If you’re looking for a boozy brunch in Brooklyn, always trust the locals.
Living in Brooklyn means always being a stone’s throw from the best food in New York City, and without the crowds and tourists Manhattanites have to constantly deal with. You’ll often find better value and more menu creativity at Brooklyn restaurants than a lot of overpriced spots in NYC — with great flavor and options. You’ll constantly find new favorites, especially for brunch in Brooklyn. Those of us who live here absolutely have some tried and true favorites.
Next time you’re in the mood for a fun brunch, step outside of Manhattan and check out one of these 13 delicious spots for a boozy brunch in Brooklyn — and all the things you need to eat when you get there.
This spot is known for their pan-Latin cuisine, incredible empanada happy hour, and tropical drinks, but brunch is a special treat as well with unique finds like Arepa Steak – a white arepa topped with hogao sauce, grilled skirt steak and fried egg – among the choices and bottomless brunch bevvies can be added to your brunch for $20! As brunch cocktails run around $9 there, this is a seriously great value. This is a great choice for your first brunch in Brooklyn.
Bricolage is a new addition to the Park Slope brunch scene. It’s a Vietnamese spot by the same people behind San Francisco’s Slanted Door. A must try is the Breakfast Banh Mi, made with bacon, scrambled eggs, pickled carrot and daikon, jalapeño, cilantro, fries or salad. Brunch cocktails include Asian spins on classic brunch cocktails, like the Vietnamese Gin & Tonic, with gin, tonic, Thai basil, Chinese cucumber, lemon peel, bitters or the Thai Basil Gimlet with gin, pineapple gum, lime, and Thai basil.
Found in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, Catfish is a mix of Cajun and comfort food. It’s brunch fare has a NOLA-inspired spin. The Pain Perdu with creme brûlée battered “French toast,” port soaked cranberries, and powdered sugar is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Those who like savory dishes must try their Shrimp ‘N Grits with blackened shrimp, white cheddar, bacon, roasted garlic, and scallions. The Delta Omelet, which comes filled with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere cheese is another option. The cocktail menu includes Creole Bloody Mary’s, as well as Death In The Afternoon, which is made with Absinthe and sparkling wine.
An upscale Mexican joint with several locations in NYC, Fonda Park Slope is the original location and the most beloved. The chilaquiles with skirt steak is a crowd favorite and comes with bottomless refills of cocktail options. Go for the frozen hibiscus Rosalita.
At the helm of Kiwiana is New Zealand native Mark Simmons, a celebrity chef who brings the flavors of home and mixes it with local fare. The homemade scones are a must-try at brunch, but the porridge with poached pear is also lovely. As this menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients, it’s constantly changing.
With a $20 prix fixe brunch (beverage included) and gorgeous garden seating, Rose Water has been a popular Brooklyn staple for decades. Their breakfast tacos are delicious and popular, as are the smoked salmon and potato fishcakes.
A gorgeous Italian restaurant on Union Street, this spot is always crowded. Scottadito serves bottomless Prosecco cocktails at brunch and gorgeous pasta dishes. Tagliatelle is a crowd favorite. It’s homemade and prepared with melted brie, smoked prosciutto, arugula, and truffle oil.
Sweet Chick has locations around New York City (and Los Angeles), but the Brooklyn spots feel extra special. At both Brooklyn restaurants ( Williamsburg and Prospect Heights) there’s always a line for brunch. Choose between options like a grilled peach salad with sunflower seed pesto, epic biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles with red-eye gravy.
Another Park Slope-based reliable brunch spot, their Migas never disappoint. Their inventive “hangover soup” with spicy chicken broth, tomatoes, kale, garlic, and a poached egg is also a favorite for obvious reasons. It’s one of the brunch spots in Brooklyn that always delivers.
Don’t miss the Italian-style Eggs Benedict, with poached eggs, prosciutto, burrata, tomatoes, and hollandaise. The baked eggs dish with asparagus, spicy capocollo, and parmigiano is also a must try. Ten/Ten recommend this Italian spot just out of Windsor Terrace.
Fausto is one of the newest brunch spots in Brooklyn with old-world Italian soul. Their breakfast sandwich elevates a classic, pairing broccoli rabe and serrano sofrito with sausage, ricotta, and a fried egg. Be sure to try the poached eggs with braised duck, polenta, and pea greens.
This picturesque Park Slope institution with tons of outdoor seating is perfect for people watching. Their tempura oyster frittata with bacon and cheddar is unparalleled. But for the less adventurous, there’s delicious classics like steak and eggs or a short rib hash.