Brunch and Bougie, Brooklyn: Top Four Places to Brunch
Savannah White contributed to this article.
It’s a Saturday morning in Brooklyn Heights, and the 2/3 train isn’t running from Clark St. Instead of settling for some toast in your apartment, try out one of these delicious, classic brunch spots found in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. From classic, filling American fare to healthy, farm-to-table, these four picks will have you falling in love with being stranded in Brooklyn. Even if you don’t live in the area, these go-to spots are perfect for a lazy weekend and highlight the best of Brooklyn Heights eating.
Looking for a quaint, tucked-away spot for an easy brunch in Brooklyn? Search no further than Iris Cafe. Located on Columbia Pl., this charming restaurant is only minutes away from Clark St. and Pier 5 and offers a tastefully selected brunch menu. Items range from scrumptious avocado toast (a customer favorite, according to the waitstaff) to salmon and soup. Top it all off with a whimsical atmosphere, complete with vines and sparkly lights inside, and this picturesque spot is perfect for a late morning brunch or the perfect Instagram opp.
Bottom line: If you are in the mood for a simple, picturesque brunch not too far from home, look no further.
Where: 20 Columbia Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Friday/Saturday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Notes: Iris Cafe actually has a store right next door that is packed with goodies, so be sure to check it out once you finish brunch!
Craving: Filling, well-done, upscale, classic brunch with a twist.
This quintessential neighborhood spot offers everything from pancakes to quiche, and is only minutes from the promenade, perfect for an after-brunch walk. Heights Cafe, with its classic old-Brooklyn charm, has both indoor and outdoor seating, so be sure to enjoy a brunch al-fresco when the weather is nice. Their menu includes hearty pancakes and bacon, fresh salads, quiches, frittatas, and more.
Bottom line: This restaurant is a neighborhood classic for good reason. With plenty of options and ambiance, Heights Cafe gives you the full Brooklyn brunch experience.
Where: 214 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Notes: There typically isn’t a wait, but you may want to come early to get outdoor seating. Heights Cafe also brings out a muffin basket free of charge, so be sure to take advantage!
Craving: Classic, hearty, decadent
Friend of a Farmer
Located on Montague, the historic shopping street of Brooklyn Heights, Friend of a Farmer reinvents the farm-fresh brunch. Opened in 1986, Friend of a Farmer is a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement. The warm lighting and fresh vegetables and fruits displayed throughout the restaurant creates a cozy and rural atmosphere. “We really care about where our food comes from,” a waitress said. “Most of our food we carry is local to the state. We store most of our produce in the store.” Friend of a Farmer provides customers with a familiar feeling found only in the countryside. With locally grown seasonal ingredients, they serve everything from fresh-pressed juices to hearty apple pancakes with honey whipped butter and homemade syrup, to every kind of omelette imaginable.
Bottom Line: If you are craving a filling and hearty meal in the relaxed atmosphere of the countryside, Friend of a Farmer hits the spot.
Where: 76 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Notes: Fresh, local vegetables are kept in baskets around the restaurant, you can see exactly where your food is coming from.
Price: $10- $20
Craving: Fresh, healthy, yet hearty meals that will keep you full the entire afternoon.
Jack the Horse Tavern
This double-storefront tavern fits perfectly into the small-town streetscape of Brooklyn Heights. Jack the Horse Tavern is full of vintage touches including a beige, pressed-tin ceiling, exposed brick and a wall of antique clocks. From the full, dark-stained bar with six taps to the craft paper covers on the tables to the wreaths lining the ceiling, this tavern creates a soft and warm atmosphere.
“The Big Breakfast Burrito is a favorite,” a waiter said. “With sour cream, queso, rice and eggs, it’s worth every cent and will leave you feeling full.” Serving everything from gluten-free granola with fresh fruit to cheese burgers and steak and eggs, this restaurant has something for everyone.
Bottom Line: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city, escape to the small-town feel of Jack the Horse Tavern.
Where: 66 Hicks St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 at Cranberry St.
Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Notes: Go for the sides, for only $5 you get a towering pile of sizzling bacon.
Price: $10- $26
Craving: Fresh-brewed black coffee and a quiet atmosphere, Jack the Horse Tavern is a must.
Whether you’re in the mood for a filling, classic brunch or a hearty, farm-to-table meal, these Brooklyn staples have you covered!