Park Slope's Most Expensive Sushi: Blue Ribbon Sushi
Blue Ribbon Sushi
278 Fifth Ave. near Garfield Place
For satisfying sushi in an elegant, understated setting, Blue Ribbon Sushi takes first prize. Enjoy a good selection of sake, high-quality fresh sushi that's presented with style, and top it off with green tea brulee or ginger ice cream.
Located adjacent to the Blue Ribbon brasserie, this upscale seafood restaurant is one of several award-winning creations of New York City star chefs Eric & Bruce Bromberg. Like its Manhattan counterparts, the Brooklyn restaurant is dedicated rolling out some of the finest morsels in New York's sushi scene.
For a special treat, try the sushi rolls, or sushi miso with butter lobster.
The menu is a la carte, and a sushi dinner can be pricey. A main course, comprised of a dozen pieces of sashimi, runs $12.50, and the "very special Blue Ribbon platter" is $135. This restaurant does participate in Brooklyn's Restaurant Week, a good time to get a delicious meal at an attractive price.
There's no dress code; it's fine to go Brooklyn-casual. The seating accommodates couples, groups, and families. Some patrons gripe about the presence of too many children and babies during the earlier hours of the evening.
Reservations are recommended.
Best Vibe, Best Lobster Roll
Brooklyn Fish Camp
162 Fifth Avenue off Lincoln Place
This Michelin-recommended eatery is the Brooklyn partner and sidekick to Greenwich Village’s acclaimed Mary’s Fish Camp. Brooklyn Fish Camp is known for both its "seriously prepared seafood" (according to the Michelin review) and warm neighborhood ambiance.
In addition to daily and seasonal specials chalked on the blackboard, Brooklyn Fish Camp's tried-and-true favorites include hearty cod sandwich (a luncheon favorite) and Maine-style warm peel-and-eat shrimp (not often found in Brooklyn). Brooklyn Fish Camp’s lobster roll is one of the best, and possibly the best, in the borough; it's stuffed with choice meat, and comes with an enormous plate of shoestring fries.
Wait staff is endearingly friendly, as is the bar scene at the front of the restaurant. Catering to Park Slope’s sociable side, Brooklyn Fish Camp’s wood tables are packed tightly — not exactly sardine-tight, but close enough so you can, if you like, get to know your neighbors. In fact, it’s not unusual for some patrons to know one another anyway; Brooklyn Fish Camp has a lot of Park Slope regulars.
Brooklyn Fish Camp's décor is down-home, with the subtlest of nods to the theme of an old coast-side fish shack.
Although some people find the prices slightly high, this perception may be due to packaging: chances are they wouldn't complain were the very same food served in a fancier setting.
In sum, fresh fish that’s well prepared, good cold beer, family-friendly service, and an outdoor garden make Brooklyn Fish Camp a popular low-key choice for a seafood meal — and, for visitors from other areas, another good reason to visit Park Slope.
Dinner entrees run from $18 to $25.
Best Affordable, Family Friendly: Park Slope Chip Shop
Park Slope Chip Shop
83 Fifth Ave. at 6th Street
It's all frightfully mock-British. A small, kid-and-pocketbook-friendly eatery with a big sense of humor, this long-standing Park Slope fish restaurant serves deep-fried everything: fried fish, fried chips and even a $3 deep-fried Atkins diet bar.
The menu offers fried battered cod or haddock and chips, cod and salmon fishcakes, as well as steak and kidney pie. Naturally, you can get British beer to wash it all down.
Weight-conscious visitors can, if they absolutely must, find sensible alternatives to the Chip Shop's celebration of all things deep-fried. Their menu also includes a variety of salads. But just once in a lifetime, lovey, oh why not try a deep-fried candy bar?
Dinner entrees cost under $10.
Best South American Seafood: Bogota Latin Bistro
Bogota Latin Bistro
141 Fifth Ave. between Lincoln Place and St. John’s Place
Known for its killer cocktails and cheerfully cacophonous dinner scene, Bogota takes a decidedly Latin approach to standard American recipes for fish. Bored with broiled? Sated with sushi? At Bogota, you venture forth with such dishes as tasty stuffed bacalao (salted codfish), catfish tacos, or chipotle corn-crusted salmon served with chimichurri.
Expect to see lines outside on weekends, and a seriously crowded bar. (You can eat at small tables in the bar, but expect plenty of company.) Bogota draws a mixed crowd of young professionals, miscellaneous locals, and longstanding Park Slopers. As the high octane drinks kick in, the decibel level rises accordingly.
Bogota’s décor is spare and vaguely industrial. The service is friendly and relatively quick.
This vibrant, noisy, fun restaurant is located on what some call Park Slope’s restaurant row, a half-mile stretch of Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue.
Dinner entrees run about $20.
Weekend reservations are recommended.
Seasonal outdoor seating.
American Eclectic Seafood: Stone Park Café
Stone Park Café
324 Fifth Ave. off Third Street
A foodie's hangout, Stone Park Cafe's claim to fame is its adherence to a daily market menu. That means everything is very fresh, and often locally grown. The dinner menu always includes several seafood entrees.
On any given day, one might find such seafood entrees as pan-seared scallops laced with rock shrimp and corn risotto, or pan-roasted wild stripped bass with saffron couscous and asparagus. Stone Park Cafe's cedar plank Scottish salmon with a side of red quinoa is popular among Park Slope seafood fans.
Stone Park Cafe is named after the Old Stone House, a charming reconstructed 1699 Dutch stone farmhouse house (it's also home to a small museum) that is located across the street in Washington Park.
The more recent story behind this restaurant's location reflects the story of gentrification in Park Slope's Fifth Avenue: the space that's now home to Stone Park Cafe was previously an old bodega. The now spiffed-up nearby park was, in the 1980's, a sometimes rough area. Today, Stone Park Cafe's decor is clean and modern — and the surrounding blocks are perfectly safe and filled with mom-and-pop stores and some boutiques.
Stone Park Cafe's seating includes a small, informal section in the rear, and sidewalk tables in good weather. Service is good, as are the bar drinks and wine list. In the summer, diners may catch snippets of live music and early diners can even catch a free weekend outdoor movie across the street in Washington Park.
Entrees run $25 and over.
Seasonal outdoor seating.