Brunching Uptown? We got you. Downtown? Done. The best boozy? You didn't even have to ask. Our brunch coverage knows no bounds! In the expansive borough of Brooklyn, however, where options are basically limitless, it's hard to come up with the best-of-the-best brunches. But we think these 10 are totally worth waking up for.
Best pizza: Barboncino
The sweet, brunch-only, brick-oven pies topped with pancetta and egg, pear and gorgonzola, or ricotta and sweet apples are spectacular, to say nothing of the Nutella and banana calzone.
Best under $30: Battery Harris
All you need is 15 bucks to land an island-accented entree -- like Caribbean biscuits and gravy or an oxtail-sweet potato hash -- and coffee or tea, AND a Bloody Mary or mimosa.
Best diner: Dizzy’s Diner
So it may not be the cheap and greasy type, but this pseudo-diner has been a BK staple since 1997. Classics are served up with a twist -- think seven variations of eggs Benedict, amaretto-battered French toast, and kale-sweet potato hash. So be reasonable about how many free mini muffins you down lest you not make the most of your main. And remember! It's cash only.
Best French toast: Buttermilk Channel
In what may be the best mash-up of all time (suck it, Cronut), this comfort-food specialist fuses pecan pie and French toast into one gloriously decadent plate of custardy brioche that's smothered in bourbon molasses and toasted nuts.
Best Bloody Mary: James
Jalapeño-infused tequila gives the Spicy Bloody Maria its namesake kick at this hot-hot locavore spot. The glass is garnished with house-pickled carrots and sprigs of fresh herbs from the rooftop garden, obviously.
Best dim sum: East Harbor Seafood Palace
For an alternative to the same ole eggs Bennies and pancakes, bring a group and brunch it up Cantonese style at this sprawling parlor, where you’ll find some of the best dim sum in town.
Best boozy: SoCo
Your window for unlimited mimosas is only three and a half hours long on Saturdays (noon to 3:30pm), but that's certainly enough time to do appropriate damage. Just coat your stomach with fried chicken & red velvet waffles or sausage and grits first.
Best cinnamon roll: River Styx
The brunch-only roll of cinnamon -- an enormous, sticky, rum-laced, buttered extravagance -- will ruin Pillsbury forever. Which is really hard to do! Those things are mad good.
Longest line that’s worth the wait: Five Leaves
When the platters of fluffy ricotta pancakes, Moroccan scrambles, and anything-but-basic avocado toast arrive at your table, any lengthy wait time will be forgiven.
Best burger: Ox Cart Tavern
Sometimes you just need a hangover-busting burger in a quiet, dark place. The tiny gastropub offers six combos made with its hefty 7oz patties -- like the Alamo with a fried egg, onion ring, and pepper Jack -- and three non-beef alternatives (turkey, fish, and veggie), if you're into that kind of thing.
1. Barboncino781 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
2. Battery Harris64 Frost St, Brooklyn
3. Dizzy's Diner511 9th St, Brooklyn
4. Buttermilk Channel524 Court St, Brooklyn
5. James605 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn
6. East Harbor Seafood Palace714 65th Street, Brooklyn
7. SoCo509 Myrtle Ave, New York
8. River Styx21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
9. Five Leaves18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
10. Ox Cart Tavern583 Argyle Rd, Brooklyn
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Clinton Hill brunch spot has unlimited mimosas from noon to 3:30pm and fried chicken served on red velvet waffles. Get at it.
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.
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).
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.