Tree-lined cobbled streets, ivy-wrapped architectural gems, and an eclectic mix of new and long-standing establishments make Brooklyn Heights one of the most charming neighborhoods in the city. Considered to be the first suburb of the mighty metropolis, the neighborhood retains its quiet residential vibe despite being a stone’s throw away from Manhattan. With excellent dining options, top-notch cultural institutions, and beautiful green spaces, Brooklyn Heights is the perfect neighborhood to spend a leisurely day. So if you’re planning a visit, here’s what to see and do:
Situated on a quiet corner, Joe Coffee is a great place to start your day . The large windows combined with the minimalist design create an open and airy atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee. If you’re hungry, they have tasty pastries and breakfast sandwiches to nibble on.
Get your Historical Bearings
After a cup of joe, make your way over to the Brooklyn Historical Society to learn about Brooklyn’s rich history and cultural significance. Occupying a beautiful Romanesque-Revival building, BHS has ongoing exhibitions and cultural programs that aim to educate and engage the public. If you too are a fan of lavish libraries, this is not one to miss!
Stoll the Main Drag and Grab a Bite
Now that you’re a history buff, it’s time to wander the same streets that Truman Capote and Walt Whitman did in their time. Montague Street, the undisputed thoroughfare of Brooklyn Heights, is the perfect street to grab lunch. One of our favorite lunch spots is Pinto, an inviting modern Thai spot with a great selection of fresh and tasty Thai staples.
Take in the Views
Now that you’ve eaten to your heart’s delight, why not head down to Brooklyn Heights Promenade to take in the panoramic views of the skyline and glistening harbor? This tree lined elevated path is the perfect place to unwind and get lost in the majesty of the city.
Off to Atlantic Avenue for a Drink
Take a stroll down Henry Street towards Atlantic to admire the beautifully restored row houses and historic homes that line the street. While technically situated on the border of Clinton Hill and Brooklyn Heights, Elsa is a stylish cocktail bar with tastefully prepared drinks, an excellent happy hour, and a charming patio to boot. And if Parisian Art-Deco chic isn’t really your vibe, cross the street and pop into Floyds, a local watering hole with an indoor Bocce ball court.
Time for Dinner
After a couple drinks, you’ll probably start to get a little hungry. Fear not, there are many great places to dine in Brooklyn Heights. One of my personal favorites is River Deli, a warm and inviting restaurant with a great selection of Sardinian dishes. Located on the picturesque corner of Joralemon and Columbia Place Street, this is perfect restaurant to end your day in beautiful Brooklyn Heights.