Along the southern drag of Bedford Avenue, the Rabbithole is an all-day brunch institution that brings in hoards of Brooklynites on weekends for French-style omelettes, pancakes with spiced walnuts, and of course, bloody marys. On weekdays, it caters mostly to neighborhood regulars who come for housebaked pastries and lunch staples like baguette sandwiches and BLTs. Its charming back garden makes it one of Williamsburg’s outdoor dining gems.
With its casually chic Parisian vibe and sweet vintage decor, it’s easy to fall in love with Williamsburg’s Cafe Colette. Owned by Zab Stewart of Hotel Delmano and Union Pool, this adorable boite is where the beautiful people go for a simple and rustic brunch or dinner. Sit at their zinc bar and enjoy a gin-soaked Hot Blonde or feast on their charred Spanish octopus and duck confit in the stylish greenhouse garden.
If you can snag a table in one of Hotel Delmano’s lush and cozy back rooms, you’ll have found the best date spot in Williamsburg. Owned by Zab Stewart of Union Pool and Cafe Colette, this epoch-specific upscale cocktail bar meets speakeasy has drinks that will knock you off your feet. Sip on their sherry and orange biters-based Ghost Dance or an apricot eau-de-vie and lemongrass gomme syrup infused Cloud Walker. With menu loaded with delicious cocktails, you’ll need their savory Anchovy Toast and or oysters from their Raw Bar to top off the night.
Although its located inside the same space that houses an Urban Outfitters, there’s an old world charm to this Brooklyn eatery. With chef Ilan Hall (you may know him from Top Chef) at the helm, expect a menu that reflects his Israeli and Scottish heritage, featuring dishes like the “Jewish Lunchbox” (fried barley, poached egg, gifilte fish, dill’d kimchi) or the Bacon-wrapped Matzoh Balls. Head up to their newly opened roof bar and sip on stirred cocktails like the Wingtip Manhattan or the rum-soaked Jet Pilot.
You’re going to want to carve out some time for brunch at Le Barricou, but it’s more than worth the wait. With a busting weekend scene, expect to have a leisurely meal at this French country bistro in the heart of Williamsburg. Owned by restauranteur Marquet Patisserie, the menu boasts brunch staples with Parisian accents, like the hearty Croque Madame or the heavenly oven-baked pancakes that come with a 30-minute disclaimer.
Where else can you get dishes like Matzoh Ball Ramen, Pastrami Fried Rice Wrapped in Egg Sake Kasu Challah? This Williamsburg eatery blends together the culture and heritage of its prestigious chefs, Aaron Israel (formerly of Mile End) and Sawako Okochi of Good Fork, for a unique fusion of authentic Jewish and Japanese cuisine. They’re playful menu and attitude for epicurean experimentation makes them an must-try for brunch and dinner in the neighborhood.
This super tiny 12-seat Japanese kitchen is well worth the daily wait. As the first brick and mortar from fish distributor and ramen guru, Yuji Haraguchi alongside Tara Norvell, Okonomi focuses on regional seafood and waste-conscious Mottainai philosophy. Harkening back to traditional Japanese culture and cuisine, come early for the set Ichiju Sansai breakfast and lunch and return in the evening for their seafood-based ramen dinner specialty.
Humboldt & Jackson celebrates its second summer as one of the most unique spaces in Brooklyn. Opened by Brooklyn Star’s Bill Reed, the patriotically-themed bar and event space offers a rotating tasting menu, curated by a roster of famed guest chefs. Nibble on locally-sourced meats, cheeses, and veggies paired with their extensive list of American beer and wine either around their welcoming front room bar or their banquet style massive back room.
The magic of Barcelona heads to Greenpoint with a chic and much-needed tapas bar. From Catalan owner and restauranteur Elena March, the small plate style restaurant was named after the historic Spanish district and puts a contemporary spin on classic tapas fare. Try the crispy rabbit, octopus legs a la piedra, or the quail legs and pair it with one of their 29 Spanish wines.