10 Best Brunch Spots in Brooklyn Heights

Photo of Courtney Antonioli
24 April 2017

For New Yorkers who love to eat, Brooklyn Heights is one of the best places to get your brunch on. With long-time dining staples and new up-and-coming spots, there an outstanding variety of restaurants with flavors from all over the world. This area also boasts some of the best views Brooklyn has to offer. These restaurants, along with the many after-eating opportunities for walks, art, and sunshine, make Brooklyn Heights a top destination for food lovers. We check out the ten best places to get a spot of brekky in Brooklyn Heights.

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Offering an alternative to the typical American brunch, Teresa’s authentic Polish menu makes for a fun internationally flavored dining experience. For over a decade, this restaurant has been serving up some of the best eggs Benedict, blintzes, pierogis, and challah or babka bread Brooklyn has to offer. Owner and Chef Teresa Brzozowska, for whom the restaurant was named after, brings this northern-European country style establishment to life. From the breezy atmosphere inside, to the endless brunch options on the menu, this affordable and tasty restaurant is sure to please.

Iris Café

Bar, Bistro, Cafe, American, Irish, $$$
Iris Café
Iris Café | © Jackie Goldman
A Brooklyn Heights staple since it was opened in 2009 by two brothers, this café is considered a hidden gem by residents. Nestled on the corner of a cobblestone street, Iris Café has a rotating menu of seasonally driven foods and cocktails. An intimate restaurant and bar, it allows for either the quick pick-up of coffee or a long lazy brunch with friends. Patrons can choose from something light, like the avocado toast or house made ricotta, or go bigger with the house-made French toast with cinnamon butter and maple syrup or smoked salmon. Once finished, Iris Café is not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge for a nice after-meal walk.


If looking for an upscale brunch option, this Brooklyn Heights favorite is the place to try. The expansive space, filled with long wooden tables and greens growing along the walls, has an open kitchen and if given the chance, guests should try and get a spot at the wrap around counter to watch the Chefs work while they eat. The menu falls into different types of categories, with all the traditional American staples and a few new ones too, like shrimp and grits and decadent duck hash. Be sure to save room to share the Basket O’ Donuts, a basket of five house-made donuts right out of the oven.

Blue Berry Pancakes | © ninacoco/Flickrcommons

Clark’s Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
This no frills, down-to-earth restaurant serves up large portions and large flavors. Clark’s Restaurant has something for everyone and is sure to leave you wanting more. Regular’s favorites include the corned beef hash and gravy, chocolate chip pancakes, the Clark’s breakfast (potato pancakes, poached eggs, and avocado all topped off with hollandaise), and the big breakfast with a side of brioche French toast. Not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge, you can even walk off the food coma.

Happy Days Diner

For the early risers, the Happy Days Diner is a 24 hour diner located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. This affordable menu with an extensive variety of options that can accommodate all kinds of eaters can satisfy everyone. The menu is filled with food that feels like it has been cooked at home—Belgian Waffles, sausage, eggs, bacon, has browns, eggs over easy, and so many more combinations.

Atrium Dumbo

Located not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge, this classic European inspired restaurant boasts a diverse menu of fresh, seasonal items. Head Chef Laurent curates his menu based on his southern French upbringing, infusing the entire menu with a French-American twist. The menu includes three kinds of egg dishes and classics like chicken and waffles and their Black Angus burger. Leave room to check out their peanut butter ice cream and homemade brioche doughnuts. With floor to ceiling windows, walls covered in lush green vegetation, and expansive ceilings, Atrium Dumbo provides an amazing view of the bridge, water and Manhattan, all while eating brunch. In addition, make sure to check in with Master Sommelier Alexander LaPratt for the best pairings of Atrium Dumbo’s hand-crafted cocktails, wine, and beer paired with your dish.

Brunch eggs and pancakes | © kacdyc/Flickrcommons

Height’s Café

Heights Café has all the best qualities of your favorite local hangout spot- fun staff, locally sourced drinks, good seating, and a cozy atmosphere. Serving great food in Brooklyn Heights since 1994, this long-time brunch staple has been a favorite among diners for the last 20 years. The café, a few blocks from the Brooklyn Promenade, sells a variety of American cuisine: the classic Caesar salad, granola with fresh berries, poached and Florentine eggs, buttermilk pancakes and French toast, and Maine lobster roll. In the summer time guests can sit outside and get a better view of all the outdoor action.

Height’s Café, 84 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA + 1 718 625 5555

Grand Canyon Restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
This classic American diner has something for everyone. Excellent burgers, pancakes of all kinds, wrap, omelets, and so much more are available. Come prepared to eat, Grand Canyon Restaurant has large portion sizes that are sure to fill you up. This casual restaurant is ideal for brunch for people who need a little something for everyone.

Caffe Buon Gusto

The Brooklyn Heights location of Caffe Buon Gusto is one of three New York locations. Everything on the menu is well-made with a variety of options, from small and light to big and heavy choices satisfying all kinds of appetites They open early on the weekends if you are an early riser.

Caffe Buon Gusto, 151 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, + 1 718 624 3838

Thai Brunch | © Whitefield_d/Flickr
Thai Brunch | © Whitefield_d/Flickrcommons


Restaurant, Thai, $$$
A local Brooklyn Heights eating spot, Lantern Thai Kitchen provides the alternative to the traditional continental breakfast. The sleek interior provides a quite ambiance and brunch atmosphere while guests sit, relax, and talk during brunch. Lantern has a variety of options for individuals who are vegetarian and vegan and who may have food allergies as well. From Green Mango Salad, to the popular Pad Thai and Crispy Basil Duck options, this laid back restaurant is a good choice for diners shying away from a ‘pancakes and French toast’ kind of experience.

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