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best unusual brunch in park slope?

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emiloo Apr 15, 2005 01:17 PM

i feel like most restaurants i've been to basically have the same brunch menu: eggs benny, huevos rancheros, some mystical fruit pancake or waffle, maybe a salad or panini. and those are all good but it seems like it's the same fare from place to place. are there any restaurants in park slope that go above and beyond the call of duty? i like cocotte's brunch a lot, 2nd street's and dizzy's is ok too. haven't been to applewood or rosewater for brunch. i'm looking for a really interesting and different brunch menu...not the run-of-the-mill eggs and coffee.

any suggestions?
thanks.

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    terrier RE: emiloo Apr 15, 2005 02:09 PM

    I believe Coco Roco (the Peruvian place on 5th ave) has a brunch - that might qualify. I've never been, but love the place for dinner.

    Applewood's brunch gets high marks from me despite merely decent bloody marys (I demand excellence) because they have the best bacon i've ever had in my life. Better than Luger's.

    Cafe Steinhof has a great brunch. I like the farmer's dumplings with wild mushrooms. Top notch bloody marys as well.

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      paulinalake RE: terrier Jun 5, 2007 05:26 PM

      Yeah, they make their own ketchup, but who cares if it sucks (as it does). What's wrong with Heinz?

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        flo RE: paulinalake Feb 4, 2008 07:22 AM

        who makes their own ketchup ? I have never heard of anybody doing that.

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      rubyhamms RE: emiloo Apr 16, 2005 12:33 PM

      GOTO ROSEWATER ASAP! they make their own ketschup! that is beyond the call of duty. also they use strange and exciting ingredients.

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        josh L RE: rubyhamms Jun 5, 2007 01:21 PM

        rosewater makes the best brunch in ps. get the salt cod cakes w/ poached eggs. excellent.

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        peter carey RE: emiloo Apr 17, 2005 09:21 PM

        I am personally not crazy about rosewater. But it's been a while since I've been there.

        I would go to beso on 5th and union for something different-- (make sure to get the thick bread with the mango jam and dulce du leche). The decor is kind of a turnoff and so i didn't go in there for a while, but when I did, i was surprisingly pleased. There is also a place on Flatbush called Prospect Cafe that serves interesting dishes (still eggs, mind you) called Eggs Cubano (and their huevos is actually quite good).....

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          Ralphus RE: peter carey Jun 5, 2007 01:04 PM

          I second Beso. Atmosphere is definitely lacking, but we've never had a bad brunch there. Our favorite is the Mangu Con Huevos. It's a shimp and plaintain cake topped with a poached egg and chili hollandaise. Also the Latin Eggs Benedict is good (on a yuca cheese muffin with chorizo). Specials are consistently good. Last weekend I had a salmon/chorizo cake that was outstanding. Very fresh juices as well (favorite is the watermelon or strawberry).

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            Budino RE: Ralphus Jun 5, 2007 06:40 PM

            Also a huge fan of Beso for brunch. I like Rose Water, too.

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              pastoralia RE: Ralphus Jun 6, 2007 12:43 PM

              I love Beso's brunch but the wait can get long and the service is seriously the worst service in Brooklyn. I've had servers actually sit down at tables that their friends are at and chat for awhile--and we'd been there for 15 minutes!

              It's so irritating.

              Try Bogota instead. (5th and St. John?) They have some really interesting choices.

              I like Stone Park too...the oysters and eggs with white cheddar is delicious and I've never seen it too busy.

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              catherinejones RE: peter carey Jun 6, 2007 03:11 PM

              I have tried Rosewater on several occassions - always hoping that my experiences there will get better - and always disappointed. The food is overpriced, the waitstaff leaves much to be desired, and it just doesn't taste that good. Definitely not somewhere worth going out of your way to.

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              Irving RE: emiloo Apr 18, 2005 09:20 AM

              Stone Park CAfe has a great brunch with different dishes. I had eggs with fried oysters (pictured in New York Magazine this week). It was delicious.

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                safffron RE: Irving Apr 19, 2005 01:28 PM

                Just a word about Stone Park Cafe and weekend brunch ... calling ahead might be a good idea. We arrived about 1:00 on Sunday and there were 12 names on the wait list, and those people were waiting for phone calls from the restaurant to learn that a table was about to become available. The anticipated wait was 30 minutes, but it was obvious that it would be longer.

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                ceasar11 RE: emiloo Jun 5, 2007 08:26 AM

                Santo Palo. Very Unusual. I have had tiny tortias, an avacado salad, roasted banana, mushroom soup and all fantastic. my vegan friend loves it and it ws my idea. the place is beautifiul and defeinitely difereent. the tables alone inspire lust. Think of it as a tapas breakfast however. order a few small things taht intregie you. - is it brunch, really? well there are some eggs, but it is very very good, fresh and unusual.

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                  sam1 RE: ceasar11 Jun 5, 2007 01:22 PM

                  ugh...i hated my meal at palo santo...not interested in starting off my day there.

                  as for brunch, applewood was quite good...i thought their veal hash and eggs were great. also worth checking out, cheryl's global kitch 2 blocks from grand army, as well as beast.

                  im not a fan of rosewater's brunch but yes, its certainly different.

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                    bluishgnome RE: sam1 Jun 6, 2007 03:03 PM

                    Sam, I know where you're coming from regarding Palo Santo but I decided to give them another try and was pleasantly surprised at the end of my second meal. My first time was during Brooklyn Restaurant Week and it was just horrid... but I've found that restaurants suck during that week, so you can't really judge them. Second time, it was for an early dinner at the bar. Sit at the bar, it's fun watching the open kitchen and easier to flag down those servers who sometimes tend to disappear. Third time was brunch in the back room. Try the mimosa, it's made with freshly squeezed orange juice. Anything that comes in their handmade tortillas is good (tacquitos and quesadillas, especially.) They use fresh, authentic ingredients all around their menu. And it all tastes great! For me, there will be a fourth visit to Palo Santo and many more afterward.

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                    sharonm RE: ceasar11 Jun 6, 2007 10:49 AM

                    I second ceasar11. Palo Santo is excellent for brunch. Definitely hit Rose Water too. i has a sardine omelette there a while back that redefined sardines! Even though it's not brunch officially Havana outpost in Fort Greene has a great vibe and frozen mojitos.

                  3. sherri912 RE: emiloo Jan 22, 2008 06:50 PM

                    to respond to a few comments, i'm a huge fan of rosewater's brunch - the food is organic, fresh, innovative, and always mouthwatering, and the service has always been great. but go early or the wait will be loooong. palo santo also has a great brunch but everything is a la carte and it's a little pricey. beso was awesome but unfortunately it closed a while ago :(

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                      ceasar11 RE: sherri912 Jan 23, 2008 08:23 AM

                      a la carte!! that's totally what i ment!

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                        cdog RE: ceasar11 Jan 23, 2008 08:46 AM

                        santo palo is different and good. applewood also fits the bill, but i am tired of waiting 40 minutes or longer to get a seat and their drinks are never that good. the bloody is average the mimosas are terrible.

                        i would stay away from Little D as they are starting lose a step. i really enjoyed this place when it first opened, but they aren't consistent and have no problem putting medicore food on the plate.

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                          sam1 RE: cdog Jan 23, 2008 11:13 AM

                          applewood's bloody mary is weird...its like a milky tomato juice...

                          other than that, its not unusual but its by far the best brunch ive had in brooklyn let alone the slope. the wait is annoying but i always enjoy my meals there.

                          as for little d...i tried it once last summer and was pretty disappointed...just boring food.

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                            Peter Cuce RE: sam1 Jan 23, 2008 02:16 PM

                            I agree with you. Little D is a bit pretentious with their descriptions and food that doesn't live up to them.
                            Applewood's definitely one of the top brunches in Brooklyn. I enjoyed the blood mary there quite a bit last time I was there a few weeks back.

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                              suekrag RE: Peter Cuce Feb 2, 2008 01:12 PM

                              Brunch at Palo Santo isn't very good, but dinner is by far the best in Park Slope or Brooklyn for that matter. In fact, Palo Santo is in my top five for the whole city. The food is so fresh and lovingly prepared. I can't rave about it enough. Applewood is okay. The food is of very high quality but I think the preparation is lacking. The eggs aren't cooked correctly, and the sausage is good but too greasy. However, I disagree with the comments above about Applewood's drinks. The drinks are amazing! I had a watermelon margarita there that was one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. The Bloody Marys are spicy and fresh. Wow, are their drinks good.

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                                pastoralia RE: Peter Cuce Feb 10, 2008 01:10 PM

                                Brunch at Little D is underwhelming but I love their Coke braised short ribs and mac n' cheese for dinner. I mean, c'mon we need more restaurants where a husband and wife take the time to cook for you every night.

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                                  cdog RE: pastoralia Feb 11, 2008 07:02 AM

                                  the problem is that they don't cook for you every night. in the past year or so, they have been around less and less. during the first year, i cannot remember ever having meal when one of them wasn't in the house.

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                        ceasar11 RE: emiloo Feb 11, 2008 07:56 AM

                        Bogata on 5th. It has some pretty interesting breakfasts, either brunch specials or a la carte, if you are interested in somehting smaller.
                        it goes a little beyond huevos rangeros.
                        I also like their spicy bloody marias.

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