Best Restaurants in Carroll Gardens

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These restaurants standout from the crowd with the top ratings in Carroll Gardens.

Pizza · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

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.”
Buttermilk Channel
American · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · 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.”
Fragole Restaurant
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

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.
Frankies 457 Spuntino
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · 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.”
Prime Meats
Steakhouse · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · 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.
Marco Polo Ristorante
Italian · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“Old-school Italian in every respect” , this Carroll Gardens vet presents “upscale red-sauce” fare in a “warm” space complete with fireplace and murals; “treat-you-like-family” service and an “amazing happy hour” are two more reasons locals keep coming.
Middle Eastern · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

For “tasty” , “reliable” Middle Eastern fare, stay tooned to these nothing-fancy Brooklyn standbys where “tables are close” but the prices are “terrific” ; Carroll Gardens and Clinton Hill are BYOB (and the latter has a hookah bar), while Prospect Heights boasts a “pleasant garden.”