A quaint neighbourhood with subtle hipster vibes, Williamsburg is one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. Located in the borough of Brooklyn, its streets are lined with cool boutiques, vintage shops and brunch spots that surpass many others.
Whereas neighbourhoods like Chelsea and SoHo are bustling with tourists and swift-paced New Yorkers, Williamsburg offers a more relaxed vibe. A 40-minute train ride from the heart of the city, it’s a place for city dwellers to escape all the crowds and for visitors to experience a more chilled out atmosphere.
One of the most leisurely activities, of course, is brunching, and after strolling around the neighbourhood, what could be better? These are 5 of the top brunch spots in Williamsburg.
1.The Rabbithole, photo: @rabbitholerestaurant
A trendy spot to brunch after a morning stroll, Rabbithole is one of Williamsburg’s best. With homemade pastries baked in their very own pantry and speciality drinks like sea salt hot chocolate and house-made chai, they have plenty in store. I opted for the lox on a sourdough baguette with a side of sweet potato soup and I can’t recommend it enough. You can choose from dishes such as steak and eggs, pancakes with spiced walnuts, or their signature Rabbithole Florentine.
2. Allswell: Instagram: @allswellnyc
A daily changing menu makes Allswell a must each time you visit Williamsburg. The rustic pub works closely with farmers to offer local, sustainably sourced food. Order a brunch classic like the avocado toast or buttermilk pancakes with blueberries for a truly delicious start to your day. If you’re in the mood for something light, a biscuit with ricotta and honey may catch your fancy, or if you’re feeling the lunch side of brunch, one of their signature burgers is sure to keep you satisfied.
3. Meadowsweet: Instagram: @meadowsweetnyc
From Thursday to Sunday, Meadowsweet offers a brunch menu that gives everyone else a run for their money. Choose from a list of offerings such as a mushroom and goat cheese omelette, huevos rancheros, or duck confit hash and eggs. You may also be tempted to try one of their cocktails made with herbs sourced from their indoor garden. The Venetian Spritz is a fancy twist on the mimosa, while the Sweet and Southern with bourbon and espresso just might be the best start to your day.
4. Juliette: Instagram: @juliettebkny
The French-inspired atmosphere and dishes have secured Juliette a top brunch spot in the Williamsburg borough. Its winter garden is a nice escape from the hustle of the city, while the seasonal rooftop offers an open air terrace and feel-good vibes. Munch on crispy duck confit, or eggs “forestière” – a blend of wild mushrooms, Tuscan kale, artichokes and fried farm eggs on sourdough garlic toast. The options are plentiful and mouth-watering, to say the least.
5. Egg Restaurant: Instagram: @pigandegg
With options ranging from organic grits and eggs to biscuits and gravy, or French toast with Vermont maple syrup, Egg restaurant is a must-stop brunch place in Williamsburg. The mismatched chairs, paper-covered tables and old time music make for a leisurely spot to catch up with friends any day of the week. Couple your eats with a sweet tea, milkshake or fresh lemonade for the ultimate brunching experience.