The 10 Best Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill Restaurants
It's been a slow, uphill battle, but more and more, Brooklynites are winning rounds over Manhattanites in the "my-place-or-yours" social gathering predicament. And while vaguely loftier apartments or fair neighborhood rotation might be at play, you can't negate the charming restaurants in the borough, some of which deem even the G line worthy of a transit swipe. While Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill have always had good cards to play on the eatery front -- the Italian-American neighborhoods are steeped in red sauce history -- you can thank lower rent, tree-lined streets, and a population of ex-Manhats with finely tuned palates for the proliferation of destination-worthy spots that now populate the history. So stay calm and trek on to Bergen Street to check out one of these top 10 Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill restaurants.
10. La Vara, 268 Clinton Street
Brownstone-lined Clinton Street gets a new kind of dinner party in this ode to Iberian cuisine from the same team behind beloved Manhattan tapas joints Txikito and El Quinto Pino. Start with a bowl of honey-drenched eggplant stalks and move on to a plate of robust and spicy migas -- hand-torn bread with a scattering of chorizo, grapes, and rosemary.
9. Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court Street
A long bar, narrow corridor, and line of Edison bulbs guide diners through this Italian staple to both indoor and outdoor dining areas, the latter of which is suitable for best man speeches and Friday night IPA toasts alike. Nearly 10 variants of crostini -- from cremini mushroom and truffle oil to ricotta with speck -- are quick appetite catalysts, but don't fill up too much on the house-made pastas -- the intoxicating aromas of cinnamon- and red wine-simmered prunes with a rich slathering of mascarpone might be winter's best dessert asset.
8. The Grocery, 288 Smith Street
The white tablecloths are the first indication that this isn't your average grocery -- though you still might want to come here on a weekly basis. Swiss chard pancakes of brown rice batter and soy are a savory and vitamin-packed Asian twist to the skillet outcome once reserved for breakfast only, while a semolina crust arms fall-apart skate with a grainy shell plays nicely with roasted cauliflower and curry-bursting aioli bites.