The East Flatbush Guide

Our City Guide is a series we started last month—it is an exciting part of this website because [A] I will be traveling more over the next few months, and [B] I get to explore more of NYC. This month’s feature is The East Flatbush Guide. Whether or not you are a native New Yorker, have made this City your home, or are planning a trip to NYC, this Guide to East Flatbush, Brooklyn, features places to stay, eat and visit.

East Flatbush is a beautiful residential area located in Brooklyn. An abode of cultural diversity in a dense urban settlement. This part of Kings County is full of local shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, libraries, and parks. From exotic nightlife to sightseeing, there is much to explore in this part of New York City.

East Flatbush is bounded by Crown Heights and Empire Boulevard to the north; Brownsville and East 98th Street to the east; Flatlands/Canarsie and the Long Island Rail Road’s Bay Ridge Branch to the south; and Flatbush and Bedford/Nostrand Avenues to the west.

This best of East Flatbush checklist ensures you do not miss anything—this neighborhood is rich in historic character and nature. East Flatbush has experienced many changes over the past few years, and there is no doubt that we will continue to see many more changes. This Guide will continue to evolve and expand as new and exciting places pop up.

Where to Stay Near East Flatbush

East Flatbush is a residential community area, so there are not many hotels nearby [I should say there are not many nice hotels nearby]. However, we are listing three hotels here that offer a great ambiance.

1. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel (5 Star Hotel)

The Beekman is your destination for luxury suites. It offers a pack of amenities besides the convenience of staying in an allergy-free room. Curated posh interiors with a minibar and a super comfy bed provide the relaxation and comfort the guests deserve. Rooms and suites are pricy but pet friendly.

123 Nassau Street — New York

2. The Tillary Hotel Brooklyn (4-Star Hotel)

Located a few minutes away from Barclays Center, The Tillary Hotel has 174 guest rooms stylized in mid-century art decors tucked in geometric motifs. The well-organized rooms offer a fascinating living experience, from elegant wooden flooring to modish furnishing. When looking for refreshment, the bar, and the cafe are all set to serve you.

85 Flatbush Avenue Extension — Brooklyn

3. Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown (3-Star and Eco-certified Hotel)

A few footsteps away from the Metro Tech Center, this hotel has well-furnished rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows to get views of Brooklyn. No need to take a break from your regular fitness schedule. Do it all at the gym/workout room. When you book a room, the staff is ready to serve a free complimentary breakfast.

125 Flatbush Avenue Extension — Brooklyn

Twenty Best Restaurants in East Flatbush

savory chicken crepes cafe madeline

1. Café Madeline

Drive in or takeaway the savory food at Café Madeline. Known for serving delicious smoothie bowls and beverages, the restaurant also serves a lengthy breakfast menu. Vegan guests will have a splendid experience with sandwiches and burgers made from selective ingredients and veggies. From wholesome bowls to brekkies, from vegetarian selections to non-veg dishes, it takes time to pick meals from the menu.

1603 Cortelyou Road — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Curry crab from Trini Breakfast Shed

2. Trini Breakfast Shed

Do not miss Trini Breakfast Shed if you love authentic Caribbean cuisine, specifically Trinidadian food. The restaurant serves flavorsome Caribbean, American, and Chinese dishes. Fried and baked foods, saltfish, Roti, creole entrees, and more with homemade drinks. The food is prepared with an extra layer of sweet Caribbean sauce, and local flavors offer a fusion twist. Book a table or takeaway your breakfast.

3209 Church Avenue—East Flatbush Brooklyn

3. Lips Cafe

This tiny café serves a limited menu prepared with fresh local ingredients. It is a budget restaurant to have bagels, sandwiches, croissants, and porridge for breakfast. Lips Café also serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Visit to enjoy flavored frappes, latte, mocha, and more.

1412 Nostrand Avenue — Flatbush, Brooklyn

4. Milk & Honey Cafe

A great brunch spot. A halal coffee shop serving delicious coffee and breakfast. Menus favorites include Eggs on Croissant, Baked Salmon Salad, and Banana & Walnut Bread with Marscapone. They also offer healthy grain bowls, sandwiches, flatbreads, pastries, and desserts.

1119 Newkirk Avenue — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Codfish Fritters with our house curry Mayo from Suede Restaurant

5. Suede

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience with Suede restaurant’s flavorful Caribbean dishes, and they also offer specialty cocktails.

5610 Clarendon Road — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

signature Czen Sushi Rolls, with carrots, avocado, and cucumber with your choice of Oxtail

6. CZEN Restaurant

CZEN is all about mouthwatering Caribbean Asian Fusion cuisine. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 P. M. On Thursdays and Fridays, the restaurant serves delicious seafood and fish in addition to the main menu. Enjoy these and much more with refreshing signature drinks.

4410 Avenue H — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

7. JA Jamdown Caribbean

The saltfish and butter bean, breakfast salmon, and banana porridge make this place a must-visit—friendly staff and service.

5223 Avenue D — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

8. Vivid Caribbean American Bistro

A unique place to dine and relax, serving Caribbean American fine cuisine. Among their menu, they offer Vivid Pasta, Grilled Chicken Wrap, Lobster Stuffed W/ Shrimp, and many other delicious foods.

4617 Avenue D—East Flatbush, Brooklyn

BKLYN PRIME

9. BKLYN PRIME

A cozy place with crafted drinks and Caribbean dishes. Delicious and flavorful food such as Prime Pasta, Prime Caesar Salad, and Thai Glazed Salmon with Mango Chili Sauce.

4315 Farragut Road — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Basque Country Farmer's Breakfast at Manchego

10. Manchego

A Spanish-style wine and tapas restaurant. Serve an array of Spanish wines paired with small dishes.

1502 Cortelyou Road — Flatbush, Brooklyn

Snapper & Shrimp With Two Sides from Crab in a barrel restaurant

11. Crabs In A Barrel

A great spot that serves fresh and healthy seafood, the main menu includes Salmon Steak, King Crab Legs, Lobster Tail, and many more.

825 Flatbush Avenue — Flatbush, Brooklyn

Aunts et Uncles

12. Aunts et Uncles

Aunts et Uncles offers a delicious menu of vegan foods. Bake & Saltfish and Mac n Cheese are some of their most popular menus.

1407 Nostrand Avenue — Flatbush, Brooklyn

13. G T Paradise Caribbean Cuisine

This restaurant’s menu features delicious Guyanese food paired with excellent service and budget-friendly options, which include fried shark, bora, cabbage, and curry with Roti.

4208 Church Avenue — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Classic oxtail and Rasta Pasta From Footprints restaurant

14. Footprints Cafe

Footprints Cafe serves the best Caribbean foods. They offer lunch and dinner.

5814 Clarendon Road — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Bake & Things

15. Bake & Things

Bake & Things offers Caribbean cuisine–Trini Style. They serve delicious buss up shut, crab curry, mauby, and so much more at great prices.

184 E 35th Street — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

16. Linda’s Restaurant and Bakery

Linda’s is the go-to spot for Guyanese food and pastries. Crowd favorites include white pudding with extra sour, dahl puri, bake and saltfish, pone, and more.

5322 Church Avenue — East Flatbush, Brooklyn

17. Los Tres Chiflados

Located a stone’s throw away from Kings Theater, this restaurant is the hub of spicy, delicious hot Mexican food. This restaurant is adorned in minimalist rustic decors, which is a must-try.

Enjoy professionally made Mexican drinks with a burger of choice served with French Fries. If authentic Mexican food is on your mind, reserve a lunch table. They offer a special brunch menu at 11 A. M. to 3 P. M. Chilaquiles in permutations of sauces and sour cream is a famous dish for regular customers.

1046 Flatbush AvenueFlatbush, Brooklyn

Herb crusted lamb & served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables at bamboo walk

18. Bamboo Walk

Bamboo Walk serves authentic Caribbean dishes in modernized interiors and euphoric vibes. Whether you prefer alfresco dining in summer or indoors, the delicious menu features Griot, a famous Haitian dish of tender fried pork seasoned with tangy onion pickles and peppers.

The restaurant authorities humbly request the dine-in guests to come in semi-formal clothes without hats and flip-flops.

1343 Utica AvenueEast Flatbush Brooklyn

19. Ital Fusion

Enjoy a full-course Caribbean fish and vegetarian treat at Ital Fusion. One of the top-rated vegetarian restaurants in Brooklyn, serving vegan and veggie dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. Not the best place for dine-in with friends, but excellent for locals who prefer takeaways. The menu features original Trinidadian flavors.

2085 Nostrand Avenue East Flatbush Brooklyn

20. Exquisite Express (Best Takeaway Caribbean-Jamaican Restaurant)

The menu features luscious fall-off-the-bone tender jerk chicken, BBQs, and curries. Order takeout from Exquisite Express. Despite the small space, this restaurant is usually crowded with return customers.

2847 Church Avenue East Flatbush Brooklyn

Best Places to Visit Near East Flatbush

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in East Flatbush Brooklyn

1. Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum

Whether on a self-guided tour or traveling with friends, begin your East Flatbush journey from Fidler-Wyckoff House Park on Clarendon Road. The Wyckoff farmhouse was built during the 1650s and is a National Historic Landmark. The original building is the oldest preserved structure in NYC and the sole existing Colonial-styled gambrel-roof house in the country.

Housed in the 1.5 acres of Milton Fidler Park, the museum represents the preserves of an ancient Dutch house with a remodeled kitchen, living rooms, and more. An ideal place to visit for children, the garden space is full of organic edible crops, medicine plants, and more.

2. Brooklyn Terminal Market [BTM]

Stepping out of Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, take a short walk to BTM. If you are out shopping, have lunch at Suede Restaurant to enjoy savory Caribbean cuisine.

Affordability meets quality here, and it is Brooklyn’s best-kept secret. Veggies, flowers, wine, spices, and lots more. BTM is the perfect place for affordable shopping. There is much to buy at the local shops in the area. This is one of the best places for Christmas shopping. From gifts to décor.

3. Erasmus Hall

Named after the Dutch scholar, philosopher, and theologian Desiderius Erasmus, this is the oldest learning center in NYC. Erasmus Hall Academy was designed in several phases in Georgian, Federal, and Gothic Revival architecture.

4. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Established in 1954, this center boasts multi-disciplinary cultural traditions and performances. The institution holds a variety of classic and contemporary shows at the Walt Whitman Theater every year.

From arts education programs to theatrical performances, the center is visited by more than 45,000 students from 225 schools in the Brooklyn borough of NYC. In addition, the venue has previously hosted performances by eminent artists and groups, including the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica, Moiseyev Dance Company, Martha Graham, Gregory Hines, Ray Charles, and Isaac Stern.

Paerdegat Park

5. Paerdegat Park

Named after the Paedegat Basin, a marshy wetland pouring into Jamaica Bay, the place is a favorite of sports enthusiasts. They are surrounded by lush green stands, a basketball court, a handball court, a baseball diamond, a cricket field, a playground for children, and a spray shower. The park is an attraction for the local visitors to spend some time in the laps of nature. Benches, checkered tables, and chess facilities keep the visitors relaxed and engaged.

Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church in East Flatbush

6. Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church

Located at 5 minutes ride from Little Caribbean, this church is an architectural treasure. The original church building was constructed circa 1654 and later expanded to add a 2.5-story Federal-style stone building during the 1790s. The Gregorian tower boasts an octagonal spired belfry with Tuscan colonettes. Later, a wooden-framed parsonage was created in Greek Revival and Italianate fusion style in 1853.

The church house was the last addition to the entire building in Colonial Revival style during the early 1920s. Its façade is made of Manhattan schist rocks interspersed with arched glass windows.

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