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Mar 5, 2009 07:17 AM

Saturday lunch in Brooklyn?

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. 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. 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

      1. 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.