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Consuming Washington Avenue

An influx of food and drink venues join Prospect Heights landmarks like Tom’s Restaurant and the Islands, and more recent additions like Ortine and Gen. Here, some of the newest arrivals east of booming Vanderbilt and west of burgeoning Franklin.

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Illustration by Remie Geoffroi  

1. D’s Just Desserts
740 Bergen St., nr. Washington Ave. 347-533-9466
Owner Dee Woods’s dramatic flair is evident in her Broadway-themed décor and the names she gives her cakes and cupcakes, like the “pregnant Jane” and the “unstable Mable.”

2. Janelle’s
671 Washington Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.; 718-576-6270
Unlike the surrounding patty joints, this Trini newcomer has a spacious dining room, plus smoked-herring brunches and homemade red-velvet cake.

3. The Winey Neighbor
679 Washington Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.; 347-715-6693
Each placard in this wineshop offers not only a food pairing but a musical one: The Lini Labrusca Bianco 2009 is best quaffed, apparently, to the lyrical stylings of Jewel or Michael Bublé.

4. The Way Station
683 Washington Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.; 347-627-4949
A Dr. Who–themed saloon with a TARDIS loo, a Gallifreyan cocktail menu, and a hospitable BYO policy that invites patrons to eat takeout in the roomy booths.


Bearded Lady  

5. Bearded Lady
686A Washington Ave., at St. Marks Ave.; 469-232-7333
At this Crayola-colored corner bar, the Kinky Krown, a riff on a Corpse Reviver No. 2, is named for the hair salon that preceded it. The owners look at it as a natural progression—one sort of community gathering spot replacing another.

6. Sit & Wonder
688 Washington Ave., nr. St. Marks Ave.; 718-622-0299
Not new, but the strip’s indispensable source for Stumptown coffee and Dough doughnuts. (The avenue’s caffeine competition includes Counter Culture at Coffee Bites, La Colombe at Penny House Cafe, and Crop to Cup at Ortine.)

7. Bitter & Esters
700 Washington Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.; 917-596-7261
Nirvana for home brewers and beer geeks, who can take classes, stock up on myriad hops and yeasts, or just ogle the bottle-cap art.


Beef taco from Kimchi Grill.  

8. BCakeNY
702 Washington Ave., nr. Prospect Pl.; 347-787-7199
Keep this custom-cake boutique in mind the next time you want an edible Hummer or Birkin bag rendered in meticulous fondant and flavor combos like Baileys-and-rum. Tastings and consultations Tuesday and Wednesday only.

9. Kimchi Grill
766 Washington Ave., nr. Park Pl. 718-360-1839
Before construction kicked into gear, this brick-and-mortar offshoot of the popular Kimchi Taco Truck served as the fleet’s commissary kitchen. Look for a spring opening.


Chocolate bread pudding at Bar Corvo.  

10. Bar Corvo
791 Washington Ave., nr. Lincoln Pl. 718-230-0940
Arguably the avenue’s biggest culinary draw, this brand-new spinoff of Park Slope’s beloved Al Di Là caters to the neighborhood (and the Brooklyn Museum crowd) with lower prices, hearty dishes like lasagne al forno and marinated veal breast, and a garden come spring.


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