I’ve never been to Greenpoint, but I love a good Brooklyn brunch, so on a wintry day I made the trek from the UWS to Brooklyn to rendezvous with Shruti, my partner in brunch, cocktails and exploring the city. The destination? Le Fanfare, a chic, cozy restaurant from the team behind Epistrophy, one of my favorite New York City spots.
It was still chilly, so we blustered in, greeted by the friendly hostess. The vibe was laid back, with low lighting, and lots of groups of young professionals with babies at brunch. We were certainly in Brooklyn.
We perched up at the bar, as the lighting was lovely and it seemed like a fun place to station ourselves for a good catch up. The dimly lit space has low ceilings and an unassuming, but well curated vintage vibe, with low, communal wooden tables down the center, and cute two-tops along the wall. In the back, there’s a patio that will be epic come spring, and a microphone and stage in the back, complete with a glitter backdrop, where live music is played every Friday and Saturday evenings.
Our bartender, Carlos, was great. He knew what he was doing and his cocktails were gorgeous. I was so enchanted watching him make a Bloody Mary I nearly ordered it. (I can never make my way through a Bloody Mary. Please don’t judge.) Then, my eyes set their sights on a spritz, the next cocktail Carlos crafted. So, staying true to our basic, bubbly selves, we ordered a spritz, and a blood orange mimosa for Shruti. They were stunning, fresh, and frothy—perfectly-executed, classic takes.
At the bartender’s recommendation, I ordered the burger. I love burgers, but this was a tough decision, given the steak and eggs, mushroom polenta, and a host of other menu items were catching my eye.
There were plenty of vegetarian options, but Shruti opted for the avocado toast and burrata. Shruti loves a good burrata and this was one was topped with an herb gremolata and pine nuts. The creamy burrata was served with crispy Pane Carasau, a traditional flatbread from Sardinia for dipping. We were expecting more seasonal vegetables as the menu outlined but tasted great otherwise. The avocado toast was on multigrain bread and topped with olives and mint. It was a bit saltier than Shruti preferred but satisfying and fulfilling.
We knew we’d be sharing something sweet to finish, and we struggled between the Nutella stuffed French toast and the lemon ricotta pancakes. Shruti loves fruity dishes, so the pancakes were the call. They were a thin, crispy, classic take on flapjacks, topped with blueberries, a sprig of mint, and the whipped ricotta butter. The spread was rich but not too sweet—as I was going all out today, I requested syrup, too.
All in all, we loved every moment of brunch, from the aesthetic to the bartender to the vibes and the food. We can’t wait to be back in Brooklyn soon!
The Bitches say: A for Instagram-worthy aesthetic, chill vibes, gorgeous and delightful craft cocktails, and solid, delicious food.
1103 Manhattan Ave.
Le Fanfare serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.