Best Brunch Spots in Brooklyn
By Rachel George
Black brunch is a rite of passage. It’s where you have casual conversations with your friends, eat chicken and waffles, drink bottomless mimosas and hope you accidentally bump into a potential bae. In Brooklyn, brunch is poppin’ every weekend. It’s a whole vibe of culture, music, art, fashion bottled into a borough of eclectic food and restaurants.
Here are the best brunch spots in Brooklyn.
Nothing but good vibes, good music by DJ Frei Speech, and your favorite southern cuisine here at this chic restaurant. So Jazzy, So Brooklyn, SOCO. Their menu is a fusion of Creole-inspired, Cajun, seafood, and a plethora of soul food dishes. You can get bottomless specials every Saturday, with a DJ included. For brunch, try their lobster shrimp and grits cornbread y’all.
Brunch at Sweet Science tends to pay homage to cultural moments and historical figures, such as the Bob Marley Lunch and the MLK Brunch in January. If you love gravy, try their delicious home-cooked biscuits, topped with their thick, delicious chicken sausage, smothered in gravy.
Another sweet spot is this edgy, steampunk-style bar in Crown Heights. Get into their retro-futuristic decor and a delicious Four Cheese Mac with white cheddar, parmesan, cream cheese, and baked mozzarella. Also check out the Biggie Breakfast, complete with a 16oz T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and a Welch’s grape juice champagne mimosa.
Enjoy unlimited drinks specials for $23, mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and screwdrivers. You’ll be treated to comfort food, classic cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, right here between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy. Rustik’s appetizing menu consists of panko-breaded fried catfish and home fries and their spotlighted Shrimp and Grits, but I’m leaning more towards the Fried Cheesecake.
At Sisters, their seasonal menu is custom tailored around the availability of their ingredients, local produce and dairy and organic, farm-fresh meats without hormones or antibiotics.
Joseph Adewumi and his wife, Maxine opened this restaurant in 2014, bridging the gap between Nigerian-Caribbean and American food for a delicious, sensational experience. In Nigeria’s Igbo dialect, Amarachi means “God’s Grace.” Prefixed brunch specials start at $45, featuring vegetable Stir Fry with Jollof Rice. Yum.
You can’t go wrong with Rum punch and a variety of bottomless, tropical mimosas and Sparkling Rum Punch to unwind from the week at this Brooklyn staple. Pricing is reasonable and the menu satisfies all of your Caribbean cravings from Jerk Salmon and Waffles, Jerk Bronzino w/Wilted Spinach to Coconut Fish and Grits and oxtail gravy smothered macaroni.
Have no expectations and take a tropical vacation while experiencing one of Suede’s 100 Caribbean-infused rum flavors for a delightful taste. Whether it’s for the food, drinks or upscale atmosphere, you’ll definitely be back, again and again, to take advantage of the outdoor, Caribbean buffet for $19.95. Escape to their sister restaurant Caribbean Soul on Flatbush Ave.
For veggie lovers like myself, this is the perfect place for southern-style food with a twist. Brussel sprouts, corn nuggets the turkey burger are a few crowd favorites. The Vanderbilt NYC recently upgraded their eclectic brunch menu with saltfish and crispy grits and the new Sea Urchin fishbowl, which goes great with just about anything.
You can’t talk about brunch in Brooklyn without mentioning Sweet Chick. They have some of the best-fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. Chill, soft-toned ambiance, great music selections, and hip-hop inspired cocktail list, its a lifestyle. “Spread love; it’s the Brooklyn way.” There are two locations one in Williamsburg and another in Prospect Heights.
Cheryl’s Global Soul
Just a cozy café around the way by Jamaican-born celebrity chef Cheryl at her restaurant. She moved to Brooklyn at 19, pursuing her master skills for cooking boasted by her mother. She’s working in some of the NYC’s top-notch restaurants, Tocqueville, and Bambou, and working alongside top chefs in the country. Enjoy southern cuisine with French, Asian and Moroccan flavors at this intimate restaurant in Prospect Park, right down the street from the Brooklyn Museum.