Best Restaurants in Carroll Gardens

August 16, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Walking around Carroll Gardens can feel like being on a main street in upstate New York. There are beautiful brownstones, sidewalk sales, and lots of families. Another thing you'll find in this neighborhood: good restaurants. Whether you want pizza or fried chicken, use this list to find your ideal spot. 

Prime Meats
German · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A “meat mecca” , this Carroll Gardens “favorite” is a “solid performer” for German-accented American fare ( “slammin’” steaks, “don't-skip” spaetzle, an especially “solid” burger) and “thoughtfully mixed” cocktails; since the “traditional Brooklyn” setting is typically “jammed” , you’ll need a reservation.
Frankies 457 Spuntino
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Special local places” , these “homey” Italians serve “delicate” dishes with a “modern spin” , including “main-attraction” meatballs, at prices that won’t “break the bank” ; although they trend “noisy” , Carroll Gardens' “enchanting” patio is a summer “plus.”
Buttermilk Channel
American · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Still going strong” , this “sunny” Carroll Gardens “stalwart” supplies “killer” fried chicken and other “excellent” New American comfort food at the hands of a “gracious” crew; while often “busy” , it’s a “madhouse” at brunch when limited reservations make for “long waits.”
Pizza · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

It’s “hard to beat” the “ethereal” pizzas and “league-of-their-own” calzones that emerge from the brick oven at this cash-only Carroll Gardens joint; the BYO policy “makes it a great value” , but the trade-off is notoriously “insane waits.”
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$

Housemade pastas and seasonal touches round out the Northern Italian cooking at this cash-only Carroll Gardens eatery serving dinner and an Italian-accented brunch. The chandelier-lit space has rustic brick walls and extends out to a back garden with tables for groups and twosomes.
Pizza Moto
Pizza · Red Hook · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

A mobile outfit plants brick-and-mortar roots at this Red Hook pizzeria near the BQE, a former bakery where “delicious” wood-fired pies in “original versions” emerge from a restored 19th-century oven; rustic accents and “earnest” service warm the space, as do custom cocktails from the bar.
Fragole Restaurant
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

This veteran Carroll Gardens Italian remains a “neighborhood favorite” for its “solid” cooking “with an eye toward authenticity” , “quality wine list” and overall “charm” ; “affordable” tabs keep it filled with “happy” customers – but as it's “small” , be “prepared to wait” for a table at prime times.
American · Boerum Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.5

“Endlessly inventive” flavor combinations make for “inspired” New American meals at this “outstanding” Smith Street “shoebox” ; “friendly” service helps distract from the “elbow-to-elbow” setup, but since reservations are only taken for the “memorable” tasting menu, “be prepared to wait.”
Ugly Baby
Thai · Carroll Gardens · $$

From Kao Soy chef Sirichai Sreparplarn, this Carroll Gardens eatery is devoted to Thai dishes with deep roots in the country’s different regions. Expect robust salads, soups and curries – including one the menu describes as ‘brutally spicy' – at moderate to upscale price points.
Black Mountain Wine House
Wine Bar · Gowanus · $$
Food - · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

From the “roaring fireplace” to the “farmhouse” bric-a-brac on the walls, “atmosphere is the draw” at this “cozy” Gowanus wine bar with “all the charm of an upstate cabin” ; “friendly” staffers dispense a “well-edited list” of vintages that can be paired with “tasty” nibbles.
La Cigogne
French · Carroll Gardens · $$

This French bistro in Carroll Gardens serves the usual steak frites and escargot, as well as some German specialties like spätzle and potato gratin. The casual dining room has a bar on the side and a fireplace in the back.