Here at Scoop St., we’re serious about brunch. It should to start you off right, like breakfast, and keep you satisfied through lunch. In the spirit of summer (the heat wave is coming back) we’ve scouted our French toast favorites.
Given how many options there are in the city, we’re focusing just on Brooklyn today. This culinary hotspot may be considered an outer borough by some, but its French toast offerings are both adventurous and classic, and some of our favorites ever. Each spot that made the cut serves up ice-cold brunch cocktails and is outfitted with garden or sidewalk seating — oh, the good life.
Now, for the variety — this list runs the gamut from syrupy sweet for french toast die-hards to southern savory for the more daring types. Are you ready for the weekend yet?
The Best French Toast In Brooklyn
1. Olea, Fort Greene: Parmesan French Toast with poached eggs, peas and pea shoots, scallions, and avgolemono sauce
Not up on your Mediterranean sauce game? Avgolemono is a type of sauce or soup made from lemon juice, egg and broth. Serving the flavorful fancy pants French toast as part of their organic egg menu on Saturdays and Sundays, Olea’s rendition of savory does all but disappoint.
2. Peaches Hothouse, Bed Stuy: Granola Crusted French Toast with peaches and cream.
Hothouse is the third Brooklyn restaurant from owners Craig Samuels and Ben Grossman, proprietors of Peaches and The Smoke Joint. Come Sunday morning, the casual lets-eat-before-the-flea spot is packed with a mix of hipsters and cute little church ladies. If you insist on trying their signature hot and extra-hot chicken, be sure to save room for French toast perfection.
3. Buttermilk Channel, Carroll Gardens: Pecan Pie French Toast with bourbon, molasses and toasted pecans.
If sweet sounds good to you for brunch, we only have one recommendation — arrive early. Sweet tooth-stricken Brooklynites and their parents pack the place for a blend of comfort food and cocktails.
4. Saraghina, Stuyvesant Heights: French Toast with strawberries
Not for the faint of heart, this hip, authentic Italian eatery does a great weekend brunch, including a traditional syrup-laden french toast that embodies everything you love about the dish. If you shudder at the though of sweetness, take your syrup on the side and drizzle to your liking.
5. Ici, Fort Greene: Thick-Cut Brioche French Toast with seasonal fruit
For seasonal and local fare plus an ample sized garden, opt for Ici. Cooked to a bread pudding-like texture and topped with fresh berries, this dish is surprisingly light, which leaves room to sample a Tello Farms egg dish. Recommended: Shirred Eggs
And, just for good measure, we’ve got a bonus pick in Manhattan.
Bistrot Bagatelle, Meatpacking District: French Toast Brioche with homemade blueberry marmelade and whipped cream
Hold on to your hat. Known for its party atmosphere, Bagatelle has an equally exciting splurge-worthy menu featuring a blueberry compote that you won’t forget. Closed for the summer, the hot spot’s infamous brunch parties will continue in the fall. But not to worry, they’re already taking reservations.