Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 858 7758
Subway: F train to Carroll Street
Concierge.com's insider take:
No password is required to enter Brooklyn Social, once a members-only Sicilian men's club. But once inside, you get the feeling that the young professionals who have invaded the old Italian neighborhood of Carroll Gardens consider the bar their private meeting ground. Regulars huddle up against the long counter, chatting with the bartender over a Peroni, or sit out back in the stone-tiled patio enclosed by a vine-covered green fence. In keeping with the joint's roots, the jukebox has a '50s and '60s selection of Motown and Frank Sinatra tunes, the muddled-fruit cocktails are branded with names like Amalfi and Palermo, and the wine list is exclusively Sicilian. Be sure to raise a glass of grappa to the original members of the Società Riposto, whose framed photos and painted portraits grace the walls.—Douglas Wright
Open Sundays through Thursdays 4 pm to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays 4 pm to 4 am.