While New York City seems to be in a perpetual state of motion and change, Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights has managed to retain a chill, bohemian vibe. Located north of Park Slope and Prospect Park, the area offers amazing restaurants and great shopping making it the perfect destination for your next weekend adventure. Get the most out of your visit by following our guide for what to do in Prospect Heights.
What to do in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Get a caffeinated start on the day with a quick stop at Sit & Wonder (688 Washington Ave). This cash only java spot takes its beverage of choice seriously, serving Stumptown coffee along with organic/fair-trade brews. The price can’t be beat – a small coffee costs just $1.50! The pastry selection is limited, but hits every mark for deliciousness with offerings like the in-house baked scones, dough donuts, fluffy croissants, muffins, and cookies.
Since opening in 2016, Olmsted (659 Vanderbilt Ave) has earned a foodie following thanks to its founding chef-farmer team Greg Baxtrom and Ian Rothman. The American Nouveau menu is seasonal with a focus on fresh and local ingredients – many coming straight from the restaurant’s backyard. Olmsted just opened for brunch, and we couldn’t be happier! Highlights include butternut squash bread, egg rolls with house-made bacon and Shelburne Farmscheddar, and potato latke with preserved lemon crème fraiche.
To park you go.
There’s no better way to enjoy a brunch buzz than a leisurely stroll through Prospect Park. Start your journey at Grand Army Plaza marked by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch. Head to Long Meadow, – a mile-long grassy knoll – to enjoy a late afternoon lounge. Once refreshed, take a whimsical spin on the famous carousel. With energy fully restored, explore the Park’s ravine, a tranquil urban oasis of towering trees and flowing water.
While brick and mortar bookstores are a rarity these days, Brooklyn still shows strong support for the independent bookseller. And Unnamable Books (600 Vanderbilt Ave) is a bibliophile’s dream come true. Before heading to dinner, peruse the narrow stacks for rare and used literary treasures on poetry, art, and fiction. There is also a section of new books at the front of the shop.
Noodles for dinner.
With a reputation as one of the best places for ramen in the five boroughs, Chuko (565 Vanderbilt Ave) serves up delectable Asian cuisine, sake (in a can), and beer. The interior is modern with no frills, laid out in exposed brick walls with simple wood tables and metal seating. Here, the food takes center stage. Must-try dishes include the spicy pickles, kale salad with crispy sweet potato, raisins, and miso, gyoza (pork dumplings), and kimchi ramen.
Close out your Prospect Heights experience with a post-dinner cocktail at Tooker Alley (793 Washington Ave). Inspired by the Dil Pickle Club – the Prohibition-era Chicago speakeasy – this upscale bar sets out to “elevate your mind to a lower level of thinking.” An informative and amusing read, the menu offers a mix of classics with modern creations. Standouts include The Puritan with gin, vermouth, yellow chartreuse and orange bitters; Thyme After Thyme with tequila, mescal, Breckenridge bitters, lemon and thyme syrup; The Manhattanite, and The Jala-Piña.
Other favorite foodie spots to check out include Chavela’s for Mexican food and margaritas, Faun for Italian eats and its rear patio, Gen for sushi, and Barboncino for pizza.
And for more shopping time, try Marche Rue Dix for vintage, Calabar Imports for home goods and handcrafted jewelry, and if you’re a beer lover, stop by Bitter & Esters where you can brew your own!