If you take brunch as seriously as we do, then you know that pinning down where to eat is almost as tough as trying to decipher those weekend subway advisories. These brunches are a welcome detour from the same old eggs-and-pancakes routine: From French toast made from leftover pastries to addictive Mediterranean dips, we ate our way through Brooklyn to find the best brunches across the borough.
The Best Brunch in 5 Brooklyn Neighborhoods
Williamsburg: Zizi Limona
Israel, Morocco and Italy come together at this South Williamsburg gem. Spend an unhurried morning dining over falafel; the “Crazy Baba,” a basil-and-feta whipped babaganouj; hefty shawarma plates complete with pillowy pitas; creamy hummus; and thick Turkish coffee.
129 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn; zizilimona1.com
Greenpoint: Restaurant Norman
This Danish café by New Nordic evangelists Fredrik Berselius and restaurateur Claus Meyer is a sustainable food mecca housed in a design-y coworking space, A/D/O. Enjoy dishes with a Scandinavian lean like overnight oats with preserved pears and ymerdrys (dried rye bread), French toast (made from leftover chocolate croissants and Scandinavian pastries) topped with gooseberry compote and a killer egg sandwich smothered in the Danish cheese Havarti (see above).
29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn; restaurantnorman.com
Bushwick: Sally Roots
This lush and colorful Caribbean diner offers savory tropical fare in the form of ackee and saltfish (a traditional Jamaican dish made from a creamy fruit that looks like eggs), grilled avocado Benedicts and “ragamuffin coffee” (aka coffee spiked with “all the rums”).
195 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn; sallyroots.com
Bedford Stuyvesant: Golda
Danny Nusbaum, co-founder of the now-closed BK fave Tilda All Day, is back with this brunch darling, named after his grandma (aww). Nosh on Middle Eastern-inspired comforts like a deconstructed eggplant menemen (a Turkish dish that also includes saffron yogurt, a crispy egg and bread for dipping) and delicata squash with freekah croquette. P.S. The blue-and-white, sun-splashed space is made for Instagramming the picture-perfect dishes.
504 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn; goldakitchen.com
Brooklyn Heights: Colonie
A neighborhood gem, Colonie is the place to go when you’re looking for an upscale but cozy Sunday-morning meal. The glowing dining room is anchored by a live fern wall and bustling open kitchen, and makes a great setting to treat yo’self to the toffee-pecan monkey bread, buttery shrimp and grits and impossibly fluffy leek and chèvre scramble.
127 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; colonienyc.com
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