Things to Do What to eat and do in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn By Steven Casale Special to amNY.com Updated July 26, 2017 12:20 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Prospect Heights lies just north of Park Slope and Prospect Park and, though small, holds much to discover. The area is known for its picturesque, tree-lined streets, diverse community and generally more bohemian pace. Esteemed borough institutions like the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are main draws for non-residents, but travel just a few blocks north -- Prospect Heights extends to Atlantic Avenue -- and you’ll find a plethora of shops, cafes and oddities to uncover. Sit down for a Korean lunch, dig through piles of used books and cap your day with a drink from a highly curated cocktail menu. Here’s our guide to Prospect Heights from morning to night. Go classic with Tom’s Restaurant for breakfast Photo Credit: Linda Rosier If you're looking to start your day in a very casual New York way, head to Tom's Restaurant. The corner spot, around since 1936, is a classic American diner. Settle into a seat, order one of the omelet options and chug away on some hot coffee. (782 Washington Ave.) Get cultured at the Brooklyn Museum Photo Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt The large Beaux-Arts building that houses the Brooklyn Museum, built in 1895, has over a million pieces of art within its walls. Browse the extensive collections of African, Egyptian and American art that include work by Georgia O'Keeffe. Exciting and exclusive short-running exhibitions are also constantly on display, so check the calendar before your visit. (200 Eastern Pkwy.) Escape the urban jungle at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Photo Credit: Linda Rosier The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, opened in 1910, is 52 acres of escape from the borough's urban sprawl. Within it are a number of separate gardens such as the Discovery Garden (pictured), Cranford Rose Garden, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (which features a red torii gate), and the cherry tree plot, which blooms for a short moment each spring. Be sure to find your way to the small (but intriguing) bonsai museum as well. (1000 Washington Ave.) Contemporary Korean for lunch at White Tiger Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Korean gets contemporary at White Tiger, a playfully decorated restaurant with teal and magenta accents. Lunch is calm and unrushed (if that's your style) with (mostly) organic menu options like traditional japchae (glass noodles with beef and veggies) or the smoked duck breast salad (pictured). A friendly staff is sure to guide you and perhaps nudge a little kimchi -- or a kimchi bloody Mary -- your way. (601 Vanderbilt Ave.) Make a rare find at Unnameable Books Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote Unnameable Books is a narrow, but packed, independent bookstore with much to peruse. If used and rare books pique your interest, browse the extensive selection of novels, poetry, art and foreign language titles. (600 Vanderbilt Ave.) Enter Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Grand Army Plaza is the rather majestic main entrance to Prospect Park that draws comparison to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. At its center is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch -- a towering Civil War memorial. Wander through the plaza for a look at some commemorative busts and the Bailey Fountain (pictured). Poke around playfully plated sushi at Geido Photo Credit: Steven Casale Geido has been serving sushi (and more) to a loyal following of locals since 1985. True to its Japanese roots, Geido is devoid of pretense (carpeted floors, graffitied walls) and exudes an air of hospitality. You can't go wrong with anything on the dinner menu, including standbys chirashi and platters of fresh sashimi, but pay attention to the special rolls and daily miso soup options. If you stick around closer to closing time, you may also wind up with a complimentary sake pour from the owner himself. (331 Flatbush Ave.) Expand your cocktail game at Weather Up Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Weather Up is a cocktail bar that has about 10 items on its menu, which means only one thing -- they're made with expert focus. The white-tiled interior space is a cool, minimal spot to unwind at day's end. Margarita lovers should try the Infante (a reposado tequila-based libation) and those who like gin will take to the Daily Mail (served with fresh lemon). Look out for bartender's choice specials. (Pictured, Oscar Lopez makes a tequila-based East Side Ricky.) 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