It’s the weekend. You’re awake and in desperate need of sustenance. Luckily, Williamsburg has plenty of brunch destinations to choose from—and these 10 will leave you in absolute gastronomical bliss. If you're a fan of breakfast foods and are on the hunt for a restaurant that serves breakfast during the week, check out our list of Brooklyn's best breakfasts.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
Practically every single dish on this brunch menu is delectable, which explains the crowds that gather here every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. It’s worth the wait: the steak and eggs are fantastic and the traditional Croque Madam will melt in your mouth. There are several omelets to choose from, including one sweet/savory pairing of apple and bacon. Even the unsuspecting grilled chicken sandwich will impress.
This Argentine restaurant specializing in huge portions of delicious grilled meats offers the same at brunch, with other exotic treats. Steak and eggs is the obvious choice here, but the huevos are delicious and less filling. The Chorizo and eggs is always a crowd pleaser.
For the past five years, the Brooklyn outpost of Cafe Mogador has been charming Brooklyn diners with their decadent brunch. The Moroccan restaurant, with its Middle Eastern decor, is a breakfast destination. Order Moroccan eggs served poached with tomato sauce and pita bread. Other Middle Eastern dishes include Halumi eggs. You can also dine on the classics, including extremely tasty buttermilk pancakes, french toast, and a selection of omelets.
Diners from all over the state of New York come to Egg for its fresh, organic, local farm ingredients. Only die-hard brunchers need apply—it’ll be a wait. Once seated, enjoy the French press coffee with the eggs Rothko (egg + toast + cheddar + broiled tomato) or opt for the more traditional two eggs with your choice of side. The cheese grits are phenomenal.
For a more laid-back dining experience, take a trip to Harefield Road. The food is cheap and the atmosphere is friendly. A little off the beaten path in East Williamsburg, this beer-bar morphs into a restaurant during brunch hours with outdoor seating. Highlights include the Harefield eggs (a benedict w/smoked salmon) and the breakfast burrito.
Rabbithole, a local favorite in the heart of Williamsburg, serves breakfast/brunch everyday of the week. With a menu of homemade pastries and brunch favorites. Order Rabbithole Florentine, housemade maple walnut granola, and sip stumptown coffee, and enjoy a lazy enjoyable brunch before you start your day exploring the many boutiques that line Bedford Ave.
Diner has atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing cocktails—their Bloody Mary really can’t be beat. The menu is seasonal and always changing, with exotic offerings such as scrapple and eggs, or a salad of ramps and beets. But old faithful, their burger, is one of the best in town. Marlow & Sons, their sister restaurant, is a great pick for special occasion dining.
Enjoy a prix fixe brunch for $19.95 with coffee and caipirinha (or bloody mary) included from this quaint Brazilian cafe. The eggs are poached to perfection, and the benedict is served with fried hash browns and tangy mixed greens. Heartier options include the Fejoada, a traditional Brazilian stew, and steak and eggs. Make sure you head to the ATM, because it's cash only at Beco.
For years, Five Leaves has lived up to its celebrity status by serving consistently delicious food and drawing in the crowd despite its narrow space. Go gastro-pub at brunch and order fresh oysters or an out-of-this-world lox plate. If you’re hungrier, settle in for a “big brekkie” lumberjack style plate or the house made baked beans. The bar can and will facilitate all your drinking needs.
This Michelin star restaurant has a brunch menu that would please all foodies from classics like buttermilk waffles to duck confit hash and poached eggs. Don't forget to start your meal with an order of doughnuts.