Food & Drink

The 10 Best Places to Brunch in Brooklyn

Published On 08/12/2015 Published On 08/12/2015
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1. Barboncino 781 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Supplying light, crispy pizza, this Crown Heights spot serves inventive brick-oven creations topped with goodies like artichoke, smoked pancetta, and clams. Dessert-like pies -- like sweet apple, ricotta, and brown sugar pizza , and the banana Nutella calzone -- dominate Barboncino's popular brunch menu.

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2. Battery Harris 64 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

While named for the World War I-era bunkers at Rockaway's Fort Tilden, Battery Harris is a Williamsburg bar through and through. With an interior reminiscent of spring break in Baja, the beachy indoor/outdoor bar is flanked with panels of sandalwood, the patio space is sectioned off into palm tree-shaded cabanas, and the walls are plastered with various waterfront magazine cutouts. Maintaining its vacation shtick, the trendy joint offers a Caribbean-inspired food menu, where things like spicy fish tacos and jerk chicken sandwiches are served as late as 4am on the weekends. And perhaps more importantly, the all-day drink menu features an eclectic roster of beers on tap, and a glorious list of paper-umbrella-garnished tropical cocktails, like frozen Thai Piña-Coladas. On Saturday nights, while a macbook-toting DJ entertains on the patio, throngs of vintage-Levi clad Brooklynites wait in avenue-length lines to gain entry to the casual, scenic nightspot.

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3. Dizzy's Diner 511 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Dizzy's is more of a modern, pseudo-diner than a true, old-school one, as all the classics are served with a twist. Think: seven variations of eggs Benedict, an amaretto-battered French toast, and kale-sweet potato hash.

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4. Buttermilk Channel 524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

This charming, Carroll Gardens cafe is known for its popular brunch offerings, which include a variety of American comfort food dishes. Among pancakes, housemade granola, and burgers, Buttermilk Channel also boasts creative scrambles (with lox, sausage, or mushrooms) and a sought-after pecan pie French toast: a gloriously decadent plate of custardy brioche that's smothered in bourbon molasses and toasted nuts. Dinner includes the signature buttermilk fried chicken, in addition to oysters and other comforting plates.

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5. James 605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

In addition to great burgers and an all-around fantastic brunch menu, James has one of the best Bloody Marys in Brooklyn: Spicy Bloody Maria made with jalapeño-infused tequila and garnished with house-pickled carrots and sprigs of fresh herbs from the rooftop garden, because duh.

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6. East Harbor Seafood Palace 714 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Sunset Park is booming with dim sum joints, but East Harbor Seafood is probably the best. The gigantic spot offers destination-worthy Cantonese dim sum like flour dumplings stuffed with pork, peanuts, and mushrooms, and fried bean curd vegetable rolls. The place is typically packed on weekends at peak brunch time, and though a 30-minute wait is almost guaranteed, the thrill of making a game-time decision when the carts speed by is worth the wait.

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7. SoCo 509 Myrtle Ave, New York, NY 11205

This Clinton Hill brunch spot has unlimited mimosas from noon to 3:30pm and fried chicken served on red velvet waffles. Get at it.

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8. River Styx 21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This Greenpoint brunch spot has everything from biscuits & gravy to huevos rancheros to shakshouka -- not to mention its killer cinnamon rolls. If you can't find something to sink your teeth into on this menu, you're doing something wrong.

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9. Five Leaves 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

This chic Greenpoint eatery offers up gourmet, healthy food with Aussie flair. Set up in a cozy nook adjacent to McCarren Park, Five Leaves is a solid choice for weekday breakfast or after work drinks. While its digs may be pint-sized, on the weekends Brooklyn brunchers regularly line up down the block for top-notch fare (such as truffle fries, ricotta pancakes, and Moroccan scrambles).

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10. Ox Cart Tavern 583 Argyle Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11230

This tiny gastropub's six different burgers are served with their hefty 7oz patties, like the Alamo with a fried egg, onion ring, and pepper Jack. Plus, there's three non-beef alternatives (turkey, fish, and veggie), if you're into that kind of thing.