A destination for shopping and the arts, Williamsburg has also morphed into a foodie’s paradise. With restaurants of all cuisines, from Moroccan to Vietnamese, Soul Food to fine French, this place has something to offer every palate. After wandering the Williamsburg Flea or taking in the sites at East River State Park, get your brunch fix at any of these 10 Williamsburg haunts.
On the corner of Berry and North 9th is Café Colette, a relaxing spot where you can unwind with a cup of coffee or catch up with a group of friends. Built and designed by owner Zeb Stewart of Hotel Delmano and Union Pool, Cafe Colette brings forth the best of New American cuisine, incorporating flavors from Italy, Central America, Spain and more. Their breakfast sandwich, made with locally-sourced ingredients, or an order of their French toast from within their sun-drenched dining area is the perfect way to start any morning.
Café Mogador brings wonderful Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine to Williamsburg. A family-owned and operated establishment, Café Mogador has become synonymous with delicious food and great vibes over the years. Their Saturday and Sunday brunch menu includes traditional dishes with a Middle Eastern twist, including Moroccan eggs benedict, haloumi eggs, tabbouleh and grilled salmon niçoise.
Opened in a vintage 1920s Kullman train car on New Years Eve in 1999, Diner has been serving up delicious food to the local community ever since. With an ever-changing menu, waitresses attentively recite the day’s meal options, contributing to the old-time feel of the establishment. Tasty dishes such as mushroom frittata, biscuits and gravy and prime rib may be some of your meal choices for the day. Diner is situated just steps from the Williamsburg Bridge, a great place to stroll after your meal during the warmer months.
House of Small Wonder, Brooklyn | Image Courtesy of Juliette
House of Small Wonder
Just a short walk from the Bedford Avenue subway station, House of Small Wonder is a quaint and cozy café retreat offering simple yet delicious brunch options with a Japanese twist. Their menu, which includes organic egg scramble and avocado with goat cheese on multigrain bread, also features inspired dishes such as Sashimi Zuke Don (sashimi marinated in soy sauce with avocado, sweet mushrooms, and egg served over sushi rice) and Okinawan Taco Rice (pork, chopped vegetables, cheese and a fried egg with rice). In addition to the impressive fusion menu, House of Small Wonder also offers outdoor seating, where visitors can lounge among ash trees under a greenhouse roof.
Located just a few short blocks from Williamsburg’s McCarren Park, Juliette is a charming haunt adorned with antique Parisian accents. The floor-to-ceiling windows, large dining area and spacious rooftop garden, complete with outdoor bar, contribute to the many reasons why Juliette is worth a visit. The menu is varied, offering plates such as Dutch pancakes with lemon zest and crème fraiche as well as grass-fed beef burgers with pommes frites, so everyone is sure to find something they will love.
Marlow & Sons is a little gem on Broadway, located just over the Williamsburg Bridge and a short walk from Bedford Avenue’s many attractions. Whether you’re in the mood for something light such as a scone with cream and jam or you’re looking to go all out with their poached eggs and biscuits, Marlow & Sons has something for everyone. Their menu changes daily, so you can easily become a repeat customer.
Since opening on North 9th and Berry in 2007, Miranda Restaurant chefs and owners Sasha and Mauricio Miranda have been serving up healthy, locally-sourced Latin American and Italian fusion food. Huevos con mole (eggs sunny-side up with mashed black beans and mole) and noqui-verde (potato and kale dumplings, squash, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, sweet peas and garlic), served with a variety of house-made sodas, are just a couple of the treats found on their menu. Housed in a 120-year-old building, Miranda Restaurant was refurbished using sustainable materials and the owners continue to use energy-efficient equipment in the kitchen. Just two blocks from the East River, Miranda is a great place to stop for brunch before or after perusing the Williamsburg Flea.
Located in south Williamsburg just a short walk from the Williamsburg Bridge, Rabbithole is a rustic restaurant with an eye for detail. Whether you’re in the mood for stuffed French toast with strawberry mascarpone or French-style omelets, Rabbithole is sure to hit the spot. With antique furniture and a gorgeous, cozy ambiance, this is a great place to sit down for a a meal or enjoy a leisurely coffee and pastry from their in-house bakers.
You don’t have to travel far for delicious, Southern-style cooking in the Big Apple. One of Bedford Avenue’s many culinary gems, Sweet Chick is best known for their awesome, 24-hour brined chicken, rosemary and mushroom waffles, an innovative cocktail list and a relaxed vibe. Other variations on chicken and waffles appear under their menu specials, including General Tso chicken and waffles, Buffalo chicken and waffles and so on. Brunch-goers looking for some comfort food will also be happy to find the likes of mac ‘n’ cheese, chilaquiles and blueberry pancakes.
Conveniently located just steps away from the Bedford Avenue stop on the L train, The Station’s large, arched windows and crystal chandelier will transport you to an old European train station-cafe. Noted for their bistro-style fare, The Station seamlessly mixes and matches various elements of European culture and cuisine. Popular dishes include vegan pancakes, the North 7th burger and steamed mussels, with additional vegan and gluten-free options available for those with dietary restrictions.