The Best Places to Get a Late Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York

Brunch | © Kyle Van Horn / Flickr
Brunch | © Kyle Van Horn / Flickr
Photo of Tillie Adelson
Blogger18 March 2017

“A late breakfast” is really brunch, and Joanne Crawford pegged the origins of brunch early on saying: “Brunch was invented by Americans because they didn’t wake up in time for breakfast…” So wise, Joanne. Yes, because everyone chose to oversleep, brunch is now a wildly popular activity – yes, it’s an activity, and no one is mad about it. The hip neighborhoods of Brooklyn know how to do brunch, so Culture Trip has selected the best places to get a late breakfast, a.k.a. brunch, in the area.

Five Leaves

Restaurant, Bar, Brasserie, Australian, American, $$$
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Five Leaves, Brooklyn
Five Leaves, Brooklyn | Courtesy of Five Leaves

Five Leaves is a Greenpoint eatery that continues in Heath Ledger’s memory and is a perfect place to get a late breakfast (brunch) in Brooklyn. Just as Ledger envisioned it, it has a hip and cool Australian vibe and has become a wildly popular place to eat. Situated where Williamsburg and Greenpoint meet, there are a lot of places to visit after your leisurely meal.

Sweetwater Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, French, North American, $$$
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Sweetwater Restaurant
Sweetwater Restaurant | © Tillie Adelson

This cool old-school bar/parlor is also an excellent place to grab brunch. From steak and eggs to clams in garlic sauce, there are several options at Sweetwater Restaurant, and they’re all so tasty. The coffee happens to taste like it has chocolate in it, and the Bloody Mary is just the right mix of tomato juice and vodka. They also have a garden in the back of the restaurant that is perfect for a summer afternoon of brunching outside and drinking rosé. This old-school institution in Williamsburg is not to be missed.

Buttermilk Channel

Restaurant, Cafe, North American, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Buttermilk Pancake at Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto
Buttermilk Pancake at Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto | © Jun Seita/Flickr
Buttermilk Channel is a favorite American breakfast spot in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood and is a perfect place to bring the family to brunch. Also, you can’t really go wrong considering the restaurant has “buttermilk” in the name. It’s also an excellent opportunity to explore a new part of Brooklyn!


Pizzeria, Restaurant, Bakery, Italian, $$$
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Opened in early 2008, Roberta's since earned two Michelin stars and has come to embody everything loved about Bushwick / Brooklyn food scene.
Opened in early 2008, Roberta's since earned two Michelin stars and has come to embody everything loved about Bushwick / Brooklyn food scene. | © PP.Pook / Shutterstock
Roberta’s is partially responsible for the uptick in visits to Bushwick, thanks to its grimey cool look (because it’s cool to be grimey now – thanks, Lena Dunham) and its delicious pizza. Manhanttanite’s are flocking to Roberta’s; not only because of cool vibes and the food but also mainly to say they’ve eaten and been to Brooklyn. From the salivating porn food photos, it’s certainly worth the trip.


Restaurant, North American, American, $$$
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Eggs benedict
Eggs benedict | © Tillie Adelson

Tucked a little deeper into Brooklyn is the homey eatery known as Walter’s. It has all the makings of an old-school Brooklyn restaurant: it’s as if Walter is still slinging the pancakes on the griddle. Located in Fort Greene, it’s an excellent place to grab brunch and see a new neighborhood.

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