PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Diapers won't stop these dancing Don Juans.
Prospect Heights may give Park Slope a run for its money this summer, luring the strollers-and-sangria set across Flatbush Avenue for Baby Salsa Brunch at incoming Latin bistro Ideya Brooklyn.
After shuttering the original Ideya Latin Bistro in SoHo following Hurricane Sandy, Lauryn Small is bringing her blend of maduros, mojitos, and hip-swiveling preschoolers to Carlton Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Park Place this June.
"We had started doing a Baby Salsa Brunch (at the Manhattan location) once a month for kids from 2- to 5-years-old," Small said of the popular Sunday soiree. "The Carlton Avenue Block Association was fine with Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m."
In addition to the toddler dance parties, the bistro will offer Latin-Caribbean food and "the perfect mojito," not to mention a full bar of other options.
But Ideya Brooklyn isn't the only intriguing combination project coming to Prospect Heights this summer. Also in the works is an as-yet-unnamed combination bar and deli counter, where meats and cheeses can be bought by the pound and beer by the bottle, glass, or growler.
"It’s going to be a deli counter with meats and cheese to sell by the pound, specialty sandwiches and specialty beer," said Joshua Van Hunt of the eatery, which will open on the corner of Underhill Avenue and Sterling Place later this year. "We’re trying to optimize both retail and service inside the establishment."
Far from the bodega it will replace, Van Hunt said the restaurant will cater to Brooklynites with discerning palates — particularly when it comes to its drafts.
"I don’t foresee people sitting down and having round after round of a commercial light beer — this is more of specialty beer, meats and cheese establishment," Van Hunt said. "It’s going to be more of a marketplace."