Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn


Nightingale 9: Rob Newton Does Casual, Creative Vietnamese, to Mixed Results

Nightingale 9, Rob Newton's new effort at Vietnamese cooking in Carroll Gardens, seems poised to bridge all sorts of gaps, such as the false one between traditional Asian cooking versus modern and the more real one between casual eating and studied cuisine. Though his food veers towards traditional Vietnamese forms, there's something about his cooking that reminds me of Tien Ho's tenure at the then-Vietnamese-esque (and damn good) Ma Peche. It's thoughtful, precise, and pretty original.

As a casual neighborhood with greater ambitions, the restaurant doesn't fail. But it doesn't fully succeed either.


Market Tours: Caputo's Fine Foods, an Italian Institution in Carroll Gardens

For 39 years, Caputo's Fine Foods has occupied a tiny sliver of space—just enough for wall of shelves and a butcher counter—at 460 Court Street. In that time, it's become an institution. Lines for fresh mozzarella are long on weekends, and many a restaurant, like Buttermilk Channel, make a weekly trek to buy mozzarella in person. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Sam Sifton's Red Hook (and Southwest Brooklyn)

Sam Sifton may have left the New York Times' Dining section, but has hasn't stopped eating out. The now-National Editor tells us where to eat in his Red Hook neighborhood and beyond, including a sandwich "best consumed with a Manhattan Special coffee soda and two tabloid newspapers in 30 minutes or less, sitting in the front seat of an American-built vehicle." More

Battersby in Cobble Hill: Good Food Comes in Small Spaces

Plenty of restaurants these days do the rotating menu thing, changing up at least a good portion of their dishes every night. The downside, of course, is that you don't have much time to experiment to get something right. But at Battersby, that didn't seem to be a problem in the slightest. Chefs Joseph Ogrodnek and Walter Stern showed us, on our visit, exactly what we wanted to be eating this first week of April. And not only were they dead right, but they pulled everything off beautifully. More

Bar Eats: Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn

Bar impresario Ravi DeRossi (Death and Company, Mayahuel) comes to Carroll Gardens with Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn, the second outpost of the East Village original. The bordello chic trappings—think gilded ceilings and velvet throne chairs—complement an Old World-style drink menu inspired by spirits from Western Europe. More

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