when my destination is the brooklyn museum of art, now matter how great the event, finding something to do or somewhere fantastic to eat nearby can be a little challenging. my sense is that the closest neighborhoods, prospect heights doesn’t really have that many dazzling eating choices (other than franny’s of course), so here is my mini guide documenting some of my thoughts on what might be good based on a little research:
glass shop: a very new coffee shop in crown heights serving australian espressos using la colombe torrefaction. the coffee is good and the space is great. 766 classon avenue between st. johns and sterling places, brooklyn, new york.
chavella’s: this very small spot serving mexican in prospect heights is a favorite in the neighborhood. 732 classon avenue near park place, brooklyn, new york, 718.622.3100.
james: a little fancier, might need a reservation, james (pictured above) is a lovely adult spot with decent american seasonally-based food with what they call old-world european influences. although the atmosphere is really excellent atmosphere it’s not worth a trip or the expense if you’re not in the area 605 carlton avenue at st. marks avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.942.4255.
cheryls’s global soul: with a food network pedigree that would normally put me off, the eclectic menu focusing on the worldly comfort food seems like it might be good, and i think that despite the variety of opinions it would be interesting to try, and it is super close to the museum. 236 underhill avenue near eastern parkway, brooklyn, new york 347.529.2855.
vanderbilt avenue bars: according to my insider friend, and the new york times, there are a bunch of fun places here for drinks so these might be good to check out post dancing festivities including weather up (589 vanderbilt avenue at dean street, 718.788.1756) and barrette (601 vanderbilt avenue at, 718.230.5170), both in brooklyn, new york.
brooklyn botanic garden: not to point out the obvious, since the gardens are really right next door to the museum, these gardens really are lovely especially this time of year as those cherry trees begin to blossom. for little kids (or even bigger ones), i am an especially big fan of their well-run and designed children’s garden. 1000 washington avenue, brooklyn, new york, 718.623.7200.
prospect park carousel: one of my favorite things to do with kids in brooklyn. this is a fabulous carousel running from spring to late fall with sweet horses and very affordable pricing. located at children’s corner, just outside willinick entrance to the park at the intersection of ocean and flatbush avenues and empire boulevard, brooklyn, new york see here for a better map. 718.282.7789.
vanderbilt avenue strip: starting close to grand army plaza, there are a few cute shops lining this main drag of prospect heights including fabrica with some lovely cheerful household items, pieces with some interesting clothing, red lipstick with a more sophisticated take on knitting and corduroy kid a pretty cute children’s clothing store (there is also a park slope branch). pieces, 671 vanderbilt avenue at park place, 718.857.7211; fabrica, 619 vanderbilt avenue at st. marks avenue, 718.398.3831; corduroy kid, 613 vanderbilt avenue between st. marks avenue and bergen street, 718.622.4145; red lipstick, 560 vanderbilt avenue between dean and bergen streets, 718.857.9534. all in brooklyn, new york.