If you have even a passing interest in food and aren't familiar with Serious Eats, the foodie website founded by food writer Ed Levine a few years ago, I'd strongly recommend doing yourself a big favor and checking it out. It's one of my favorite sites to spend some time drooling over, and it was a pleasant surprise to learn that its New York editor, Carey Jones, happens to live just north of the Slope. She published a great guide to all her favorite restaurants in the area a couple weeks ago, and was kind enough to answer some questions about her thoughts on the Slope's current foodie scene.
HPS: First of all, how cool is it to work for Serious Eats?
Carey: I can't lie, it's pretty awesome. I just got back from a ten-day taco tour of Texas, I'm forced to eat chocolate chip cookies for a living, and I can spend days making sushi out of Peeps or dry ice volcanos and call it work. It's not all fun, games, and sandwiches, but a lot of it is.
HPS: When did you first move to Prospect Heights?
Carey: About two and a half years ago, and have loved every minute of it. Except when the Q's not running on weekends.
HPS: What drew you to the neighborhood?
Carey: I was sick of paying [redacted absurd sum] for my closet in the West Village run by a degenerate landlord. One of my best friends moved here and after one dinner in the neighborhood--Miriam, actually--I was hooked. I feel like it's a small city attached to a bigger city. That's true of a lot of Brooklyn and other parts of the city, I'm sure, but it feels especially homey here.
HPS: Why do you think so much great food has come to the area in the past couple years? Most of the places on your guide are relatively new.
Carey: Every time a great new restaurant pops up around here, I feel like there's an immediate swarm of Park Slopers (recently, Ample Hills, Chuko, before that Bark...), and I mean that in a good way; people here appreciate good food, I think, and probably are willing to travel for it but get really excited when it's right in their neighborhood. I don't necessarily think Bkyln Larder is the best food shopping in the city, but it's damn close, and I love that it's just a few blocks away.
HPS: What is your single favorite restaurant in Park Slope?