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Best brunch in Cobble Hill metro area?

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Live in Cobble Hill but haven't been out to brunch in ages. The little one is away for the weekend, so we've got one brunch slot open. Anything excellent we should consider?

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  1. Chestnut, Smith and Degraw

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    1. re: Larry Brooks

      bar tabac & hill diner (although the service at hill can sometimes be dismal, the food never disappoints and it is so charmingly neighborhoody).

      1. re: vatl619

        Hill Diner is "closed for renovations"--so not an option for this weekend. I think Chestnut is the class of Smith Street for brunch (Sundays only). Also like Stone Park Cafe on 5th Ave/3rd Street in the Slope--but you definitely need reservations for that.

        1. re: vatl619

          Like most places on Smith Street, Bar Tabac suffers from terrible service that couldn't care less about you. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody unless the diner in question was looking for some simulacra of what people think a french bistro looks like.

          Cafe Luluc does the whole French bistro thing better with cheaper (and better) food with a somewhat constistently intact waitstaff that aren't waiting to roll their eyes at you.

          1. re: AmityGuy1

            I agree - Luluc is better than Tabac, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that their service is good. It's a shame that both of these bistros/cafes have bad service.

            1. re: AmityGuy1

              I think the service issue at Tabac is due solely to the large crowds and tight space. Other than the fact that they're busy, I haven't had any issues with service; my experience is that it's no different there than any other smallish place with lots of customers.

              I haven't eaten a Luluc in a long time, but I enjoy much of Tabac's menu, as do my 8- and 6-year olds.

          2. re: Larry Brooks

            went to chestnut for brunch yesterday. they were out of the oatmeal pancakes, chicken/avocado sandwich, and bloody mary mix. the menu is already quite small to begin with....the burger wasn't even offered to come with cheese, i got a very end slice of rotted tomato, and my wifes huevos rancheros were bland to the point of non existence. the waitress was really apologetic about it all, i guess off days happen, but most of everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. bummer, as i really wanted the place to be good. :-(

            1. re: TBird

              It's sad that Chestnut's brunch is so bad on a regular basis because their dinner is wonderful.

          3. i think SAVOIA has a nice brunch. the decor is nice, too. get the fennel salad with roasted calamari. really nice and decent sized. altho i have to add that others at my table didnt think their omelettes were too great.

            1. Irish breakfast at Ceol...actually turned me into a pudding fan.

              1. patois has a good brunch $12.95 w/unlimited bloodies and mermosas (spelling?)

                1. Boerum Hill Food Company. This place doesn't get enough credit for its great coffee, low-key yet attentive service, and, oh yeah, awesome food! (Brunch in particular - I went there almost every Sunday when I lived off Smith St.)

                  1. alma (which technically isn't in cobble hill, but it's a nice walk on a weekend morning...). anywhere else i'm disappointed (which easily happens, since brunch is by nature a sort of disappointing meal...)

                    1. Having not been in ages because there service was regularly terrible, I ended up at Apt 138 for brunch with family a couple weekends ago.

                      They're redone the back patio and its really quite pretty out there now. The service was markedly better than my memory of it. And the food was good --- we had french toast, eggs benedict, pancakes. No complaints. And free mimosas.

                      In the past I've had very tasty blueberry stuffed french toast there too.

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                      1. re: Nehna

                        went recently to apt 138, but not for brunch. in fact, i think it was late night dining. like after 12 if that is possible. all was well.