Pasta Con Sarde
I'm torn between Piattini, which makes a fresh, funky rendition, and Joe's of Avenue U, which makes the gloppy, sweet version. The former is almost elegant, with fresh sardines and whole pine nuts, raisins, but little fennel. The latter is oily, pungent, and delicious, but almost in junk food kind of way.
Both are worth visiting, Piattini stands out because of its excellent gelato (best I've had in the US) and more elegant surroundings, while Joe's is worth visting for its excellent rice balls, Sicilian-language menus, carafes of cold red wine, and general "old Brooklyn" vibe.
Joe's of Avenue U
287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223
9824 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209