Barclays Center Pregame Cheat Sheet! Our Fave Prospect Heights Spots

UPDATE: Now that power is back, and the Brooklyn Nets are back in business, we can't wait to get back to the games. This story was originally published on September 24.
Some used to consider Prospect Heights the "wrong" side of Flatbush. Yet, with the opening of the sports stadium-cum-arts venue-cum-Millennium Falcon that is the Barclays Center, the haters can't hate — the 'hood is suddenly at the forefront of everything hot. With acts like Justin Bieber, Journey, and, of course, Jay-Z himself gracing the Barclays stage, we can easily predict that New Yorkers will be heading to the area in droves.
And, of course, what's a J. Biebs concert without a pit stop for some cocktails first? (Just because he's underage, doesn't mean you have to abstain too!). We're giving you the lowdown on some of our favorite neighborhood joints, so you can start your night off right — or fuel up after a long night of cheering for the Brooklyn Nets. Just make sure to toss out all your New Jersey gear first.
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606 R&D
What: New American
When: Brunch
Why: Prospect Heights was delighted to see 606 R&D show up on Vanderbilt Ave. We're not sure how they do it, but aside from a beautiful brunch, City Bakery alum Chefs Sara Dima & Ilena Rosen, make donuts that sell out on a Sunday before you have a chance to buy the morning paper. In fact they have a Kickstarter project to fund a new donut machine! Ask them nicely and you may be in time for a hot batch, fresh out of the oven, that melt in your mouth as you people-watch the early hours away.
606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, (between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place); 718-230-0125.

Photo: Courtesy of 606 R&D/Kickstarter
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Flatbush Farm
What: New American
When: Dinner, Brunch
Why: Beware of imitations. Flatbush Farm as been dedicated to local and organic farm fresh meats, dairy and produce since opening. Without question, they can also boast the most beautiful backyard in the neighborhood, which makes a great backdrop for meeting a host of faithful neighborhoodies and enjoying their incomparable Grilled Cheese with Tomato Fennel Soup on a fall day.
Flatbush Farm, 76-78 St. Marks Avenue, (between 6th and Flatbush avenues); 718-622- 3276.

Photo: Via Flatbush Farm/Facebook
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What: New American
When: Dinner
Why: Foodie neighborhoods love to know this spot has long been theirs and theirs alone. Hidden on the corner of a residential street, James is a romantic lightbox of brick and antique wood. Our tip? Don't stop at that delicious fruity Brunello — for the love of a beef patty, don't miss half-off burger night Mondays.
James, 605 Carlton Avenue, (at St. Marks Avenue); 718-942-4255.

Photo: Courtesy of James
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Kaz An Nou
What: Carribean/French
When: Evenings; Weekends
Why: Owner Sebastien Aubert is not doing anything by halves with his menu at Kaz An Nou. Where the decor is modest, the ambience is rich, and the smells out of the kitchen are nothing you're likely to experience anywhere else in Brooklyn. A one-man show, Aubert is often playing chef, host and server during your meal, which allows ample time to get to know how warm Creole hospitality really is.
Kaz An Nou, 53 6th Avenue (between Bergen and Dean streets); (718) 938-3235.

Photo: Courtesy of Kaz An Nou
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Weather Up
What: Cocktails
When: Weekday Evenings; Weekends
Why: If you haven't already been to Weather Up, why on earth not? There's one in Tribeca and Austin too so they're becoming hard to miss. From the school of Sasha Petraske, Kathryn Weatherup & Matthew Maddy have made a name of their own in mixology in New York. But the original Prospect Heights location is home to many advocates of a well-made whiskey sour, and they are enjoying them on the little deck out back that you didn't know about.
Weather Up, 589 Vanderbilt Avenue, (between Dean and Bergen streets).

Photo: Courtesy of Weather Up/Flickr
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Hot Bird
What: Indoor/Outdoor Bar
When: Weekday Evenings; Weekends
Why: Proof that hipsterdom exists beyond Williamsburg, Hot Bird satiates the dive bar needs of an older, wiser, classier set. Despite its size, the gigantic backyard is always humming with good conversation, and makes for a better- looking distraction than the cacophony on Atlantic Ave.
Hot Bird, 546 Clinton Avenue, (at Atlantic Avenue); 718-230-5800.

Photo: Courtesy of Hot Bird/Facebook
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What: Sports Bar
When: Evenings; Weekends
Why: When you've reached capacity hearing about basketball, retire to Woodwork and ask a bar-prop about soccer. A testosterone-less sports bar, it enjoys the company of all lovers of the beautiful game. The neighborhoodies that found Woodwork during the 2010 World Cup never left after a taste of the comprehensive menu of wines and beers from as many soccer nations as they can represent. Oh, and they also show some football, baseball, basketball and rugby too.
Woodwork, 583 Vanderbilt Avenue (at Dean Street); 718-857-5777.

Photo: Courtesy of Woodwork/Facebook
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What: Pub/Dive Bar
When: Late-night
Why: Thank the heavens for Sharlene. Too clean to be a dive bar, and too comfortable for an expensive glass of wine, Sharlene's is a welcome home for the neighborhood's after-hours drinkers. Shake off all pretension because it has no place here. A juke box, pinball machines, pub quizzes, board games, and enough space to fashion a dance floor if you think you're tipsy enough. Bring a date or bring a book. All your alter egos are welcome here.
Sharlene's, 353 Flatbush Avenue, (between Park and Sterling places); 347-350- 8225.

Photo: Courtesy of Sharlene's/Flickr

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