When the Franks first opened Frankies Spuntino, a cozy, seasonal restaurant housed in a converted Italian social club in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn was not the gentrified food mecca it is today. With Frankies Spuntino and the "Empire of the Franks" which was to follow, classically trained chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli helped to spark the Brooklyn restaurant renaissance. Here, their favorite restaurants in the food scene they helped build.
L&B Spumoni Gardens: L&B is the epitome of old-school Brooklyn. Order the square pie and try not to eat the whole thing on your own in one sitting.
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The Long Island Bar: We love this place, not just because it pays homage to the original bar, but also because it's a great place for a casual, and well-made cocktail on a weekday evening.