The choices for brunch in this New York City borough are vast and varied, from dim sum in Sunset Park to chilaquiles and breakfast tacos in Park Slope. To help narrow the playing field, I focused on Brooklyn restaurants that serve what I consider to be more classic brunch offerings, such as eggs Benedict, hearty hashes, stacks of fluffy pancakes and all manner of sandwiches.
Here are 10 picks for the best classic brunches in Brooklyn.
What It Is: A popular all-day breakfast spot in Williamsburg with a charming front-of-house staff.
What Our Inspectors Say: "The star of the show are the fantastic buttermilk biscuits, fresh-baked beauties that are split and smothered with pork sausage-studded sawmill gravy."
Sample Dishes: Country ham biscuit—featuring ham from Col. Bill Newsom’s Hams in Princeton, Kentucky—served with fig jam, Grafton cheddar and a side of grits; house-made chorizo with eggs, salsa verde, pickled jalapeños and toast; and a hot ham and pimento grilled cheese sandwich on a baguette.
What It Is: This tavern offers all of the brunch greatest hits along with a few twists: brioche French toast, bistro steak hash, a shrimp club and—of course—"bacon, bacon, bacon!!"
What Our Inspectors Say: "A Brooklyn Heights favorite, this sleepy American tavern is a consistent spot in a neighborhood that lacks a variety of serious eats."
Sample Dishes: "The Eggs Orleans" featuring crispy Barcat oysters, artichokes, poached eggs and hollandaise on a house-made English muffin with mache and radishes; bistro steak hash with two poached eggs, sweet potatoes, beets, potatoes and toast; and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup and whipped butter.
What It Is: This is the place responsible for the malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter you've seen all over your social media feeds (and pictured at the top of this article).
What Our Inspectors Say: "Those warm, gooey sticky buns are sinfully delicious and no one skips the breads."
Sample Dishes: Egg and sausage sandwich with gochujang aioli, crispy potatoes, cheddar and brioche; biscuits with breakfast sausage gravy, poached eggs and hot sauce; and a quinoa and lentil bowl with seasonal vegetables, kale, six minute egg, avocado and sambal.
What It Is: Per the restaurant's website, "Delaware and Hudson is a 38-seat restaurant and a 35-seat tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, serving regional American food from the Mid-Atlantic."
What Our Inspectors Say: "Chef Patti Jackson can almost always be found in her kitchen—and that’s the first sign you’re in for a treat at this bijou of a restaurant, where her exceptional Mid-Atlantic fare is the name of the game."
Sample Dishes: Miss Rose’s Baltimore crab cakes with poached eggs, hollandaise and capers; funnel cake with maple syrup and sage breakfast sausage; and the "After Church Breakfast" featuring two eggs any style, choice of meat, potatoes and toast.
What It Is: Per the restaurant's website, "Our food combines traditional rustic fare with a refined, modern sensibility."
What Our Inspectors Say: "This romantic restaurant holds a nostalgic sort of charm, as though it's been a fixture on the corner for a hundred years. It hasn't, of course, but its pressed-tin ceilings, silver bowls filled with bright citrus, whitewashed exposed brick walls and tufted leather banquettes lend it an old-school sort of sophistication."
Sample Dishes: Cinnamon brioche French toast with blackberry-ginger compote, crème fraîche and pink salt; pork belly and artichoke hash with two fried eggs and Asiago cream; and smoked trout on focaccia with pickled red cabbage, arugula, green olives, capers and a hard-boiled egg.
What It Is: A Williamsburg gastropub where the "always-changing frittatas are a brunch time highlight."
What Our Inspectors Say: "For remarkably good food and drinks, head to this rustic, farm-to-table favorite with the soul of a time past."
Sample Dishes: Buttermilk pancake with apples and and maple syrup; avocado toast with radish, Thai basil and egg; and a crispy chicken sandwich with red onion and lettuce.
What It Is: "Anella charms locals and visitors alike with their beautifully composed fare."
What Our Inspectors Say: "The food is light and well-executed, with a . . . menu featuring a BLT on ciabatta with beefsteak tomatoes, crispy bacon and spicy remoulade."
Sample Dishes: An omelette with shiitake and oyster mushrooms, ricotta and house potatoes; brioche French toast with house-made cranberry jam, bananas and mascarpone cream; and Bourbon-glazed pork belly sandwich with pickled onions, cilantro, sunny-side egg, remoulade and a side salad.
What It Is: Located in Ditmas Park, "It's easy to fall in love with The Farm on Adderley with its cozy bar, enclosed back garden and softly lit dining room, which oozes bonhomie."
What Our Inspectors Say: "Neighborhood regulars and borough-hopping gastronomes pack this charmer night and day for irresistible dishes that may include fluffy cheddar omelets."
Sample Dishes: Buckwheat porridge with saffron, cinnamon, cranberry, egg, milk and roasted pistachio; the "Farmer's Breakfast" featuring scrambled eggs, swiss chard, toast, parmesan and yukon gold potatoes; and chicken schnitzel with sunny-side egg, watercress, anchovy and Pecorino di Fossa.
What It Is: "This local standout is situated in a waterfront neighborhood that feels not only charming but utterly untouched by time."
What Our Inspectors Say: "The original carriage house was a butcher shop before becoming Vinegar Hill House—a lineage that seems apropos of such steady and perfectly delicious cooking."
Sample Dishes: Sourdough pancake with seasonal fruit; shrimp and grits with smoked bacon velouté; eggs Benedict with prosciutto cotto and hollandaise.
What It Is: "Some may think this hip, bi-level eatery is an offshoot of the Brooklyn performance space National Sawdust, but in fact, Rider vies for top billing."
What Our Inspectors Say: "Patrick Connolly has put together an exciting menu designed for sharing, with a refreshing focus on vegetables."
Sample Dishes: Lemon and fennel doughnuts with crème fraîche; lox fries with potato wedges, smoked salmon, salmoriglio and capers; "braised beef and red flannel hash" with two sunny eggs, crispy herbs and onions.
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