Carroll Gardens’ 25-year-old mobbed-up red-sauce joint keeps it real while nearby Smith Street continues to accumulate upmarket restaurants and lounges. The frosted-glass accents, Venetian mural and old-world service feel a bit dated, but it’s all part of Polo’s charm. You’ll find hearty Northern and Southern Italian dishes like red-wine fettuccine with grated Parmesan, a house specialty, and juicy sirloin steaks sautéed in a tangy balsamic- and butter-sauce. Desserts skew traditional: Order the chunky ricotta cheesecake and keep an eye on your kneecaps.
|Venue name:||Marco Polo|
345 Court St
|Cross street:||at Union St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–11pm; Fri 11:30am–midnight; Sat 3pm–midnight; Sun 1pm–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: F, G to Carroll Street|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|