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The best brunch in Brooklyn

Feast on pancakes, eggs, bacon and more at these best brunch and late-breakfast spots in Brooklyn, New York

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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 in Brooklyn or view them on a map.

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The best 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 home fries, english muffins, smoked canadian bacon and bernaise sauce, 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

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Clinton Hill

Allswell

The main menu at this Williamsburg gastropub changes daily, but luckily for all you indecisive diners out there, its Tumblr gets updated every morning. The brunch menu does not vary as often: Expect a frittata with seasonal fixins, a gut-busting egg sandwich with homemade fries, plus some picks straight outta left field. For a real eye-opener, try the Cowboy Coffee, a bracing mix of bourbon, iced coffee, Borghetti and cream.—Marley Lynch

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Williamsburg

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 short rib hash 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

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Carroll Gardens

Café Luluc

Pancakes. There are, of course, other delights to be found at this cute Cobble Hill café on Smith Street—the pretty French-American decor 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

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Carroll Gardens

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 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 lemonade. But be warned—alcohol isn’t served until noon on Sundays. Until then, there’s no shortage of delectable eats.—Evelyn Derico

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Crown Heights

Colonie

Chef-gardener Andrew Whitcomb retools hearty morning classics with an array of locally sourced ingredients at his exposed-brick–fitted Brooklyn Heights dining room. Pasture-raised eggs—think a step above “cage free” or “free range”—are purchased from Rock Ridge Farms in Andover, New Jersey; grains and grits come from Castle Valley Mills in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; and potatoes and veggies are sourced from Sparrow Arc Farm in Copake, New York. While offerings rotate regularly, seek out permanent favorites like a garden-fresh duck hash, with a poached egg laid over red potatoes and roasted onion puree, or cured steelhead trout, spread on potato rosti with dill crème fraîche and trout roe.

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Brooklyn Heights

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: Served on weekends, 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

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Red Hook

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

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Park Slope

Egg

This Southern-accented breakfast and lunch 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 chairs at a paper-covered table (crayons are provided), wake up at a leisurely speed to the occasional 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 an easy-cooked 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.

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Williamsburg

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, cornichon, celery 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

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Greenpoint
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5 comments
fabiola l
fabiola l

This article as well as the title is misleading. I understand that Brooklyn is going through a gentrification process, however, to insinuate Brooklyn is essentially composed of the areas between Williamsburg and Parkslope is disrespectful, ignorant and uninformed. As someone who was born and raised here In the best borough in NYC, there is so much to Brooklyn beyond those areas and they honestly have more to offer if you are open to going beyond where the newbies are flocking to. But then again, stick to your list (some of this food is average and bland) and the real people who are from here will keep the true best places (where the food has cultural flavor) a secret.

George the Realtor
George the Realtor

I am a Brooklynite. I was born and raised here. I know that if there is one word to describe Brooklyn natives, it is "eaters." We love to eat. So whenever we come across a great list of places to eat such as this one, we celebrate in our heads because we know we will soon have a party in our mouth. You Brooklyn born freaks know what I'm talking about. Nothing makes me happier than a good Brooklyn meal shared with my family. I share this love of fun food with my clients of course, but my true passion is having my kids ask me to take a pic of them with the meal they are about to enjoy. Here's a photo of my kids enjoying fun food at 3 a.m. at Kellogg's Diner in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Sure that isn't brunch time, but being that they serve any time of the day (and do it better than McDonald's or iHop...lol), I felt it would be appropriate to share the photo with you.



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Julie T
Julie T

Cafe Luluc is amazing! Great brunch spot

Rachel S
Rachel S

I'm really disappointed Concord Hill in Williamsburg didn't make your list.

chanelle e
chanelle e

WOW!  You couldn't find a delicious brunch spot in Bed-Stuy?  Shameful and Transparent!