15 Best Restaurants in Prospect Heights, New York City

Maison Yaki

$$ | Prospect Heights Fodor's choice

Yakitori—tasty morsels on skewers—has long been a staple of Japanese cuisine. As the name would suggest, this restaurant takes the age-old concept and runs with it in a faintly Gallic direction, its open kitchen churning out grilled bites on skewers, artfully arranged on plates, or, in the case of the pommes dauphines (crispy spheres of potato), wrapped in paper cones with a delectable dipping sauce. Don't miss the cocktails on tap and delicate desserts, both of which also have a creative East-West slant.

Taqueria de los Muertos

$ | Prospect Heights Fodor's choice
Casual and unassuming, this taquería with Day of the Dead decor serves what are arguably the neighborhood’s best tacos, as well as burritos, nachos, and tostadas with a variety of fillings and four types of beans. Just a few blocks north of the Brooklyn Museum, it’s among the best options for a quick, low-fuss meal (there's no table service on weekdays). There are brunch options on weekends.

Amorina Cucina Rustica

$$ | Prospect Heights
This homey pizza-and-pasta restaurant splits the difference between sophisticated artisanal fare for adults and simpler, kid-friendly options. While thin-crust pies are available with just sauce and cheese (this is Brooklyn, so the tomatoes are organic and the mozzarella farm-fresh), Amorina shines when it comes to unusually topped pizzas, such as Gorgonzola and fruit with figs, or a sauce-free potato pie with caramelized onions. Pastas lean toward the classics, with tasty lasagna (meat and veggie) and fettuccine Bolognese.
624 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA
718-230--3030
Known For
  • Unusual pizza toppings
  • Family-friendly fare
  • Classic pastas
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch

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Bergen Dean Sandwich Shop

$ | Prospect Heights
Tucked a block behind the Barclays Center, this no-frills takeout gem has a small menu anchored by a slow-cooked, aromatic porchetta sandwich that is large enough to share (though you won't want to), as well as soups, snacks, and desserts. Other sandwich stars include chicken schnitzel, pork rib, and kimchi-spiced barbecue chicken.

Caffè De Martini

$ | Prospect Heights

It's hard to miss this charming little café when strolling down Vanderbilt Avenue with its big, faux floral design adorning its doorway. Inside, the decor is just as inspired by flowers and plants, as intended by its Colombian co-founder Camila Soto, who designed it. Her Colombian-influence is evident on the menu (i.e., arepas) of what's otherwise Italian-inspired, thanks to co-founder and namesake Stefano De Martini. Stop in for a quick cornetto or a cortado.

Chuko

$$ | Prospect Heights

A small, reliably tasty menu of signature ramen bowls headlines this Prospect Heights institution for noodles, buns, and Brussels sprouts in fish sauce. Pork, chicken, and eggs are typical add-ons to any of their flavorful bowls, although any can be made vegetarian. Long waits for a table are the norm, especially during winter months. 

Hungry Ghost

$ | Prospect Heights
One of Brooklyn's minichains, Hungry Ghost fuels the borough with coffee, teas, and snacks in sleek, mid-century-modern environs. The beans are from Oregon's cult label Stumptown, and the sandwiches and many baked goods are made in-house. This location gets busy, but you can usually find a seat among the communal tables and comfy leather chairs.

James

$$ | Prospect Heights
Part of the charm of this acclaimed New American eatery is its jewel-box location on a corner of two otherwise residential brownstone blocks. The menu features fresh takes on comforting staples like tender sautéed skate, Angus beef burgers (arguably the neighborhood's best), flavorful roast chicken, and creative brunch dishes. Some ingredients are sourced from the owners' rooftop garden. The small space has a surprisingly ample bar and is inviting, with live greenery and leather banquettes.
605 Carlton St., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA
718-942--4255
Known For
  • Upscale American favorites
  • Cozy, stylish space
  • Angus beef burger
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Joyce Bakeshop

$ | Prospect Heights
The neighborhood’s friendliest place for a cuppa joe (locally roasted Gorilla coffee) is known for its exceptional pastries—from French macarons to scones to whoopie pies—baked fresh on the premises. Table seating is available in the bright, airy room.

Milk Bar

$ | Prospect Heights
The veggie-friendly menu at this snug, Australian-accented corner café includes avocado toast, egg dishes, sandwiches, and salads, plus coffee and tea. There's table seating inside and outdoor chairs when the weather's warm.

Morgan's Brooklyn Barbecue

$$ | Prospect Heights
This Texas-style BBQ joint a couple blocks south of the Barclays Center pairs well with a night of hoops or beats. A friendly spot with urban-roadhouse decor, a large bar area, and a serious custom oak smoker, Morgan’s scores with its array of well-tenderized meats sold by the pound—beef or pork ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken—and anchored by exceptional slow-roasted brisket (order it; you won’t regret it). Sides are the typical collards and mac 'n' cheese, but the meat is the power forward.

Olmsted

$$$$ | Prospect Heights

Named after one of the two masterminds behind the design of Central Park and Prospect Park (that would be Frederick Law Olmsted, of Olmsted & Vaux) this restaurant caused a stir when it first opened in 2016, thanks to its penchant for keeping live animals in its backyard. Today, the animals in the garden are gone but you can still sip a cocktail there before enjoying a seasonal, ingredient-forward prix-fixe tasting menu of sophisticated international courses. The airy space with an exposed-brick wall and a cascade of plants is a welcome respite in any season, but gets especially lively during brunch on weekends.

659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA
718-552--2610
Known For
  • Farm-to-table fare
  • Backyard garden
  • Popular brunch
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential, Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch weekdays

Patti Ann's Restaurant and Bakery

$$ | Prospect Heights

This family restaurant has been described as "a love letter to the Midwest" with elevated takes on Midwestern comfort food. Named after the mother of restaurateur Greg Baxtrom—illustrious chef of several prominent eateries—this kid-friendly restaurant is a throwback to his childhood with adult renditions of fish sticks, burgers, fried chicken, and French bread pizza. It's an expansion of his bakery of the same name, still open for takeout in the backroom daily 8 am–2 pm, which features savory treats like bacon and Brussels scones, and sweet maple crullers that often sell out early. 

The Vanderbilt

$$ | Prospect Heights
The mellowest of longtime Brooklyn chef Saul Bolton’s several restaurants in the borough, the Vanderbilt offers a broad menu in a large space. Comfort food like meatballs, chicken, and pork chops are joined by creative small plates, a charcuterie menu, a well-chosen craft-beer menu, cocktails, and brunch specialties (including delicious shrimp and grits). For a higher-end experience, Bolton’s The Norm (closed Monday and Tuesday) is in the Brooklyn Museum. Locals agree the menu there became less exceptional after a transfer from Cobble Hill, but the presentation is polished.

Tom's Restaurant

$ | Prospect Heights
Lines form down the block every weekend around midday for a spot at this snug, old-school counter spot with straightforward diner food such as scrambled eggs, deli sandwiches, and standout lemon-ricotta flapjacks (ask for flavored butters). The legend of Tom’s may outstrip the reality (contrary to myth, Suzanne Vega’s hit “Tom’s Diner” is not named for the place), but at least staffers offer the folks in line coffee, orange slices, and bacon or sausage bites while they wait. If your party is small enough, counter seats can usually be had more quickly.
782 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238, USA
718-636--9738
Known For
  • Straightforward diner favorites
  • Long waits but friendly service
  • Lemon-ricotta flapjacks
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner