"My Brooklyn Is Better Than Yours"—Highlights of Carroll Gardens (Note that the destinations
on the map lie at the intersection of several neighborhoods: Carroll Gardens,
Cobble Hill, and Boerum Hill.)
Map of Carroll Gardens
EAT: Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court St., frankiesspuntino.com.
Munch on hearty Italian snacks, such as crostini, cured meats, and pecorino bread.
PLAY: Brooklyn Social, 335 Smith St., near 2nd Pl., 718/858-7758.
This one-time Italian social club channels the 1950s. No membership necessary.
SHOP: Hasker, 333 Smith St., haskerhome.com.
Knickknack shop that features handcrafted items, such as little glass birds.
EAT: Schnack, 122 Union St., 718/855-2879, schnackdog.com.
This is a haven for hipster junk food. Order a beer milkshake with your burger.
EAT: Chestnut, 271 Smith St., 718/243-0049, chestnutonsmith.com.
Comfort foods made with rare organic ingredients from the nearby Hudson Valley.
PLAY: The Zombie Hut, 261 Smith St., 718/875-3433.
This bar has a South Pacific-island theme and a fake tiki-hut front.
SHOP: Handmade, 251 Smith St., handmadenyc.com.
This store's motto is, "Accessories that you haven't already seen everywhere else."
SHOP: Bird, 220 Smith St., shopbird.com.
Find chic women's fashions that run from skinny jeans to handpicked ankle boots.
EAT: Bar Tabac, 128 Smith St., 718/923-0918, usmenuguide.com/bartabac.
Brunch on an omelet or steak and eggs while listening to a ragtime-jazz band.