The Best Brunch In Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick

Northeast Kingdom Shrimp & Grits (c/o Becky Quan)

Northeast Kingdom Shrimp & Grits (c/o Becky Quan)

With so many great places to eat in Williamsburg and its surrounding ‘burbs, finding the perfect spot for weekend brunch can be a hard decision.

Sure, you could wait in line for two hours at Egg or Five Leaves, listening to inane conversations about fixed gear bikes, Girls, and lofi shock-rap, but who wants to waste the whole day waiting for an egg sandwich when there are so many less-crowded places to choose from. (For those who possess more patience than us, Egg or Five Leaves both have fantastic food.)

Here’s our list of favorite places to have brunch.

Crif Dogs = Breakfast Food?

Here’s a new one: Crif Dogs, the East Village outpost responsible for countless 4:00am chili dog binges (and morning-after indigestion…) is set to open its second location this fall, at the corner of Driggs and N. 8th in Williamsburg. But in a twist that has even the foodie experts at Eater rather dumbfounded, the restaurant is set to be open at 7:00am every day – at least, if the restaurant’s Craigslist ad for new hires is to be trusted. We’re all for adding another meat-centric joint to the Williamsburg restaurant scene; given the success of Fette Sau, Commodore, and Pies & Thighs, our appetite for all things fried, tube-shaped, and bacon-wrapped seems pretty much insatiable. But will anyone really want to down a “Good Morning” (according to the Crif website, a “bacon-wrapped dog smothered with melted cheese and a fried egg”) before hopping the L?

The "Good Morning"

The "Good Morning"

Let’s hope not, if only for the sake of the poor souls crammed into the same subway car, enduring the worst morning breath since the morning we sat next to a guy who downed a liter of beer and a bratwurst at Radegast the night before and forgot to brush in the morning.

Crif Dogs, opening later this Fall at Driggs and N. 8th.