Welcome to Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights is a mellow Brooklyn neighborhood of brownstones and luxury condos, anchored by cultural institutions like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum. It’s home to a deeply rooted Caribbean-American community. High-profile music and sports events at the Barclays Center draw a diverse crowd, which overflows to the craft cocktail bars and hip eateries on Vanderbilt and Washington avenues.

Things to do in Prospect Heights

You’re most likely to visit Prospect Heights because of the major attractions bracketing the neighborhood: Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum near its southern boundary, and Barclays Center—home of basketball’s Brooklyn Nets and hockey’s New York Islanders—to the northwest. Once you’ve made the subway ride out, though, don’t miss the subtler charms in between: historic brownstone architecture, mom-and-pop shops and a thriving restaurant and bar scene.

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo has been serving Dominican food in the neighborhood for over 30 years, reopening with a remodeled interior.

Butter & Scotch

Dessert and cocktail bar Butter & Scotch mixes sprinkles and politics with its rotating seasonal drink themes in a retro diner-decorated space.

Aita Trattoria

Aita Trattoria is an ideal date-night spot in the neighborhood. It’s a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita with its own menu of pastas and other Italian entrees.


Glady’s has a very straightforward menu of Carribean food: There’s the list of jerk-style proteins, which includes a seitan option as well as a spicy lobster that’s well worth the $28.


Chavela’s offers Mexican food in a colorful, busy space at a reasonable price, with lunch and brunch set-price options that are some of the neighborhood’s best-value meals.

Cafe Rue Dix

This French-Senegalese all-day cafe has a standout house hot sauce (which it also sells retail), so be sure to get it on the side when dining.


Three former bartenders from Dumbo’s now-closed Rebar got together to open Catfish, a Cajun restaurant and bustling bar with dark wood paneling and brick walls.

The Food Sermon

The Food Sermon is a modern Caribbean restaurant with a customizable bowl format that manages to not feel tired.