Leave it to resident historian Bob Marvin to call attention to PLG's greatest restaurant - the Concert Grove House, or Maison Fong on Yelp. While this culinary destination inside Prospect Park has been closed since 1949, and despite the fact that the neighborhood name Prospect Lefferts Gardens was not coined til the 1960's, the restaurant remains the best upscale option in the area for fine dining.
(cut and paste alert!) The Oriental Pavilion -- originally called the Concert Grove
Pavilion -- was built by Calvert Vaux in 1874. Situated in the Concert
Grove, the Oriental Pavilion is an open shelter that consists of eight
cast-iron columns supporting a decorative wooden roof with a beautiful
stained-glass skylight. Typical of the day, its design borrowed motifs
from Hindu, Chinese, Moorish, and Egyptian architecture. The Oriental
Pavilion served as a gathering place for the adjacent restaurant called
the Concert Grove House (removed in 1949 by Robert Moses.) In 1974 the
Oriental Pavilion was devastated by fire, leaving nothing but the
cast-iron columns. It was restored in the 1980s. The Q and Mrs. Q exchanged vows there in 2007 marking the 58th continuous year that north Flatbush restaurant goers have lived without a proper pissaldiere. In fact, it's fair to say we don't even have a pot to pissaldiere in. Or rather, we don't have a pot to put the pissaldiere in. Actually we do and it's made by Le Creuset, but I burned it making grits, thus sullying my one true link to French culture, but I do occasionally enjoy a good French dry cleaning, though the modern process was actually perfected in Atlanta, Georgia. Ladies and germs, the proof is in the postcard:
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.