Diner at 85 Broadway, Brooklyn is one of our favorite brunch places in the city. My friend Emma’s roommate works as a chef there, and he’s very creative when it comes to the brunch menu – it changes every week! If we lived closer I’d just go there every weekend to make sure I didn’t miss anything delicious.
Over the past few months I’ve tried various egg dishes, toasts, sweet treats and savory specials. My favorites have been the mini cream-filled doughnuts (of course!) and all of the sandwiches, which is so uncharacteristic — I’m usually not a fan of breads stuffed with meats.
Since the food options change daily, there are no printed menus. As coffee is being poured, all of the daily specials are written on the table liner. It’s a bit confusing the first time around, because you have to remember the details of each dish right away as the waiter scribbles down brief notes. When in doubt, get a sandwich! And doughnuts.
After brunch, we usually stroll through Williamsburg, stopping for coffee at a cafe or bringing the drinks to one of the parks with panoramic views of Manhattan. There are endless coffee shop options in this neighborhood, but I especially like Sweatshop and Bakeri.
Look how perfectly we accidentally lined up. If I had only known to bend my arm, we’d have made a train: