Best of the brunch: New eating options for the weekend

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It’s not quite breakfast, it’s not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end!

Brunch is the best meal of your weekend, and a Continental breakfast’s worth of new and interesting spots have opened in the last few weeks to meet your mimosa needs. Consider one of the following spots for brunch this weekend:

Bump & brunch

Disco naps are over — now we’re all about the disco brunch! Bar Schimmi, the eatery (and drinkery) attached to Williamsburg hotspot Schimanski is now hosting “Daft Brunch” on Sunday afternoons, where you can savor your food while a deejay spins French house music. You can go a la carte, or for $40 splash out with bottomless mimosas, your choice of five brunch dishes, and truffle fries for the table. After you eat, the party keeps going at the night club (or day club, in this case) next door until 9 pm.

Bar Schimmi [54 N. 11th St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–2299 Sundays at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm.

Gimme a Danish

Brand new brunch spot East One Coffee Roasters in Carroll Gardens is serving up the borough’s freshest coffee — it gets roasted right in the back room! Owners Tom Cummings and Morten Tjelum have previously opened shops in London and Copenhagen, so the brunch includes exotic fare like a Danish Brunch ($16) — which includes scrambled eggs, bacon, yogurt, charcuterie, cheese, bread, and jams — along with standards like pancakes ($12) and eggs benedict ($15). Don’t be distracted by the laptopper-filled coffee shop up front — in the back is a bright sit-down spot for a full meal.

East One Coffee Roasters [384 Court St. at Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens, (347) 987–4919,]. Sat–Sun, 8 am–4 pm.

Sleep in

No need to get up at the crack of noon — Park Slope pizza-and-more spot Gristmill is now serving brunch all day on Sundays, from 11 am to 10 pm. The eatery serves up some unusual dishes, most notably a blend of Italian and kosher cuisine called the “Loxness Knotster,” an everything garlic knot with smoked salmon, cream cheese, ricotta, and dill ($7).

Gristmill [289 Fifth Ave. between First and Second streets in Park Slope, (718) 499–2424,]. Sat, 11 am–3 pm; Sun, 11 am–10 pm.

Muppets & muffins

All this month, the Nitehawk restaurant and cinema has been hosting a musical brunch series — but this weekend’s is the best, because you can chow down on your bacon while watching Miss Piggy vamp her way through the classic “Muppets Take Manhattan!” Order any of the brunch dishes as “The Breakfast Club” for $15 and get a mimosa or Bloody Mary includedf.

Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980,]. April 22–23 at 11:45 am. $12 admission.

Plant yourself

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has opened a new dining spot, the Yellow Magnolia Cafe, which looks over the Lily Pool terrace. You will have to pay the Garden’s admission price to get in ($15, but free if you get in before noon on Saturdays!). Once you’ve built up an appetite by wandering through the flowers, you can settle in for a weekend brunch, with appropriately plant-focused dishes such as beet latke benedict ($17) and blood orange French toast brulee ($16), alongside more lunchy fare like cheeseburgers and fish tacos.

Yellow Magnolia Cafe at Brooklyn Botanic Garden [990 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200,]. $15 ($8 teens, kids free).

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 1:34 am, July 10, 2018
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