Brooklyn – Carroll Gardens

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255 Smith St. (bet. Douglass and Degraw Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY 11231


If you have just one chance to eat on Smith Street and money is not an issue, there's no question you should spend it at Battersby. The narrow, unadorned space features spontaneous New American dishes from chefs/owners Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek (whose Philadelphia hometown street, Battersby, inspired the name). It's hard to argue with any of the intensely flavorful, surprising, good-size dishes, from salads and seafood to meats and supplemental, seasonal gifts from the chefs. Preparations change as often as three times per week. There are two tasting menus ($75 and $95) or you can order à la carte. Reservations are limited and walk-ins encouraged—your best bet is to arrive early on a weeknight to avoid a wait.

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