Wake-Up Call: The Best Brunch in Brooklyn Is Worth the Subway Ride

Updated 05/21/18

It's inevitable. Sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, the urge to go to brunch hits like clockwork for most Manhattanites. Whether it's post-workout or after a lazy morning catching up on sleep, the promise of cold brew, breakfast cocktails, French toast, and scrambled eggs lures us out of our homes and into the nearest brunch spot. But unless we've planned ahead, getting into a popular brunch restaurant on a sunny Saturday can be harder than nabbing a ticket to a Beyoncé concert.

Luckily, we've mapped out your next weekend plans, and it involves the best brunch in Brooklyn. If you're visiting New York or simply are in search of something different from your usual neighborhood haunt, these Brooklyn restaurants are worth the subway ride. With cuisines ranging from Peruvian to Italian and Middle Eastern, there's a little something to satisfy all taste buds.

Le Fanfare

Best Brunch in Greenpoint
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If pasta for breakfast is no foreign concept to you, run to Le Fanfare, a quaint rustic Italian restaurant in the heart of Greenpoint. This is the ideal spot to carbo-load after a hard morning workout. Even if spaghetti is not your idea of a perfect brunch dish, the mascarpone-stuffed French toast or market vegetable frittata is sure to delight.

Where to go: Greenpoint

What to order: Lemon-ricotta pancakes or a spaghetti alla carbonara.

Sundays in Brooklyn

Best Brunch in Brooklyn
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As the name would suggest, Sunday in Brooklyn is the quintessential place to brunch on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The New Yorker even called it "Brooklyn's hedonistic brunch." The Williamsburg restaurant is three stories of welcoming, easygoing attitude and mouthwatering dishes. It even has an upstairs garden should the weather permit.

Where to go: Williamsburg

What to order: A sticky bun and malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter.

Cecconi's

Best Brunch in Dumbo
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Reserve a table outside because Cecconi's in DUMBO has the best views in all of New York City. Located on the waterfront overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, Cecconi's serves up a classic brunch with an Italian twist. Think pastries and eggs but also pizza, pasta, and other Italian delicacies.

Where to go: DUMBO

What to order: Baked egg "arrabiata" with sourdough and a whipped ricotta and truffle honey crostini.

Meme's Diner

Best Brunch in Prospect Park
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Sometimes, you just want to sit in a diner and eat simple, classic food. If this is what you're in the mood for, head over to Meme's Diner in Prospect Park, a reimagined diner that serves up updated classics from breakfast sandwiches to chicken biscuits. They will even indulge your childhood fantasies with a milk and cereal dish with yogurt pannacotta, roasted rhubarb, and caramelized rice crispies.

Where to go: Prospect Park

What to order: Dutch baby pancakes and chili oil fried eggs.

Llama Inn

Best Brunch in Williamsburg
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You'll never know you needed a Peruvian brunch in your life until you try Williamsburg's Llama Inn. Sun-filled, stylish, and colorful, the space just seems made for a cocktail-infused brunch. The food is sure to impress too. The chef, Erik Ramirez, is an Eleven Madison Park alumn, cooking up tamales with fried egg and shrimp and fresh ceviches.

Where to go: Williamsburg

What to order: Beef picadillo empanadas and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage, taleggio, and chimichurri.

Miss Ada

Best Brunch in Fort Greene
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Craving a seriously delicious shakshuka and freshly baked pita bread? Head over to Fort Greene for Miss Ada, a Middle Eastern restaurant serving up inventive dishes that will leave you begging for more. Think lamb shawarma hummus, house-made labneh, and a selection of Yemeni pastries.

Where to go: Fort Greene

What to order: The whipped ricotta is a must, as is the selection of pita bread and the shakshuka.

Sauvage

Best Brunch Restaurants in Brooklyn
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Sauvage just lends itself to the perfect brunch spot. Facing McCarren Park in Williamsburg, the neo-bistro has quaint outdoor seating in the summer, a delightful cocktail list, and food to match. The kitchen serves up French-inspired dishes like frittata Lorraine, steak and egg frites, and an almond French toast.

Where to go: Greenpoint

What to order: This place is known for its burger, but you also can't go wrong with a grain bowl or a stack of pancakes.

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