575 Henry St., Carroll Gardens
Arguably one of Brooklyn’s best pizza joints, you’ll find rustic, wooden tables surrounding a brick oven here, which is the perfect stage for the pie-throwing theatrics of chef Mark Iacono. Lucali doesn’t take reservations, so get there at around six to snag a table—the thin-crust pizzas and calzones are absolutely worth the wait.
The Grocery (Closed)
329 Henry St., Carroll Gardens
Quality ingredients that are imaginatively prepared at this superb, market-driven spot keep this tiny place on the top of the borough’s fine dining list year after year. It's pricey, but for one of the best bargains in the borough, try the Green Plate Special—$40 for the four-course veggie tasting menu.
412 Court St., Carroll Gardens
Unlike its sister restaurant Battersby, you can also order à la carte here. This is a boon as you'll want to sample as many of these New American dishes as possible. From a hamachi with homemade ponzu, radish, and sesame, to cauliflower topped with raisins, pistachios, and colatura, to a garganelli with duck ragu and wild ramps, the dishes are excitingly creative, seasonal, and tasty. The pale wood and small tabletops feel a bit casual for the sophistication of the dishes and the price point, but we like that it's so low-key.
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