Post Overview: Best brunch in Williamsburg
Trust us when we say you won’t struggle finding a great place to grab brunch in Williamsburg. The neighborhood is chock-full of trendy shops and adorable cafes, and the food is second to none.
And what better way to catch up with friends or meet with a potential lover than over flapjacks and mimosas!
In this guide we’ll cover the top places to start your mornings in Williamsburg, whether you have company to host or you’d just like to treat yourself to a delicious meal. So without further ado, let’s get into the good stuff and cover the best spots for brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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Best Brunch Williamsburg
#15. 12 Chairs
Starting off as a small cafe more than a decade ago, 12 Chairs has become one of the most beloved restaurants for brunch in Williamsburg.
It’s not hard to see why either, they source ingredients from local markets and make every dish to order. No matter when you visit, your meal will be exceptional and fresh — thus keep you coming back!
12 Chairs intertwines both Middle Eastern and Eastern European flavors and has a constant rotation of specials. Currently, the Williamsburg brunch spot is offering a Yemeni pastry called a Jachnun, which consists of dough cooked overnight, a hardboiled egg and tomatoes.
And don’t be afraid to ask the servers for recommendations. This is one of the friendliest restaurants in Williamsburg, and you might be surprised as to how good the food can be.
Address: 342 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#14. Cafe Colette
Cafe Colette is the quintessential brunch spot in Williamsburg. The intimate corner restaurant has a long counter lined with stools and leather booths over black and white checkerboard floors.
And luckily the charm of the restaurant isn’t the only thing of note. The french toast is thick, the fries are crispy, and the quiche is silky smooth, what more can you ask for?
But the best brunch in Williamsburg doesn’t stop there, Cafe Colette sources a majority of their ingredients locally. The animal products are organic meaning you can enjoy your food a little better knowing its quality.
Address: 79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#13. Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda has a few locations peppered around NYC. They’re famous thanks to their gorgeous SoHo location that makes the rounds on Instagram every once in a while, but the quality of food has helped them grow.
Serving some of the best brunch in Williamsburg is part of that success. Inspired by their families experiences in the kitchens of Johannesburg, Jerusalem and now NYC the menu is warm and full of comfort food.
The Madame Freda is a dish I would give a sixth star to, if I could. It’s a sandwich made with duck prosciutto, cheddar béchamel, gruyère and a poached egg that will have you crawling back week after week.
Address: 345 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
A sun-drenched Israeli restaurant that’s responsible for the best brunch in Williamsburg, Reunion is the type of place you bring your friends to knowing they’ll end up bringing their friends here too, it’s that good.
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 Williamsburg 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
#11. Egg Shop
Minimilastic and bright, the Egg Shop serves some of the best brunch in Williamsburg so you can start your day on the right food.
By taking the most diverse of breakfast food, Egg Shop has unlocked a new frontier. As you’d expect almost every item on the menu is made with eggs. There’s everything from bacon, egg & cheeses to brisket chilaquiles!
But surprisingly a non-yolky menu item is the star of the show: the hash-browns. Perfectly crispy and dense, you won’t regret ordering them.
Address: 138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Keeping things simple, Diner makes classic American breakfast fare but does so in a unique setting. The restaurant is inspired by a train car and it’s reflected in the interior design.
It should come as no surprise Diner is one of the best brunch restaurants in Williamsburg for a first date. The charming setting at a minimum will break the ice, the rest is up to you.
You could carry the conversation by talking about the food, which is simply scrumptious. American breakfast staples like an omelette, a BLT and french toast keep ordering painless.
Address: 85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Although Sweetwater has a warm interior, snagging a table outside is still the way to go. The outdoor seating area is cute and in a greenhouse-like setting so you get protection from any unscheduled rain.
The French-American cuisine is also some of the best brunch in Williamsburg. It’s owned by the same folks who own Bakeri, one of the best bakeries in Brooklyn, so it should go without saying they have sweets down pat.
The brioche french toast is borderline addicting and the lamb-burger is my guilty pleasure. The restaurant is innovative enough to stand out among so many Williamsburg brunch options, but still full of classics.
Address: 105 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Full of reclaimed wood, greenery and abounding windows Ainslie is one of the most idyllic settings to enjoy brunch in Williamsburg. There are both indoor and outdoor seating options that look like they could be in an Architectural Digest magazine.
But the rustic vibe isn’t the only thing going for it, Ainslie boasts some of the best brunch in Williamsburg. The pizza joint has a menu full of pies, pastas, salads and egg-dishes that will induce a food-coma in no time.
And if you want to celebrate Ainslie also has a bottomless brunch option, too. With the purchase of an entree you can get bottomless spiked iced teas, bloody marys, or mimosas for $30.
Address: 76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but believe me Williamsburg has a ton of charming brunch restaurants. Juliette is one of them, it’s a French bistro 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 in Williamsburg!
Address: 135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#6. Five Leaves
Five Leaves is inspired by the friendly cafes in Australia, and they make some of the best brunch in Williamsburg. The trendy joint is bright and a perfect addition to the hipster neighborhood.
And the food will make you ecstatic. The ricotta pancakes and avocado toast are staples but the menu has enough variety to make even your most stubborn tastebuds smile.
But Five Leaves is one of the most popular brunch restaurants in Williamsburg, so reservations are (strongly) encouraged.
Address: 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
#5. Rule of Thirds
If you’re looking for a unique brunch in Williamsburg, 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 provide 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 I do there while enjoying some of the best places for brunch in Williamsburg.
Their menu offers sets 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
#4. Le Crocodile
I won’t even chat your ear off telling you about how Le Crocodile in the Wythe Hotel is so charming, just know it’s strikingly beautiful.
Instead I’ll tell you all about their food – which is mouthwatering to say the least. The small menu really punches above its weight, reminiscent of hole in the wall brasseries in Paris.
Expertly poached eggs meet fresh baked goods and lush produce in a clash that’ll have your tastebuds doing a happy dance.
Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
#3. Pies ‘n’ Thighs
Pies ‘n’ Thighs might be the most popular Williamsburg brunch destination on this list. With more than 3,000 reviews on Google and 4.5 stars I’ll agree it’s a well deserved score.
The corner restaurant is a picturesque brunch restaurant, and the comfort food is just as pretty. Southern classics like biscuits & gravy and chicken & waffles are ready to make your belt earn its keep.
The women owned business opened in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. I would think that the stream of awards will continue the streak.
To humbly name a few, Pies ‘n’ Thighs boasts the Best Donut in New York by New York Magazine, Best Fried Chicken in Food & WIne, Best Biscuits in New York by the New York Daily News).
Address: 166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
#2. Cafe Mogador
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 Williamsburg 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 Williamburg 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 one of the most popular restaurants in Williamsburg for brunch so reservations are 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
#1. Sunday in Brooklyn
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 Williamsburg.
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 Williamsburg 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
Quick recap of the Best Brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- Sunday in Brooklyn
- Cafe Mogador
- Pies ’n’ Thighs
- Le Crocodile
- Rule of Thirds
- Five Leaves
- Egg Shop
- Jack’s Wife Freda
- Cafe Colette
- 12 Chairs Cafe
Best Brunch in Williamsburg (Helpful Map)
And there you have it, our list of the best brunch spots in Williamsburg. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we missed anything — we love hearing from you.