Smith Street Dining
by Julie Besonen, 10/22/2013
Photo: Will Steacy
210 Smith St., 718-855-7939, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Esquire named Clover Club one of the best bars in America, but did you know there's good food here too? Founder Julie Reiner and her crackerjack team possess encyclopedic cocktail knowledge; soaking up their wisdom takes time. As long as you can get some oysters, deviled eggs and sliced steak on a toasted baguette there's really no reason to leave until closing time—2am on weekdays, 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. The handsome space is appointed with comfy chocolate leather banquettes and in back is a room for private parties. Brunch highlights are curative, detail-oriented bloody marys, three styles of thick-cut bacon, baked eggs with chorizo and manchego cheese and braised pork with cheddar cheese grits.