Gem alert in Brooklyn


In the galaxy of cozy and intimate restaurants, our latest find is called Battersby. It’s a little Brooklyn gem with 6 tables, a long mahogany bar and an open kitchen in the back. A total of 22 seats and not one more. A prowess in this bandbox-size restaurant where the concept of space optimization takes its full meaning.

Chefs Ogrodnek Joseph Walker and Stern engage in a game of gastronomic Twister behind the Battersby counter. They perform acts of contortion just a few inches from you in the small area reserved for them in the kitchen. All this for the pleasure of your eyes and palate as the duo sublimates everything they touch. Foie gras tortellini in a shiitake broth for an appetizer. A Pollock filet in a carrot emulsion with a hint of curry flavor for the entrée. Even their bread – a fluffy rosemary focaccia with inspiration from Provence  – is a true invitation to travel. Cherry on the cake: in summer, a charming terrace welcomes additional guests in the backyard.

The only way to make a reservation at Battersby is to commit to the tasting menu and embark on a culinary odyssey of 5 or 7 courses (your choice). Only walk-ins are accepted when you order à la carte. Don’t worry: leave your name and cross the street to have a drink at Clover Club. A few steps from the restaurant, funnel into this retro cocktail bar. Brick walls, speakeasy style with a fireplace in the back room, live jazz band playing every Wednesday night: no doubt about it, you are in Brooklyn. The combo Battersby & Clover Club for a night out in Carroll Gardens is fine dining and fancy cocktails in hipster’s clothing.


255 Smith St, Carroll Garden
Tasting menu in 5 course ($75) or 7 course ($95)

Clover Club
210 Smith St, Carroll Garden
Live jazz concerts on Wednesday nights

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