The tradition of combining breakfast and lunch, often with a boozy accompaniment, is popular throughout the country. The meal component first cropped up in the United States in Chicago more than a century ago. But the term “boozy brunch” and the set of standard dishes you can expect to find on most brunch menus today were inspired by New York in the 1920s. If you’d like to enjoy a nice weekend brunch during your stay in Brooklyn, here are five beloved brunch restaurants within walking distance of the NU Hotel.


A Persian-inspired restaurant with hundreds of neighborhood regulars, Bijan’s is known for its charming interior and friendly staff. The brunch menu features standards like Eggs Benedict, as well as Persian omelettes, sandwiches, and salads. At $17, Bijan’s all-inclusive brunch—one entree, one brunch cocktail, and coffee or tea—is a steal for New York. The two-minute walk from NU Hotel makes it especially convenient for guests.

Brunch served from 11am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
81 Hoyt Street; (718) 395-6968


Backyard brunch season has arrived in Brooklyn, and Bornholm has one of the nicest backyards we’ve seen in the borough. But if the weather isn’t ideal during your stay in Brooklyn, there’s no need to worry. This Cobble Hill restaurant’s interior could definitely be described as hygge. The Danish restaurant serves sinfully delicious Scandinavian pastries, healthy salads, and an array of egg dishes. Show up on a weekday for breakfast rather than brunch, and you can create your own smorgasbord breakfast from a list of 20 menu items.

Brunch served from 11am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
138 Smith Street; (917) 909-0850

Buttermilk Channel

Twists on classic French toast are a popular brunch item at restaurants everywhere. Buttermilk Channel’s variation, essentially a fusion of French toast and Pecan Pie, is one worth writing home about it. Other popular brunch items include a short rib hash and fried pork chop served with cheddar waffles. If you’re boozing, you get to choose between three different Bloody Marys, a bellini, and a mimosa. This esteemed Carroll Gardens establishment is a pleasant one-mile walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

Brunch served from 10am – 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays
524 Court Street; (718) 852-8490

Cafe Luluc

This cash-only French bistro in Carroll Gardens doesn’t even have a website, but it doesn’t need one. Cafe Luluc’s loyal following and rave reviews mean lines out the door are not uncommon during peak meal times. On Sundays, the bistro serves a mini-brunch. Options are limited, but patrons can’t go wrong. The omelette, quiche, and pancakes are all delicious. And at $5 a drink, the bellinis, mimosas, and bloody marys here are an excellent value. Cafe Luluc is a five-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

Brunch served all day on Sundays
214 Smith Street; (718) 625-3815

Myrtle & Gold

Emblematic of Brooklyn’s well-known hipster culture, Myrtle & Gold satisfies meal cravings and the desire to experience how Brooklyn has changed over the last decade. Aside from featuring some standard egg dishes, the menu here is not your typical brunch menu. Options include smoked salmon toast, wild mushroom and asparagus toast, and quinoa eggs florentine. If you’re looking to have more than just one drink with your weekend feast, bottomless bellinis and mimosas are available for $20. This Fort Greene brunch favorite is a 10-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn.

Brunch served from noon to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
343 Gold Street; (718) 858-8178

If you decide to indulge in brunch at one of these dining establishments during your stay in Brooklyn, we hope you thoroughly enjoy it. We also hope the rest of your stay in Brooklyn is pleasantly memorable.