Neighborhood Crawl: Smith Street in Carroll Gardens (and Cobble Hill)
by Sarah Zorn
on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Our bucket list for must-try restaurants and bars in Brooklyn is a mile long, and growing by the minute — but if you’re anything like us, you don’t have the time to commit to a taco pilgrimage from Sunset Park to Bushwick, or the funds to spend on tasting menus at Saul, Blanca, or the River Café.
That’s why we’ve devised these drink-to-dessert mini crawls that tackle just one gastronomically blessed BK block at a time, and spread the love—and your dollars—by focusing on the particular strengths of the tastiest restaurants within them!
Cocktails at The Clover Club: 210 Smith St.
Pre-Prohibition tipples are a dime a dozen in Brooklyn nowadays, but no one takes their commitment to the pleasures of sours and snaps, daisies and swizzles, cobblers, punches, genevers and royales more seriously — or deliciously — than the swank and sexy Clover Club. We think veg-happy drinks like the Green Giant (Old Tom gin, lemon, sugar snap peas, tarragon, dry vermouth) pave the way beautifully for savory bites to come, but you and a gaggle of friends can happily lose yourself in a bowl of Punch de Grace — with Gin, Lillet blonde, elderflower liqueur, pineapple, lemon, and Benedictine.
Appetizers at Char No. 4: 196 Smith St.
If you haven’t already lost your shit at the Clover Club, park yourself at the bar at this whiskey-loving restaurant and order up a taste (just a taste!) of traditional mashbill bourbon to pair with a few superior, southern-inspired snacks — think smoked pork nuggets, fried green tomatoes, and crispy cheddar curds with spicy pimiento sauce.
Dinner at Battersby: 255 Smith St.
This sweet and unassuming new eatery has managed not to raise our shackles with an increasingly humdrum, seasonal/local mission statement. Grab a seat in the leafy backyard and tuck into one of the justly lauded crispy kale salads (currently tossed with green papaya, radish and peanuts), or anything focused on pasta (linguine with lemon, littleneck clams, and peekytoe crab), or fish (branzino with baby fennel, zucchini, and green tomato jus).
Dessert at Momofuku Milk Bar: 360 Smith St.
This kooky chain-bakery has become synonymous with cereal milk shakes, compost cookies and crack pie, but they’re hardly the final word in the quest for sweet treats. Top off your evening of Smith Street excess with a salty pistachio soft serve particular to the Carroll Gardens location, a mint chocolate chip cake truffle, or a cinnamon syrup and raisin filled croissant.