20 Standout Restaurants and Bars in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights is the place to go when hungry after a day in Prospect Park. Several neighborhood restaurants spanning cuisines populate the area, ideal spots for a post-park glass of wine and dinner. The reverse is also possible: Several affordable, takeout-driven places are great to hit up on the way to the park, Botanical Gardens, or Brooklyn Museum, with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Caribbean to Mexican. Brunch also reigns supreme in the neighborhood, from an old-school diner to a very new, queer one.

No matter the desired vibe, here are 20 top restaurants and bars in Prospect Heights.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

1. Chuko Ramen

565 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

(347) 425-9570

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When at ramen shop Chuko, designed with lots of light wood and a hip neon sign, it’s crucial not to overlook the non-ramen dishes. The salt and pepper wings have a snappy crunch, and the crispy brussels sprouts with fish sauce are a must-order. The ramen’s great, too, of course. Go with the gooey poached egg add-on rather than a hard-boiled one to add an extra, jammy richness to the broths.

Chuko

 

2. LaLou

At this sunny new spot on Vanderbilt Avenue, it’s all about the wine. Joe Campanale and Dave Foss are stars on-the-rise in the wine scene for their work at Fausto and Anfora, and at LaLou they’ve put together a list of mostly European natural wines. A tight food menu accompanies the wine list and is helmed by Ashley Rath, who used to work as chef de cuisine at the four-star Grill. Hit this spot for a glass or two of wine and snacks like fried green olives. Or order a bottle (most fall under $80) with a more robust meal like roast chicken for two.

LaLou’s bar on the left is round, with wicker and white stools, while blonde wood booths are on the right.

 

3. Alta Calidad

552 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-1111

The neighborhood has lots of Mexican cheap eats, but chef-owner Akhtar Nawab offers something a little different at Alta Calidad, with fusiony twists and a tight menu of well-executed share plates. Share plates and tacos are on the menu, and taco options include unique offerings such as tempura shrimp with chorizo and mahi mahi with saffron, as well as a more straightforward steak taco option with chihuahua cheese. For brunch, there’s a $31 menu that includes any entree plus free drink refills for one hour on margaritas, mimosas, bloody marys, or beer. Set in a bright, natural light-filled space with pops of turquoise, the restaurant has a mixture of banquette and communal table seating.

Alta Calidad

 

4. Look by Plant Love House

622 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-0026

The successor to Elmhurst’s short-lived Thai joint Plant Love House, this narrow Thai cafe is one of the only places in the area specializing in Thai noodle soups. Bar snacks like sausages are also on the menu, along with spicy Thai-style wings and $12 to $16 rice dishes. But the noodles are the reason to go to Look by Plant Love House, which come in a range of colorful soups like a shrimp and fish ball variation and a chicken drumstick soup. The pork blood noodle soup is another standout, and for locals, the restaurant is also a solid delivery option.

A bowl of noodles with chopsticks over it.

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