Known for its tree-lined streets, old brownstones, and know-your-neighbor vibe, Carroll Gardens has emerged as one of Brooklyn’s most popular neighborhoods for restaurants with a casual vibe, and it’s one of our favorite NYC areas for brunch. We list 10 great spots to try here.
Nestled on Carroll Garden’s popular Court Street, Buttermilk Channel is considered one the best brunch spots in all of Brooklyn. Known for its Southern-inspired menu and hearty, homestyle dishes, the atmosphere is casual and interactive. If you’re feeling especially indulgent, try the pecan pie French toast with bourbon, molasses and toasted pecans.
Frankies Spuntino is owned by two cool guys both named Frank. This Carroll Gardens favorite is described as an ‘Italian social club,’ and it feels cozy yet hip with brick-walls and a tin ceiling. Serving seasonally inspired Italian food, guests can expect frequent updates to the menu.
If you have an affinity for bottomless mimosas, then Vekslers, on the border of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, is the place for you. The tavern-like atmosphere is hip yet intimate, and the food selection won’t disappoint.
Prime Meats, the Italian farm-to-table restaurant, is known for hearty, rustic dishes. Standouts on the brunch menu are the spicy Bloody Mary and Bloody Maria, a mix of tequila, lime, fresh horseradish, spices, tomato juice, and Stumptown espresso. The ambience is casual and hip, and there’s al fresco seating along the street.
Ideal for Mexican-food lovers, Bar Bruno is modeled after European and Mexican cafeterias and bars of the 1960s. The menu offers classic Mexican brunch plates like huevos Rancheros and huevos a la Condesa, but is best known for its ensenada fish tacos. Wash it all down with their famous Micheladas while sitting at one of the hip sidewalk dining tables, and you’re in brunch heaven.
Caputo’s Fine Foods is Carroll Gardens’ beloved, family-owned Italian specialty foods store and deli. And while it’s most famous for its fresh mozzarella, you can also grab an on-the-go ‘brunch’ from Caputo’s. Think: filled-on-the-spot cannolis or meaty sandwiches made with fresh bread from the Italian bakery down the street.
Carroll Gardens may be known as one of Brooklyn’s oldest Italian enclaves, but The Park Bench Café & Crêperie adds a Parisian café experience to the neighborhood. The casual atmosphere is especially welcoming to families, and it’s a great spot for a quick bite. Offering an ample selection of crêpes, both sweet and savory, as well as Liege waffles, croissants, donuts, and gelato for dessert, there’s something for every one here.
The brunch menu at La Cigogne covers all the bases. La Cigogne specializes in traditional Alsatian cuisine (a mix of French and German dishes and flavors). The setting is also ideal for large groups; kickback and relax near the fireplace or sit at the bar where a large selection of Alsatian beers, wines, and cocktails are within reach.
Large windows span from floor to ceiling offering an airy and light-filled atmosphere at Dover, one of Carroll Gardens more upscale dining options. Most meal portions are on the smaller side but are cooked to perfection. The cocktail list is plentiful and boasts a deliciously ice-cold-yet-spicy Bloody Mary to keep you cool on hot summer days.
Passersbys are lured in by the mouthwatering scent of freshly baked scones and the adorable storefront of Café 11231. If you’re in the mood for delicious pastries served with fresh fruit and a dollop of whip cream or an organic ice cold smoothie, this is the spot for you. While a hit with vegetarians and health-conscious diners, Café 11231 also has plenty of delicious options for the meat lovers in your party.