Lunch at Nam Thai Kitchen on 5th Ave between Union and Berkeley.
Inexpensive, very visually appealing food served slowly by a friendly staff.
Recommended: soups, vegetarian duck, massaman curry.
Location: 5th Ave at Carroll St.
I dragged two friends to check out Al Di La, one of the only places you’ll find a wait for a table at 1pm on a Friday afternoon in the neighborhood. The sun was streaming in through the large windows facing the corner of 5th Ave and Carroll, and heavy velvet curtains kept the cold winter air from flushing our faces when the doors would open to new diners. We shared an Orange Salad, with juicy blood oranges, fennel, and a light sprinkling of raw red onion, which I usually find overpowering in a citrus salad. The pastas were hearty and al dente, and the wild mushroom polenta was hearty and earthy. A great spot if you have patience, or alternatively, a couple of glasses of wine to teach you patience. The endless supply of warm bread and salty butter didn’t hurt either.
The South Slope Review
The scope: everything I can eat and drink in South Slope and Gowanus: namely, the BQE across to 7th Ave, from Union St to 24th St.
I recently moved to South Slope and have developed an unquenchable desire to uncover all the food and drink my neighborhood has to offer. Gowanus is our up-and-coming neighbor, with new places opening up all over — who can resist?
I’ll be reviewing restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout these two neighborhoods. Expect nice surreptitious photos, detailed reviews on food, drink, and atmosphere, and lots of vicarious living on the best things life has to offer: wine, beer, coffee, thought-out meals with fresh ingredients, and those tucked away, locals-only gems.