The Best Brunches in Brooklyn

Where to find the best French toast, eggs Benedict and more
March 28, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

New York City has always been a big brunch town and the outer boroughs definitely hold their own when it comes to the weekend staple. 

 

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.”
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.
Roberta's
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.”
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.
Diner
Diner · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Handwritten menus” announce the daily roster of “consistently excellent” New American bites (including a “phenomenal” burger) at this “funky” local fixture in Williamsburg; set in a 1920s dining car and overseen by a “knowledgeable” crew, it has a “quintessential hipster” vibe that carries over to the outside seating area.
Miriam
Middle Eastern · Park Slope · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

“Dinner is a pleasure” but Park Slopers flock to this “affordable” Israeli-Mediterranean mainly for its daily brunch; since it’s usually a “mob scene” on weekends, insiders “go at off times” for a calmer taste of the “tasty” fare.
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.”
Colonie
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.”
Allswell
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.”
Egg
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.”
Leuca
Italian · Williamsburg · $$

Chef Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, Bar Primi) brings this all-day Southern Italian to Williamsburg’s tony William Vale hotel, offering a midpriced lineup of wood-fired pizza, earthy pastas and grilled specialties. The rustic-chic space boasts eye-catching accents from a white-marble bar to industrial mobiles hung above the dining room.
Sunday In Brooklyn
Seafood · Williamsburg · $$$

Atera alum Jaime Young is one of the chef partners behind this three-story Williamsburg American, with a ground-level market for groceries, pastries, coffee and house-baked breads, as well as an earthy barroom and upstairs dining room – designed with white wooden beams and marble tables – leading to an outdoor garden. The third floor, with a fireplace and skylight, is for private events.
Olea
Spanish · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“On the keeper list” in Fort Greene, this BAM-area “favorite” features “delightful” Med plates (including notably “wonderful tapas” ) set down in “cozy” , “colorful” digs by an “accommodating” crew; since “everyone in the neighborhood” knows about it, be ready for “bustling” crowds and “long waits” , especially for brunch.