Brunch certainly has its critics, but I still love the indulgent idea of spending a weekend afternoon dining with friends and family. If you’re a fan of brunch, you should head to these seven Brooklyn brunch spots. From a boozy brunch in Sunset Park to a meat lovers paradise in Carroll Gardens, these places always attract a crowd. That said, to avoid brunch crowds, get there early.
Attention all brunch and breakfast lovers. If you’re visiting Brooklyn, you must have a meal at Egg. Although Egg doesn't have an official brunch menu, they have a weekend breakfast menu. On weekends you can enjoy their classics including Eggs Rothko, homemade biscuits, and granola before 1 pm. After 1 pm, you can dine on their weekend lunch menu. If you’re not in the hood, pick up a copy of their delightful cookbook, Breakfast: Recipes to Wake Up For. It gives you the skinny on how to cook up their breakfast classics and host your own brunch. Even if you can’t boil an egg, you can just look through the book and salivate at the food porn.
This Carroll Gardens restaurant will appeal to all meat lovers with their brunch menu filled with housemade bratwurst, steak and eggs and breakfast meats. Don't worry if you have a vegetarian at your brunch table, there are many meat-free options. Prime Meats is very popular, get there early to avoid crowds. Brunch is served from 8am-4pm, and I will confess, it's worth the wait. Order the Sausage, Egg & Gruyere Biscuit and you won't regret it. Wash your brunch down with a Prime Meats Shandy, which is fresh squeezed lemonade & Einbecker pilsner.
You don't have to fly to Tel Aviv for an Israeli breakfast, just head to Miriam's in Park Slope. The popular Mediterranean restaurant has a brunch filled with Israeli classics including shakshuka, which is
two poached eggs in a tomato pepper sauce with a side of hummus & pita or a traditional Israeli breakfast, consisting of two eggs with Labneh cheese, home fries, Israeli salad & pita. They have many Israeli classics including a tasty falafel platter and other Mediterranean dishes. The atmospheric restaurant is the perfect way to start a day and is located a short walk from Barclays Center, making it the perfect pre-event spot.
Mayfield, a perennial pleaser, is a notable laid-back yet upscale restaurant located on Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights' bustling restaurant row. I'm partial to the Eggs Atlantic, which is poached eggs and salmon on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce, but their brunch menu will please even a picky brunch eater. In the warmer months, try to snag a table in the garden. Don't forget to order a cocktail. And be sure to check out their funky doorknobs and their other cool decor.
If you're in search of a boozy brunch, go to Maria's Bistro Mexicano in Sunset Park. They offer an unlimited Bloody Mary and Mimosa brunch. The combo of liquor and Mexican staples like Huevos Rancheros and Tamales, make Maria's Bistro Mexicano the perfect place to start a decadent weekend.
Since the 90's folks have been enjoying comfort food classics at this beloved Park Slope diner. With two locations in Park Slope, Dizzy's is the ideal breakfast spot all week long, but on weekends they serve a lavish prix-fixe brunch. Pair up your strawberry and banana buttermilk flapjacks or steak and eggs with a bottomless cup of coffee or a mimosa, both are included in your prix-fixe brunch. Did I forget to mention the complimentary basket of muffins? Just to note, Dizzy's is cash only.
This casual French restaurant on Smith Street in Boerum Hill has a moderately priced and extremely tasty brunch and has been a local favorite for years. Choose a seat in the backyard patio in the warmer months. Their menu is filled with brunch favorites including Brioche French Toast, Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche, Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, it's no wonder this neighborhood haunt attracts quite a crowd. Just to note, go to the cash machine before you head to Cafe Luluc, because it's cash only.