Smith Street Dining
by Julie Besonen, 10/22/2013
(from left) Bien Cuit photo by Jorge Garcia • Bar Tabac photo by Phil Kline
The fortunes of Brooklyn's Smith Street have ebbed and flowed over the years, but right now the area is at an all-time high with a wave of worthy eateries. There's barbecue and bourbon specialist Char No. 4 and newcomer Nightingale 9 where Southeast Asia meets the American South over catfish and rice noodles. Versatile chef Robert Newton helms the latter as well as the Arkansas-inspired Seersucker and the Counter Culture coffee and baked goods hub Smith Canteen. Francophiles are fulfilled at patisserie Bien Cuit and the hopping Bar Tabac, whose sidewalk tables afford great views for people-watching. Patrick Watson and Michele Pravda further help anchor the thoroughfare with Stinky Bklyn, selling the best cheese on the planet, Smith & Vine for eclectic wines and spirits and The JakeWalk for craft cocktails and savory bar snacks. The umbrella name for the area is BoCoCa, an acronym for the fluid borders of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Boundary disputes aside, we trust you won't have any beef with the places we're highlighting in our slideshow.