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Where would brunch be without Brooklyn? While there are so many options for brunch in Manhattan, there might be close to equally as many in this borough. Brooklynites are the cool neighbor of Manhattanites. Presumably too poor to live in the city proper, but actually coveting the precious few square feet and cheaper rent they get to enjoy as an alternative, Brooklyn has been slowly gentrifying for twenty years.
The block that Biggie used to frequent now has cafes with hipsters working on laptops and sipping on macchiatos. A good thing that has come from gentrification are lots and lots of new restaurants and cafes. Because Brooklyn has become cooler, more populated, and less dangerous, it’s opened up a world of possibilities for brunch. If you live in Brooklyn, this should be your brunch bible. If you don’t, consider making the trip.
Here’s the guide for the Best Brooklyn Brunch restaurants.
Sweet Chick’s philosophy says it all. Great food, a cool vibe, and interesting cocktails at a great price.
Chicken & waffles is the most popular dish at this hip restaurant. However, don’t sleep on the ricotta pancakes. The pancakes are some of the best in the city!
178 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
This French-Canadian inspired restaurant takes its European flair very seriously. The simple menu is done by chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber to the nth degree of subtlety. The seemingly simple menu has something for every bruncher: oysters and parsley, quiche Lorraine, swordfish with beans and eggs, a non-descript egg and sausage sandwich, and pancakes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this menu.
What makes a good brunch is not just having appetizing breakfast options, but also lunch options for the early riser bruncher who already had their oatmeal with apples, or the person simply in the mood for a sandwich, or something more than eggs. The chefs at Chez Ma Tante likely know this and have prepared for it. We see you.
Chez Ma Tante also offers cocktails with a caffeinated twist, like the Pick-Me-Up Negroni and White Russian with coffee liqueur. Don’t worry—they have mimosas and a bloody mary with mezcal. Try this Greenpoint spot before you absolutely have to dip out and buy a polish pastry in the neighborhood.
This popular brunch spot isn’t just popular because the late, great actor Heath Ledger was one of its original investors. Five Leaves gets busy, and you can see why after you peruse the breakfast and lunch menus.
The breakfast menu includes such favorites as ricotta pancakes, the sage scrambled egg sandwich, green tea noodles with boiled egg and edamame, and the incredibly popular and absolutely worth ordering Moroccan scramble. And those are just the breakfast options.
When it comes to the lunch dishes, they include a grass-fed burger complete with pineapple and a fried egg, duck pot pie, and their twist on a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato. Five Leaves also uses fresh, sustainable food that is locally sourced. In good conscience, you should just try it.
Egg is actually a brunch sent from socially conscious heaven. Their Brooklyn location is the original one, but there is now an Egg operating in Tokyo as well. Besides the beautiful brunch they serve, Egg also runs their own farm, employs a diverse kitchen staff, and has established a program that emphasizes the importance of literature in the community.
We’re already sold based on the aforementioned, but we need to talk about the food, too. Egg makes what you’d expect from the name, but they do it simply and they do it well. With a menu that changes with the season, you’ll probably always be surprised by the different dishes you can try at Egg throughout the year. And before you absolutely run out the door to get to this place, put your shoes on, because breakfast is served all day.
The menu includes favorites like grits and eggs, biscuits and gravy, homemade granola, and eggs Rothko. The prices are also extremely good for such well-prepared and thought out food. The New York Times even gave it a glowing review. If you can make the Times happy, we think you’ve made it.
Special mentions from the menu include candied bacon, the fried oyster sandwich, hot ham, and pimento cheese, and caramelized grapefruit with mint. Now that your shoes are on, you should go now.
Roberta’s is another Williamsburg icon, with many people coming for the pizza, not knowing that they serve brunch as well. The menu is ever-changing so that the kitchen can experiment with the brunch, but also so the patrons can keep coming back and trying new things.
However, the brunch menu does stay a bit limited. In terms of sweets, Roberta’s offers sticky buns and croissants. For traditional breakfast dishes, the restaurant serves a twist on the bodega bacon, egg, and cheese (on a croissant with fingerling potatoes), buttermilk pancakes, and scrambled eggs served with broccolini and pecorino. If you’re feeling extra hungry, there’s also the double cheeseburger.
Aside from breakfast and sandwiches, Roberta’s still serves a selection of pizzas for brunch, which sound just about right with an egg. There’s also a tiki bar included at the restaurant, so wait times can be a lot less boring, and a little more fun. But there are communal tables, so put your most polite hat on for this one.
Tina’s Place, though the physical sign on the building reads Tina’s Restaurant, is one of the best old-school, non-nonsense diners still around. With a deal that will make your New Yorker head spin (eggs, toast, potatoes, and coffee for just $5), those who know about it are keeping it a secret for good reason.
With a seated diner bar and several tables to sit at that accommodate a small party, Tina’s Place is where you go whether you’re hungover, spent all your money on records, or are just looking to have that greasy diner breakfast that any breakfast lover has come to appreciate. Beware: this place is older and has no air conditioning, so it’s not as pleasant in the summer months, but is anywhere in New York pleasant in August?
This is also a cash only place, but thankfully they have an easily accessible atm. Our recommendation is to go to this brunch solo. It’s a rare time to clear your head in the bustle of the city.
This can be an exciting affair in its own right. Offering you an excellent cozy and charming inside and the warm and authentic brunch spots nyc, it is an excellent option for the Italian extravaganza. You can be assured of a homely background that would add to the exciting ambience. The service provided is quite regional in every aspect. If you are someone who loves Italian cuisine, you will love the rustic experience for all your needs.
Price: $$ Cuisine:Italian Borough: Brooklyn Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Weekend Brunch Hours
11:30 am – 4pm
Great vibe. Good food. Cozy Sunday brunch. Quality of food is good. Setting is nice and cozy.
Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
Yelp Reviews:125+ reviews
Type of Food:Italian
Are you looking for a menu that moves ahead of just being a combination of eggs Benedict and mimosa? You will indeed love the excellent ambience of a widespread menu. Ever thought of opting for light and precise Japanese breakfast of miso soup, cooked fish, rice, pickled vegetables, and a fluffy omelette cube for your meal? Okonomi is what would help you get exactly that. Of course, there are only 12 seats available and you indeed need to strive hard to make it on time.
Location 150 Ainslie St Brooklyn, NY
Working Hours Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Yuji Ramen: Monday–Friday, 6 p.m.–11 p.m
Yet another interesting spot for brunch in NYC, Esme should be your ideal neighborhood eatery for the best experience. Most of the guests here appear to know each other and the staff. The menu extends across multiple spreads. Pork belly eggs Benedict with Tabasco hollandaise, and thick-cut Parmesan French toast topped with slow-poached eggs are some of the top dishes to try. “Eat Like An Adult” – that is the phrase Esme welcomes its guests and you will definitely love the experience.
Location – 999 MANHATTAN AVENUE BROOKLYN, NY 11222
Working Hours HOURS MON – THURS: 11 AM TO 10 PM FRI & SAT: 11AM TO 11PMSUN: 11 AM TO 10 PM
Website – https://www.esmebk.com
If you are a creative person at heart and wish to find the same degree of creativity in a restaurant as well, this is the best you can opt for. It is indeed a woodland territory in its own right. A gas station in its yesteryears, it is indeed a great appearance to find the ambience dominated by flowers and trees. The menu is interesting enough to excite your taste buds. Ranging right from smoked salmon Benedict, home fries to salsa-topped chilaquiles, you would get everything your taste buds crave for. Whether you are looking for a hip nightlife or a serene neighborhood café, you get the best of both worlds right here.
Location 970 Flushing Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11206
Working Hours Saturday + Sunday 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Website – http://www.forrestpoint.com
Landmark eatery, newly renovated, offering a New American menu & stunning views of Manhattan.
Cool haunt offering live music most nights, plus gourmet bar fare, creative drinks & weekend brunch.
Atera alum’s American restaurant with a marketplace, barroom & upstairs dining room & garden.
Classic neighborhood French bistro brings in crowds with its brunch & garden seating. Cash only.
American meals, craft beers & cocktails in a playful interior with graffitied walls & vintage TVs.
American pub with a daily changing menu served in an old-time setting with a communal table.
Fried chicken headlines a menu of Southern specialties, including signature pies for dessert.
All-day restaurant with a garden dispensing soul food with interesting seasonal & global touches.
Steaks, burgers & seafood with spicy Southwestern accents served in 2-level setting.
Locally sourced Southern breakfasts & lunches draw crowds to this rustic-industrial hangout.
Set in the Wythe Hotel, this upscale New American eatery offers seasonal eats in an airy room.
Mellow saloon with a backyard patio, popular brunch, microbrews & a lodgelike vibe.
Stylish eatery with an Italian-American menu based on local ingredients, plus a leafy back patio.
Hipster-friendly American eatery in Fort Greene, spun off from the Williamsburg original.
Italian eatery serving meats, seafood & white-sauce dishes in warm, brick-walled dining room.
Maison Premiere sib serving French-accented American fare & cocktails in a crisp neo-bistro setting.
Light-filled cafe with reclaimed accents & global-accented comfort food morning-early evening.
Brunch is available every day at this casual American eatery with a rustic wood-&-brick look.
Offering casual Italian fare & craft cocktails at communal tables, plus frequent live musical acts.
Brunch French bistro fare served in a Williamsburg space with an indoor “garden” room & a roof deck.