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.