Best brunch places in Park Slope: The weekend starts here

Which places in Park Slope are worth getting out of bed for? Check out the best brunch spots for a late-morning weekend meal.

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Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of Park Slope’s best brunch places. Whether you’re looking for a bargain brunch at a popular neighborhood diner or something more upscale, there are plenty of options for pancakes, egg dishes and brunch cocktails.

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Almondine Bakery

Pastry chef–owner Hervé Poussot opens a second location of his beloved French bakery, featuring marble-topped tables, a small garden and a working fireplace. Just as at the Dumbo original, expect breads and pastries including croissants, baguettes and madeleines. Coffee and espresso brewed from La Colombe beans and rich hot cocoa made with Valrhona chocolate are also available.

  1. 442 9th St , (at Seventh Ave)
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Applewood

Quaint, quiet Applewood is a beacon of civility among Southern Park Slope’s still-in-flux restaurant scene. The farmhouse décor (white wainscoted walls, potted herbs on each table, a working fireplace that roars on chilly nights) helps foster the agrarian theme. Ditto the menu, which gives the provenance of most ingredients (New York duck, Vermont pork, Atlantic striped bass, etc). As is standard for market-driven eateries, the menu changes often: You might encounter pillowy

  1. 501 11th St, (at Seventh Ave), 11215-43
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Colson Patisserie

Patrons at this Park Slope Belgian-French bakery and café can try homemade waffles, tarts and exotic ice-cream flavors (cantaloupe, muscat, ginger cookie), as well as wine and Belgian beer.

  1. 374 9th St, (at Sixth Ave)
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Dizzy's on 5th

  • Price band: 1/4

This spin-off of the homespun original, a Park Slope standby since 1998, offers the same American comfort-food menu of mac and cheese, biscuits with gravy and corned beef hash. Retro furnishings—red diner chairs, pendant lamps, a black-and-white-tiled floor—outfit the 50-seat space.

  1. 230 Fifth Ave, (at President St)
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Palo Santo

  • Critics choice

Heavy wooden chairs and tables inlaid with wood and glass baubles lend a fairytale feeling to this romantic nook. Though the menu changes often, the focus is always on organic, fair-trade ingredients—and flavor, of course. In addition to light fare such as sandwiches and empanads, a full dinner menu includes paella Valencia, guava-glazed roasted free-range chicken. The waitstaff is smart and can recommend a silken coffee crème brûlée and a peppy Gewürztraminer-like white

  1. 652 Union St, (between Fourth and Fifth Aves)
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Thistle Hill Tavern

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

The neighborhood restaurant is a genre beloved by Brooklynites, whose Kings County pride is fueled by casual eateries---places where thoughtful food can coexist with reasonable prices and friendly service. There's obvious comfort to be found in the bond between regulars and their go-to filling station, but it can be a curse to the ambitions of a hungry chef. After all, how good can a neighborhood joint be if only the locals take to it? At first glance, Thistle Hill Tavern---the

  1. 441 Seventh Ave, (at 15th St)
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