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Kittery in Carroll Gardens

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Kittery is a New England-style seafood place on the corner of Union and Smith Streets. As a transplanted Rhode Islander, I really looked forward to trying it, but I must say I was disappointed!

The creamy clam chowder was good, but $9 for a bowl?!? That's more than even Pearl Oyster bar charges in Manhattan! Also, my kids' fish and chips were passable, but not crispy enough. (We like The Chip Shop's better.) Finally, the desserts were tasty, but somewhat misnamed. The "blueberry cobbler" was more like a blueberry shortcake, i.e. with a doughy biscuit instead of a buttery/crumbly topping. And the "chocolate bread pudding" was a square of chocolate bread (about the consistency of gingerbread) on a flat plate with sauce, not baked in a container with eggy/puddingy goodness.

Overall, we had a good time, but the food should have been better, especially for the prices.

Can't wait to get my Aunt Carrie's in Narragansett this summer!

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  1. P.S. bowl of chowder AND 3 clamcakes = only $7.50 at Aunt Carrie's! :)

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    1. re: parkslopemama

      Aunt Carrie's is in Rhode Island. Of course it will be cheaper.

      1. re: Sluggo1407

        I know, Sluggo! I was joking about Aunt Carrie's. But why is Kittery even more expensive than Pearl Oyster Bar in Manhattan? Pearl O.B is much better, too.

    2. Thanks for the report. I've been wondering. Have you been to the place in Red Hook? Can't remember its name.

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      1. re: Amy Mintzer

        Do you mean the Lobster Pound or the Crab Shack? Lobster Pound is awesome and amazing, great unpretentious vibe (but extremely casual, you sit at picnic tables and there is no table service). I really love their lobster rolls, some of my favorite in the city. Brooklyn Crab Shack I have not been to but has gotten truly terrible reviews. I think it has a 2.5 star average of menu pages which is one of the lowest I've ever seen. Supposedly it's just extremely overpriced and the quality is very poor, plus bad service.

      2. This is not a surprise. That location appears to be the kiss of death. At least 3 (or is it 4) other restaurants have opened and closed in the past 5 years there. I think they might all be the same person trying out different things, which may explain why they are all bad and overpriced.

        To address the desserts: Neither description you gave is an inaccurate version of these dishes--tho you may not like them. the blueberry cobbler you are describing is actually a traditional form of cobbler--the recipe for blueberry cobbler in the old time-life series on american cooking gives a result like you describe. And chocolate bread pudding often comes that way. Anne Rosenzweig's celebrated chocolate bread pudding from Arcadia restaurant (lauded middtown place of the 80s and 90s) was exactly like that--it was made by baking crustless brioche in a chocolate pudding "bath." At any rate, seems clear the dessert chef is trying to do traditional takes on these recipes, but obviously not what you (and probably many others) expect when you order them.

        1. Was there tonight. Fleets of waiters all over the place, but we were seated on the happy hour benches outdoors, so we were told we had to order from the harried (but nice) bartender inside. Total service nightmare, and so needless.

          Oysters were super weird. They seriously tasted like they'd been soaked in non-salt water after shucking. Zero salt or sea flavor....or for that matter oyster flavor.

          Lobster roll was insulting. Just the worst part of the lobster.

          Headed over to Wing Bar, a joyous experience as always.

          1. Missmasala,

            You are right about the blueberry cobbler! I was mistakenly thinking of blueberry "crisp" or "crumble."

            However, the "chocolate bread pudding" was not really a pudding at all. It really did not seem to be cooked with any kind of eggy-liquid, as per Anne Rosensweig's recipe. Just a firm/dry piece of chocolate bread plopped on top of a sauce.

            The Village Voice gave Kittery a surprisingly good review, BTW.

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            1. re: parkslopemama

              Its a bit surprising given that this isnt a british place, but in the wikipedia entry for "pudding" there is this note: in the UK and Australia "pudding" is used as synonym for a dessert course.

            2. Complaints here and below are justified, but I did have a very nicely cooked lobster here, with 2 sides for $26 over Memorial Day weekend, so you know, there is that.

              1. I really wanted to love this place, because I love seafood and we have nothing like it in the immediate neighborhood. We went early on after its opening and I had read one review saying the lobster in the lobster roll was overcooked. I tried to discount that review and go in without expectations, but alas, the reviewer was right -- the lobster was tough and rubbery. Not awful, definitely not the worst lobster roll I've ever had, but I'd much rather hop on my bike and go to the lobster pound if I'm craving a roll.

                We also had the hot crab dip which was good but very small portion for the price.

                I'd consider going back, but not in a hurry. The cocktails were very good.

                1. My wife and child ate here and were both incredibly put off by the quality of the food. They will not go back.

                  1. I'm glad I found this thread. Bf and I had been considering checking this place out but felt it was priced a little high, and seemed like it could be a disappointment. We still want to try Littleneck, though, which is just across the Gowanus Canal on 3rd Ave. It's close to our apartment and the lobster roll, while still $18, is supposed to be great, along with their Ipswich clam roll, fried whitebait, boquerones.... If you ever end up there, let us know how it compares to Kittery!

                    1. nafybean, Actually I did post something about Littleneck. If you do a search on this website, you'll find it. Sort of mixed reviews, but bettter than Kittery!

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                      1. re: parkslopemama

                        thanks for the heads up!!