This small cafe does a wonderful brunch that's worth waking up early to beat the crowds.
On a quaint corner of Fort Greene Park sits the friendly neighborhood frrestaurantiendly Walter's. The sister restaurant to Williamburg's Walter Foods, Walter's serves similar seasonal fare that made the original so beloved. Chef Josh Goldstein doesn't disappoint with brunch, offering tasty alternatives to the usual eggy brunch dishes.
Weekend brunches should be stress-free, but crowded old standbys can be anything but. North River, the new kid on the East Village block, offers a calmer respite. Chef Adam Starowicz, a Momofuku Ko alum, has a brunch menu that's seasonal and crowd-pleasing.
If you don't want to endure the infamous wait to get a seat for dinner at St. Anselm, go during brunch hours, when you can often just walk right in and still have a good meal.
If you're looking for more than just standard egg dishes for brunch, go to East 12th Osteria where you'll get a home cooked Italian meal and pastries.
Last summer, Sigmund's went through a total transformation from quick snack shack to friendly neighborhood restaurant. With beer taps and a full menu, they also serve a weekend brunch of the classics—but pretzel-ized.
To some chefs, serving brunch must feel creatively stifling, but not Jon Bignelli at Alder, where he plays with our expectations or dispense with them entirely.
Ten years after opening, Heath in the East Village started serving brunch. And if, like me, you don't much care for brunch food, this dish is a great way out.
When I heard that The NoMad was offering a sandwiched version of their incredible chicken—foie gras, truffles, brioche, and all—on their brunch menu for only $26, I suddenly thought to myself, hey, now I can finally afford to eat Daniel Humm's roast chicken whenever the mood strikes, before my line of thought stopped with a big mental record-scratch: wait a minute. That's a $26 chicken sandwich. Could it possibly be worth the price? I saw it as my duty to find out.
In another case study of smart young chefs reclaiming Asian fusion cuisine for the better, Jonathan Wu is reworking brunch through a Chinese lens.
It takes a lot for me to order pancakes for fear of all the bland, leaden, and sickly sweet versions out there. Perla's are a different story, and that's before you get to the foie gras butter.
When I first heard about SCRATCHbread's "brunch in a cup," I have to admit that my brain did a few rather skeptical somersaults. But then again, it didn't hurt that the weather has been particularly fine, or that founder Matthew Tilden named this novel concept STOOPbrunch, implying that his creations are meant to be consumed while sitting outside, basking in the sun. At $5, it certainly seemed well worth investigating. I picked up all three daily specials at the bakery's window in Bed-Stuy this Sunday (for roughly the same amount of money that I would normally spend on a single sit-down brunch), and I can confidently report that these messy paper cup-fulls of hearty brunch servings are not only a steal—they kind of blew my mind.
Dale Talde's first Park Slope spot has been serving dinner to packed crowds since January, but just recently added a brunch menu, and so far, there isn't much of a wait. When word gets out, though, I'm guessing that will change.
When Ed waxed poetic about The Little Owl's fancy-pants cheeseburger, most of us listened up. But there is more to be had at Joey Campanaro's charming West Village outpost than one ridiculously good burger. If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood on a sunny Saturday morning, do yourself a favor and stop in. The food here is every bit as warm and delightful as the intimate setting, and at 10:30 AM your chances of snagging a coveted table in this 28 person dining room are as high as they'll ever be.
It's $15 for a four-part brunch: a crepe with apples, cabbage, and Gorgonzola; toast with a spreadable egg yolk, tomato and parmesan; a piece of their "brunch pizza" with scrambled eggs on top; and tiramisu.
Saxon + Parole gets packed at night; the crowds come for cocktails and the juicy egg-topped burger. But when we arrived early on a Saturday morning to check out their new brunch, the room was calm and bright, with plenty of tables available. I predict that won't last long; there are lots of delicious morning bites here.
The savory parmesan toast ($13) on Olea's brunch menu brought on feelings of disbelief and chagrin: how had I never thought of salty, cheesy French toast before?
I dig the urban ski chalet vibe of Lodge; they have great natural light, excellent people watching, and a dependably stellar soundtrack (The Kinks, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra all got airtime on my most recent visit). I also like their brunch dishes, which are classic enough to be comfort food but suggest a thoughtfulness in both selection and execution. Their two-for-one bloody mary and mimosa special ($7) doesn't hurt either.
The Heights Cafe is a pleasant brunch spot, worth visiting as much for its proximity to the Brooklyn waterfront as for its simple, satisfying fare. Their menu aims to go beyond the standard bacon-and-eggs dishes as well, with creative touches meant to liven up classic dishes.
Omelets are rarely the most exciting thing on a brunch menu, but at Applewood in Park Slope, they might be. The menu changes often, but on a recent visit, the options included a vegetable omelet forgoing the usual suspects in favor of eggplant, roasted cherry tomatoes, and rainbow chard ($12); one with seared day boat scallops ($15); and one with pork, kale, and roasted garlic ($14).