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Five Leaves

Where trendy Brooklynites go, trendy restaurants follow – and Greenpoint’s Five Leaves is no exception. Located just beyond McCarren Park, in one of the borough’s more enviable neighbourhoods, this intimate American bistro by way of Australia has become the hangout hotspot for Brooklyn’s beautiful hipsters. You’ll find it at its busiest during weekend brunch hours, when diners while away the afternoon knocking back bloody Mary’s, oysters and truffle fries. Given the restaurant’s popularity, limited seating and no-reservation policy, you may find yourself waiting for a table during peak hours – but trust us, it’s worth it.

Battersby

Extravagant tasting menus have long been ‘a thing’ in New York City. When it comes to food, New Yorkers want a taste of it all and thus dropping hundreds of dollars at the likes of Gramercy Tavern or Atera (where a food and wine pairing alone will set you back over $400) has become common practice. Recently, however, more down-to-earth tasting menus have emerged across the city and most notably in Brooklyn. Semilla, Brooklyn Fare and Battersby are garnering deserved praise, but it’s the latter that wins in our books. With its intimate setting, understated glamour and mind-blowing seasonal dishes, Battersby offers a taste of it all without costing you an arm and a leg.

St Mazie

If you live in New York you’ll know that planning a group dinner on a Friday night somewhere cool and affordable is a near impossible task. Most of the time you either resign yourself to spending well over $100 or you accept mediocre food at a BYOB spot in Little Italy. When we discovered St. Mazie in Williamsburg, it was such a revelation that we were genuinely reluctant to give away one of the city’s best kept secrets. While the ground-floor offers a candle-lit, New Orleans-style cocktail bar with live music on the weekends (perfect for date night) their subterranean restaurant provides the perfect setting for a cosy group dinner. Their classic dishes are no-frills, but consistently good; and with a $33 prix-fixe menu, it’s truly one of the best deals in town. We should note that while the cocktails are uh-mazing, it’s easy to knock more than a few back over the course of a long dinner, thus pushing your bill into 3-figure territory. You’ve been warned…

Café Collette

There is nothing quite like spending a sunny Sunday in Williamsburg. Whether you’re lazing by the water, dipping in and out of the local vintage shops or catching a movie at the Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn’s most popular neighbourhood is the perfect place to while away the weekend. And there’s no way to start the weekend like brunch at Cafe Colette. With its black and white parquet floor, zinc bar and teensy marble table-tops, the restaurant’s retro vibe, along with its classic American fare, speaks nicely to Williamsburg’s love of all things old-school.

Sunday in Brooklyn

Brunch is an obligatory weekend engagement in New York and where better to while away the weekend than at the aptly named Sunday in Brooklyn? The dreamy millennial interior of white marble countertops, mid-century furniture and leafy palms is almost as Instagrammable as the menu. Opt for breakfast staple charred avocado with wheatgrass or bite into their signature egg brioches with gochujang aioli.

Miss Favela

Not for the faint-hearted or those still nursing a Saturday night hangover, Miss Favela’s weekend boozy brunch is a lively affair often resulted in dancing on tables to live samba. Plough your way through pitches of caipirinhas accompanied by rustic Brazilian fare – think grilled steak and rice. What it lacks in gourmet cuisine, it makes up for in electric atmosphere.

Five Leaves

Cafe Collette

Miss Favela

Sunday in Brooklyn

St Maize

Battersby

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