The secret’s out: Brooklyn’s Greenpoint brings the same cool – with less of a crowd – as its sister neighborhood, Williamsburg. Begin your weekend the Brooklynite way:with a sometimes quirky, always quality, brunch at a no-fail neighborhood spot. This Saturday, join Greenpoint’s crowd of late rising locals for the 10 best brunches around.
Image Courtesy of Five Leaves
Image Courtesy of Five Leaves
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New York’s brunch cult knows that Five Leaves’ extensive breakfast, lunch, and ‘in between’ menus are the perfect fix for those midmorning cravings. Serving both sweet and savory menu items, including ricotta pancakes, duck pot pie, and freshly shucked oysters, Five Leaves offers Instagram-worthy dishes for every appetite. Because nothing says ‘New York’ like oysters for brunch.
The words ‘brunch spot’ and ‘relaxing’ may seem incompatible to New Yorkers, but Brooklyn’s Milk and Roses delivers creative Italian fare in a Pinterest-perfect environment. Burrata-orange tartines, Italian tea sandwiches and gingersnap pancakes are just a sampling of the restaurant’s decadent menu options. If you’re not hungry, even a small Americano enjoyed in the gorgeous backyard patio feels like an indulgent dining experience.
Anella has perfected the savory brunch item. From prosciutto and cheddar omelets to country ham, jalapeño-honey fried chicken to skirt steak and eggs, this New American joint hits the sweet or savory spot with each visit. Be sure to come back after hours to experience Anella’s fan favorite dinner menu.
Enjoy the taste of summer all year long at Lobster Joint, a Greenpoint gem serving seafood dishes so fresh and flavorful you’ll forget the temperature outside. With the joint’s lobster huevos rancheros, fried oyster scramble, and fluffy crab and asparagus omelet, your mood will be sunny on even the coldest winter day.
At Jungle Cafe, patrons enjoy a brunch buffet of meat-free fare that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the body. The café’s flavorful tofu scramble, inventive veggie dishes, and good-for-you grains are sure to please even the most devoted carnivore in your crew.
Known mostly for its generous oyster happy hour, The Bounty also offers a solid brunch menu to make your mornings happy, too. Mascarpone-topped corn cakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, and pineapple-kimchi fried rice round out the restaurant’s exciting menu of unexpected options. Ask one of The Bounty’s loyal locals, and they’ll tell you it’s not just for nights anymore.
Jumpstart your weekend with flavorful Spanish cuisine from El Born, an intimate neighborhood spot for traditional tapas and Barcelona vibes. With El Born’s crispy Brussels sprouts and Serrano ham, individually-sized paella, and paprika-grilled octopus, the days of plain old pancakes are so passé.
Serving up French food with a distinct New York flavor, Le Fond delivers unforgettable fare worth braving the G train for. The restaurant’s pesto soft-scrambled eggs, mussels with house-made ricotta, and fried chicken with polenta are almost too pretty to eat – but we’re sure you’ll find a way. With its innovative menu items, inviting farmhouse interior, and passionate service, Le Fond is a welcome addition to our side of the pond.
When looking for your next brunch fix, a Korean barbecue joint may not immediately come to mind. At Greenpoint’s Little Dokebi, traditional and offbeat Korean meals are on the menu, which features spicy ginger fried chicken tacos, bulgogi bibimbap, and corn and barley tea.
Brunch like royalty at Glasserie, where a Mediterranean mezze feast awaits each weekend. Hazelnut bread with crème fraîche, lamb pies and yogurt, and olive-feta puff pastries will start your Saturday off right on a decadent and delicious note. With Glasserie’s breathtaking interior and can’t miss brunch and dinner menus, you may have just found your new go-to restaurant.