A Power Ranking of Brooklyn’s Booziest Brunches 

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For some of us brunch is not just a weekend meal, it’s an opportunity to avoid last night’s hangover by working on tomorrow’s. We prefer to do it cheaply and at our leisure, which is why we gravitate towards restaurants that offer unlimited drink specials. Alas, many brunch spots restrict unlimited drinking with a cut-off time or sporadic refills and handing you the check while you can still figure out the tip in your head. Not to worry, with the help of a breathalyzer, the following spots have been tested on the strength of their drinks and the weakness of their resolve, and have proven to be the most generous in helping you waste away your weekend afternoon.

(Photos by Crystal Gwyn)

8. The Lovin’ Cup
93 N 6th Street, Williamsburg
Unlimited price: $15 including an entrée
Drinks: Mimosa, Grapefruit Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Beer.
Best grub choice: Sweet Jane Scramble
Brunch hours: 11:30-5pm
Official time limit: None, but there is a supposed three drink limit
What we got away with: 1 hour and 40 minutes of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .16

Although the three-drink limit seems off-putting, the pint-sized mimosas are almost double what most places pack into dainty flutes. The grapefruit juice makes for a more interesting and less sugary flavor and the Bloody Mary is the spiciest of the lot, with a strong pepper taste. The distressed wood tables, unrushed but attentive servers and single-file tables with the occasional divider makes the brunch experience easy and somehow intimate in spite of the café being busy. A pint of grapefruit mimosa over the limit is the lovin’ cup that earns our stamp of approval.

7. Kettle Black Bar
8622 Third Ave, Bay Ridge
Unlimited price: $16.95 including an entrée
Drinks: Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Domestic brews
Best grub choice: Breakfast burrito
Brunch hours: 11:30am-3pm
Official time restrictions: none
What we got away with: 3 hours of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .20

If you look and smell like you closed down your local the night before, this place is for you. Decked out in Mets paraphernalia with some dark corners to shield you from the sun, the Kettle Black Bar looks like it’s had its share of marathon drinking sessions. The massive breakfast burrito will get your system ready for a fresh assault. Drinks are made to order and being extra nice to your server could improve the fermented grape to orange juice ratio in your glass. We managed a three-hour stint despite a very eager employee trying to take away our all but empty plates early on.

6. Piquant
259 Flatbush Ave, Prospect Heights
Unlimited price: $8 +$14 entrée including coffee or tea
Drinks: Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Sangria
Best grub choice: Eggs San Salvador
Brunch hours: 11am-4pm
Official time limit: none
What we got away with: 2 hours and 30 minutes of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .16

The southwestern theme of Piquant means poached eggs are paired with unexpected brunch flavors like chipotle hollandaise or a Serrano cilantro sauce. More importantly, it means the addition of red wine sangria to the unlimited drinks. The laid-back atmosphere in the back garden is suitable for a gradual descent into uselessness on a Saturday but the upstairs dining room is closer to the bar. Friendly servers come around with premixed pitchers for top-ups frequently, though the strength of the drinks could be improved on (except for the Bloody Marys!).

5. Verde on Smith
216 Smith St, Cobble Hill
Unlimited Price: $14.95 + entrée $9-14
Drinks: Champagne, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Bellini
Best grub choice: Banana Nutella Crepes
Brunch hours: 11am-2:30pm
Official time restrictions: 2 hours
What we got away with: 2 hours and 15 minutes of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .20

Though strict when it comes to time restrictions, Verde offers a straight-up champagne option and frequent refills, thanks to not one but two attentive waitresses who brought out a fresh round while we were still working on the last. Bonus: the quality of the brunch bubbly, which wasn’t too sweet to wash down a crepe smothered in chocolate.

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Eggs Benedict
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Raspberry Bellini and Bloody Mary
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French Toast
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4. Supercore
305 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg
Unlimited price: $20, including an entrée
Drinks: Sake Mimosa, Sake Bloody Mary, Sangria, Beer
Best grub choice: Meatballs
Brunch hours: 11-5pm
Official time limit: none
What we got away with: 2 hours and 15 minutes of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .20

If you have a pretentious, hard-to-please friend that you can’t face without a drink or five, Supercore will meet all of your needs. The quiet, serious clientele with laptops and glasses look smarter and better put together than you and will surely bring your annoying friend down a notch. The waiter, who offered to replace your emptied sangria glass with an entire carafe and then refilled that carafe without batting an eye, will make brunch with the likes of your friend a pleasant experience. Sake Mimosa is not as interesting as it sounds, but both the Bloody Mary and the Sangria are distinct and more flavorful than most brunch drinks. The menu is an interesting mix of Supercore favorites (Japanese and American “plates,” respectively) but we’d definitely suggest the tender, life-giving meatballs.

3. Sotto Voce
225 Seventh Ave, Park Slope
Unlimited Price: $13.95 including an entrée, pound cake and tea or coffee
Drinks: Champagne, Mimosa, Bloody Mary
Best grub choice: Eggs Salmone
Brunch hours: 10am-4pm
Official time limit: none
What we got away with: 3 hours of drinking
Breathalyzer read on getting the check: .18

If you’re looking for overall brunch value, you can’t do better than Sotto Voce. Unlimited pound cake and coffee sweeten the deal. As with Verde, we took advantage of the straight-up champagne. Though this was the classiest of our brunches, the staff didn’t seem to mind that we weren’t by the sixth glass of bubbly. Word to the wise, when the place is packed it gets very loud and the refill service begins to wane, but grabbing a table outside will at least take care of one problem.

2. Le Comptoir
251 Grand St, Williamsburg
Unlimited Price: $24.50 including an entrée
Drinks: Champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Mary
Best grub choice: Eggs Benedict with short ribs
Brunch hours: 11am-4:30pm
Official time restrictions: none
What we got away with: 4 hours
Breathalyzer results on getting the check: .22

If there’s a special heaven for drunkards, Hemingway and F. Scott are having their weekend meals in a place just like Le Comptoir. While the French influence is felt in the décor (dried vines! chestnut leaves!) it is not felt in the wait staff which was free of judgment when we asked for the umpteenth glass of champagne. Instead, they encouraged us to drink up and brought out our competitive edge with stories of past patrons and their epic brunch binges.

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Crème Brulee French Toast and berry compote
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Roasted mushrooms & bacon “Au Gratin
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Braised Short Ribs Benedict
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1. People’s Republic of Brooklyn
247 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
Unlimited price: $15 +entrée $7-9
Drinks available: Mimosa, Bloody Mary
Brunch hours: 11am-4pm
Time restrictions: none
What we got away with: 4 hours
Breathalyzer results on getting the check: .23

You might need some extra training before taking on what is clearly the champion of the boozy brunches. The mimosas are deceptively strong and the bloody marys have a great horseradish kick. The waitress is relentless with refills and at one point our table was averaging two drinks at a time. The menu has some unusual and popular choices like a crab hash and shrimp and grits, but a waffle with fried wings is what we needed to absorb some of the alcohol. Three hours in we had to order more jerk chicken wings to help us keep going and by the fourth hour and 13th drink, we waved the white flag of defeat and asked for the check.

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