Carroll Gardens is the epicenter of kid-friendly Brooklyn, so it’s not surprising that Buttermilk Channel caters not just to brunch-loving foodie adults, but also their equally discerning offspring. Of note is their awesome kids’ menu. With a fixed price of $10, it features a main, such as a grilled cheese, buttermilk fried chicken or pasta, a side (you can choose fries or a healthy option like broccoli), and, the best part, dessert such as Lily’s Clown Sundae.
It’s also really great to hear that the staff are accommodating of children, making sure their meals come out first when needed.
Reservations for parties of five or more. For smaller groups, the wait for a table for weekend brunch can be a while.
Highchairs: Yes. They also have booster seats. Stroller storage: Minimal – bring a stroller that folds up. Easy access: Yes. Change tables: Yes. Kids’ menu: Yes.
The smell of caramelised sugar wafting out of this cafe makes it near impossible to pass on by. A thoughtful ramp at the entrance makes it easy to roll up with your stroller and order treats that were definitely not on your daily diet plan. While there aren’t high chairs, there is enough space to stop by with your babe in their stroller as long as it’s not too busy. Their white blossom hot chocolate is a speciality that’s hard to say no to.
The Sweet Little Cafe recently re-opened with new management. It’s a cute little cafe that serves crepes, sandwiches, pastries and coffee. While the food is good, it’s sadly not baby-friendly in the least. Housed in a very small space, there are few tables, definitely no room for strollers, and the wait on the crepes has been an hour each of the two times that we have dropped by. Stop by with older kids only!
Colonie is a known date-night favourite. On the weekends however, it’s a brunch mecca for families. While the restaurant doesn’t feature a lot of baby-friendly amenities, it makes up for it with truly fine food and friendly staff who welcome kids of all ages. No reservations for brunch. Get there when it opens to avoid the queues.
This little neighbourhood cafe is frequented by local families for a very good reason – despite having no room for strollers, it’s right next door to Cobble Hill Park. Their breakfast and lunch sandwiches are the perfect thing to chow down on while sitting in the pretty park with your offspring. The breakfast sandwiches are delicious – large, full of egg, fresh tomato and cheese. Just the thing to kickstart your day.
On cold days, snuggle up inside with your little one on your lap and let them play with some of the books and toys that are in the cafe just for this purpose, while you indulge in a grilled cheese and tomato soup.
You don’t get more family friendly than the Bubby’s restaurants. This Brooklyn branch is particularly great for kids. Lots of space, room for older kids to stretch their legs if they get bored and a photobooth to capture some silly family shots before you leave. The food is solid, standard fare. Afterwards, head to the park and playground across the road.
Bar Tabac is a French bistro in Cobble Hill. Plenty of outdoor tables you can park a stroller at as well as indoor tables. Kids’ meals run large – the grilled cheese sandwich we were served was adult-sized. This is a brunch fave for locals – their omelettes are devine.
Highchairs: Yes. Stroller storage: Yes (minimal however – stroller must fold up or fit near the bar). Easy access: Yes (no stairs). Change tables: No. Kids’ menu: Yes.
128 Smith St
Brooklyn (at Dean st)
Phone: (718) 923 0918
Sun: 10am-1am Get directions.
Hipsters of all sizes line up to eat at this popular brunch spot in Greenpoint. It’s a fave of the Aussie expat crowd too, thanks to its Kiwi manager with his refreshing down-to-earth manner, and its Aussie-style brekkie and coffee. The Aussie connection comes from Five Leaves’ inception – owner Jud Mongell was friends and business partners with actor Heath Ledger. The two planned to open the restaurant and bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, before his sudden death. With the release of funds from the actor (and Brooklyn resident’s) trust by the Ledger family, Five Leaves was opened.
Five Leaves draws creative-types from all over the city, with its bohemian vibe and hearty brunch. We often catch the G train (when it’s running!) to meet our Aussie friends there for a stack of pancakes, big fry up brekkie, or a solid burger and fries.
The interior is tiny and squished, so we always end up seated outdoors. This is preferable with a baby anyway, giving us more room to spread out, and meaning we don’t have to worry if she gets fussy.
My favourite dishes are the ricotta pancakes, because they come absolutely covered with seasonal fresh fruit, and the big brekkie, with its perfectly poached eggs and roast tomatoes.
Last bite: While the food is delish, the lines are long, so be prepared to wait anywhere up to an hour or longer for a table. With restless babes, put your name down and walk across the road to the park to play while you’re waiting.
Highchairs: No. Request an outdoor table that you can park your stroller at if your kid isn’t big enough to sit in an adult chair. Stroller storage: No. No room for strollers inside at all. Easy access: Yes (one or two stairs). Change tables: No. Kids’ menu: No.
18 Bedford Ave,
(Btwn Lorimer St & Manhattan Ave)
Phone: (718) 383 5345 (no reservations)