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Brunch in DUMBO: Top Ten Restaurants

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DUMBO's a tiny neighborhood with a big reputation for great views of Manhattan, high tech businesses, art festivals and a handful of foodie destinations such as Jacques Torres chocolate shop. It's a fun corner of Brooklyn to explore. So combine a visit to DUMBO with weekend brunch. Find out where to have a bluegrass brunch, an elegant brunch, and a brunch in a family-friendly restaurant where the kids can move around.

NOTE: DUE TO SEVERAL RESTAURANT CLOSINGS WE ARE UPDATING THIS PAGE. COME BACK SOON....

 

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1. Vinegar Hill House — Cozy, Foodie Brunch in DUMBO

This local fave is hard to get into, but worth the effort. It's a venue with character, very highly-rated food with a locavore twist, and it's just every so slightly off the beaten track.

 

Tip: Try to go early on a significantly bad weather day (when other brunchers may laze at home) because it's a tiny restaurant that fills up fast, with good food and a relaxed ambiance — and there's absolutely nothing to do on the block while waiting in line. Or, bring a book, your iPad (there's WIFI in DUMBO) and friends you don't mind hanging with while waiting. read more.

Given an A rating by the NYC Department of Health.
  • Official website:www.vinegarhillhouse.com           
  • Address:   72 Hudson Avenue, between Water Street and Front Street        
  • Tel: (718) 522-1018
  • Price range:   $$$       

2. Superfine — BlueGrass Brunch in DUMBO

For a great, hectic, noisy, fun Bluegrass brunch, head to Superfine on Sunday from 11 A.M to 3 P.M.Sundays. (Live music usually begins around noon.) There's a free pool table, a bohemian vibe, and the fabulous recycled industrial building itself can't be beat.
  • Address: 126 Front Street
  • Tel: 718 243-9005
  • Price range: $$
Note: Given an B rating by the NYC Department of Health in 2011. Check the NYC Department of Health ratings. (Here's how.)

3. River Cafe — Elegant, Expensive Brunch in DUMBO: CLOSED FOR REPAIR

 

Swanky, with impeccable service, excellent food, stellar Manhattan views, and an upscale crowd, the River Cafe, ranks at the top of Brooklyn's brunch favorites. Consider this one of Brooklyn's best "special occasion" restaurants, perfect for birthdays and anniversaries.Oh, and it's also been given an A rating by the NYC Department of Health. Tip: Men are required to wear a jacket, and if you don't have one on, they'll give you a loaner.

  • Official website:www.rivercafe.com
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  • Address:   1 Water Street            
  • Tel: (718) 522-5200
  • Price range: $$$$

4. Grimaldi's — Pizza Brunch in DUMBO

Grimaldi's doesn't really "do brunch." What they DO is famously fabulous pizza.

 

Here's the deal: They serve pizza, pies only, no slices, no reservations, no credit cards, no nonsense. The menu is concise; you can order a salad, wine or beer, and there's a huge range of pizza toppings from chicken to olives and salami, but this is basically a meal of pizza.

Like Grimaldi's food, the restaurant decor is modest, simple and focused; tables are covered in traditional red checkered tablecloths.

Grimaldi's success is due both to the excellence of their pizza, and the relentlessness of their marketing.

People go nuts for Grimaldi's pies, which come in either 6 or 8 slice pies— and yes, one person can eat a whole pie.

Expect to to wait in line with scores of out of town tourists for whom Grimaldi's is "the" DUMBO destination. Given the lines, Brooklyn residents, who are well aware of other excellent pizzerias in the borough, might find the cost-benefit ratio between the wait and the meal unattractive, depending on how dedicated they are to the specific taste of Grimaldi's.

What's Grimaldi's secret? They boast of "fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, ‘secret recipe’ dough and pizza sauce." And shhhh... even their fresh tomatoes are, apparently, imported from Italy.

One of Brooklyn's several family pizzeria success stories, Grimaldi's today is comprised of a veritable empire of pizzerias with offshoots in Manhattan, Long Island, Queens, plus a few more in Jersey. There are 8 locations in Arizona, 9 in Texas, 4 in Florida, Nevada and more coming soon. Meanwhile, fans can even order Grimaldi's tee-shirts and baseball caps.

  • Official website: http://www.grimaldisnyc.com
  • Address: 19 Old Fulton Street near Front Street
  • Tel: 718 858-4300
  • Price range: $$
Given an A rating by the NYC Department of Health.

5. ReBar — Brunch Before Movies in DUMBO

  • Official website: http://rebarnyc.com)
  • Address: 147 Front Street, near Jay Street
  • Tel: (917) 406-9192
  • Price range: $$
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6. Almondine — French Cafe Brunch in DUMBO

This tiny cafe has earned a huge reputation for croissants; NY Magazine rated Almondine's the "Best Croissant in New York City." Grab a table for an excellent cup of coffee and mouthwatering, butter-filled pastries and breads. This tech-savvy shop (which also has a location in Park Slope) offers an order-in service called "room service." Come early, or expect long lines where the people-watching is fun. It's across from legendary chocolatier Jacques Torres in case you need a pre-breakfast sugar fix.
  • Official website: http://www.almondinebakery.com
  • Address: 85 Water Street
  • Tel: (718) 797-5026
  • Price range: $
Given an A rating by the NYC Department of Health.

7. Almar — Affordable Brunch in DUMBO

The owners of the popular Brooklyn Heights restaurant Noodle Pudding opened this new restaurant in a location previously occupied by the DUMBO General Store.
  • Address: 111 Front Street between Adams & Washington Streets
  • Phone: (718) 855-5288
  • Price range: $$

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