What used to be an unassuming, quiet area is now filled with vibrant energy and hungry people. Make Downtown Brooklyn your newest culinary destination with these top local brunch spots.
Myrtle and Gold
If your perfect brunch meal consists of freshly-baked Balthazar baguettes or pulled-pork eggs Benedict, you’ve come to the right place. Myrtle and Gold provides quality, photogenic plates in a rustic interior, fitting right in with the borough’s well-known hipster culture. Come and try their inspired twists on brunch classics, and you’re sure to become a weekend regular.
Myrtle and Gold, 343 Gold Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 858 8178
Œufs Benedict/Eggs benedict| © Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin/flickr
While you never need an excuse for a boozy brunch, if there ever was one, it’s this: medicinal cocktails. Bijan’s not only offers brunch classics such as eggs and bacon or brunch options with a twist such as saffron semolina pancakes, it offers cocktails with medicinal herbs. So stop by for your weekend brunch and a rejuvenating kick on Sunday morning.
Bijan’s, 81 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 855 5574
Bacchus Bistrot a Vins
Fittingly named after the god of wine, this bistro and wine bar offers, unsurprisingly, a fantastic wine selection, alongside French classics such as Bénédicte au crabe: a glorious dish of crab cakes, eggs Benedict, and hash browns. So if you’re in the market for a traditional French brunch, come to Bacchus Bistrot a Vins for classics such as the Croque Monsieur and the cornflake-crusted French toast.
Bacchus Bistro a Vins, 409-411 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 646 419 5457
Crab Cake | © Ralph Daily/Flickr
Best known for their colossal slices of incredible cheesecake, Junior’s Restaurant is the place to go when you want dessert for breakfast. Each breakfast dish comes with a choice of beverage, and depending on what you get, it also comes with eggs, a slice of tomato, home fries, and grits. Whether you build your own brunch or pick from the chef’s specialities section, Junior’s is sure to satisfy your cravings.
Junior’s Restaurant, 386 Flatbush Avenue, Extension Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 852 5257
Sometimes, your first meal of the day needs to be hearty and creamy, which is exactly what Forno Rosso is doing with their brunch menu. While their menu is less extensive, each dish is protein-rich and perfectly rustic. From pancetta to steak and good old carbonara, Forno Rosso has a vintage, old-world feel, perfect for digging into a Pizza Bismark or pancetta e uove.
Forno Roso, 327 Gold Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 451 3800
Mmm… spaghetti carbonara | © Jeffreyw/Flickr
There aren’t too many Afro-Caribbean brunch places to choose from in Brooklyn, which is the perfect reason to pay Amarachi a visit. The brunch menu is split into four sections: drinks, morning essentials, Sunday proper, and redzone munchees. If you’re after a ‘morning essential’ you can find the likes of steak and eggs or chicken and waffles, but most importantly, bottomless mimosas served in a carafe. The menu offers classic brunch options alongside fusion dishes such as the spicy Fisherman Stew.
Amarchi, 189 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 222 1010
Bar, Charcuterie, Seafood
An oyster bar isn’t the usual go-to spot for brunch, but Grand Army is likely to change that. From oysters to crab legs, shrimp cocktail, or a seafood mix, Grand Army meets all of your needs. Not in the mood for seafood? Try the dandelion greens, summer squash toast, or a charcuterie board.
Grand Army, 336 State Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 422 7867
Wine and Cheese Platter – © Jordan Johnson/Flickr
La Défense has eight different cocktails. Better yet, there’s outdoor seating, so you can enjoy those bellini and ricotta pancakes with a view of Downtown Brooklyn. If you’re feeling luxurious, opt for the pistachio-crusted salmon. The restaurant’s Parisian cafe vibe is sure to complete your lazy weekend morning.
La Défense, 2 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 855 4200