New York’s most talked about borough long stepped out of Manhattan’s shadow to become a must-hit dining destination in its own right, and at no time does that seem more true than on Saturdays and Sundays, when Kings County dwellers are on the hunt for the best brunch in Brooklyn. Whether you want Bloody Marys at bottomless brunch in Bushwick or tricked-out pancakes in Park Slope, here’s where to find the best weekend-morning (or late afternoon, if you’re still nursing that hangover) meals in Brooklyn.
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One of our favorite parts of the New York food scene is how food cultures evolve and blend in this deliciously diverse city. Chef-owner Akhtar Nawab felt distinct similarities between the cuisines of Mexico and India—his parents’ native country. Having grown up learning to cook with his mother as his culinary inspiration, for Alta Calidad he created a marriage of the two cuisines with exciting flavors and satisfying standout dishes. Located in Prospect Heights, the bright and airy space is ideal for both lunches and brunches, only to transform into a dimly-lit intimate neighborhood locale at night.
Middle Eastern food is having its moment in NYC and we're here for it. Employing tangy yogurt, fragrant spices, zippy chilies and heaps of fresh herbs to build layers of flavors in complex dishes, it’s a cuisine that deserves to be celebrated, especially in New York. Miss Ada is at the forefront of this wave, serving some of the best Israeli cuisine in town. On the weekends, head over for Blechman’s brunch offerings, including heavenly Yemenite pastries.
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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.
If last night went, um, well, take your new “friend” here: They’re sure to be impressed that you know about this clandestine Japanese brunch spot, hidden behind a nondescript door in a windowless wall. House of Small Wonder is perfectly named, with a small, enchanting tree sprouting at the center of the greenhouse of it has a romantic (but not too romantic) way to start the morning after.
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.
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 hoagies—every table is delighted to a bowl of free cheesepuffs. Decorations evoke a modern diner feel, with paintings by Willis' grandfather.
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.
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.
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 ($9), kabocha squash oatmeal ($12) and green egg and ham ($13). Many dishes are offered has half-portions so you can taste a little bit of everything.
Yes, you may have to wait an excrutiating amount of time to get a table at Five Leaves. And, yes, those truffle fries are worth it.
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.
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.
The flapjacks here are elevated without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Expects sweet and saltynotes, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The nonprofit culinary school and restaurant providing training to refugees is one of the borough's most lovely restaurants. Brunch includes pulled lamb on pita, tamarind BBQ wings, black eyed pea hummus and shakshuka. Finish it all of with pistachio bread pudding.
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.