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It took just a quick stroll down Fifth Avenue to convince chef Mark Shenk (pictured) that Park Slope was the place to open a restaurant.

"I met a friend who moved to the neighborhood and his landlord mentioned an available space," said Shenk. One peek at the empty room and Shenk began making plans. His new eatery, Red Cafe, is scheduled to open this week.

Shenk, who says he "just likes red," painted all of the walls a rich ruby and found photos of "red leaning" politicos Karl Marx and Emma Goldman to hang.

Asked to categorize the cuisine, he says, "French. Italian. I don’t know, New Bistro?"

The menu features small plates with items like a risotto cake topped with sauteed shrimp and Italian green sauce; a classic French chicory salad with bacon lardons (large chunks); and warm mustard vinaigrette topped with a poached egg. But there are also open-faced sandwiches and burgers.

A roasted fillet of salmon with French lentils or grilled Newport steak au poivre with red wine sauce and fries are among the hearty entrees.

What’s next for Shenk? "Finding an apartment near the store," he says.

Red Cafe (78 Fifth Ave. between St. Mark’s Place and Warren Street) accepts Visa and MasterCard. The cafe serves lunch and dinner from Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Entrees: $13-$18. For reservations, call (718) 789-1100.

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