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Carroll Gardens
This unassuming storefront (also a catering service) represents two undercurrents in the stream of Carroll Garden's evolution: while the sophisticated New American menu appeals to discerning Smith Street carpetbaggers, the no-frills décor and chummy service provide a welcoming atmosphere for long-time residents and families. Adventurous dishes mesh sweet comfort with spicy surprise—the chocolate chili cake demands your mouth’s full attention, and the all-spice laced rice that accompanies the goat-cheese-stuffed pork loin boasts a chewy berry compote. Even straight-up traditional fare, like the penne with sausage and fennel, or crab cake appetizer, tastes delicate and somehow novel.
Venue name: Crave
Address: 570 Henry St
Cross street: between Carroll and Summit Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 5–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–3:30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11am–4pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: F, G to Carroll St
Price: Average main course: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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