Brooklyn's Best Brunches For Gov Ball 2014

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on May 29, 2014

Brooklyn, New York -- Brunch in many cities and cultures may be tied to family gatherings and white pearls, but in New York City the concept conjures connections with "boozy" more than anything else. Brunchers pair their Eggs Benedict and French Toast with Mimosas and Bloody Mary's to cure the morning-after hangover with some hair of the dog or kick the weekend off right with day drinking. 

Since Governors Ball's shuttle stop is conveniently located in North Williamsburg (outside Brooklyn Bowl, to be exact), we thought it fitting to break down our favorite brunch haunts in the vicinity so you can meet up with your festival crew, discuss the day's sets, line your stomach, and scoff down a Bloody Mary or two. 

If the Gov Ball Shuttle isn't your intended mode of transport to the festival (shuttle passes are still available), we marked the walking distance (according to Google Maps) from our brunch restaurants to the nearest subway in addition to the shuttle stop. Brunch on, Brooklynites! 

Berry Park

Via Berry Park

Location: 4 Berry Street
Walk to Shuttle: 3 minutes (0.2 miles)
Walk to Subway: 9 minutes (0.5 miles) to L

It's tough to beat Berry Park's sprawling rooftop when it comes to the Manhattan skyline view, which is why the two-level bar has become a favorite of the after-work crowd seeking a prime sunset-watching location. During summer days, Berry Park makes use of its roof by serving brunch and shareable bar snacks. 

Bar Matchless

Via Crash Brooklyn

Location: 557 Manhattan Avenue
Walk to Shuttle: 10 minutes (0.5 miles)
Walk to Subway: 3 minutes (0.2 miles) to G; 10 minutes (0.6 miles) to L

This auto-shop-turned-hangout is where Greenpointers go for local bands, 14 beers on draft, crowded weekend hangs, and late-night Mac & Cheese at the bar. But there's more to Bar Matchless than, well, the bar. Matchless serves up one of the best brunches in Greenpoint, which you should pair with a pitcher of mimosas or a brodriver (orange juice and beer). 

Sel de Mer

via Hannah Whitaker / NY Mag 

Location: 374 Graham Avenue
Walk to Shuttle: 19 minutes (1 mile)
Walk to Subway: 1 minute (407 feet) to L
Brunch Special: 2-for-1 brunch cocktails 

Sel de Mer is seemingly simple, both in d├ęcor and menu. While the former is true, the simplicity of their staple (and affordable) brunch dishes is only a facade. Their combinations have been dreamt up by chef-owner Jeff Slag and you'll think their 2-for-1 brunch cocktail deal was dreamt up by you. 

Crown Victoria

By Laura Baker-Finch

Location: 60 South Second Street
Walk to Shuttle: 13 minutes (0.7 miles)
Walk to Subway: 12 minutes (0.6 miles) to L
Brunch Special: $14 any brunch item plus brunch cocktail 

Crown Vic's crowning glory is its outdoor space, an amenity treasured by Brooklynites. It's one of the only area bars where you can bring a large group and still drink outside. In the day, their sprawling outdoor space - covered in picnic tables - is used for brunch, with options ranging from the standard (Egg Sandwich) to the British (Fish & Chips). 

Manhattan Inn

Via Manhattan Inn

Location: 632 Manhattan Avenue
Walk to Shuttle: 9 minutes (0.5 miles)
Walk to Subway: 1 minutes (213 feet) to G; 12 minutes (0.6 miles) to L
Brunch Special: Piano bar 

We were initially drawn to Manhattan Inn simply because its owners, Brooke Baxter and Rolyn Hu, are the ladies behind one of our favorite Brooklyn music venues Glasslands Gallery. But Manhattan Inn stands its own as both a restaurant and old-timey piano bar, with a pianist serenading its brunchers.  


Via Juliette

Location: 135 North 5th Street
Walk to Shuttle: 9 minutes (0.5 miles)
Walk to Subway: 3 minutes (0.2 miles) to L

The wait time can be lengthy for brunch at Juliette, and it's definitely not for those on a budget. But this French brasserie serves up one of the most delicious brunches this side of the East River, and you can sip a Mimosa on the rooftop terrace while you wait to be seated.

Sweet Chick

By Daniel Krieger / Sweet Chick

Location: 164 Bedford Avenue
Distance to Shuttle: 6 minutes (0.4 miles)
Distance to Subway: 1 minutes (466 feet)

Newcomer to Brooklyn's dining scene Sweet Chick is the place to go for comfort-food fare of the Southern variety. You can't not order the Chicken 'n Waffles - even if you're a vegetarian. That's right, not only are the side dishes vegetarian-friendly, their signature chicken can be too. They may not have a Boozy Brunch special, but alcohol is still available.


By Laura Baker-Finch

Location: 166 North 7th Street
Walk to Shuttle: 8 minutes (0.4 miles)
Walk to Subway: 0 minutes (0 feet) to L
Brunch Special: $40 Bottomless Brunch

Literally a step from the Bedford Avenue L stop, Station is as convenient as it is delicious... and boozy. $40 gives you unlimited access to Sangria, Bloody Mary's, Mimosa, house wines, and select beers, while also including your meal - a steal when your brunch dish itself will cost between $11-20. 

Harefield Road

Via Harefield Road

Location: 769 Metropolitan Avenue
Distance to Shuttle: 22 minutes (1.1 miles)
Distance to Subway: 0 minutes (0 miles) to L
Brunch Special: $12 any brunch item plus brunch cocktail and coffee or tea

There's a reason people come to Harefield Road Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and it has a price tag of $12. Start with coffee or tea for a jolt, then switch to your cocktail of choice to pair with your brunch - all for one fixed price. Additional beverages are reasonably priced, just make sure to bring paper not plastic to this cash-only establishment.

Now that you have your brunch plans planned, head to our Festival Guide to Governors Ball 2014 for festival insights and more recommendations around NYC. If you're still ticket-less, check out our contest to win a survival pack and a pair of GA Weekend Passes!

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See Also:

Win a Pair of Passes to Gov Ball 2014
The Gov Ball 2014 Schedule is Here!
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