With many neighborhoods to explore in Brooklyn, it’s easy to miss out on a few. Often overshadowed by other Prospect Park adjacent hoods, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is a bit of a diamond in the ruff and certainly not to be missed. Architectural beauties, eclectic food options, and proximity to Brooklyn’s backyard make it all the more appealing. So if you’re planning a trip to the neighborhood or looking for some places to hit up before or after a day in the park, here are some spots worth checking out:
If you too share a love for falafel, shawarma, and pretty much anything that goes well with a ’lil harissa, Kulushkat really hits the nail on the head. Just a few steps from the train and a block or so from the park, it’s a great place to grab a bite on your way in or out of the neighborhood. It’s become one of my go-to spots and it should be yours too.
De Hot Pot
With a large Caribbean-American population residing in PLG, you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t dive into some tasty island cuisine from this unassuming Trinidadian spot. Do yourself a favor and pick up some Doubles. A street food staple of curried chickpeas tucked in between spicy flatbread. These things are bursting with flavor and at $1.50 a piece there’s no reason why you shouldn’t indulge. The Roti is not to be missed either. Just don’t forget to bring cash.
Beloved Fort-Greene independent bookstore has a second location in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Gardens. With a wide selection of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, you’re guaranteed to find something up your alley. If you’re looking to read up on some local history, there’s a great New York-centric section worth perusing.
PLG Coffee House and Tavern
Sometimes you just want to go somewhere comfortable, reasonably priced and committed to the basics. That’s what you get at this neighborhood cafe. Swing by for a coffee and a cheddar chive biscuit with bacon or stay for a more leisurely lunch. Prices aren’t steep and the vibe is relaxed.
Enjoy A Stroll Through The Neighborhood
As with most Brooklyn neighborhoods, there’s a hodgepodge of architectural styles to be seen. Prospect Lefferts Gardens is well known for its well-preserved late 19th and early 20th century architecture, a mix that includes limestone townhouses, Neo-Tudor cottages, and Victorians. My favorite cluster of houses is located on Chester Court, a tiny cul-de-sac off Flatbush Ave with a picturesque row of nine Tudor inspired homes. It’s as if you’ve stumbled into a quaint English town.
Italian food can be a real hit or miss. This laid-back restaurant hits the mark and is perfect for a casual dinner or weekend Brunch. A cozy little place with friendly service and tasty pasta, most dishes come in at under $20, making it an easy choice.
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