Frankie’s 457 Spuntino
Ignore the fact that this tiny, tasteful dining room first drew A-list celebrities to a stretch of Court Street in Carroll Gardens where they never would have ventured for other Italian restaurants in New York . The jovial guys – two fellows named Frank, as logic would dictate – who opened this class-act neighborhood joint have managed to create truly unique Italian flavors in the middle of one of the most Italian neighborhoods in all the five boroughs (Al Capone was baptized around the corner). The menu is organic and market-driven. The handsome bar is well manned, and the wine list is prime. The meatballs, with their pine nuts and raisins, are to die for. Order any combo of the crostini bites and vegetable antipasti (Jerusalem artichokes are superbly prepared) and you’ll be floored. Bread from the famous Sullivan Street bakery is lovingly manipulated. All in all, entirely worth venturing to Brooklyn for. and while you’re here, stroll Smith Street for some chic home wares!