Autumn brings with it a return to slow, soothing socializing.
And, what form of dining out is more relaxing than weekend brunch?
In southwest Brooklyn, it’s arguably something of an art form — boozy beverages sipped in a leisurely fashion as you dig into Eggs Benedict or fluffy waffles, and catch up with family and friends you might not have seen since summer started.
Cebu (8801 Third Avenue; 718-492-5095) is one of Bay Ridge’s brunch mainstays, and has been for years. Warm days can lure diners out to the sidewalk cafe, but even if you’re eating inside, the cozy dining rooms are the perfect setting to enjoy its $15 brunches (served daily, to boot!) with a choice of Broken Eggs, Challah French Toast or Bistro Salad with Chicken, plus coffee or tea and your choice of a Bellini, Mimosa, Bloody Mary or Sangria.
Cocoa Grinder (8521 Fourth Avenue; 347-560-6282) combines freshly ground coffee with healthful meal options plus freshly squeezed juices and protein shakes, and serves breakfast all day, from eggs served as wraps and omelets to pancakes to French toast (Nutella, anyone?) and granola, oatmeal and acai. What’s not to love about food that not only tastes good but treats your body right?
Family-friendly and laid-back, The Coop (9504 Fourth Avenue; 718-680-0269) is an eatery where the young ‘uns will feel right at home, and you won’t have to spend your precious relaxation time apologizing for kids being kids. They’ve already started advertising their Pumpkin Spice specialties, and they have latte on draft, a coffee lover’s dream-come-true. Among their specialties — Huevos Rancheros and ,oh, our mouths are watering at the idea of Burrata Grilled Cheese.
HoM (8810 Third Avenue; 718-238-4466) has a small but delightful menu. This month’s brunch specials ($12.95, each) are available Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include such temptations as Green Eggs & Ham, Apple Cinnamon French Toast and Corned Beef Frittata. The kicker — if shopping is a passion, you can browse right where you’re eating.
If your palate tends south of the border, Blue Agave (7215-B Third Avenue; 718-439-0808) is always satisfying. For $14, on weekends (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) you get an entree plus a Mimosa, Bellini or Screwdriver, and you get to choose from a long list of luscious options from a Breakfast Taco to Bistec con Huevos (steak and eggs) to Shrimp Omelette. Ole!