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20 Standout Restaurants and Bars in Prospect Heights

From an old-school diner to inventive dining destinations

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Prospect Heights is the place to go when hungry after a day in Prospect Park. Several neighborhood restaurants spanning cuisines populate the area, ideal spots for a post-park glass of wine and dinner. The reverse is also possible: Several affordable, takeout-driven places are great to hit up on the way to the park, Botanical Gardens, or Brooklyn Museum, with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Caribbean to Mexican. Brunch also reigns supreme in the neighborhood, from an old-school diner to a very new, queer one.

No matter the desired vibe, here are 20 top restaurants and bars in Prospect Heights.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chuko Ramen

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565 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 425-9570
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When at ramen shop Chuko, designed with lots of light wood and a hip neon sign, it’s crucial not to overlook the non-ramen dishes. The salt and pepper wings have a snappy crunch, and the crispy brussels sprouts with fish sauce are a must-order. The ramen’s great, too, of course. Go with the gooey poached egg add-on rather than a hard-boiled one to add an extra, jammy richness to the broths.

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2. LaLou

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581 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 857-9463
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At this sunny new spot on Vanderbilt Avenue, it’s all about the wine. Joe Campanale and Dave Foss are stars on-the-rise in the wine scene for their work at Fausto and Anfora, and at LaLou they’ve put together a list of mostly European natural wines. A tight food menu accompanies the wine list and is helmed by Ashley Rath, who used to work as chef de cuisine at the four-star Grill. Hit this spot for a glass or two of wine and snacks like fried green olives. Or order a bottle (most fall under $80) with a more robust meal like roast chicken for two.

LaLou’s bar on the left is round, with wicker and white stools, while blonde wood booths are on the right.
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3. Alta Calidad

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552 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-1111
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The neighborhood has lots of Mexican cheap eats, but chef-owner Akhtar Nawab offers something a little different at Alta Calidad, with fusiony twists and a tight menu of well-executed share plates. Share plates and tacos are on the menu, and taco options include unique offerings such as tempura shrimp with chorizo and mahi mahi with saffron, as well as a more straightforward steak taco option with chihuahua cheese. For brunch, there’s a $31 menu that includes any entree plus free drink refills for one hour on margaritas, mimosas, bloody marys, or beer. Set in a bright, natural light-filled space with pops of turquoise, the restaurant has a mixture of banquette and communal table seating.

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4. Look by Plant Love House

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622 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0026
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The successor to Elmhurst’s short-lived Thai joint Plant Love House, this narrow Thai cafe is one of the only places in the area specializing in Thai noodle soups. Bar snacks like sausages are also on the menu, along with spicy Thai-style wings and $12 to $16 rice dishes. But the noodles are the reason to go to Look by Plant Love House, which come in a range of colorful soups like a shrimp and fish ball variation and a chicken drumstick soup. The pork blood noodle soup is another standout, and for locals, the restaurant is also a solid delivery option.

A bowl of noodles with chopsticks over it.
Look by Plant Love House
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5. Morgan’s Barbecue

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267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2224
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Serving on-point Texas barbecue on Flatbush Avenue, Morgan’s lost its pitmaster who had Austin cred a few years ago. But it’s still firing up some of the only Texas-style smoked meats in the area and, notably, has the best queso in the neighborhood. In fact, its sides are all killer, especially the Texas red chili loaded with cheddar. There’s also a whole menu of mac and cheeses. Dimly lit and sporting a chalkboard menu, it isn’t trying to be much other than a casual barbecue joint. Morgan’s is also a solid brunch option (chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, and more), with its outdoor space often filling up on the weekends in warmer weather.

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6. Mitchell’s Soul Food

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617 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 789-3212

This old-school, cash-only restaurant particularly excels at fried chicken, which clocks in under $12 and comes out crispy and moist. Other mains, like the pork chops, oxtails, and fried fish are worth trying, as are sides like a cheddar-packed mac and cheese, collards, and corn bread — served warm straight from the oven.

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7. Faun

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606 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 576-6120
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Serving Italian fare in a white-bricked and white-stained wood setting, Faun is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with one of the most charming backyards on Vanderbilt. It churns out photo-ready but filling pastas, like a white lasagna with morels and a fava bean & smoked ricotta agnolotti with fiddlehead ferns. These pastas are reasonably priced under $25. The wine list comes from Vinegar Hill House’s Bill Fitch, resulting in a lot of funky natural picks. All by-the-glass options are just $10 at happy hour. And on Wednesdays, all bottles are offered in half-sizes.

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8. Maya Taqueria

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637 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-6292
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For cheap eats in the area, the Prospect Heights outpost of Maya Taqueria is a dependable option, serving California-style Mexican food like nachos and super-stuffed burritos. The spicy shrimp burrito is on the higher price end of the menu ($16.50), but it’s massive, loaded, and definitely hot. There’s some seating and a back patio, but it’s also a bustling takeout operation, especially late-night.

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9. Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe

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645 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-6227
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There’s nothing fancy about this cash-only, deli-style bagel shop, but it consistently slings top-notch bagels and sandwiches. It has everything to be expected from the genre: grab-and-go drinks, chips, and other snacks, simple breakfast plates, salads, wraps, paninis, bagels in baskets lining the back wall, and a glass case of colorful spreads. Food comes out fast, and there are a few tables in the corner, looking out onto the bustling Vanderbilt Avenue. Don’t overthink it: Grab a bagel to go and walk to the park.

10. MeMe's Diner

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657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 636-2900
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As a queer-owned restaurant with progressive policies, MeMe’s quickly achieved cult status in the LGBTQ community. It’s redefining brunch in the neighborhood: Dishes put creative spins on classics like the migas, served in a Fritos bag, and its photogenic and nostalgic complementary bowls of mixed sugar cereal come out as a little snack before ordering. Bill Clark’s cakes and pies, which switch up regularly, are always a delight (and look beautiful). Small and decorated with vintage-style portraits painted by one of the owner’s grandfathers, MeMe’s has the feel of a modern diner, emphasized by its tan leather banquettes and striped diner plates. Prepare to wait at brunch.

MeMe’s Diner
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11. Bearded Lady

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686 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(469) 232-7333
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The colorful Bearded Lady — from the makers of Crown Heights’ tiki bar Super Power — offers a similar drink menu of tiki takes. There’s a frozen machine that churns out icy drinks that change daily, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and can always be trusted to serve up a “bartender’s choice”-style drink. The bright cocktails match the space, which includes a full wraparound bar surrounded by yellow chairs and a teal floor. As far as bar food goes, Bearded Lady does it right, with the closest approximation to a Chicago dog in the area, a grilled cheese made with beer cheese, and nachos topped with mole.

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12. The Islands

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671 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 398-3575
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The reboot of the Islands, which used to live down the street, epitomizes Caribbean food in the area. When the restaurant opened in its new bigger space, the menu also grew. All the jerk classics and oxtails are exceptional, but don’t sleep on the mac and cheese. Plates come in small or large, and the large is definitely massive. There’s more seating now too, with a brick-walled dining room with pops of red and blue walls.

13. Olmsted

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659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 552-2610
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Chef-owner Greg Baxtrom’s Prospect Heights hot spot serves ambitious, experimental small plates like a carrot crepe with little neck clams and a Nashville hot soft-shell crab sandwich. Most plates fall under $25, including a $14 breakfast burger made with raclette. Olmsted’s whimsical backyard garden with benches lining the perimeter draws crowds for snacks, cocktails, wine, and desserts, and is a charming place to wait before being seated for brunch on the weekends, including on Friday. Reservations recommended. Baxtrom also recently opened a chic skewer-focused restaurant across the street called Maison Yaki.

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14. Daly Pie

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665 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 425-9251
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This quaint cafe isn’t necessarily where to go for a full meal, but it’s the place for pie and other bakery treats in the neighborhood. There are slices of pie, hand pies that come with sweet or savory fillings, and whole pies on the menu, along with other bakery snacks like a toasted ham and cheese and beet hummus with roasted veggies. Enjoy the pies in the quaint backyard.

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15. Sunshine Co.

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780 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 750-5275
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For a rather unassuming neighborhood American restaurant, Sunshine Co. has surprisingly complex cocktails, like one with tequila, mezcal, lime juice, herbal alpine liqueur, and matcha. As for food, there’s a $12 burger on the happy hour menu, and the main menu has a straightforward selection of pastas, sandwiches, and bistro-meets-pub food like a steak frites with American wagyu, a trout fillet, and a fried chicken sandwich. A wood bar accompanied by wood chairs and tables give the place a bit of a lodge look. As with all the best spots in the area, there’s a patio.

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16. Tom’s Restaurant

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782 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 636-9738
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On the weekends, a line often snakes around the corner outside of Tom’s. Its popularity has lasted for good reason. Open since 1936, Tom’s serves classic New York diner fare like frothy egg creams and stacks of pillowy pancakes. Breakfast is available all day, and the menu doesn’t really have any surprises. It’s just dependable, filling, hangover-curing diner food. Laminated menus and sweets displayed in cake cases on top of the bar are evocative of a different era of diner dining. Cash only.

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17. Cheryl's Global Soul

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236 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 529-2855
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Food Network star Cheryl Smith’s casual neighborhood restaurant pulls influence from around the world for a menu bursting with satisfying soul food. Moroccan stew over couscous, Korean bulgogi, Creole jumbo shrimp, and sake-glazed salmon all live together on her eclectic menu. It’s open for all three meals of the day plus brunch on the weekends, and the breakfast and brunch prix fixe specials ($13 to $15) are a solid deal. Sandwiches at lunch all come in at under $11, and bottles of wine are affordable, too. The worldly cafe is a lively neighborhood spot.

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18. Banh Mi Place

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824 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 552-2660
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Every neighborhood should have a go-to, no-frills neighborhood Vietnamese bakery and sandwich shop, and Banh Mi Place is it for Prospect Heights. It’s a tiny place with a big list of classic Vietnamese banh mi served on crunchy baguettes, slathered in butter and mayo. The sandwiches are just $6.95, and while the classic, made with ham and ground pork, is an obvious order, the tofu variation is solid, too. In fact, there are several meat substitute options, and they’re all surprisingly flavorful. Don’t forget the Vietnamese coffee.

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19. Oxalis

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791 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 627-8298
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Daniel alum Nico Russell gave his popular pop-up Oxalis a permanent home recently with a vegetable-heavy tasting menu of four to six courses. It’s reasonably priced for the genre at $70, with an added $40 for beverage pairings (or $20 for non-alcoholic pairings). The bar room has an a la carte menu, and drinks include classics with a twist, like an old fashioned with beeswax and lanolin.

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20. Lincoln Station

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409 Lincoln Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399-2211
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This brick-walled cafe serves sandwiches, soups, and salads all day, but starting at 5 p.m., rotisserie chicken hits the menu, plated with fried broccoli and potatoes. It’s $16.50 for a half bird and $22 for the whole, available to stay or as takeout. Vegetable lasagna and lamb chili round out the small list of nighttime comfort foods offered. During the day, it’s a solid neighborhood coffee shop, with coffee, beer, and wine all available. It’s a popular place for perching with a laptop or book.

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1. Chuko Ramen

565 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Chuko
Chuko
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When at ramen shop Chuko, designed with lots of light wood and a hip neon sign, it’s crucial not to overlook the non-ramen dishes. The salt and pepper wings have a snappy crunch, and the crispy brussels sprouts with fish sauce are a must-order. The ramen’s great, too, of course. Go with the gooey poached egg add-on rather than a hard-boiled one to add an extra, jammy richness to the broths.

565 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

2. LaLou

581 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
LaLou’s bar on the left is round, with wicker and white stools, while blonde wood booths are on the right.
LaLou
Alex Staniloff/Eater

At this sunny new spot on Vanderbilt Avenue, it’s all about the wine. Joe Campanale and Dave Foss are stars on-the-rise in the wine scene for their work at Fausto and Anfora, and at LaLou they’ve put together a list of mostly European natural wines. A tight food menu accompanies the wine list and is helmed by Ashley Rath, who used to work as chef de cuisine at the four-star Grill. Hit this spot for a glass or two of wine and snacks like fried green olives. Or order a bottle (most fall under $80) with a more robust meal like roast chicken for two.

581 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

3. Alta Calidad

552 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Alta Calidad
Alta Calidad
Liz Clayman/Eater

The neighborhood has lots of Mexican cheap eats, but chef-owner Akhtar Nawab offers something a little different at Alta Calidad, with fusiony twists and a tight menu of well-executed share plates. Share plates and tacos are on the menu, and taco options include unique offerings such as tempura shrimp with chorizo and mahi mahi with saffron, as well as a more straightforward steak taco option with chihuahua cheese. For brunch, there’s a $31 menu that includes any entree plus free drink refills for one hour on margaritas, mimosas, bloody marys, or beer. Set in a bright, natural light-filled space with pops of turquoise, the restaurant has a mixture of banquette and communal table seating.

552 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

4. Look by Plant Love House

622 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
A bowl of noodles with chopsticks over it.
Look by Plant Love House
Paul Crisipin Quitoriano/Eater

The successor to Elmhurst’s short-lived Thai joint Plant Love House, this narrow Thai cafe is one of the only places in the area specializing in Thai noodle soups. Bar snacks like sausages are also on the menu, along with spicy Thai-style wings and $12 to $16 rice dishes. But the noodles are the reason to go to Look by Plant Love House, which come in a range of colorful soups like a shrimp and fish ball variation and a chicken drumstick soup. The pork blood noodle soup is another standout, and for locals, the restaurant is also a solid delivery option.

622 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

5. Morgan’s Barbecue

267 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Morgan’s Barbecue
Morgan’s Barbecue
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Serving on-point Texas barbecue on Flatbush Avenue, Morgan’s lost its pitmaster who had Austin cred a few years ago. But it’s still firing up some of the only Texas-style smoked meats in the area and, notably, has the best queso in the neighborhood. In fact, its sides are all killer, especially the Texas red chili loaded with cheddar. There’s also a whole menu of mac and cheeses. Dimly lit and sporting a chalkboard menu, it isn’t trying to be much other than a casual barbecue joint. Morgan’s is also a solid brunch option (chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, and more), with its outdoor space often filling up on the weekends in warmer weather.

267 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

6. Mitchell’s Soul Food

617 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Mitchell’s Soul Food
Mitchell’s Soul Food
Khushbu Shah/Eater

This old-school, cash-only restaurant particularly excels at fried chicken, which clocks in under $12 and comes out crispy and moist. Other mains, like the pork chops, oxtails, and fried fish are worth trying, as are sides like a cheddar-packed mac and cheese, collards, and corn bread — served warm straight from the oven.

617 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

7. Faun

606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Faun
Faun
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Serving Italian fare in a white-bricked and white-stained wood setting, Faun is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with one of the most charming backyards on Vanderbilt. It churns out photo-ready but filling pastas, like a white lasagna with morels and a fava bean & smoked ricotta agnolotti with fiddlehead ferns. These pastas are reasonably priced under $25. The wine list comes from Vinegar Hill House’s Bill Fitch, resulting in a lot of funky natural picks. All by-the-glass options are just $10 at happy hour. And on Wednesdays, all bottles are offered in half-sizes.

606 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

8. Maya Taqueria

637 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Maya Taqueria
Maya Taqueria
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For cheap eats in the area, the Prospect Heights outpost of Maya Taqueria is a dependable option, serving California-style Mexican food like nachos and super-stuffed burritos. The spicy shrimp burrito is on the higher price end of the menu ($16.50), but it’s massive, loaded, and definitely hot. There’s some seating and a back patio, but it’s also a bustling takeout operation, especially late-night.

637 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. Olde Brooklyn Bagel Shoppe

645 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

There’s nothing fancy about this cash-only, deli-style bagel shop, but it consistently slings top-notch bagels and sandwiches. It has everything to be expected from the genre: grab-and-go drinks, chips, and other snacks, simple breakfast plates, salads, wraps, paninis, bagels in baskets lining the back wall, and a glass case of colorful spreads. Food comes out fast, and there are a few tables in the corner, looking out onto the bustling Vanderbilt Avenue. Don’t overthink it: Grab a bagel to go and walk to the park.

645 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

10. MeMe's Diner

657 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
MeMe’s Diner
MeMe’s Diner
Gary He/Eater

As a queer-owned restaurant with progressive policies, MeMe’s quickly achieved cult status in the LGBTQ community. It’s redefining brunch in the neighborhood: Dishes put creative spins on classics like the migas, served in a Fritos bag, and its photogenic and nostalgic complementary bowls of mixed sugar cereal come out as a little snack before ordering. Bill Clark’s cakes and pies, which switch up regularly, are always a delight (and look beautiful). Small and decorated with vintage-style portraits painted by one of the owner’s grandfathers, MeMe’s has the feel of a modern diner, emphasized by its tan leather banquettes and striped diner plates. Prepare to wait at brunch.

657 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

11. Bearded Lady

686 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Bearded Lady
Bearded Lady
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The colorful Bearded Lady — from the makers of Crown Heights’ tiki bar Super Power — offers a similar drink menu of tiki takes. There’s a frozen machine that churns out icy drinks that change daily, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and can always be trusted to serve up a “bartender’s choice”-style drink. The bright cocktails match the space, which includes a full wraparound bar surrounded by yellow chairs and a teal floor. As far as bar food goes, Bearded Lady does it right, with the closest approximation to a Chicago dog in the area, a grilled cheese made with beer cheese, and nachos topped with mole.

686 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

12. The Islands

671 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The reboot of the Islands, which used to live down the street, epitomizes Caribbean food in the area. When the restaurant opened in its new bigger space, the menu also grew. All the jerk classics and oxtails are exceptional, but don’t sleep on the mac and cheese. Plates come in small or large, and the large is definitely massive. There’s more seating now too, with a brick-walled dining room with pops of red and blue walls.

671 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

13. Olmsted

659 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Read Review |
Olmsted
Olmsted
Daniel Krieger/Eater

Chef-owner Greg Baxtrom’s Prospect Heights hot spot serves ambitious, experimental small plates like a carrot crepe with little neck clams and a Nashville hot soft-shell crab sandwich. Most plates fall under $25, including a $14 breakfast burger made with raclette. Olmsted’s whimsical backyard garden with benches lining the perimeter draws crowds for snacks, cocktails, wine, and desserts, and is a charming place to wait before being seated for brunch on the weekends, including on Friday. Reservations recommended. Baxtrom also recently opened a chic skewer-focused restaurant across the street called Maison Yaki.

659 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

14. Daly Pie

665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Daly Pie
Daly Pie
Daly Pie [Official]

This quaint cafe isn’t necessarily where to go for a full meal, but it’s the place for pie and other bakery treats in the neighborhood. There are slices of pie, hand pies that come with sweet or savory fillings, and whole pies on the menu, along with other bakery snacks like a toasted ham and cheese and beet hummus with roasted veggies. Enjoy the pies in the quaint backyard.

665 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Sunshine Co.

780 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Sunshine Co.
Sunshine Co.
Sunshine Co. [Official]

For a rather unassuming neighborhood American restaurant, Sunshine Co. has surprisingly complex cocktails, like one with tequila, mezcal, lime juice, herbal alpine liqueur, and matcha. As for food, there’s a $12 burger on the happy hour menu, and the main menu has a straightforward selection of pastas, sandwiches, and bistro-meets-pub food like a steak frites with American wagyu, a trout fillet, and a fried chicken sandwich. A wood bar accompanied by wood chairs and tables give the place a bit of a lodge look. As with all the best spots in the area, there’s a patio.

780 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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16. Tom’s Restaurant

782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Tom’s Restaurant
Tom’s Restaurant
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On the weekends, a line often snakes around the corner outside of Tom’s. Its popularity has lasted for good reason. Open since 1936, Tom’s serves classic New York diner fare like frothy egg creams and stacks of pillowy pancakes. Breakfast is available all day, and the menu doesn’t really have any surprises. It’s just dependable, filling, hangover-curing diner food. Laminated menus and sweets displayed in cake cases on top of the bar are evocative of a different era of diner dining. Cash only.

782 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

17. Cheryl's Global Soul

236 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Cheryl’s Global Soul
Cheryl’s Global Soul
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Food Network star Cheryl Smith’s casual neighborhood restaurant pulls influence from around the world for a menu bursting with satisfying soul food. Moroccan stew over couscous, Korean bulgogi, Creole jumbo shrimp, and sake-glazed salmon all live together on her eclectic menu. It’s open for all three meals of the day plus brunch on the weekends, and the breakfast and brunch prix fixe specials ($13 to $15) are a solid deal. Sandwiches at lunch all come in at under $11, and bottles of wine are affordable, too. The worldly cafe is a lively neighborhood spot.

236 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. Banh Mi Place

824 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Banh Mi Place
Banh Mi Place
Banh Mi Place [Official]

Every neighborhood should have a go-to, no-frills neighborhood Vietnamese bakery and sandwich shop, and Banh Mi Place is it for Prospect Heights. It’s a tiny place with a big list of classic Vietnamese banh mi served on crunchy baguettes, slathered in butter and mayo. The sandwiches are just $6.95, and while the classic, made with ham and ground pork, is an obvious order, the tofu variation is solid, too. In fact, there are several meat substitute options, and they’re all surprisingly flavorful. Don’t forget the Vietnamese coffee.

824 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. Oxalis

791 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Daniel alum Nico Russell gave his popular pop-up Oxalis a permanent home recently with a vegetable-heavy tasting menu of four to six courses. It’s reasonably priced for the genre at $70, with an added $40 for beverage pairings (or $20 for non-alcoholic pairings). The bar room has an a la carte menu, and drinks include classics with a twist, like an old fashioned with beeswax and lanolin.

791 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

20. Lincoln Station

409 Lincoln Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Lincoln Station
Lincoln Station
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This brick-walled cafe serves sandwiches, soups, and salads all day, but starting at 5 p.m., rotisserie chicken hits the menu, plated with fried broccoli and potatoes. It’s $16.50 for a half bird and $22 for the whole, available to stay or as takeout. Vegetable lasagna and lamb chili round out the small list of nighttime comfort foods offered. During the day, it’s a solid neighborhood coffee shop, with coffee, beer, and wine all available. It’s a popular place for perching with a laptop or book.

409 Lincoln Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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