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Park Slope in the News: Spotlight on Purbird and V Spot


purbird mashed potatoes via nydailynews

Park Slope cuisine has gotten a couple of well-deserved shout-outs this week.

First up, V Spot (156 Fifth Avenue) was highlighted at News 12 for their vegan nachos. The Latin restaurant (which also serves kosher and gluten-free dishes) is owned by Brooklyn native Alex Carabano, who tells News 12 that he’s hoping to serve people who are “kind of scared of veganism.”

His restaurant does it with traditional Latin dishes that substitute “wheat-based, bread-like” products in place of meat. Also noteworthy: the Portabello Spinach Tacos (gluten-free, $15) and the Bandeja Paisa with seitan ($16).

Over at NY Daily News, the focus is on Purbird (82 Sixth Avenue)– and more specifically, on their mashed potatoes (pictured above). The dish is first on the list of the best mashed potatoes in New York, so if you’re a connoisseur you’ll definitely want to check it out:

Potatoes, butter, milk, salt and pepper — there’s nothing fancy here. Until you add the jalapeño sauce. A puree of fresh jalapeños, olive oil, garlic, salt and a touch of lemon, this green gravy contains the perfect level of heat and tanginess. Purbird owner Christina Comerford […] got the idea for jalapeño mash potatoes while eating in Manhattan three decades ago and never forgot the flavor.

The experience can be yours for an easy $5.50. Hot and creamy, it’s the perfect antidote for a blustery day like today.

Photo credit Jacob A. Osterhout/New York Daily News

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