Celebrating mom with a special brunch is a time-honored tradition. This year we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants, where the food is outstanding and the vibe is special yet still family friendly. Mark your calendars: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14.
Each of our picks serves a standout brunch—and offers high chairs. Be sure to reserve or show up early as these spots fill up quickly. If you’ve got young kids in tow, consider packing a few snacks and small toys to keep them busy while you wait to be seated.
Need more ideas? Check out our suggestions for Mother's Day brunch in Manhattan or in Queens.
Crownside — Prospect Heights
The new Crownside, in the same spot as the former Bar Corvo, offers contemporary Italian by Anna Klinger, the chef and owner of Park Slope institution Al Di La Trattoria. Its brunch is tasty business with classics such as French toast, avocado toast, thick cut bacon, tasty salads, and more. Mother’s Day brunch is walk-in only, but there is a spacious and enclosed patio, aka beer garden, for additional seating.
Buttermilk Channel — Carroll Gardens
Great comfort food prepared with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, Buttermilk’s brunch is hearty and yummy. There’s even a special kids' menu with grilled cheese and other favorites. Snag a sidewalk table by arriving right at opening. Buttermilk only has walk-in availability this Mother’s Day.
Frankies 457 — Carroll Gardens
This neighborhood favorite is beloved for its relaxed vibe and solid Tuscan cuisine. The spot gets crowded; parties of eight to 10 can reserve in advance. My kids love the meatballs, but there are plenty of other pastas and small dishes to sample.
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Eggs with Andean potatoes, avocado, peanuts, and red onion salsa at Llama Inn. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.
Llama Inn — Williamsburg
This warehouse-like new Peruvian restaurant next to the BQE is bright and family friendly. With a focus on local and seasonal small dishes, chef Erik Ramirez, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, gets high marks for creativity and flavor. While the brunch menu is heavy in the drinks department, kids will find great options such as yogurt, fruit and granola starter, and an egg salad, avocado and tomato sandwich. Lama Inn takes reservations for brunch.
Martha — Fort Greene
Bright and cheerful, Martha is making a name for itself with creative and delicious Asian-influenced food. Long tables can accommodate larger groups and, weather permitting, there’s a lovely backyard. Email reservation requests to email@example.com.
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Gorgeous views, shade, and a huge space make Northern Territory a favorite.
Northern Territory — Greenpoint
If the weather outlook is good, treat Mom to a rooftop brunch with great views of Manhattan at this unique Australian bar and restaurant. Seating is first come, first served, but the spacious setting is perfect for new walkers to explore while waiting for food. The menu includes kid-friendly options from egg sandwiches to French toast with cinnamon butter, and there is even a make your own Bloody Mary bar.
Saraghina — Bed Stuy
This quaint yet spacious pizza haven is also known for its gourmet take on brunch, featuring its freshly baked goods and poached egg dishes. And your kids are guaranteed to be thrilled by their braised blueberry ricotta pancakes and whipped cream, or their delicious Napolese pizza, which is available starting at noon.
White tablecloths, fancy brunch drinks, and of course high chairs make Stone Park a go-to brunching spot for families. Photo by Mommy Poppins.
Stone Park — Park Slope
Delicious and family friendly, Stone Park is a solid brunch all-star with a variety of favorites, ranging from eggs Benedict to biscuits and gravy. The pretty dining room will make for a brunch that feels a little fancy but still has plenty of high chairs to go around. It gets crowded even for non-holiday brunch, so arrive early. Stone Park takes reservations for groups of seven or more; these large groups are seated in the adjoining event space.
Superfine — Dumbo
This spacious loft-style Dumbo local favorite nestled under the Manhattan Bridge takes reservations for any party number right on their website, and will even give Mom a complimentary drink on Mother’s Day. Another great perk to this excursion is the 5-minute walk to Jane’s Carousel and Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can let the kids loose and enjoy the view after a delicious family brunch.
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Sweetwater has a beautiful garden.
Sweetwater Restaurant — Williamsburg
This French-inspired bistro will delight all with its highly rated steak frites, french toast, or organic farm-raised egg dishes. High chairs are at the ready and outdoor seating is available in their beautiful garden—a lovely option in mid-May, especially if little ones need to do some exploring while waiting for their meals. Reservations are available for parties of five or more.
Talde — Park Slope
Sample Top Chef alum Dale Talde’s tasty Asian-American cuisine at this casual spot, where booth seating, high ceilings, and items like fried chicken and coconut grits make for easy family-friendly dining. Reserve online or arrive early; the wait for brunch can get long.
Top image: Brunch dishes at Sweetwater. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants.
A version of this article first published in 2016.