Pair a trip to the nearby Brooklyn Museum with a meal at the classic diner, Tom’s. Just slide into one of the vinyl booths, marvel at how many American flags a place this small can hold (interspersed with all sorts of commemorative plates and other knick-knacks) and order up one of the best breakfasts in town. You can do so at breakfast time, or at lunch, because the overstuffed omelets, french toast, smoked sausage and other morning fare are served all day long, as they should be (they’re damn good). My favorite: the lemon ricotta pancakes, which taste like the best lemon poppy seed muffin you’ve ever had, but fluffier. This is also the place to try NYC’s fast-disappearing staple the egg cream soda.
- Pauline Frommer