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Brooklyn Sting: Brunching in Brooklyn

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 3:00 pm by Tara in Cultural Bees. More in 11201

I just don’t know what I did with my weekends before I moved to New York and discovered brunch.


As a fresh-off-the-boat, wet-behind-the-ears Brit, it’s been heaven to find myself washed ashore in the culinary paradise of Boerum Hill. With Smith Street’s Restaurant Row just a few short blocks away there’s been no holding me back from spending many a lazy Saturday and Sunday sitting in front of a heaped plate of eggs and a cheeky brunch-time cocktail. I knew there had to be a reason for leaving all my friends and family half a world away – and here it is, served up with a smile and a generous portion of home fries.

In fact, it was being taken to brunch at Bar Tabac that persuaded me to move to the area in the first place. The eggs benedict at this charming little French bistro were delicious, but what really made it special was the live band (complete with um-pahing tuba) playing in the corner, and the perfect $3.95 mimosas. It’s like being transported to Paris for an hour or two, but without the rude waiters rolling their eyes at you.

In London weekend breakfasts are all about frying up sausages, eggs and bacon up in a big pan, or going to your local greasy spoon where an old guy in a stained apron will do it for you. The concept of a full brunch menu, complete with cut-price cocktails, seemed decadent beyond belief. So when I started hearing stories of restaurants offering bottomless mimosas I knew I was going to love my new home town.

While I have yet to try all-you-can-drink breakfast alcohol (seriously New Yorkers, what do you do with the rest of the day?), I did enjoy a trip to Williamsburg’s Hare Field Road, where $12 gets you Huevos Rancheros, coffee and a damn fine Bloody Mary. If you’ve got the stamina to stick it out til 4.30pm (whilst jealous hipsters eye your table hungrily), there’s also live music to help you ease yourself into next week. But if you, like my boyfriend, are a real Bloody Mary snob, then you should definitely consider joining the queues outside flash Carroll Garden’s newbie Buttermilk Channel and slugging down a Star of the Sea, which comes complete with oyster.

If you’ve got a hot brunch tip, or any advice on how to spend your Sunday after tanking up on endless Mimosas, do drop me a line at [email protected]. It’s a brave new world for me, so any hints would be gratefully appreciated!

Twice a month I’ll be exploring the best that Brooklyn can offer, both to the long-term resident, and to people like me, who are just starting their love affair with the borough. When you’re a stranger in a new town you throw yourself into a host of new experiences. My cunning plan is to get you to throw yourself right after me…

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