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Where to Brunch Right Now: Home/Made

1 Aug
Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta

My favorite summer brunch destination? Home/Made,  the Red Hook restaurant with welcoming vibes, a quaint garden, and plenty of comfort food. The ladies behind the restaurant, Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson create a warm atmosphere that make you feel like you’re dining in your home kitchen (but with much better food).

For those of you who believe “eggs are eggs” and they cannot be elevated beyond that, try the eggs at Home/Made. I don’t know what their secret is, but the wild mushroom and fontina scramble takes the usual skillet to plate scrambled eggs to the next level. It’s served with buttery, garlicky Potatoes Provencal and a thick slice of grilled walnut bread. I. Can’t. Get. Enough. Most recently, Home/Made exceeded my expectations when I tasted their special– Fiddlehead Toast with Homemade Ricotta. The combination of creamy ricotta and earthy fiddleheads on the crisp toast was perfect.

Make sure to sit in the backyard, a charming spot with a sprouting herb garden, with a grapefruit mimosa, enjoying the last few weeks of summer sunshine.

Where to Brunch Right Now: Calyer

26 Dec

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I’ve talked to a few Brooklynites who have told me they “hate brunch.” You can imagine my shock and awe, since brunching is one of my hobbies, but in some way, I can understand what they mean. Brunch can be a scene; long waits, crowded tables, rushed service… I hear you. If you’ve lost faith in Brooklyn brunch, I suggest you visit Calyer.

This Greenpoint spot is unpretentious, comfortable, and when I visited, there was no wait. I started at the bar; the friendly bartender offered me the brunch cocktail list, and I started with a frothy Snap Sour, that was a sweet way to start the day– almost like a liquid gingersnap cookie.

As a Bloody Mary enthusiast, I couldn’t leave without trying the house bloody mary with gin, which had a good balance of tomato and spice, and garnished with a celery stick, an olive, and a pickle. I paired it with a kale salad– tossed with almonds, clothbound cheddar cheese, lemon vinaigrette, and topped with two baked eggs.

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If kale salads don’t excite you, the bartender recommends his favorite, the corned beef hash (with confit potato, melted onions, and two poached eggs, and the new sausage and egg sandwich. Calyer also just added nitrate-free bacon to the menu if that’s your thing.

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If brunch was this fabulous, I’ll have to go in for dinner. Calyer, I’ll be back in for dinner soon.

Where to Eat Right Now: Fort Defiance

9 Sep

After several “Becoming Brooklyn” followers passionately expressed their love for Fort Defiance in Red Hook, I made the trip for a Saturday brunch. A restaurant by day and a bar by night, Fort Defiance is a small space filled with dark wood and speckled with bright, colorful tables. The brunch menu is classic, but with a Southern flare, offering dishes like The Savannah, or buttermilk biscuit with gravy, scrambled eggs, and fried chicken, or The Charleston, fresh skillet cornbread, collard greens with bacon, two poached eggs, and mustard hollandaise, both $11.

Yes, Fort Defiance has a mouth watering brunch menu, but the real draw for many Fort Defianace-devotees is the brunch cocktail menu (There’s a regular cocktail menu too, but that’s just another layer of awesome). The brunch menu offers a Breakfast Martini, or a mix of Beefeater gin, Cointreau, lemon, and orange marmalade, as well as a lighter Cucumber Collins, cucumber and gin with fizzy lemonade, among others.

Whether you visit for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, Fort Defiance will not disappoint. Head over to 365 Van Brunt Street to see for yourself.

"The Savannah"

Siggy’s: The Organic Utopia

22 May

"The Green Omlette"

Our first Brooklyn Brunch was at Siggy’s Good Food, an organic utopia sitting at 76 Henry Street. Adorned in colorful paintings, and bold prints, the restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a coffee and smoothie bar. Known as “the Universe’s First Organic Diner,” I wanted to try everything, but opted for the “Green Omlette” stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and parsley, with a fair trade coffee to drink. Paul also went for eggs, topping them with hot sauce.

Siggy’sonly uses local and organic ingredients, striving to help local farmers. Not a brunch person? Check out their wine and beer list, and head over on Wednesday nights for live jazz.

We finished off the meal with two smoothies to go. Mine, a blend of coconut and pineapple, while Paul chose a tangy mix of Amazon berries, strawberries, and orange juice. Visit their website for the full menu, and take a look at the pictures from my experience.