Congratulations are in order for Park Slope’s Al di Là, which made it onto the Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America. The local restaurant lands at number 78 and is praised for its consistently impressive menu:
[Chef Anna] Klinger’s moderately priced menu of home-style antipasti, pastas, and braised and grilled meats rarely changes (even though there are plenty of nightly specials), and that’s for a good reason: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
It’s worth noting that soon-to-be-neighbor Shake Shack also makes the list, coming in at number 11 and getting us even more psyched for “one of the juiciest cheeseburgers (100 percent all-natural Angus beef, no hormones, no antibiotics) you’ll ever find on a soft, grilled potato roll.”
And for those who are missing Fornino, Brooklyn Bridge Park has announced that the pizzeria will be one of four new concessionaires this summer, occupying Pier 6. Says executive chef and owner Michael Ayoub:
“We are honored to have been chosen to partner with Brooklyn Bridge Park as we now join the growing list of exciting amenities of this world-class waterfront development [...] We are also proud to be part of a project that will finally welcome back all New Yorkers to Brooklyn’s great waterfront.”
In less happy news, the week of farewells continues with news of Mexican restaurant El Jalapeño’s imminent closure. According to Here’s Park Slope, the recent passing of both co-owners has left the restaurant “in a sad state” and unable to continue.
Though the spot was hidden away on President Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, it found itself a bit of a cult following. They are currently looking for a buyer and will close as soon as it’s sold.
Photo credit Al di La via The Daily Meal