It’s an old-fashioned all-American summer at Chestnut. A new special at this Smith Street favorite is dry-rubbed barbecued ribs—six big, meaty ones, Steve R reports, “better than what most (all?) NYC bbq places serve.” It’s a generous, satisfying main course that comes with coleslaw and a pomegranate dipping sauce for the ribs, which are just fine with it or without.

Another recent special is Chestnut’s take on the New England–style lobster roll. Steve finds it pretty much perfect: sweet, tender lobster meat with a bit of crunch from celery, lightly bound with mayonnaise, and heaped on a nice warm bun. Both specials will turn up now and then through the summer, so look for them.

Other menu items, including a halibut entrée that some regulars crave, are as tasty as ever, Steve adds. “As good as Chestnut is,” observes Bob Martinez, “it sometimes flies below the radar here. New places come and go but Chestnut continues to serve some of the best food in Brooklyn.”

Chestnut [Carroll Gardens]
271 Smith Street (between Degraw and Sackett streets), Brooklyn

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