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19. Pro-Crown Heights

(Washington to Franklin Avenues, Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway)

Because it’s Park Slope in 1991.


Map by Remie Geoffroi  

The tree-lined streets between Prospect and Crown Heights have weathered waves of crippling crime and racial tension. But these days, the area is forging its own brand of multicultural park-side living. (And not unlike neighboring Park Slope two decades ago, it’s still relatively affordable.) Abigail Café and Wine Bar started paving the way in 2008, followed by Australian coffeehouse Glass Shop. Then came Brooklyn LaunchPad with its improv classes, sewing circles, and children’s book clubs. Then up sprung glossy condos like the Prospect Building and St. Johns Heights. Now everywhere you turn are signs heralding the arrival of some new roti restaurant or manicure joint or steampunk bar. Considering that the three crown jewels of Brooklyn civic life—Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—are all within walking distance, Pro-Crown Heights no longer feels like a calculated risk—it feels like a no-brainer.

1. Barboncino

781 Franklin Ave.; no phone yet

The man behind Minter’s Ice Cream Kitchen, Ron Brown, will soon try his hand at authentic Neapolitan pies.



2. Island Thyme

751 Franklin Ave.; 646-393-9422

The old Bristens space has gone Caribbean, turning out island staples like goat roti and ackee-and-codfish bruschetta.


3. Chavela’s

736 Franklin Ave.; 718-484-3386

Any day now, fans of Arturo Leonar’s Mexican cantina can eat all the tortas they please in a shiny second location, just blocks from the original.


4. Coffee Bites

824 Washington Ave.; 347-787-2991

A bi-level hangout, with all the coffeehouse essentials: Wi-Fi, interesting treats (green-tea macarons, vegan chocolate-chip cookies), and the occasional open mike.



5. Dean Street

755 Dean St.; 718-783-3326

The nearly round-the-clock gastropub has already given the boot to its first chef, ex–Spotted Pig lieutenant Nate Smith, but that hasn’t seemed to dent its popularity.


6. Kimchi Grill

Washington Ave.; 718-380-1839

The beloved Kimchi Taco Truck is putting down brick-and-mortar roots this spring. On top of the truck’s taco-and-rice-bowl oeuvre, partner-chef Youngsun Lee plans to sling Korean noodles, wraps, and pancakes.


7. Pine Tree

744 Franklin Ave.; 347-533-9782

An organic grocery store, sushi bar, and Korean-food counter from Kenny Nam, owner of nearby Nam’s fruit market.



8. Way Station

683 Washington Ave.; no phone

Steampunk adherents flock to this H. P. Lovecraft–dedicated taproom for its Doctor Who cocktails and kitschy time-and-space-traveling police box.


9. Posh Nails BK

666 Franklin Ave.;347-663-9802

The upscale nail and beauty bar offers manis, pedis, waxing, eyelash extensions, and, later this spring, facials.


10. Yet-to-be-named bar and restaurant

724 Franklin Ave.; no phone yet

The owners of Franklin Park and Dutch Boy Burger are staring down a spring launch for their latest food-and-booze project, which will dole out Long Island wines, charcuterie from the Meat Hook, panini, oysters, and a “healthy whiskey selection.”


11. Thirstbaràvin

629 Classon Ave.; 718-857-9227

The chalkboard menu changes weekly at this 45-seat European bistro from Thirst Wine Merchants co-owner Michael Yarmark.


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