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Karloff

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254 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.685312 -73.994628
nr. Kane St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-689-4279 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Coffeehouse, Dessert / Ice Cream Shop, Eastern European, Russian
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

karloffrestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm; Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat, 10am-11pm; Sun, 10am-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Bergen St.

Prices

$15-$24

Payment Methods

Cash Only, American Express

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery

Profile

This cozy Cobble Hill eatery functions as a coffee shop, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a standout ice cream parlor. Karloff is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Olga and Artur Shishko, who emphasize babushka-approved cooking in a space adorned with mounted antique teapots, straw ornaments, and sprawling chalkboard menus. Daytime walk-ins will find lines of locals clacking away on laptops at Karloff’s long, hand-sanded communal table. At night, forties big-band tunes and hushed conversations take over, as customers fold into steaming bowls of soups, stews, and dumplings. The menu starts with a gathering of Eastern European staples like tender-skinned vareniki topped with a tangle of caramelized onions and a spoon of sour cream, herb-flecked latkes, and hearty soups so tasty you’ll want to sop up the last spoonfuls with the accompanying wholegrain bread slices. Stroganoffs and stews paired with fluffy heaps of kashsa and pinches of fresh sprouts are dense with chunks of meat and vegetables but spiced rather timidly. To finish, exceptional ice cream, sourced from Jane’s Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley, completes Karloff’s transporting example of home-style Eastern European dining.

Note

Cash and American Express only.

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