Bustling with hip, young families, Park Slope, Brooklyn, has long been a bastion of the intelligentsia. Fine Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne residences grace the landmarked Park Slope Historic District on the western edge of Prospect Park, which some argue is a more successful green space than Olmsted and Vaux’s earlier collaboration, Central Park. Meanwhile, Gotham’s “other Fifth Avenue” is packed with popular restaurants and interesting shops, and the neighborhood’s laid-back nightlife scene caters to straight and gay crowds alike.
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The Wicked Monk
Once you step into this Bay Ridge pub, you’re transported to County Cork. The Wicked Monk is adorned with the original stained glass and wood fixtures from the 18th-century Greenmount Monastery chapel in Ireland. To keep with the Irish theme, order a slab of warm shepherd’s pie ($21) or platter of crispy fish and chips ($17). The menu isn’t just favorites from the Emerald Isle, though. The Wicked Monk serves up everything from pulled pork quesadillas ($11) to Philly cheesesteak mac and cheese ($17) to mussels steamed in white wine ($12). And that’s just for dinner—stop by for brunch to sample a full Irish breakfast with black and white puddings ($15) or challah French toast with mascarpone cream and berries ($11). Of course, we’d be remiss to not mention the drinks. Whether you’re in the mood for a specialty cocktail or a pint, the bartender can surely help you out.
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