Destination: Brooklyn Museum/Prospect Park
Wed Oct 19 2011
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
After frolicking in Prospect Park, end the day with a visit to homey Cataldo's. Bambinos will relish simple ravioli and manicotti while you slurp up zuppa di mussels before savoring chicken piccata. A wood-fired oven cranks out pizzas—delightfully strewn with fresh basil—too. 554 Vanderbilt Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-857-6700, cataldospizza.com)
Unlike its cramped original location near BAM, this Pequena outpost actually has room to park a stroller—especially if you snag one of the alfresco tables in the warmer weather. While waiting for their black bean--and-plantain quesadilla or shredded-chicken tacos, restless kids can dip chips into piquant guacamole; you could unwind with a potent margarita on the rocks before tackling a spicy, beef hash--stuffed poblano pepper. 86 South Portland Ave between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-643-0000, pequenarestaurant.com)
Not much changes at the perfect pre--Brooklyn Museum eatery, Tom's: The lemon-ricotta pancakes slathered in a medley of butters are still heavenly, cherry-lime rickeys maintain an old-soda-shoppe allure, and on weekend mornings, a line of hungry diners of all ages—munching on cookies and orange slices proffered by friendly staff—stretches around the block. Get here early for a timely eggs and coffee fix. 782 Washington Ave at Sterling Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-636-9738).