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.
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.
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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