Leaving a neighborhood in New York City for another always involves a loss of some kind. For this writer, leaving Park Slope for Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill meant giving up a bathtub, a kitchen with more than two inches of counter space, and only one flight of stairs to climb instead of four. More importantly, it meant being more than jumping distance from Wangs, the Korean fried chicken stand once beneath my place, grilled oysters at the bar at Haenyeo, and the sandwiches from Russo’s deli.
My new abode, in Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, despite being only a few blocks away, seemed like another world. Where would I find my new perfect negroni? (Answer: Brooklyn Social.) Where would be my new spot for a post-work pad see ew? (Answer: Boran.) Where would I go to celebrate? (Answer: Franks — see below.)
Of course, as these things always do, it all worked out. Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill are home to some of the borough’s greatest eats, all conveniently located just blocks away from each other. So, wherever you live in the city, it’s worth making a day (or night) of it, window shopping and feeling like a neighborhood local.
After much taste-testing, probably too many plates of pasta, and several drinks (all in the name of research), we’ve compiled the best of the best of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, ripe for the Resy. Enjoy, and welcome to the neighborhood.