Post Overview: Best Brunch in Brooklyn
You’ll have a hard time convincing me (and half of the world) that there is a meal greater than weekend brunch. I know, it’s so basic of all of us, but let’s really think about it.
Not only is it encouraged to order both sweet and savory options for breakfast but it’s socially acceptable to drink before noon. And let’s not forget to acknowledge the beauty of a bottomless brunch (hello, never-ending mimosas!).
All in all brunch truly is the most important meal of the day, unfortunately they are not all created equally.
In this guide we’ll cover the best brunch Brooklyn has to offer, listing great spots you can revisit countless times and never tire of. We mention spots that would be ideal for taking out the in-laws and popular Brooklyn brunch spots for a little hair of the dog action.
Regardless of the reason behind the visit, we’re sure this list will steer you in the right direction. Without further ado, let’s jump right in to the best brunch in Brooklyn!
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Best Brunch in Brooklyn
#20. Pegasus (Bay Ridge)
Arguably the best breakfast spot in Bay Ridge, Pegasus has been serving some of the best brunch Brooklyn has ever
seen tasted since 1993.
All of the breakfast classics are available on the menu, ranging from pancakes to Tex-Mex breakfast burritos. But if it’s a matter of personal opinion, the chicken and waffles has my heart. And don’t let me forget the delicious fluffy waffles and crunchy chicken are worth the (sometimes hour-long) wait.
Something to note: This Brooklyn brunch spot is a CASH-ONLY establishment. Come prepared and wear your stretchy pants.
Address: 8610 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
#19. East One Roasters (Caroll Gardens)
Before I get any hate for adding a coffee shop to our list of best brunch in Brooklyn, hear me out.
At East One Roasters there is definitely more than what meets the eye. The front of the house is a large, industrial coffee shop with gorgeous windows that allow ample light to fill the room.
But if you walk towards the back of the cafe you’ll spot an adorable restaurant tucked away neatly serving some of the best brunch in Brooklyn.
I mean how many other Brooklyn brunch spots can offer you a two for one deal like that? Giving New Yorkers the option of coffee and treats or an entire sit-down meal all under the same roof!
If at all helpful, the avocado toast with smoked salmon and a poached egg is too dang good to pass up on. Run, run, run and order everything off the menu.
Address: 384 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
#18. Ceremonia Bakeshop (Williamsburg)
Ceremonia Bakeshop is the perfect example of a “fine, I’ll fix it myself” situation. What started as a simple bakeshop turned into one of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn by sheer accident.
After moving to NYC from San Francisco, businesswoman Amy Batista quickly realized there weren’t many places to find a decent breakfast burrito in the city. Her solution? She’ll just do it herself!
Knowing that the burritos on the West Coast were no match to those on the East Coast, Batista set out on a mission to bring that flavor to NYC.
Today, you’ll find a line out the door (daily) at this Williamsburg bakery just for folks to get their grubby little hands on a burrito. The burritos are loaded with four soft scrambled eggs, cheese, chorizo and potatoes. Get your camera ready because the cheese-pull is out of this world!
Address: 743 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
#17. Miriam (Park Slope)
One of the most incredible Israeli brunch spots in Brooklyn can be found at Miriam in Park Slope. The neighborhood hot-spot has been a crowd favorite for years. How do I know? The constant lines and filled tables anytime you pass by!
You won’t have to go searching for flavor at this beloved brunch spot in Brooklyn because each dish delivers a punch. I highly recommend ordering the Israeli breakfast which comes with two eggs any style, Labneh cheese, home fries, Israeli salad & pita.
Before you even receive your bill, you’ll find yourself booking reservations for the upcoming week.
#16. Claro (Gowanus)
Claro is the place you take people when you want to impress the hell out of them. Not a single dish that comes to your table is anything less than remarkable.
If you don’t believe me, maybe the Michelin Guide can convince you. That’s right, the Brooklyn brunch spot is so well-regarded that it proudly boasts one Michelin star.
Specializing in Oxacan flavors and mezcal drinks, the Mexican restaurant deserves all the hype and praise thrown its way. Between the gorgeous interior and mouth-watering dishes, you’ll have a hard time finding a more lively atmosphere to celebrate big occasions.
As far as food goes the brunch menu is made up of a three-course meal. You’ll get the choice of a starter, an entree and a dessert all for around $38. And there are options for mezcal flights too for those who like to try a little of everything.
This Brooklyn brunch spot has all around good food, good vibes and great drinks, you won’t regret swinging by.
Address: 284 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
#15. Rustik Tavern (Bed-Stuy)
Located in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy), Rustik Tavern is the spot to be on a Sunday morning. Not only does the restaurant serve some of the best brunch in Brooklyn but they also offer bottomless drinks (with the purchase of an entree).
And I’m not just talking about mimosas. All brunch cocktails are included in the special meaning you’ll have six drinks to choose from for bottomless refills (90 minutes).
Also, don’t let the name fool you, while the spot is rustic it’s equally chic and modern. There is an adorable covered outdoor seating area that adds to the vibe and makes meeting with friends on the weekends that much more fun.
Address: 471 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
#14. Juliette Restaurant (Williamsburg)
There are many Williamsburg restaurants on our list of the best brunch places in Brooklyn, and that is not an accident. There are several charming brunch spots in Williamsburg. One of them being Juliette, a French cafe that personifies romance.
The restaurant boasts an “indoor garden” with plants hanging from the ceiling. It’s impossible to not be wide eyed and bushy tailed sitting at one of their bistro tables.
And in true French fashion, the gastronomical quality at Juliette is elite. The simple menu consists of plates like French onion soup, croque monsieurs and marvelous eggs benedict.
To make it a well rounded experience the service at Juliette is top-tier. I have a hard time nitpicking anything to complain about, it’s simply some of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn.
Address: 135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#13. Bonafini (Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Bonafini is an Italian restaurant that serves some of the best brunch in Brooklyn every weekend. Perfecting both savory and sweet dishes anyone who has tastebuds will fall in love after one bite.
Portions are generous and the meals are hearty. Consider ordering the Montreaker Breakfast Sandwich non-negotiable. Made with bacon, mustard, maple, fried egg, cheddar and hashbrowns, RUN — don’t walk to get your hands on one of these!
Not to mention this Brooklyn brunch spot is just minutes away from Prospect Park. Meeting up with friends for a memorable meal and then walking it off in the park is a fun way to end the week!
Address: 663 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
#12. Walter’s (Fort Greene)
One of my personal favorite brunch spots in Brooklyn is Walter’s located in Fort Greene. But clearly I’m not the only one who feels this way, the weekend lines are evident it’s a staple among the locals.
The charming Brooklyn brunch spot is cozy and inviting. With worn-in tables and chairs it really gives the spot character.
Serving classic American brunch fare, Walter’s hits the spot every time. The service is some of the friendliest in the neighborhood and the quality of the dishes is unmatched. I recommend ordering the chicken and waffles and pairing it with the Bloody Mary, you’ll thank me later. 😉
Address: 166 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
#11. Cafe Luluc (Cobble Hill)
In the fall of 2016, I unintentionally came across Cafe LuLuc for the first time. Since then, I’ve returned for what I consider to be some of the best brunch in Brooklyn an alarming number of times.
It’s a lively French neighborhood cafe that serves incredible eats and drinks.
Offering traditional brunch fare you’ll always be able to find something appetizing. There are omelettes galore, including my brother in law’s sworn favorite – the Open-Face Western Omelette. With sausage, red peppers, scallions and red onions I can understand why.
As far as sweet options go – you’re in for a treat. The pancakes, are beyond belief. Think of everything that makes a pancake great and apply it to these pancakes times two.
The black bear syrup and fresh fruit compliment the flapjacks like peanut butter and jelly. It’s hard to be disappointed at Cafe LuLuc and that is why I consider it one of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn.
Local’s Tip: Cafe LuLuc is a CASH-ONLY establishment, so come prepared.
Address: 214 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
#10. Shane’s Brooklyn (Prospect Heights)
Shane’s Brooklyn, (or as I like to call them “ol’reliable”) has become a staple for both locals and visitors alike. The constant 45+ minute wait is just the first example of the excellence served from this kitchen.
It’s the type of spot you can visit countless times and never be disappointed. You know the food will always hit the spot and you almost feel like family.
Serving American comfort food, the grits are a must when it comes to placing an order, along with the chicken and waffles!
But where this Brooklyn brunch spot truly shines is with its top-notch customer service. It’s evident that a great experience is a priority at Shane’s and the staff here is impeccable.
Address: 794 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
#9. Cebu (Bay Ridge)
Cebu is a bustling, cozy American bistro with innovative cocktails, memorable dishes, one of the best brunch menus in Brooklyn.
Serving brunch all week, there’s no need to wait until the weekend to enjoy some delectable egg Benedicts. The laid-back cafe checks all the boxes when it comes to finding a great dining spot to start the day.
The menu is both beefy and impressive with dozens of options to choose from. Expect to find classics like French toast along with more unassuming items like pasta dishes and pizzas.
In my opinion though, it’s difficult choosing an entree when all the appetizers here are out of this world. You’ll be tempted to order everything on the menu so bring friends when you visit this Brooklyn brunch spot.
Address: 8801 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
#8. Reunion (Williamsburg)
Reunion is the type of place you bring your friends knowing they’ll end up bringing their friends here too, it’s that good. The sun-drenched Israeli restaurant churns out some of the most amazing brunch Brooklyn has to offer.
The menu is small, but foodies know that usually means the food will be exquisite. As far as breakfast food goes you only have six menu items to choose from, but the lunch menu doubles that figure.
Expect the food to be served with Middle-Eastern flavors and classic dishes like Shakshuka and Shawarma to be home-runs.
And even with all its popularity and reputation for serving the best brunch in Brooklyn it’s still easy to get a table without a reservation (during the week of course, weekends are a zoo).
Address: 544 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
#7. Peaches (Bed–Stuy)
Although I’m partial to the Tompkins Avenue location, Peaches has some of the best brunch in Brooklyn no matter which neighborhood you visit in. They have four locations total, two in Bed-Stuy, and two in Clinton Hill.
Inspired by southern flavors the Brooklyn brunch spot has a menu loaded with comfort food. Fried chicken, fried shrimp and even fried catfish will leave you licking your fingers and grinning from ear to ear.
I recommend wearing loose fitting pants because you might have to be rolled home. And the best part is all of Peaches’ locations are a mix between classy and casual, so you never feel out of place!
#6. Buttermilk Channel (Caroll Gardens)
With a name like Buttermillk Channel how could I leave this next joint off a list of the best brunch in Brooklyn?
Brunch is only served on the weekend but it’s worth the wait. You can (and should) start off with a brunch cocktail, a bloody mary is always nice.
Then you can follow it up with one of their dozen entries – but I recommend the buttermilk pancakes or buttermilk fried chicken sandwich.
And lastly, seize the day! After enjoying some of the best brunch Brooklyn has to offer you’ll be ready to take on the world (or take a nap).
Address: 524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
#5. Verde on Smith (Cobble Hill)
The Italians have mastered carbs, so it was only a matter of time before Italian cuisine hit the brunch scene and ran with it. At Verde on Smith you can have some of the best brunch in Brooklyn, but it might put you in a carb-coma.
Truth be told there aren’t very many out-right Italian dishes, but Verde on Smith is still able to make classic brunch fare like eggs bendedict, omelettes, and crepes beautifully.
And you can partake in their bottomless brunch option too. With the purchase of an entree each person can opt into bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys and screwdrivers for 60 minutes.
Or if you’re on a date you can also choose Verde on Smith’s Boozy Brunch for Two. With this deal you get a pitcher of either mimosa or bellini and two entrees for only $55! Talk and about a deal!
Address: 216 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
#4. Five Leaves (Williamsburg)
The blueprint for starting Five Leaves came from all the friendly cafes found in Australia. Trying to bring some of that magic to the Big Apple, Five Leaves was able to create a welcoming environment that serves top-tier brunch in Brooklyn.
The trendy joint is bright, lively and a perfect addition to the hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg.
The ricotta pancakes and avocado toast are staples but the menu has enough variety to make even your most stubborn tastebuds smile.
Fair warning, since Five Leaves is one of the most popular brunch spots in Brooklyn, reservations are (strongly) encouraged.
Address: 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
#3. Rule of Thirds (Williamsburg)
If you’re looking for a unique brunch spot in Brooklyn, Rule of Thirds has you covered. In a world of waffles and eggs this Japanese restaurant sets itself apart.
Styled after the famous Izakaya restaurants in Japan, which resemble a pub, Rule of Thirds provides a spot to settle in with friends for great food and conversation.
In fact, Izakaya translates to stay-drink-place and that’s exactly what folks intend to do while enjoying some of the best brunch in Brooklyn.
Their menu offers items like the Japanese breakfast set which comes with a variety of roasted market fish. There is also shareable plates like tuna & nori that will help get conversation flowing with whomever you’re sharing your meal.
Rule of Thirds also offers a pancake with a twist. It’s a Japanese Souffle Pancake which I can best describe as poofy. Like a ballon, this pancake is airy and eating it feels like you’re taking a bite out of a cloud.
Address: 171 Banker St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
#2. Sunday in Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
The founders of Sunday in Brooklyn wanted to create a staple restaurant that attracted crowds all day. Not only did they want the best cocktails and dinner, they also wanted to serve the best brunch in Brooklyn.
The restaurant feels open and bright, similar to a living room that you could lounge in for hours. During the summer months they open up their rooftop garden to guests. In the winter every dining area has a wood burning oven to add to the homelike feeling.
The biscuits and gravy are my go-to. Cheddar biscuits are smothered in a warm sausage gravy that gives diners all across America a run for their money.
They also serve the best brunch in Brooklyn thanks to their memorable pancake. Hazelnut maple praline syrup with brown butter melt over some seriously thick pancakes. The perfectly rounded edges make it seem like they came out of a mold.
Address: 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#1. Cafe Mogador (Williamsburg)
Founded in 1983 Cafe Mogador started as a staple in the East Village and eventually spread its success to Brooklyn.
The drool-worthy brunch spot in Brooklyn has been drawing locals in with its charming storefront and guaranteeing folks will come back for the hot plates of delectable Moroccan food.
It’s widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in Brooklyn thanks to its brunch (weekends until 4PM). You’ll find an array of breakfast classics like eggs benedict and Middle Eastern staples like malawach (Yemeni flatbread, egg, grated tomato, Yemeni hotsauce, & labne).
Cafe Mogador is on everyones radar and making reservations for some of the best brunch in Brooklyn is crucial. I strongly encourage making one in advance otherwise you run the risk of waiting a while for a table.
Address: 133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Best Brunch Brooklyn (Post Summary)
- Cafe Mogador
- Sunday in Brooklyn
- Rule of Thirds
- Five Leaves
- Verde on Smith
- Buttermilk Channel
- Shane’s Brooklyn
- Cafe Luluc
- Juliette Restaurant
- Rustik Tavern
- Ceremonia Bakeshop
- East One Roasters
Map of Brunch Spots in Brooklyn
And there it is friends. Where to grab the best brunch in Brooklyn according to yours truly. If you think we missed a spot, leave a comment down below — we love to hear from you!