13 Best Restaurants in Park Slope and Prospect Park, New York City

al di là Trattoria

$$ | Park Slope Fodor's choice

Roughly translated as "beyond," al di là has been consistently packed since it opened in 1998, and it's easy to understand why: it serves well-prepared Northern Italian dishes in a cozy atmosphere. The warm farro salad with seasonal ingredients and goat cheese is perfectly al dente; the hand-pinched ravioli are delicious; and meatier entrées like braised rabbit, Tuscan tripe stew, and pork loin scallopini with prosciutto are highlights.

Cafe Regular

$ | Park Slope Fodor's choice
A charming European atmosphere and a focus on top-quality products like La Colombe coffee, Jacques Torres hot chocolate, and Dona chai (hand-brewed in Brooklyn) make the two tiny locations in Park Slope feel like a special-occasion getaway. Snacks are few but the relatively new red banquettes make it comfy to linger longer. The petite spot at 318a 11th Street is best visited solo.

Convivium Osteria

$$$ | Park Slope Fodor's choice
The rustic Italian farmhouse decor, Mediterranean wines, and candlelight at this renowned neighborhood restaurant will transport you to another land even before you try the food. The menu is inspired by Italy, with hints of Spain and Portugal, and organic ingredients and naturally raised, free-range meats are used in dishes like braised rabbit or pine nut–crusted rack of lamb. Pastas and baked desserts are made in-house.

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Gorilla Coffee

$ | Park Slope Fodor's choice
This popular Brooklyn-based brand has fueled Park Slope since 2002 with its specially blended roasts and beans from direct-trade and family farms. There's a pour-over menu with the concise descriptions you'd expect on a fine-wine menu. Business is just as brisk as at the now closed original location, but the sleek interior is a 180-degree upgrade. Muffins from nearby Blue Sky Bakery and baked goods from Colson's Patisserie are in good supply. The window seats are prime spots to watch the steady stream of foot traffic. There's free Wi-Fi, but no outlet use.
472 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY, 11217, USA
347-987--3766
Known For
  • Espresso-a-go-go blend
  • Signature Sunrise drink of cold brew, plus OJ and dash of vanilla syrup
  • Great location outside the Bergen Street subway station

Colson Patisserie

$ | Park Slope
Expertly baked pastries like croissants, tarts, turnovers, macaroons, and financiers are the darling showpieces at this Belgian-inspired bakery, though the soups, salads, and sandwiches are also delicious. There are tiny self-service tables and, in good weather, sidewalk seats. It closes at 7.

Du Jour Bakery

$ | Park Slope
This unpretentious café is owned by TJ and Vera Obias, husband-and-wife pastry chefs who make everything on premises "du jour"---some of the delectable classic French and American baked goods are even made fresh twice a day. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus include frittatas, melts, and salads. Coffee drinks, cocktails, beer and wine, and an interesting selection of iced and hot teas round out your options.

Fonda

$$ | Park Slope

Authentic and flavorful contemporary Mexican food, perfectly mixed cocktails, and amiable staff define this cozy restaurant—the first of three in New York City overseen by award-winning chef and cookbook author Roberto Santibañez. It's tempting to order by sauce alone: enchiladas with mole, lump crab croquettes with avocado serrano sauce, and poblano peppers with roasted-tomato chipotle sauce. The small space is always buzzing, and there's backyard seating.

Kulushkät

$ | Park Slope
At this excellent falafel joint, the falafel balls (classic, spicy, or with spinach and mushrooms) are fried to order and everything is made fresh daily. Run by a family of Jewish-Moroccan heritage, the shop serves mostly takeout, but there are a few stools. The owner’s mother preps the Israeli couscous, vegetable toppings, and other homemade condiments. Coconut milk and fresh fruit are used to make the smoothies.

Rose Water

$$$ | Park Slope
The delicious combinations of tastes and textures at this small restaurant stand out for creativity. Seasonal dishes range from venison to duck breast to scallops, and the accompaniments hit the mark, whether grilled squid with aji dolce and bronze fennel, or fingerling potato with trout roe and crème fraîche. The plant-lined sidewalk seating is coveted at brunch; it's enclosed and heated during colder months.
787 Union St., Brooklyn, NY, 11215, USA
718-783--3800
Known For
  • $32 three-course menu Sunday--Thursday
  • $60 five-course menu Friday, Saturday with off-menu items
  • Posting the dinner menu daily online
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

SkyIce Sweet and Savory

$ | Park Slope
The taste-bud-popping ice creams and sorbets made by this corner Thai spot are served by the scoop and pint. Flavors include durian, black sesame seaweed, and Thai tea and coffee; sorbets like lychee rose and raspberry cilantro taste like they came straight from a garden. The unique meal options among the provincial dishes include no-carb Pad Thai and Mom's fried rice.

Stone Park Cafe

$$$ | Park Slope
Park Slope natives own this elegant restaurant where the New American menus change seasonally, but the scallop and marrow tacos appetizer always star on the menu, along with homemade pastas. Main courses like veal flank steak with Jersey asparagus and scallops with green gazpacho as well as the pastry chef's desserts are plated with finesse. Homemade English muffins, eggs from local hens, and short-rib hash keeps brunch time hopping.

Sun-in-Bloom

$$ | Park Slope
Those seeking vegan, gluten-free, or macrobiotic sustenance fill the tables at this bright, rustic eatery. Favorites include the "live" (uncooked) Bloom burger with sunflower dill dressing, the lasagna layered with butternut squash and roasted tomato, smoky shiitake bacon BLT wrapped in collards, the Reuben with marinated tempeh, and just about any of the desserts. The trade off here is that the level of concern in service can fall below the attention given to dietary needs.

The Chocolate Room

$ | Park Slope
Chocolate from Belgium and France fills the molten, moist, frosty, frothy, and gooey desserts made at this cozy, sit-down dessert café founded by a Park Slope couple in 2005. The main event is dessert—warm chocolate chip almond cake, flourless chocolate cake with raspberry framboise, a black chocolate stout float, or any of the seasonal or weekend-only specials. You can also buy house-made bonbons and artisanal bars from Brooklyn chocolatiers.