Weekend brunch is a cultural phenomenon in New York City that everyone enjoys. As new restaurants appear monthly and old standbys change menus, deciding where to venture can be a daunting weekend task. Take a look at our list of 10 establishments for breakfast and brunch in Brooklyn, NYC.
An excursion to the acclaimed Vinegar Hill House, nestled away from Brooklyn crowds in the Navy Yards, will not disappoint. Their warm interior, which offers limited seating at only 40 spots, is the epitome of cozy, with classic homely accents that exude a welcoming demeanor. Vinegar Hill House offers a seasonal menu with changing fare, but one can always expect to find their consistently praised sourdough pancakes and a range of innovative egg dishes that incorporate exotic accents such as fennel or chili. Arrive early for a chance to sit in their quaint outdoor area under a cherry tree or make a reservation.
Nestled in the up and coming Brooklyn neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Aita serves fresh and inspired nouveau Italian cuisine. Opened by Chef Roberto Aita and friends, this cozy spot exudes an inviting, rustic elegance that allows patrons to linger in the homely ambiance. Offering traditional breakfast fare as well as a few signature pasta dishes, Aita has claimed a spot on the Brooklyn brunch scene with innovative creations such as their buttermilk blueberry pancakes with ricotta-lemon cream and crispy oyster Benedict with béarnaise sauce. Expect seasonal changes that incorporate the freshest fruits and vegetables sourced from the city’s green markets.
Buttermilk Channel has become a brunch staple in the bustling Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. Named after the mile long tidal strait between Governor’s Island and Brooklyn, this popular spot serves sophisticated Southern American fare with Italian influences. Pair one of their renowned bloody Marys with crispy fried chicken or eggs huntington – poached eggs, buttermilk biscuits, Benton’s country ham, and hollandaise – for a brunch that will satisfy until dinnertime.
Existing somewhere between a French bistro and American diner, Café Luluc’s unassuming exterior hides a lively brunch crowd that settles into the 1950s Parisian interior for a relaxed weekend meal. They are consistently praised as having the best pancakes in New York, but offer a menu serving everything from pulled pork and burger to fresh cheese tortellini and lamb brochette. Despite their consistent crowds, Café Luluc combats the rushed nature of city brunch by offering an array of magazines for diners to enjoy.
Offering rustic Northern Italian cuisine in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill, Rucola offers a farm-to-table experience in their ground floor restaurant outfitted with reclaimed wood and rustic furnishings. Inspired by the slow food movement, they offer a seasonally changing menu of regionally sourced meats and vegetables. The brunch menu offers savory fare, like their delicious crispy potato hash browns with smoked salmon, cucumber salad, and sour cream, and sweet staples such as Nutella French toast with banana and chopped hazelnuts.
On a corner in Greenpoint sits the casual restaurant Five Leaves. Their nautically themed interior (the bar is shaped like a prow and maritime scenes adorn marble table tops) imbue the space with a relaxed, new age ambiance. Using fresh, local ingredients their menu offers an array of seasonal American Nouveau cuisine that showcases their innovative attitude. Try their noted Moroccan scramble with merguez sausage, spiced chickpeas, and crushed avocado or melt-in-your-mouth ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter. This popular brunch spot also offers a quick coffee window for waiting patrons, commuters, and neighborhood residents.
Park Slope’s favorite brunch spot, Rose Water, is known for their seasonally changing menu that uses the freshest local ingredients. Friendly, knowledgeable servers augment Rosewater’s charming ambiance, making diners feel at home in this neighborhood hot spot. Their front patio covered in plants provides an outdoor oasis in the summer as well as in the winter, when Rosewater sets up heaters and blankets. Try their baked polenta with goat’s cheese, poached eggs, escarole, and roasted cherry tomato vinaigrette, or peach buttermilk pancakes with roasted plum butter. Their consistently praised food, friendly wait staff and reasonable prices keeps locals coming back for more.
Opened by Josh Foster and Josh Grinker, childhood friends who grew up in Park Slope, Stone Park Café prides itself on providing this popular Brooklyn neighborhood with superb seasonal food in a rustic, charming ambiance. Large windows flood patrons in natural light while they enjoy brunch classics with a contemporary twist. Their pan-seared bluefish cakes with celery root slaw, poached eggs, and caper hollandaise are a crowd favorite, while their granola parfait delights with its fresh simplicity. Due to local popularity and food that never disappoints, Stone Park Café has received accolades from The New York Times, and The Huffington Post.
As Cobble Hill’s local Italian market/restaurant, Brucie offers delicious brunch fare to neighborhood residents and city foodies. Their eclectic, rustic charm and quaint outdoor seating area exude a welcoming Brooklyn ambiance that illustrates Brucie’s relaxed charm. This laid back attitude makes their daily changing menu a delicious feat of culinary prowess. If available, do not miss their peach, ricotta, and cucumber sandwich or soft boiled eggs with tuna, asparagus, beats, chickpeas and radishes. For an Italian taste, try their meatball parmigiana, which will surely incite a dinner visit. Their neighborhood popularity earned them a spot on the Brooklyn Magazine list of places to become a regular.
Serving classy comfort food in hip Williamsburg, The Brooklyn Star draws a loyal weekend brunch crowd. Their rustic-chic interior exudes a relaxed ambiance that complements an innovative menu offering contemporary Southern cuisine. Their masa cakes with chorizo, black beans, and poached eggs are a standout dish that showcase chef Joaquin Baca’s ability to fuse traditional fare with a modern twist. The cinnamon buns, mac and cheese with bacon, and shrimp and grits are other local favorites that illustrate Baca’s consistency and innovation. Their location away from hectic Bedford Avenue and a hard hitting Bloody Bull – vodka, bloody Mary mix, beef broth, and pickled beans – ensure Brooklyn Star’s neighborhood clout.