Morphing Into a Laid-Back Brooklynite in Prospect Heights, NYC
Prospect Heights remains a racially and economically diverse area, with 1890s brownstones on tree-lined streets, old-school laundromats with gossiping old ladies, and the occasional sketchy corner. Once an ice cream parlor, this funky run-down watering hole with vintage Coca-Cola decor epitomizes happy hour in this unpretentious neighborhood, and worries are left at the door. Soda's patrons sip pints at the red fountain-style stools and creaky tables; folks chat on comfy couches in a dim-lit lounge over an eclectic playlist, from the Smiths to ambient house; and peeps eat buffalo wings and drink cocktails on the divine outdoor patio, chillin' like they're in a neighbor's backyard—a true urban oasis. While this Vanderbilt Avenue joint attracts a crowd of dancing city folk on the weekends, its regulars are varied: young urban parents, co-workers, artsy folks, and hipsters, while friendly bartenders add to the mix. Spend lazy weekday hours here, and this borough will feel like home.