Best Restaurants for Brunch in Brooklyn

Rise and shine
October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Check out Zagat's top brunch spots in Brooklyn. 

Italian · Clinton Hill · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

These “homey” trattorias produce “excellent” pasta-centric Italian fare highlighting ingredients “straight from the farmer’s market” ; while the “intimate” Clinton Hill original is a “neighborhood favorite” and the newer Crown Heights locale is a “good entry to the scene” , both are favored for their “must-try” brunch.
Breakfast · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Very Brooklyn” , this rustic Williamsburg pub serves up a “rotating menu” of “flavorful” American grub with “complex” farm-to-table ingredients; occupying “cozy, ski-chalet” quarters with an “appropriately hipsterized” staff and clientele, it’s especially “popular at brunch.”
Buttermilk Channel
American · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Still going strong” , this “sunny” Carroll Gardens “stalwart” supplies “killer” fried chicken and other “excellent” New American comfort food at the hands of a “gracious” crew; while often “busy” , it’s a “madhouse” at brunch when limited reservations make for “long waits.”
American · Brooklyn Heights · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Vibrant atmosphere meets inspired menu” at this Brooklyn Heights New American, where a seasonal lineup of “exceptional locavore” dishes pairs with “top-notch” service in a space sporting a “lush garden” wall; it's an acknowledged “keeper” , though the “energetic” crowds and “tight” quarters can make it “hard to snag a table.”
Delaware and Hudson
Brunch · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

A “constantly changing” prix fixe menu “honors the seasons” at this Williamsburg American where “elevated” takes on Mid-Atlantic comfort food are “delicious” and “well presented” by an “accommodating” crew; the “warm, cozy” surrounds fill up fast, but an attached tavern offering à la carte bites adds more room.
Breakfast · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Known for “one of the best brunches in town” , this Williamsburg daytimer packs 'em in for “very good” , “simple” Southern dishes made with ingredients from its own upstate farm; there are “lengthy” waits on weekends, but given the “hip” crowd, at least there's good “people-watching.”
Five Leaves
American · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.5

This all-day Greenpoint “staple” “remains a favorite” in “hipsterville” for “out-of-this-world” burgers, “incredible pancakes” and other “reliable” New American eats; despite often- “crowded” digs and occasional “attitude” , it’s pretty “perfect for brunch” – with the “long lines” to prove it.
The River Café
American · DUMBO · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

“Is there a more beautiful setting in NYC?” swoon fans of this Dumbo waterfront “classic” whose “romantic” dining room offers “unbeatable” views of Manhattan, as well as a fairy-lit “Garden of Eden” just outside; “elegant” prix fixe–only American cuisine and “exceptional” service complete the “high-end” experience – for which an “expensive” price tag is “to be expected.”
Pizza · Bushwick · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Legendary" by now, this this “hipster-chic” Bushwick destination is a “real standout” thanks to “expertly crafted” pizzas (try the “out-of-this-world” bee sting) and “equally amazing” Italian dishes, enhanced by homegrown produce; perpetual “crowds” make for “massive” waits, but once you're in it's “loads of fun.”
Rose Water
American · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

An enduring Park Slope “favorite” , this “charming” New American offers a “beautiful representation of the seasons” via “excellent” locavore fare, including a “delicious” brunch; the “tight” environs are “worth squeezing into” , and there’s a “gorgeous” patio in the summertime.
Stone Park Cafe
American · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Locally prized as a “culinary gem” , this “charming” Park Slope New American owes its “popularity” to a “creatively prepared” menu “backed up by an informed staff” ; the “casual but elevated” style extends to a “spectacular brunch” “if you can get in.”