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The 22 best brunch spots in Brooklyn

Sip coffee and mimosas with sweet and savory plates that marry breakfast and lunch at Brooklyn's best brunch spots.

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Brunch is not only dining’s greatest portmanteau, it’s also its most excellent meal, tied with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snackie hour, of course. It’s also the weekend’s premier social event, way better than date night. Brunch is all about gossip, yolk-based sauces and drinking before noon, and New York City does it better than anywhere else in the world. Brooklyn has an especially strong hold on the genre, too, with oodles of options to fill your sweet, 48 weekend hours with excellent things to eat and drink. 

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Brooklyn brunches we loved so much 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
  • Prospect Heights

Some of the dinner items that keep us coming back (trout rillette, charred lemon skillet mussels) are also available on Leland’s brunch menu, plus a few you can only get during the weekend’s primest time to dine. Brunch-only bites include SECs on Hawaiian rolls with pickled jalapeños, crispy squid sandwiches and babka French toast. It’s also the best time to grab excellent baked goods like Leland’s own sourdough cinnamon buns. 

  • Restaurants
  • Crown Heights

This sensational newcomer opened late last year with a wonderful daytime menu, exceptional pastries and a cozy, comfortable environment that feels like a particularly stylish matriarch's kitchen. The wide-ranging "country club plate," which includes cured salmon, chicken liver mousse, a deviled egg, pickles, spelt crakers and smoked sable butter might be one of the best menu items in all of brunch creation. 

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  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Cobble Hill
  • price 2 of 4

Light Olde Weste elements give popular Henry Public a mild saloon patina by way of Brooklyn. Its handsome outdoor dining shed is visible from half a block away, and its bar and back dining room are more broadly wood themed. The substantial bacon egg and cheese is available in a few forms, in addition to more eggs any way and the best turkey leg sandwich you’ll ever have. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Gowanus
  • price 3 of 4

Claro’s short rib chilaquiles are some of the best we’ve had in NYC, and they happen to be available on its three course prix fixe. Other options include masa pancakes and mole rojo turkey leg, plus your choice of appetizers like aguachile and empanadas and desserts like churros and chocolate mole cake. 

  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Billed as a Nikkei izakaya, Koko's opened late last year. Its ambiance and Japanese-Peruvian plates invite sharing and, as with some other favorite recent openings, it feels like a party you’re actually happy to attend. The dinner menu's show-stealing ceviche is on the brunch menu, too, along with matcha waffles with crispy pollo and an avocado Benedict. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 1 of 4

For food with a view, hike two flights to Alma’s rooftop. It’s so nice that people sometimes get a little too close trying to snap a shot if you’re sitting by the windows, and it would be a terrible place to have an affair, since you’re bound to end up in the background of like 100 candids. But its terrific fish tacos, enchiladas, hot sauces and margaritas might ignite a new kind of spark. 

  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Santo Parque's pão de queijo is marvellous any time of day, and the cheesy bun is right at the top of the large, lofty spot's brunch menu. Get some for the table while you choose between mac and cheese empanadas, eggs any way, or Waguy burgers, or keep the PDQ party going paired with lox or as the base of a Benedict. 

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

This chic, twinkly Atlantic Avenue destination is crisp and comfortable inside and back on it's patio. A tutular egg dish, crème brûlée French toast, scrambles and salads are among the brunch items, along with the traditional spiked morning beverages.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Greenpoint
  • price 2 of 4

This Bedford Avenue corner classic's been known to get busy at brunch time, populated from its sidewalk seats into the dining room. The waits are worth it for Moroccan scrambles with merguez and the "Big Breakky" with eggs, hash browns, toast and two sides like bacon or chorizo. 

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  • Things to do
  • Coney Island

You only have a few more opportunities to book one of the most interesting brunches in the business before reservations close for the season. The Brooklyn Cyclones’ rooftop series pops up on game day Sundays from now through September 4. Tickets are $49 for unlimited bloody Marys, mimosas and beer, croissant sliders, hash browns, fruit, yogurt and a unique perspective on Maimonides Park and surrounding Coney Island. 

  • Restaurants
  • Greenpoint

A cutie of a nautically-appointed newcomer, Stowaway is awash in natural light and soothing hues. It also features some real winning combinations, like the "shoreline" breakfast: One pancake, a couple of eggs, hashbrowns and a choice of bacon or sausage. The "hen house" variation removes the potatoes and adds a fried chicken thigh. An abundance of breakfast sandwiches are also available for variety that demands return visits. 

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

This Bed-Stuy restaurant celebrates flavors of the American south. Choose from smoked chicken and sausage gumbo, oven baked grits and po' boys. Peaches also has a selection of all-day brunch items.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Fort Greene
  • price 2 of 4

BECs, fried chicken and lobster rolls are all on the menu at cozy Walter's. The cute neighborhood spot's classic cocktails include the aviation, dark and stormy, and Pimm's cup. There's also speakeasy-themed bar called Karasu in the back.

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

When you've stopped chasing the hair of the dog, set your patience and see if you can't squeeze in at Court Street Grocers. The casual, counter service spot has a long list of the best sandwiches on the block, and plenty of visitors to prove it. 

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Crown Heights

Conveniently situated within striking distance of Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Garden, Oxalis is an easy add to any itinerary. Seasonal dishes in the bright, airy space might include fried eggs with grilled greens and salsa verde, yogurt with fig leaves and cinnamon rolls.  

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Pilar Cuban Eatery
  • Restaurants
  • Cuban
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • price 2 of 4

This family-run restaurant in Bedford-Stuyvesant is named for Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat. Order classic pressed Cuban sandwiches served with plantain chips and sip soft drinks like the pineapple-flavored Jupiña, or the cafe con leche especial: A sweet combination of Café Bustelo espresso and condensed milk.

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  • Restaurants
  • Canadian
  • Greenpoint

Chez Ma Tante's pancakes are among some of the best in town, with sweet and salty notes and a velvety texture thanks to extra eggs yolks. Slathered in Normandy butter and doused in malty Vermont maple syrup, they bring dessert to the brunch table. Pâté varieties, cured salmon and quiche are among the savory options. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Moroccan
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

The 75-seat Williamsburg outpost of the East Village original is outfitted with colorful tiles and reclaimed wood. A back herb garden full of rosemary, thyme and mint supplies the kitchen, which spins signature dishes like a lamb tagine with dried apricots and prunes, a Greek salad crowned with za'atar croutons and Middle Eastern eggs any way.

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

So much about brunch revolves around groups, but Golda's especially suited to parties of one. When you've got a date with number one, this Mediterranean café's counter is your top spot for cauliflower chermoula, eggplant menemen with crispy egg and saffron yogurt.

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