For a relaxing weekend brunch in Brooklyn, look no further than the blooming neighborhood of Cobble Hill. Adjacent to Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill has ushered in a brunch-demanding population. Ranging from eclectic fare to more traditional dining, Cobble Hill has the perfect selection for a group outing, a special date, or a family meal.
This bustling French joint features mirrored walls and ornamental ceilings that will take you back to another time. Their customers rave about the pancakes with mixed fruit, but their omelettes and pulled pork sandwich are also worth a try. Along with the bar and dining room in the front, Café Luluc also has back patio seating, and as one of the busiest places on Smith Street, this is the perfect place to either meet friends or bring kids. Be sure to visit the ATM before you go because Café Luluc only takes cash.
Chez Moi is a French restaurant with an intimate atmosphere. They offer familiar brunch dishes like eggs benedict with ham, but they also offer traditional French food, including croque monsieur and quiche Lorraine. Try their chouquettes (pastry puffs) or ask about the pastry of the day. For those trying to perk up, Chez Moi offers bottomless Colombian coffee, and for those looking to simmer down, they also make specialty cocktails with bourbon and sparkling wine.
If you’re looking for specialty brunch cocktails, Clover Club is the place to be. Come with a group and get a pitcher of their punch for the table. This rustic, romantic haunt features American food with refined accents. Start with deviled eggs, the bacon tasting, or oysters, which are all customer favorites, followed by one of the main dishes, including scrambled eggs with crème fraîche and poached eggs atop steak. Other options include the ham and fingerling hash for a feel-good meal or the quinoa salad with watermelon for something lighter. Be sure to come back for happy hour!
The wooden backyard patio at White Oak will make you feel at home in Cobble Hill. Featuring a mixture of American and French food, the brunch menu offers a variety of egg dishes with fresh accents, like the duck omelette with brie and eggs over Maryland crab cakes. All of the egg dishes come with herb-roasted potatoes and mixed greens for a well-rounded meal. Try the frisée aux lardon for a lighter option or pulled pork if you’re craving barbecue.
For a casual brunch with quality ingredients, Watty and Meg is a must-visit. This farm-to-table restaurant focuses on providing local and seasonal ingredients on their menu, which is full of mouthwatering brunch options, like mac and cheese with gruyère, quinoa kale and avocado salad, and spicy tuna tartare. They also offer vegetarian huevos rancheros, a customer favorite. Inside, the brick walls and wooden chairs will make you feel at home, and if it’s nice out, the restaurant also has outdoor seating in front.
This American bistro will get your attention with just three words: chicken and waffles. Uglyduckling’s menu puts a twist on the typical brunch spread. Start with the ‘Devils on Horseback’ (deviled eggs and deep-fried oysters with spicy aioli). If you want to treat yourself, try the ‘Eggs Ugly Duck,’ which combines steamed lobster, poached eggs, and hollandaise, all on an English muffin. For a wide selection of beers, Uglyduckling is a great option as they have 30 beers on tap. The mixture of wood and brick walls with faded paint makes this brunch spot eclectic and fun.
Hunter’s is another American eatery that puts a fresh twist on brunch. For something sweet, try their ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit and whipped cream or the Elvis French toast with peanut butter, banana, and pecans. On the savory side, the mussels and truffle fries are an irresistible combination that customers love. Hunter’s also offers sandwiches and salads made with locally sourced ingredients. Mull over your meal with a remixed bloody mary or cucumber mimosa.
Ted and Honey perfectly combines a relaxed atmosphere with quality brunch fare. They have a build-your-own breakfast plate, combining your choice of eggs, cheese, protein, and carbs, the ham and grits dish ‘The Redneck,’ or the house granola with raw honey and fresh fruit. Sample from their lunch menu for even more options, like the lemongrass-smoked brisket or farro salad with cider, basil, and parmesan. With free WiFi and outdoor seating, this neighborhood favorite is also a great place to stop for a coffee and an egg sandwich for breakfast.
For an exotic twist on brunch, try Jolie Cantina. Their glass doors open up to reveal colorful wall murals and eclectic decor, which complements the food perfectly. This brunch spot offers a unique mix of Mexican and French cuisines, from the ‘Cantina Crêpe Bretonne’ to the ‘Croque Señor.’ If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the seared octopus ceviche, which comes with ginger-honey-cilantro salsa. Be sure to watch out for their weekly deals on food and drink combinations.
For unlimited drinks in Cobble Hill, Verde on Smith is the place to go. This Italian restaurant offers a variety of dishes for brunch, including traditional eggs benedict and panini, both served with rosemary potatoes and mixed greens. The frittatas and brioche French toast with fresh fruit are also great options and customer favorites. The atmosphere in the main dining room is romantic and intimate, complete with old-fashioned lighting. In the back, the wood patio feels luxurious with black umbrellas and plants surrounding the tables.