The Ten Best Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill Restaurants

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10. La Vara, 268 Clinton Street

Brownstone-lined Clinton Street gets a new kind of dinner party in this ode to Iberian cuisine from the same team behind beloved Manhattan tapas joints Txikito and El Quinto Pino. Start with a bowl of honey-drenched eggplant stalks and move on to a plate of robust and spicy migas -- hand-torn bread with a scattering of chorizo, grapes, and rosemary.

It's been a slow, uphill battle, but more and more, Brooklynites are winning rounds over Manhattanites in the "my-place-or-yours" social gathering predicament. And while vaguely loftier apartments or fair neighborhood rotation might be at play, you can't negate the charming restaurants in the borough, some of which deem even the G line worthy of a transit swipe. While Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill have always had good cards to play on the eatery front -- the Italian-American neighborhoods are steeped in red sauce history -- you can thank lower rent, tree-lined streets, and a population of ex-Manhats with finely tuned palates for the proliferation of destination-worthy spots that now populate the history. So stay calm and trek on to Bergen Street to check out one of these top 10 Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill restaurants.

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Published on January 16, 2014

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I agree with *most* of these. I would make the following changes if this was my list: replace Hibino with Ki - not only is the ambiance nicer, but Ki is by far the best sushi in BoCoCa, Hibino takes 2nd place but by a long shot. The sounds of the water wall is so relaxing and the food is always really fresh and artfully prepared. Additionally, while Brucie is good, the best Italian is Verde on Smith for sure. Much more consistent and although it lacks the 'store' Brucie has (which is a cute touch) it has a far more satisfying menu, a better brunch, and a really beautiful garden patio.

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