Clover Club

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This classy cocktail bar from Flatiron Lounge’s Julie Reiner has a gorgeous interior that feels like a 19th Century grand hotel lounge, complete with 1890’s mahogany bar. Updates on classics – Improved Whiskey Cocktail – mingle with exotics like the cachaca based Voodoo Child, and specialty punches serving 4-6. The dedicated Royales menu for champagne tipples means this is swanky business – and there’s American caviar service for really poshing it up.

Leyenda

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Exactly what was missing in Brooklyn – a Latin cocteleria. Clover Club’s Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix (coolest bartender name ever) do sublime bebidas magníficas, all based on mezcal, rum, cachaca, pisco, tequila. rum and, well, you get the idea. Buena comida also plays a big part, with Suenos’ exalted Sue Torres lording over the menu of elevated Mexican bites.

Momofuku Milk Bar Carroll Gardens

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Brooklyn outpost of Momofuku bakery arm, means long lines for everyone. But the wacky cookies, cake balls, crack pie, all elevated to last-food-before-you-die status – so worth every penny and every minute of wait. Oh, and pork buns for the die hard savory heads.

Watty & Meg

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Charmingly monikered but serious about its farm-to-table culinary ideology. Seasonal offerings may southern fried short ribs, vegetable wellington, avocado omelets at brunch. Warm, classic space has pressed tin ceiling – sidewalk tables in summer. No hard stuff, but wine and beer lists are carefully curated.

Henry Public

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Cozy gastropub and cocktail bar is an homage to old-world Brooklyn: dark and woody, scattered with mirrors and black and white photographs. Drink menu is correspondingly stacked with timeless cocktails and craft beers. Straightforward gastrogrub, burgers, baked macaroni, fresh oysters, deviled eggs. And a good time crowd.

Frankies 457 Spuntino

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Italian joint run by The Franks — F. Falcinelli and F. Castronovo. Food to kill for, especially the now-legendary meatballs. But also sausage and broccoli rabe sandwiches, pork braciola marinara, sweet potato and sage ravioli. It’s always a scene, so come early or wait. Worth it, though.

Smith Canteen

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This shoe box of a cafe does ethereal baked goods, salads and sandwiches for a loyal clutch of devotees. Think mason jars of lavender-infused lemonade, farro salads, and seasonal sour cherry tarts. Turn of the century space was once a old world. pharmacy.

 

Battersby

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Following the Brooklyn formula, Battersby has a seasonal American menu, rustic charm, open kitchen, and quaint garden in the back. The menu stays short and sweet, with favorites like the crispy kale salad with green papaya and peanuts, the sweet plums duck breast, and the surprisingly crispy, complex, and juicy chicken and potatoes. Populated by assorted BK foodie types.

Brooklyn Social Club

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Former Italian social club rides the tide of gentrification. Well-preserved retro space with tin ceilings, cream-colored walls, and a beautiful wooden bar, invokes the ghost of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Order up old school drinks with a twist. Pay for it by hustling up some money on the pool table in back. Non-members welcome.