[Correct Dining by Wilfrid: June 1, 2009]
I abandoned Manhattan and headed off to Carroll Gardens for a change. Warm weather, so I was thinking of a light dinner.
The strip of Court Street running north from West 9th, past Carroll Park and up to Bergen Street is good strolling territory. Book stores, interesting junk stores, and a range of old, family-run, independent food stores.
There's an Esposito & Sons for your pork needs, and the almost century old Staubitz Market butcher. There are plenty of options along parallel Smith Street too (and of course a veritable blossoming of fashionable restaurants in the neighborhood - Char No. 4, Prime Meats, etc.).
First course, just the mozzarella sliced with tomatoes, fresh chopped basil. Olive oil on the side.
Oh, and the bread of course. A really crisp crust, and you can spend the rest of the evening picking sesame seeds up off the floor.
Then the papardelle tossed in the tomato sauce with the peas.