“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”                 ~Virginia Woolf

you're hungry. now what? we'll take you for a stroll down the avenues and in between to help you choose your best options. get excited, guys. your future looks full and delicious.

5th Avenue

Palo Santo

652 Union St. (btwn 4th and 5th Ave)

(718) 636-6311

Located on the bottom floor of a townhouse, this  restaurant combines Latin American and Caribbean influences into their menu. There is a small garden on the roof where Chef Jacquez Gautier harvests some of the vegetables he uses in his daily-changing menu. The interior is homey and intimate with lots of wooded accents that represent the name Palo Santo or "Holy Wood". The Slow Cooked Heritage Pork is a must. As is the Grass-fed Skirt Steak with chimichurri and grilled onion. Mon-Fri 6pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm, Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-3pm.

Al Di La Trattoria

248 5th Ave (by Garfield Pl.)

(718) 783-4565

Anna Klinger creates some of the best Italian dishes in the entire city. There, I said it. The menu is ever-changing but each dish is conceived with a level of precision that is difficult to find. A side entrance leads you to their wine bar which is as cozy and beautiful as their actual restaurant. Order it all. Reservations only offered to parties of 6 or more. Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Dinner: Mon-Thurs 6pm-10:30pm, Fri 6pm-11pm, Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm, Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-3:30pm.

Naruto Ramen
276 5th Ave (by 1st St.)

(718) 832-1111

Though this may not be the best noodle spot in the city, it certainly beats your ramen noodle soup packets. It's affordable with $4 Sapporo and all dishes under $10. Try their Naruto Ramen- a soy sauce based soup with bamboo shoots, roast pork and fish cakes.Sun-Thurs 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm.

Bonnie's Grill

278 5th Ave (by 1st St.)

(718) 369-9527

Wing lovers and Buffalo Bills fans!! This small diner-esque grill serves up big flavor with its buffalo chicken wings. Often packed, Bonnie's is also popular thanks to their flavorful and juicy spiced burgers and their fun atmosphere. Try the spiced sirloin burger with fries. American food never tasted so good. Sun-Thurs 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am.

257 5th Ave (by 1st. St.)
(347) 254-7644
Dear God. Thank you for the deliciousness that is Calexico. What started off as only a food cart is now serving bold and exciting Cal-Mex at four restaurants, three carts, AND the Barclays Center. The Park Slope location has a nice-size bar, mesmerizing light fixtures, and even offers stroller parking. (It is Park Slope, after all.) The portions will fill you up and now that they have their liquor license, so will the awesome margaritas. They have a great 2 for 1 happy hour from 4pm-7pm. Order the Fish Tacos with “crack” sauce. Order the Elote. Order any of their burrito bowls and order everything else. Open every day 11:30am-11pm. Bottomless brunch Sat and Sun 11am-3pm.

Blue Ribbon

280 5th Ave (by 1st St.)

(718) 840-0404
This place is solid. Pricey? Sure, a little. But the staff is attentive and the seating feels luxurious so treat yourself sometimes. Blue Ribbon offers some of the freshest sushi in all of NYC and their "turf" options are equally as satisfying. Order the fried chicken (honey dippin' sauce included) with mashed potatoes and collared greens. Or the beef marrow & oxtail marmalade Soooo worth it. Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 4pm-12am.

284 5th Ave (by 1st St.)
(718) 499-0008

Two words- cornmeal crust. It gets me every time. Two-Boots is named after the boot-shaped geography of Italy and New-Orleans and is essentially an ode to Cajun-Italian flavors. My pick for best slice is the Cleopatra Jones. It has peppers and pesto and it pretty much has my heart. There is a fair amount of seating here, soda- no booze (cue the boo’s) and they offer pizza lessons to kids (how cute is that.) Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12pm, Sun 11am-10pm.

287 5th Ave (by 1st St.)
(718) 788-2880
An attentive staff coupled with amazing sushi make this a top pick for great Japanese food. The portion size promises to leave you satisfied and the decor, both inside and outside, will keep you coming back. So will their generous lunch specials. Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 4:30pm-11pm, Sat 1pm-11:30pm, Sun 1pm-11pm.

295 5th Ave (by 2nd St.)
Satisfy your stomach and your pockets with this tasty Thai spot. This place feels "fun" as soon as you step inside. And then you're like "$7.50 for an entree?! I might have to Yelp about this." There is indoor/outdoor seating and a ton of dishes to choose from. Our picks are the Gai Kraprow (sauteed chicken with peppers, cabbage, carrots and onions in a chili basil sauce) and the Spicy Noodles. Don't forget the spring rolls! Cash only. Mon-Fri 12pm-10:45pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-10:45pm.

324 5th Ave (by 3rd St.)
(718) 369-7776
Brunch-enthusiasts! The brunch menu here is mouth-watering. Seriously. Stone Park creates consistently well-prepared dishes with fresh local ingredients. You really can't go wrong here. They have a Market Menu which is available Sunday through Thursday and offers three courses for $34. We recommend the homemade Cavatelli with roasted garlic and Italian fennel sausage and the Grilled Hanger Steak with Black-Pepper Spätzle.
Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm, Brunch- Sat-Sun 10am-3:30pm.

375 5th Ave (by 6th St.)
(718) 768-2200
With its inexpensive and delicious eats, this place is a tucked-away gem. Their menu is limited which allows them to focus on perfecting their dishes. They offer fried or steamed dumplings, noodles, soups, and baos. This place is tiny so order to go or come early to snag one of their few tables. Ask for the Pork Belly Baos and the Sesame Noodles with Peanut Sauce. Cash only. Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

5th avenue

Dram Shop
339 9th St. (btwn 5th and 6th Ave.)

(718) 788-1444

You haven't lived until you've tried one of these burgers, ok? I'm just puttin' it out there. Imagine a carefully crafted Big Mac with grass-fed beef and all the fixings to make you redefine falling in love. Wash it down with one of their twelve drafts on tap or choose from a variety of other bottles and hard stuff.  They also serve up a delicious brunch and with shuffleboard and a pool table in the back, this is sure to be a fun and satisfying go-to for your every hunger need. Mon-Fri 3pm-4am, Sat-Sun 12pm-4am.BRUNCH: 11am-4pm.

560 5th Ave (by 16th St.)
(718) 369-0077

Brothers Bart and Johnny DeCoursy combine artisanal cocktails with American cuisine options like a well-mastered cheeseburger and a yelp-worthy buttermilk fried chicken. It's wooden interior offers large booths to the front and smaller ones in the back. Order the Bloody Mary if you come here for brunch. You're welcome.

Mon- Closed, Tue-Thurs 6pm-4am, Fri 3pm-4am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-12am, Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-3:30pm.


667 5th Ave (by 20th St.)
(718) 499-1199
Two words:  Beet ketchup. The Central-European menu here is differently delicious. Halušky, (potato noodles and Bryndza cheese with crispy bacon bits and chives) will make you wish you grew up in 
Czechoslovakia like the owners. Also known for their unique burgers-- don't forget to dip the side of fries in their amazing beet ketchup! Cash and AmEx only. Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-4pm, Dinner- Mon-Sun 4pm-11:30pm, Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm.

Luigi's Pizza

686 5th Ave (by 21st St.)

(718) 499-3857

Featured in Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy", this pizza joint is our pick for best in the hood. Gio uses the freshest ingredients to create an authentic must-have New York pizza. Try the fresh mozzarella pie with fragrant pesto. Cash only. Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am.

Nostro Ristorante

710 5th Ave (by 22nd St.)

(929) 337-7053

This is an Italian gem. It’s owned and run entirely by a husband/wife team from Naples. The pasta is made fresh daily, as are the sauces. You can taste the difference. You feel like you’re a part of the family when you walk in here. We had the Bruschetta appetizer which was spectacularly balanced with pesto and fresh burrata. We also had the meat and cheese platter… (a must.) Their pasta dishes were bright and flavorful. It’s BYOB so grab a couple bottles of your favorite vino and get ready for an enjoyable dinner. Tues-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm.

6th avenue

Bar Toto

411 11th St. (at 6th Ave.)

(718) 768-4698

If you love a good panini, you should check this place out. Serving up Italian fare along with a respectable assortment of Italian wines, Toto is a fun option for dinner or lunch. It has a spacious wooded interior and quiet sidewalk seating. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

Lot 2

687 6th Ave (by 20th St.)

(718) 499-5623

Co-owner, Ben Jones, knows how to make the neighbors happy. He also owns Southside Coffee across the street which brews up some deliciously 'South Slope strong' coffee. Lot 2 is a cozy spot on a quiet block that focuses on straightforward menu items. Keeping with the neighborhood feel, they also offer a comforting $30 4-course Sunday Supper. Try the Grass-fed Cheddar Burger with duck-fat potatoes and one of their specialty cocktails. Mon-Thurs 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-10:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm.

7th avenue


434 7th Ave (by 15th St.)

(718) 369-3144

If there's one chef that can successfully capture the essence and intricacy of an entire cuisine, it is Chef/owner Roberto Santibañez.Roberto mixes his roots of Mexico City with his many prestigious culinary experiences and creates a menu that stands apart from all other Mexican restaurants in NYC. Start with any of their amazing Margaritas and Guacamole then try the Pollo Norteño or the Filete con Mole y Guacamole or the. . . or the. . . Tues-Thurs 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-11:30pm, Sun-Mon 5pm-10pm, Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm.

3rd avenue

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard

514 Union Street (btwn 3rd Ave and Nevins St.)


Bored? Shuffleboard! This spacious 10 court venue will make you feel like you are no longer in New York. There are fancy food trucks, too! Cabanas are available to rent out for groups, otherwise, put your name in and wait to get a buzzer. It may take a bit but there are awesome board games and TWO bars to check out while you wait. Mon-Wed 6pm-12am, Thurs-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am.

Bar Tano

457 3rd Ave (by 9th St.)

(718) 499-3400

With two other sister bars in the neighborhood (Bar Toto and Provini), this Italian spot has perfected a recipe for success. There's an intimate vibe here that becomes more and more evident as you sip from one of their 30 options of wine by the glass. Fresh air lovers- there's a small patio, too. Try a few of their bruschette options and the pappardelle with short rib ragu. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm.

4th avenue


348 Douglass St. (by 4th Ave.)

(718) 230-4475

As a newcomer to Ethiopian cuisine, I have to say I loved the whole experience. I loved eating with my hands; I loved the texture of the injera (think spongy, sourdough flatbread); I loved the spices like 'berbere', a blend of red chili, garlic, ginger, paprika, etc. and the 'niter kibbeh', an aromatic spiced clarified butter. The ambiance is relaxed with low-lighting and a very earthy feel. They have combination platters where you can try many of their dishes. Try the the 'Misir Wett' lentils cooked slowly in berbere sauce or the 'Sega Wett' morsels of tender beef with a blend of spices. Get the wine, skip the cocktails. Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11, Sun 12pm-10:30pm.


671 Union St, (by 4th Ave.)

(718) 636-6390

My heart pangs for these wangs. This place is small with only a few seats outside but its simplicity is its beauty. Specializing in East Asian flavors, order the wings and let them carry you away to Korean-fried heaven. Also try the Fried Chicken Salad with buttermilk & black garlic dressing and sides like Collard Greens with Chinese sausage and scallions, Corn on the Cob, and Mac & Cheese with fried onions & togarashi! Mon-Sat12:30pm-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-10pm.

Olivier Bistro

469 4th Ave (by 11th st.) 
(718) 768-6600
Oui! Oui really enjoyed this bistro on 4th Ave.  Owner Olivier Verdier and head chef Guillaume Thivet capture the authentic feel and flavors of France and graciously let you partake in it. The space is bright and airy with an inviting atmosphere. Jazz music played. We ordered rosé; it just felt right. The delicately dressed house salad and burger with FRENCH fries (of course) were an overall enjoyable meal. The steak was a bit tough but it had an amaaazing shallot sauce. Oh, and fresh pastries from Balthazar for breakfast? Sold. Amex or Cash only. Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm, Fri 7am-12am, Sat 7am-1am, Sun 10am-11pm.

5th avenue


56 5th Ave (by Bergen St.)

(718) 636-4385

This is a cozy restaurant with brick walls, dark wood tables, filament lighting, and straight-up comfort food. It has spacious patio seating in the back and is opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out their fried calamari with curry and their delicious shells and cheese. Mon-Thurs 9am-12am, Fri 9am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-12am.

Convivium Osteria

68 5th Ave (by St. Mark's Pl.)

(718) 857-1833

Welcome to the ultimate date night. Embrace the romantic ambiance as you indulge in their Mediterranean cuisine and contemplate which wine you'd like from their rustic wine cellar. It feels less like Brooklyn and more like you're dining in a candle-lit cave in Italy. Order the Whole Seabass with zucchini and new potatoes or the Pinenut Crusted rack of lamb in port wine sauce. Mon-Thurs 5pm–11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm.


79 5th Ave (by Prospect Pl.)

(718) 622-2250

Israel born owner, Rafael Hasid takes his passion for Israeli cuisine and brings it right here to Brooklyn. Named after his mother, Miriam offers authentic Mediterranean dishes with its own unique twist. Their numerous Meze-Menu options are flavorful and fun and the grilled bronzino Israeli out of this world. Brunch 10pm-4pm daily, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5pm-1030pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm.

Miti Miti Taperia

138 5th Ave (by Douglass St.)

(718) 230-3760

This new Tapas spot from the owners of Bogota offers a long bar with neon lights, lots of seating in the back, and a menu that tempts you to order more than you had planned to. The small plates, especially the fried chick peas are delicious but those cocktails tho..! That's what steals the show. Dude, they make a Bulleit Old--fashioned with vanilla! Mind. Blown. Why haven't I been doing this? Mon-Thurs 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11pm.

Bogota Latin Bistro

141 5th Ave (by St. John's Pl.)

(718) 230-3805

Colombian food at its finest. Bogota teaches Park Slope what true Latin cuisine should taste like while exhibiting superb customer service along the way. Order the Arroz con Pollo or the Ropa Vieja.

¡Todo es delicioso! Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-1pm, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10pm-11pm.  

Luke’s Lobster
237 5th Ave (btwn President and Carroll St.)
(347) 457-6855
Hell yes! Park Slope has its very own Luke’s Lobster. Let’s face it; there are a lot of mediocre seafood places around but this one does it RIGHT.  Their Maine-style rolls are off the “hook”! It has a beautiful brick interior with a charming backyard where you can eat Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie for dessert. Don’t play around; order the lobster roll and a Maine microbrew. Sunday-Thursday: 11am - 10pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am - 11pm.