Best Restaurants in Park Slope

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Park Slope picks: Top-rated culinary stops in one of Brooklyn's buzziest neighborhoods.

Convivium Osteria
Italian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Superb” Mediterranean cooking and “ambiance to burn” define this Park Slope “date-night” nexus where the mood's “intimate” and service “shines” ; a “quality” wine list, “fantastic” garden and “particularly romantic” cellar are bonuses, and if that’s not enough, it’s an “easy walk to Barclays Center.”
al di la Trattoria
Italian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Not much changes” yet it “always feels special” at this Park Slope “classic” that earns “Brooklynite love” with its “superb” Venetian fare, “decent prices” and “lively” , “warm” vibe; yes, the “no-rez policy” and inevitable “wait” are a “drag” , but getting into the “wine bar annex” is “easier” – or there's always a “more civilized” , rarely crowded lunch.
Rose Water
New American · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

An enduring Park Slope “favorite” , this “charming” New American offers a “beautiful representation of the seasons” via “excellent” locavore fare, including a “delicious” brunch; the “tight” environs are “worth squeezing into” , and there’s a “gorgeous” patio in the summertime.
Stone Park Cafe
New American · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Locally prized as a “culinary gem” , this “charming” Park Slope New American owes its “popularity” to a “creatively prepared” menu “backed up by an informed staff” ; the “casual but elevated” style extends to a “spectacular brunch” “if you can get in.”
Asian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A “seriously good” Pan-Asian menu with a “playful sensibility” (e.g. the “fantastic” pretzel pork dumplings) makes Dale Talde’s Park Slope namesake a “hip” neighborhood destination; reservations are now taken, but if there's a wait, it's best spent sipping “nifty” cocktails from the bar.
Gastropub · Park Slope · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

Alums from San Francisco's famed Slanted Door present an “expert balance of flavors” via “well-prepared” modern Vietnamese fare at this “serious foodie destination” in Park Slope; while a “beautiful” back patio and a few “creative cocktails” help distract from “cramped” conditions, it's the food that has fans “coming back.”
Blue Ribbon Brooklyn
American · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

The Bromberg brothers “consistently get it right” at these “beloved” New Americans where “down-home” cooking ( “wonderful” matzo ball soup, “ballin’” fried chicken) make for “comfort-food heaven” ; the original SoHo “standby” is a late-night “haunt for off-duty chefs” , while the Bakery Kitchen has “intoxicating” smells of baking bread, and though they're not inexpensive, they remain “perennial favorites.”
Luke's Lobster Park Slope
Seafood · Park Slope · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.7

When “you can’t make it to Maine” , this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly” ); the “utilitarian” , counter-serve setups suggest “takeout” , though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.