The 50 best brunch places in NYC: Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is booming. New restaurants are stepping out of Manhattan’s shadow and coming into their own in New York’s biggest borough. From old-school diners, cafés, bistros and more, these eateries bring in both the neighborhood crowds and the bridge-and-tunnel folks alike. Try lemon-ricotta pancakes at Littleneck, Bloody Marys at Enid’s or the bacon brunch at Sage General Store. Whatever your hankering, check out our list of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn or view them on a map.

The best spots for brunch in Brooklyn

Aita


Nestled in a quiet corner of Clinton Hill, Aita is a respite for neighborhood denizens looking to catch up in cozy environs, snuggling up against fellow brunchers at the restaurant’s long window benches or bar. Dotting the primarily Italian menu are frittatas and spaghetti, as well as more intriguing options—eggs Benedict with smoked pastrami, salmon and fried green tomatoes, for instance. Some staples dazzle outright: The blueberry buttermilk pancakes with ricotta lemon cream are lovely to look at, and even better to eat.—Matthew Love

  1. 132 Greene Ave
    Clinton Hill
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Allswell

The menu at this Williamsburg gastropub changes daily, but luckily for all you indecisive brunchers out there, its Tumblr (allswellnyc.tumblr.com) gets updated every morning. Expect a frittata with seasonal fixins (ours recently came with the winning combo of mushrooms, kale and ricotta), a gut-busting egg sandwich with homemade fries, and some picks straight outta left field: chorizo and beans one day, smoked-trout toast the next. For a real eye-opener, try the Cowboy Coffee, a bracing mix of bourbon, iced coffee and cream.—Marley Lynch

  1. 124 Bedford Ave
    Williamsburg
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Brucie


You know this place is cool because it offers a Beyoncé-themed menu for Valentine’s Day. But patrons come to this Cobble Hill eatery year-round for an Italian take on brunch. The friendly staff serves mouthwatering dishes such as a pork-belly sandwich with a fried egg; grits-style polenta with meatballs; and fried eggs over ragù, risotto and Borlotti beans. The short stools can sometimes be a bit awkward to sit on, but overall you’ll want to re-create the cute decor, including the ceiling fans made from welded-together personal fans and the cartoony world-map wallpaper, at home.—Tazi Phillips

  1. 234 Court St
    Cobble Hill
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Buttermilk Channel


Since launching in late 2008 on Carroll Gardens’ busy Court Street and elbowing its way to the front of the pack (winning Time Out’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Brooklyn Restaurant), Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo’s comfort foodery has become an essential. For brunch, sample the top-notch fried chicken (crispy, spicy, succulent, all the good things) along with several killer variations on the Bloody Mary, one garnished with antipasti from nearby Caputo’s. If you try to beat the rush, you’ll still have to compete for ear space with the young families and kids of the neighborhood, but the din is worth it.—Joshua Rothkopf

  1. 524 Court St
    Carroll Gardens
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Café Luluc


Pancakes. There are, of course, other delights to be found at this cute Cobble Hill café on Smith Street—the pretty French interior makes it the perfect spot for leafing through the Sunday papers with your one and only, and there are magazines galore to choose from. Plus, the service is good, and the french fries are excellent. But really, Luluc’s pancakes are the jewel in its brunch crown: soft and super fluffy on the inside, just a little bit crispy on the outside and 100 percent delicious.—Sophie Harris

  1. 214 Smith St
    Carroll Gardens
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Catfish


Serving classic New Orleans dishes, Catfish is a true Crown Heights gem. At this cozy hideaway, you can savor bona fide Southern dishes like spicy, flavorful jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Enjoy a strong spring cocktail on the outdoor patio, like the Lady Laveu, a refreshing, flavorful mix of absinthe, St. Germain and cucumber lemonade. But be warned—alcohol isn’t served until noon. Until then, there’s no shortage of delectable eats.—Evelyn Derico

  1. 1433 Bedford Ave
    Crown Heights
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Char No. 4


Southern dishes—and hospitality—are the norm at this Cobble Hill joint serving biscuits Benedict with smoked ham and sausage gravy, buttermilk pancakes with blueberry sauce, and BBQ brisket hash to early (and not-so-early) risers. Whiskey is the house specialty, so make sure to try the chipotle-bourbon Bloody Mary or the whiskey milk fizz (Jack Daniel’s, almond and nutmeg).—Cristina Alonso

  1. 196 Smith St
    Cobble Hill
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Court Street Grocers

Two words: Breakfast. Sandwiches. A bacon-egg-and-cheese on a roll is a Saturday late-morning standby, but the righteous brunchtime subs at this beloved Carroll Gardens market-café are a welcome upgrade from that bodega classic. We’re talking Balthazar ciabatta loaded with scrambled eggs, salty Cabot cheddar and arugula, or a Taylor pork roll with American cheese on a Martin’s potato bun, delivered straight to the cozy dining room. And a New York brunch isn’t complete without bagels: Here they’re hand-rolled by Park Slope’s Bagel Hole and jacked with Acme whitefish, Samaki organic lox and Ben’s cream cheese.—Christina Izzo

  1. 116 Sullivan St
    Carroll Gardens
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Dizzy’s


Expect this neighborhood favorite, conveniently located one block from Prospect Park, to be packed to capacity any time the sun’s shining. Its classic brunch foods—hearty omelettes, enormous waffles, a mouth-watering take on eggs Benedict with chorizo and ancho-lime hollandaise sauce—are worth the wait, and the minimuffins handed to waiting diners should keep even the hungriest customer going until a table opens up. One word of advice: If you’re dining outside, sit as far from the little kiddy ride in the corner as you can, unless you want “It’s a Small World” to play relentlessly in your head all afternoon.—Nick Leftley

  1. 511 9th St
    Park Slope
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Egg


This Southern-accented breakfast-only abode has no parallel in Billyburg or beyond—which means you can expect a bit of a wait to get seated. Once you do get in, perch on mismatched chairs at a paper-covered table (crayons are provided), wake up at a leisurely speed to the old-time folk music on the sound system, and scarf down a cheap meal that may include eggs Rothko (a slice of brioche with a hole in the middle that accommodates a sunny-side-up egg, all of which is covered with sharp cheddar) or a terrific country-ham biscuit sandwich. If you must have dessert at breakfast, finish with a bowl of caramelized grapefruit and mint.

  1. 135A North 5th St
    Williamsburg
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Enid’s


Come for the huevos rancheros (and the biscuits and the cheese grits), stay for the Bloody Marys. Okay, stay for three or four Bloody Marys: Enid’s has one of the best around, garnished with an olive and a mothereffing caper berry. Though there’s often a crowd, the staff kindly provides free coffee while you wait—and McCarren Park is right around the corner, so once you’ve got a good buzz going, you can decamp for the grass and catch up on some sleepy time in the sun. (Random eye-candy bonus: cute bartenders!)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 560 Manhattan Ave
    Greenpoint
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Five Leaves


Brunch at this hip Greenpoint joint features pastries from Nolita’s Ceci Cela and entrées like coconut-and-chia pudding, ricotta pancakes with fruit and maple syrup, and a Moroccan scramble with merguez sausage, spiced chickpeas and avocado. To get into full weekend mode, sip on a kir royale or a refreshing Green Snapper (gin, cucumber, lemon, mint) as you soak up the sweet, bustling ambience.—Cristina Alonso

  1. 18 Bedford Ave
    Greenpoint
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Flatbush Farm


Focusing on fresh, local ingredients, rustic-chic Flatbush Farm offers savory dishes, like crispy duck confit served with cheddar-and-chipotle grits. If you’re a lover of all things porcine, don’t miss the incredible crispy smoked bacon. Enjoy seasonal ales and cocktails as you soak up the warm weather in the outdoor garden patio.—Evelyn Derico

  1. 76–78 St. Marks Ave
    Prospect Heights
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Juventino


Juventino’s brunch is just one of the benefits of Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue upswing. The restaurant’s light-filled and airy interior gives you a preview of the bright, farm-fresh, Mexican-inflected flavors in store: Lengua y papas—grass-fed beef tongue and potato hash—shares space on the menu with pancakes, baked eggs and the more lunchy duck breast. A cup of Stumptown coffee and a spot on the back patio might make you forget Monday is only hours away.—Matthew Love

  1. 370 Fifth Ave
    Park Slope
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La Superior


Delectable two-bite tacos—available anytime—are the main draw at this Mexico City–style Williamsburg staple, but the brunch menu is every bit as crucial. Spring for sauce-drenched chilaquiles (green or red), huevos toluqueños (scrambled eggs with chorizo and soupy charro beans) or egg-stuffed enfrijoladas (described on the menu as “brunch’s version of enchiladas”). Any of these options pair exceedingly well with La Superior’s signature beverage, the spicy-sweet marvel that is the tamarind margarita.—Hank Shteamer

  1. 295 Berry St
    Williamsburg
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Littleneck


Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for: Grateful Brunch. Each weekend, Gowanus’s go-to seafood haunt spins tunes by jam-band icons the Dead while serving delectable, super soft lemon-and-ricotta pancakes, hot-sauce-spiked chicken and waffles, smoked-trout omelettes and more. The nautical decor, lack of lines out the door and friendly staff make for a decidedly laid-back and stress-free experience—especially for a spot that does brunch this damn good. And best of all? There’s nary a hippie in sight.—Tim Lowery

  1. 288 Third Ave
    Gowanus
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Maggie Brown


This cozy Brooklyn restaurant on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will steal your brunch-loving heart with its Southern-influenced fare. Decked out with dark wood, chandeliers and velvet-inspired wallpaper, Maggie’s offers local newspapers for perusing and such a great cup of coffee that you may never leave. The savory signature dish is the Maggie Brown: scrambled eggs, cheddar, chives and horseradish, with a side of biscuits and raspberry butter. Other menu stars are the Brie-and-berry pancakes, the Beryl Evans (corned-beef hash) and the Grandma Harriet (crispy eggs over jalapeño grits). If you’re feeling frisky, the boozy brunch cocktails are excellent: Shout out to the Ethel O’Connel (whiskey, Baileys and espresso over ice) and the spicy Bloody Marion. Just remember to bring the green stuff, as this spot is cash only.—Tazi Phillips

  1. 455 Myrtle Ave
    Clinton Hill
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Prime Meats


Our favorite couple of Franks (Falcinelli and Castronovo, of Frankies 457 Spuntino) dish out hearty fare in this rustic Court Street dining room. From brioche French toast and a Gruyère omelette with fries to their trademark Angus burger on a house-made sesame roll, the portions are generous enough to hold you up after one too many aquavit-based Bloody Marys.—Cristina Alonso

  1. 465 Court St
    Carroll Gardens
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Roberta's


Pizza for brunch is always a good idea…especially when it’s served at the Michelin-starred pizza joint favored by Bill and Hillary Clinton. The venerable Bushwick institution offers many of its artisanal pies during brunch, and you always have the option of topping your order with an egg. Plus, Roberta’s has stellar seasonal greens, plucked from its own rooftop garden; a fancy ham-egg-and-cheese on croissant; and a life-changing sticky bun. Sure, you won’t sit down right away, but the wait is substantially shorter than at dinner—and you can always while away the time with drinks in the adjacent tiki tent bar.—Marley Lynch

  1. 261 Moore St
    Bushwick
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Sweet Chick


The downside: Sweet Chick lies on that crowded patch of Bedford Avenue typically overrun by tourists who want to see where Hannah and the rest of the Girls live (people, they’re in Greenpoint!). The upside: The food is worth the hassle. Sumptuous treats like chicken and waffles (they even have a vegetarian version) and chilaquiles more than make up for what the space lacks in personality. Brunch here means you won’t be eating much for the rest of the day—no, you’ll be splayed out on your bed, rubbing your belly with a smile on your face. (That sounded less weird in our head.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 164 Bedford Ave
    Williamsburg
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Tandem


Though it can get packed, the laid-back, rough-around-the-edges Tandem is an off-the-beaten-path godsend for anyone looking to nurse last night’s hangover with super delicious food. Heady cocktails (try the spicy Bloody with pickled veggies or go straight to the PBR-and-well-shot deal) and unique brunch snacks (hello, patatas bravas) bring you in; grilled raclette and spicy Italian sausage take you home. This is where to get lost for an afternoon: Sit at the bar long enough, and the bartender will likely start doing shots with you. (Or one of the back-room dance parties will kick up and you can join in.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 236 Troutman St
    Bushwick
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Taqueria de los Muertos


This Prospect Heights Mexican favorite is floating in a sea of nearby brunch options: The famous line at Tom’s is a block away, and trendy eateries have taken over this stretch of Washington Avenue over the past few years—supplementing the more established foodie zone two blocks away on Franklin. Still, it’s surprising just how often you’ll find this brightly painted, sugar-skull–bedecked spot completely empty on a Sunday afternoon. The savory breakfast burritos—stuffed with eggs, rice, beans, mushrooms, peppers, queso blanco, sour cream and salsa roja—are massive enough to feed two starving adults, and the Mexican French toast, filled with Mexican chocolate and served with caramelized bananas and dulce de leche, is even more decadent than it sounds. Brunch comes with your choice of a spicy chipotle Bloody Mary or a tropical mimosa, plus the standard coffee and juice. Given that you probably won’t eat till the next day, it’s really quite a bargain.—Ethan LaCroix

  1. 663 Washington Ave
    Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
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Tom’s Restaurant


There’s a lot of new competition on Washington Avenue, which sits on the border of recently trendy Prospect Heights and newly trendy Crown Heights, but no one else draws loyal customers quite like beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s—as evidenced by the line spilling out of the place and around the corner every weekend. Queuing up is a pleasure, though, with friendly staffers handing out complimentary coffee, cookies and (most famously) orange slices to hungry waiting patrons. Once inside, you’ll find an old-school diner lined with wood paneling, tightly packed Formica tables and all manner of items hanging on the walls—plastic flowers, photos of local celebrities, framed newspaper clippings, etc. The joint is best known for its variety of flapjacks, including harvest pancakes (stuffed with corn and cranberries) and Danish pancakes (blueberries, ricotta, Parmesan), but it’s hard to go wrong with any of the comforting breakfast options. Fun fact: There’s a signed copy of the lyrics to Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” here, but it’s most likely a fake; the lifelong Manhattanite wrote the song about the other famous Tom’s, in Morningside Heights.—Ethan LaCroix

  1. 782 Washington Ave
    Prospect Heights
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WOW!  You couldn't find a delicious brunch spot in Bed-Stuy?  Shameful and Transparent!