Prospect Heights is just southwest of New York City, and its tree-lined avenues are home to many brownstones and newer condominiums. The architecture and its inhabitants are mixed in this eccentric neighborhood. Relatively small compared to other Brooklyn ‘hoods, this quaint but culturally diverse and burgeoning area offers some of the best brunch New York has to offer. In case you haven’t heard some of the buzz, here’s a list of the best brunch spots.
Stone Park Café is a cozy, relaxed brunch hot spot that sources its ingredients locally and offers seasonal dishes served to near perfection. It’s a great location for brunch, dinner dates, and events like birthdays and small reunions. It has outdoor seating for the warmer months and offers great window seating indoors for street-watching in the winter months. The short rib hash and the bluefish cakes are crowd favorites. If you prefer simple fare, don’t miss the buttermilk biscuit and homemade jam. Be warned, reservations are taken for all dining times except for brunch, and there are limited hours, so be sure to check before heading over.
Rose Water Restaurant is a veteran New American spot known best for its brunch. Although the space is small and seating limited, it is surely worth the wait, and the staff is always accommodating. Some current favorites include the baked polenta, poached eggs, and really any of the fish dishes. Be sure to come hungry, or at least willing to try a few dishes among a few friends. It’s a popular spot for brunch, so be sure to go early on the weekends or make an advanced reservation.
Tom’s is old fashioned without trying too hard, and it serves American classics for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. It’s popular on the weekends, so be sure to come prepared for a wait, but the staff ensures your comfort with orange slices and coffee. Favorites include ricotta pancakes, waffles, steak and eggs, and plenty of milkshakes to wash it all down. Tom’s offers no gimmicks, only great, American dishes. Tom’s is cash only and takes no reservations.
Cheryl’s Global Soul is an all-day, all-you-can-eat soul food diner that offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. Soul food, a friendly staff, Southern charm, and comfortable surroundings make the wait well worth it if you plan a weekend visit. Cheryl’s even offers a pancake happy hour for the early birds. The portions are pretty big, and the prices are very reasonable. If you’re visiting with kids, be sure to ask for crayons and paper, it definitely helps any long wait you might face.
Prospect Height’s hit Miriam Restaurant offers a new take on brunch, the Mediterranean way. This Israeli retaurant offers delicious hummus, stuffed leaves, falafel, and a tahini sauce that you will love. Crispy dough, omelets, labneh cheese, and the best burekas in the city are a must. Although Miriam is a popular place, the space is accommodating and often on a weekend the wait is no longer than 30 minutes. Miriam accepts reservations and all major credit cards. The full menu is fairly priced for the amount of food you receive, and there is even parking for those with wheels.
Offering a range of organic farm-to-table favorites along with local wines, beer, and craft whiskey, Alice’s Arbor holds the bar high for fine brunch dining. The rustic, re-purposed décor keeps the ambiance cozy and casual. Oysters, burgers, french toast, and mac and cheese are all very high on the must-try list. Alice’s also has wine on tap. It takes reservations, so be sure to call ahead, especially on the weekends.
Kale salads that you won’t forget, burgers that will make you drool, empanadas that will leave you begging for more, and cocktails to wash it all down. James restaurant is a Brooklyn favorite for all. The interior is inviting yet stylish with a beautiful bar. With the intimate ambiance and curated cocktail menu, this is a great option for brunch dates. James also offers seasonal dishes and drinks to suit those who are keen, and be sure to check out the weekly specials like Monday Burger nights. Come early if you want to get the lamb burger. James does not take reservations. It is not recommended to bring children.
Milk Bar is a Prospect Heights hidden gem. Conveniently located on the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Prospect Place, this quaint, light-fare café offers delicate treats from granola and pastries to salads and sandwiches. Everyone raves about the avocado salsa toast and poached eggs. Milk Bar offers a range of coffee favorites, including Australian iced coffee for those who prefer the Aussie way. If you’re a vegetarian, you are in luck, as Milk Bar offers a range of options. There are no reservations, and the space is limited, so come prepared to wait if it is a busy hour on a weekend. Also, this establishment is cash only, and the prices can be high.