Food & Drink

The 10 Best Places to Brunch in Brooklyn

Published On 08/12/2015 Published On 08/12/2015

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.

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Best pizza: Barboncino

Crown Heights
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.

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Best under $30: Battery Harris

Williamsburg
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

Park Slope
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.

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Best French toast: Buttermilk Channel

Cobble Hill
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.

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Best Bloody Mary: James

Prospect Heights
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.

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Best dim sum: East Harbor Seafood Palace

Sunset Park
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

Clinton Hill
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.

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Best cinnamon roll: River Styx

Greenpoint
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.

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Longest line that’s worth the wait: Five Leaves

Greenpoint
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

Ditmas Park
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.

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Patty Lee is a reporter and editor (and French toast enthusiast) who has written for Zagat, Time Out New York, New York Daily News, and Cooking Channel. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Barboncino 781 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Crown Heights)

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

Battery Harris is a restaurant whose menu is heavily inspired by Caribbean cuisine, complemented by a relaxed beachy ambiance. It's brightly lit and decorated, with vibrant stained wood, and a large courtyard filled with plants- perfect for sipping on any number of the delicious cocktails or sampling some of the jerk chicken on the menu.

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3. Dizzy's Diner 511 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Park Slope)

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)

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 (Greenpoint)

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 (Greenpoint)

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.

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