Prospect Heights has always had a slight chip on their shoulder when it comes to dining (it hardly has the vibrant restaurant scene as their hipper, pricier neighbor, Park Slope). But The Vanderbilt, the recently opened restaurant and bar, hopes to change all of that.

“It’s an underserviced area,” says Ben Daitz, who opened The Vanderbilt with Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton (of the famed Brooklyn restaurant SAUL). “Prospect Heights is definitely an emerging area, where are a lot of young and interesting people are migrating to. We felt like people would really appreciate an operation where there is emphasis on quality and design.”

The cozy spot serves mostly small plates that focus on seasonal, local and quality ingredients. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a neighborhood restaurant if there weren’t a perfect bar area, with several beers on tap as well as classic and creative cocktails.


“We’re conscious of making it approachable,” says Daitz. “But a lot of our neighbors are well-educated, food-wise. Some would even call them foodies."

The Vanderbilt
570 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn

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