off the Szechuan menu (there is an American menu available for all your greasy, overly sweet favorites but just skip it). My favorites so far have been the Ma Po Tofu (with pork), “Kung Pao Style” chicken, tea smoked duck and “Hot Pepper Style” beef. I hope more people discover this joint as I would love for it to stay as is for years to come.
Believe the hype. The clam roll at the Sea Witch is damn tasty. For only $11 (which by NYC standards is a pretty good deal), you get a bun overflowing with tasty fried clams. Add some delicious, crispy fries as a side, and you’ve got yourself a full meal. Nothing pairs better with clam rolls and fries than a good rotating group of draft beers, which the Sea Witch has plenty of. We heard from other patrons that the burger there is pretty decent.
The atmosphere is laid back — very neighborhood feel even with the nautical theme and giant aquarium. I hope the quality of the clam roll keeps up as the area becomes more popular. The backyard is going to be great once it gets warm enough.
There was a lot of (well-deserved) hype surrounding the opening of Giuseppina’s, the off-shoot of Lucali’s in Carroll Gardens. But there is another contender for delicious pizza in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights vicinity that’s been under the radar.
If you haven’t tried yet, check out Pauline and Sharon’s. While a different style pizza is offered making a direct comparison unfair, Pauline and Sharon’s does deliver which should count for some bonus points somewhere in the evaluation process (you can pick up your pies at Giuseppina’s if you don’t feel like dining in but no delivery).
The puttanesca pie is amazing. If that’s not enough salty goodness for you, add a Caesar salad which comes with house-made dressing chock full of anchovies. Word on the street is that the tacos are outstanding. Will have to give it a try soon.