Brooklyn: Prospect Park, Botanical Gardens & Barboncino Pizza

Good morning. What to do when it’s 3am and jet lag has hit you hard? Start writing your trip recap of course! Unfortunately day 2 of being back, jet lag is in full effect. Coming from someone who thinks it should be illegal to wake up before 7am, this is my least favorite part of travel. But hey, I had an amazing 17 day honeymoon so I guess I can’t complain about lack of sleep.

The first stop of our honeymoon was an extended layover in Brooklyn, New York. The last time we were in New York, we enjoyed most of the “tourist” spots and didn’t venture much outside of that since we had a full schedule of things we wanted to see. This time around we planned to enjoy a more relaxing stop in Brooklyn before the trip and an extended layover in Manhattan on our way back. We really enjoyed our time in Brooklyn but there were three definite highlights from our time there.

Prospect Park

The husband and I have been hearing a lot about this park being the new (some argue better) “Central Park” so we knew we had to check it out for ourselves. Our first night in, we made sure to grab some Shake Shack for dinner (being a Cali girl, I’m shocked to say this but Shake Shack is my In-N-Out all the way!) before heading to bed. We woke up bright and early which allowed us to walk through the Green-Wood cemetery, which I highly recommend if you have the time, to get to Prospect Park. When we walked through Prospect Park, there was so much going on being that it was a Saturday. It looked like a school race was going on so there a ton of families but the amount of runners and bikers shocked me. The running path was filled with people enjoying the nice weather! Much like Central Park, the path is extremely large and also has small side running trails. We cut through to explore and find a spot to lay out, read and soak up the nice weather. We passed a lake, the boathouse and some statues before we found a spot next to the water. The weather was perfect and the park, although lively was peaceful, especially next to the lake. I still don’t know which park I like best but Prospect Park did not disappoint. On our way to get lunch, we walked through more of Prospect Park to see the sports facilities, even more statues and the zoo.

Barboncino Pizza
We found this place on Yelp and was a fairly easy walk from the park. I am actually not a big pizza girl but since the husband loves it, I’ve been coming around to it as I find more than just cheese pizza that I like. These pizzas were not your average take out pizza. One pie was topped with eggplant and zucchini, the other with red peppers, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan and olive oil. Holy cow, both were full of flavor and the perfect compliment to a glass of red wine! The decor and vibe of the restaurant were unique with rustic brick walls, exposed copper pipes, old fashioned light bulbs. From the outside what seems like a very small restaurant is actually a two level place with outside seating and a stone oven to cook their pizzas. The husband and I both agree this one of our top meals during the trip!

Botanical Gardens

The gardens were the one thing that we had on our schedule from our last trip that never happened so I was thrilled to make it this time around. As expected, the spring was the perfect time to visit. The flowers were in full bloom (although we found out we just missed the cherry blossoms) and green everywhere. Coming from a state in a drought, this is always much appreciated. My favorite part of the gardens was the Japanese Hill & Pond garden surrounding a lake filled with turtles, frogs and fish. In the center of the park, there is also a beautiful tree filled grass area, that many people were enjoying, just like the park. Lastly, I was impressed by the large space they had for a discovery center for kids. The gardens really offer something for everyone.

Tell me: Do you like pizza? If so, what’s your favorite kind? Do you prefer Chicago or New York style?

I still haven’t had Chicago pizza so a trip is definitely needed to try! :)