Neighborhood Guides

Carroll Gardens

One of Brooklyn’s oldest Italian enclaves, Carroll Gardens has recently become a destination for families looking for a kid-friendly neighborhood with a casual and familiar vibe.

At a Glance

Carroll Gardens is at once the heart of old school Brooklyn and the height of brownstone Brooklyn’s boom. The neighborhood has long been known for its red sauce joints, lively street life and old timers hanging out on stoops. But now neighborhood staples like Caputo’s Bakery and Monteleone’s Café abut upscale stroller shops, yoga studios and fro-yo joints. Despite the newcomers, the neighborhood still feels like a small town, one of the few places where you know your neighbors, your postman and your butcher by name.


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The Mood

You’ll find no air of pretension or exclusivity in Carroll Gardens. It’s a lovely neighborhood full of familiarity and family life.

Heart of the Neighborhood

On Court Street, you’ll find kids zooming around on scooters, new moms with strollers and neighborhood grandmas pushing shopping carts.

Neighborhood Quirk

Carroll Gardens takes its name from the large front gardens that many homes feature often full of roses, St. Francis statuary and elaborate holiday decorations.

Best Perk

The neighborhood has everything you need without being overrun by franchises – many businesses are locally owned, giving the place an authentic and friendly feel.

Biggest Downside

The housing stock is small and older in Carroll Gardens. There are few condos, new apartments or buildings with elevators or amenities.

By the Numbers

Since Carroll Gardens is a geographically small neighborhood, inventory tends to be low. You will find more co-ops than you will condos and most rentals are in walk-ups as opposed to large apartment buildings.

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Food & Drink

With family friendly, old-school joints on Court Street and lots of lively bars and restaurants on Smith Street, Carroll Gardens has plenty of great options for food and drink.

Frankies 457

Italian, Sandwiches, Wine Bars

Every neighborhood wishes it had a place like Frankies 457 which serves up well executed takes on classic, homey Italian fare.

Prime Meats

Bars, American (Traditional), German

Prime Meats is a farm-to-table Italian restaurant that combines old-world charm with a penchant for bespoke cocktails and finely curated ingredients.

Buttermilk Channel

American (New), Breakfast & Brunch

A cozy, American bistro, Buttermilk Channel offers a menu of hearty, homey favorites and is known for its serious brunch game.

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