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The best brunch in Brooklyn

On the hunt for the best brunch in Brooklyn? Feast on pancakes, eggs and more at these top-rate brunch spots

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Time Out New York contributors
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New York’s most buzzed-about borough is a haven for hip restaurants and trendy bars, drawing cred-seekers from all over the city. This is particularly evident on weekends, when the throngs roll out of bed and head out for a leisurely meal to either fuel up for the night ahead or recover from the night before. Those in search of the best brunch in Brooklyn have plenty of options for an indulgent weekend meal of pancakes, bloody Marys, bacon and more.

From Park Slope to Bushwick, these Brooklyn brunches offer innovative takes on the beloved Benedict, stunning versions of avocado toast, decadent fried chicken, egg sandwiches, muffins and even lighter fare for the health-conscious. Getting hungry? Read on, then get out there for some of the best weekend-morning dining around.

If you’re in a hurry, you can always pick up a bagel and a coffee, but when it comes to the weekend, we think there’s no better way to start your day than a killer brunch, and Brooklyn has plenty.

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The best brunches in Brooklyn we welcomed into Time Out Market

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • DUMBO

If you grabbed brunch at Clinton St. Bakery and didn’t order the stack of fluffy blueberry pancakes, did you really even go? At least, that’s how sought-after the dish is among the early-morning (and breakfast-for-dinner) crowd. Chef Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman, who co-own the Lower East Side hot spot, offer their iconic brunch items—think egg sandwiches and latke eggs Benedict—that New Yorkers line up for every weekend. Even on those mornings when it seems impossible to get out of bed, the duo beckons us to the Time Out Market for breakfast delights (and hangover cures).

Best brunch in Brooklyn

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s new hot-spot, Gertie serves up near perfect brunch with the soul of old-school New York. Here, luncheonette-style dining is made for 2019 (there's an Instammable mural designed by artist, Lea Carey). Excellent egg 'n cheese sandwiches are offered on bialys (made in-house by Savannah Turley) to which you can add mushrooms, lox or seasonal ingredients, such as ramps.

  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

The undisputed star of this Dixieland shack is the cult fried fowl, sporting moist meat and irresistibly golden-crisp batter, zestily seasoned with paprika, black pepper and cayenne (perfect to go with the many Southern sides on the menu). However, the pies stand up just as tall with an array of decadent fillings in a flaky, tender crust. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • Crown Heights

We're not one to order dessert at brunch but Libby Willis and Bill Clark's Snoball or Vietnamese Coffee cakes have us reconsidering everytime we dine at their spot. In addition to brunch fare such as buffalo chicken salad, patty melts or Italian hoagiesevery table is delighted to a bowl of free cheesepuffs. Decorations evoke a modern diner feel, with paintings by Willis' grandfather. 

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Williamsburg
  • price 3 of 4

Contrary to what the name might suggest, Sunday in Brooklyn is open for brunch and dinner every day of the week. The rustic three-story space boasts an outdoor patio, marketplace, private dining room and rooftop garden. The brunch menu includes lighter bites, like yogurt with granola or avocado toast, and heartier fare, like malted pancakes and a plate of pastrami black cod.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Prospect Heights
  • price 2 of 4

This Prospect Heights gem has recently entered the brunch game with a menu that’s just as eclectic and creative as their dinner offerings. Find innovative takes on brunch classics, like a stellar burger on an English muffin, potato latke, apple strudel rolls and unique cocktails to wash them all down with.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Crown Heights

Hunky Dory might just be one of Crown Heights' most fun restaurants. The name, a nod to David Bowie's fourth studio album, signals the joy that comes from dining there. The restaurant is perfect for sharing or coming alone: there's a celery root sandwich, kabocha squash oatmeal and green egg and ham. Many dishes are offered has half-portions so you can taste a little bit of everything. 

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Crown Heights

After an afternoon spent at the Brooklyn Museum, head down the street to Oxalis. This Prospect Heights bistro and the only time we'd ever like to have a tasting menu at brunch. Every Sunday you can get seasonal dishes like fried eggs with grilled greens and salsa verde, yogurt turned green with fig leaves and a cinnamon roll, as well as a few a la carte options. 

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  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 1 of 4

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Canadian
  • Greenpoint

The flapjacks here are elevated without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Expects sweet and salty notes, as well as a velvety taste thanks to the extra eggs yolks. And don’t skimp on the Normandy butter and malty Vermont maple syrup.

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  • Restaurants
  • Moroccan
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

The 75-seat outpost of the East Village original (which sadly shuttered) is outfitted with colorful tiles and reclaimed wood, in Williamsburg. A back herb garden growing rosemary, thyme and mint supplies the kitchen, which puts out signature dishes like a lamb tagine with dried apricots and prunes, a Greek salad crowned with za'atar croutons, and Middle Eastern eggs (tabouli, hummus, pita and chopped salad with eggs any style).

  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • price 1 of 4

At this pioneering Bed-Stuy restaurant, owners Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman (both of the Smoke Joint) ably merge two trends—Greenmarket and upscale Southern. Appetizers emphasize salads, like the toss of watermelon, arugula and spicy pickled ginger. The rest of the menu hews closer to Cajun and Creole: a juicy half chicken sports a salt-and-chili rub, and garlicky shrimp with tomato gravy are served over fluffy grits.

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Walter's
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Fort Greene
  • price 2 of 4

Dig into lobster bucatini, fried chicken with spicy honey or a French dip sandwich. To drink, choose from classic cocktails, like the aviation, dark and stormy, or Pimm's cup. There's a speakeasy behind it called Karasu.

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • price 2 of 4

So much about brunch is centered on gossiping about last night, but sometimes you just want to eat alone. If so, head to this healthy-ish all-day Mediterranean café, where you can sit at the counter and nibble on Levant brunch options, such as cauliflower chermoula or our favorite, the eggplant menemen with crispy egg and saffron yogurt.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Boerum Hill
  • price 2 of 4

Named after Ottawan folk hero Louis Seymour, this French-inspired bistro dishes out smoked sardines with dulse-butter rye toast, foie gras–and-country-ham terrine and flounder grenobloise (in brown-butter–caper sauce). Find French and American wines in the 50-seat spot—furbished with a brass-backed mahogany bar, marble tables and brown banquettes—as well as classic cocktails.

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