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Saturday lunch in Brooklyn?

niia Mar 5, 2009 07:17 AM

Going to BAM for a 2PM show this Saturday. Love Franny's, but looking for somewhere different. So many of the new Brooklyn places are only open for dinner. We'll have a car, so don't mind driving a bit and then coming back to BAM, so could be outside the immediate neighborhood.
Any suggestions for a great, casual lunch near BAM — or within a 10 or 15 minute drive? Thanks!

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  1. malibu RE: niia Mar 5, 2009 08:20 AM

    Williamsburg is my home turf and I would suggest Dressler first, which doesn't seem to get too overrun at lunch time. They have an amazing burger they only served at brunch and a couple other lunch-ish options in addition to brunch options. The prices are reasonable for brunch, I think the burger is $12 and comes with a mound of quality fries, egg dishes run about $10. Pretty good deal considering the quality at Dressler.

    Motorino also comes to mind. It usually isn't a madhouse in there for Saturday lunch time. Lots of places in the neighborhood tend to get over-run for 'brunch'.

    I have been to exactly 3 spots in Fort Greene... Stonehome Wine, Thomas Beisl and Bonita. All somewhat disappointing (food wise), not very memorable and I would not suggest them as options unless you are just drinking.

    1. bobjbkln RE: niia Mar 6, 2009 07:04 PM

      Depends how upscale you want to go. The River Café is open for lunch at noon. You could easly be out by 1:30. On the other end of the scale, Stir it Up is a friendly Jamaican restaurant just a few blocks from BAM. In between (georgrapically and foodwise), but much more conventional, is Downtown Atlantic which serves brunch on Saturday.

      River Cafe
      1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Downtown Atlantic
      364 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

      Stir It Up
      514 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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        niia RE: niia Mar 12, 2009 12:20 PM

        Thanks for the great ideas. We ended up at Dressler which was perfect. Great, friendly staff and excellent drinks. The brunch menu was reasonably priced and I had what has to be one of the best omelets of my life. Filled with roasted peppers, goat cheese and spinach, the eggs were so light and fluffy — just fabulous. The little perks like homemade muffins and tiny cookies with our coffees were a very nice touch.

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