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Feb 19, 2005 05:19 PM

Best Brunch in Park Slope?

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I'm tired of the places I've been going for Brunch in the Slope (Dizzy's, etc.) -- I would love some new reccomendations...

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  1. I love Applewood. The omelet menu is great. You pick two ingredients and also get grits or potatoes and a biscuit or toast, and a side of fruit. I highly recommend the hot chocolate as well.

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    1. re: jfostarmy

      i go to beso with the gf nearly every weekend...there's occasionally a wait but the place turns over tables very fast and the service is excellent. everything on the menu is great but we usually get the empanadas and latin eggs benedict...we tried the amazing chocolate stuffed french toast but it was a bit too sweet.

      for cheap, la taqueria has a decent mexican brunch...chorizo and eggs...very yummy.

      moutarde is good...their eggs florentine was great. id like to try stone park and applewood for brunch as they're my favorite slope restaurants but keep forgetting.

      lately, ive taken the train to bubby's every brunch in the city in my opinion.

      1. re: jp

        I have to take exception to the service at Beso being excellent. Never had anything but mediocre to terrible service there, although I still go on occasion. They make a great cafe con leche and will give free refills.
        What's so great about Bubby's?

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          (no relation to Bubby)

          I've had brunch there a few months ago - it was good ole basics, friendly service too. Nice space, but it's not cozy and sound really travels - so if there is even one screaming child (and you can bet on that) it's like amplified so it sounds like the kid is being murdered. Difficult to enjoy food under those circumstances.

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            just wanted to second the comment regarding the service at beso... have always found it to be pretty poor. and i have eaten there more than a couple of times. but sadly not much anymore. i enjoy the food , but when simple things like getting a coffee before your meal is served becomes an ordeal...

          2. re: jp

            I have to say that I disagree regarding brunch at Beso: we took our in-laws there on a recent weekend, and found that although service was just fine, the food was very disappointing. The empanadas were dry and tasted only of oil and flour; the french toast with dulce de leche was overly sweet, soggy (no crispy exterior) and doused with powdered sugar. The accompanying fruit cup was a joke. This is clearly a restaurant that overdoes everything and doesn't actually make decisions; rather, they seemed to just toss everything into the mix, with disasterous results. Once again, nothing against the service, just the food.

        2. Why is brunch so very important to Park Slopers. I never understood why so many people would wait hours to get into Dizzy's (much as I like the place).

          Anyhow, try 12th St. Grill (12th St & 8th Ave.) - I'm addicted to the French Toast w/fruit.

          Also Soto Voce (7th Ave) might still have a decent brunch, though I'm boycotting the place - dinner standards have gone downhill.

          I'd also venture down to 5th Ave - Belleville, Mustarde, Tempo, etc..... you did not say you necessarily wanted cheap.

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          1. re: BigBubba

            sotto voce is terrible, for brunch or dinner.

            cafe steinhof does a decent brunch - love the farmer's dumplings w/ mushrooms. good bloody marys as well.

            Applewood takes the cake for food, but their bloody's lack spice.

            1. re: terrier

              Well, at least you confirmed what I have noticed about Sotto Voce. It started going downhil about 2 years ago. We used to eat there all the time, then it just faded in large and small ways. I think they were a victim of their success. Always crowds waiting to get in, so they got sloppy and figured out they did not have to actually concern themselves with quality or value.

              Too bad - I'm sure we're not the only loyal customers they've lost.

          2. j

            Have you tried Cocotte on 5th Ave. and 4th St.? We just went yesterday for the first time in awhile, and really enjoyed my brunch. They start you off with a basket of homemade bakery breads (ours had pear in it--yum!), and I had the crepe, which had an egg, cheese and prosciutto in it. It was really yummy.

            I don't care for Rosewater's brunch-- not enough "brunchy" egg or pancake dishes on the menu.

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            1. re: JessicaSophia

              Wow! Rosewater is one of my favorite brunches in the city, not just the Slope. They have great blueberry pancakes and lots of other excellent items.

              1. re: Peter Cuce

                Maybe I'll give it another try... I know their menu changes frequently. I just feel like the two times I've been, I hadn't been too excited about the offerings!

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              Charlotte Russe

              I had a delicious brunch at Surreal Cafe on 5th Ave & Prospect Place yesterday. We had the breakfast burrito, florentine eggs benedict, and pancake with fruit - all were delicious and reasonably priced. It's a very open, airy and inviting environment. The staff is friendly and attentive plus they are child-friendly (we had an infant with us.) Will return soon.

              1. The two places I always go, which have never disappointed me, are Beso (5th ave) and Cousin John's (7th Ave). Sometimes there is a long wait at Beso, but it is totally worth it for their cuban egg sandwich, and there is the best eggs florentine at Cousin John's. Also at cousin john's they start you off with this really great chocolate bread with a side of whole berry jam, and they serve brunch until 3 pm. I think I'll go today!