In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "sustainable locavore burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or if the lingering hype is still justified.
Brunch spots get so much press these days the whole meal's starting to feel like a meme. But there are still a few places out there that warrant continued praise for tempering hangovers with eggs and Bloody Marys, and Williamsburg's the Brooklyn Star is one of them. The restaurant's been operating out of its current location at Lorimer and Conselyea Sts since July 2011, its original Northside spot having sustained serious fire damage a year earlier. The two-room space itself is charming, boasting wood-paneled walls, cozy booths and long picnic tables.
Brooklyn Star serves Southern-style food, and it's decidedly not for the faint of heart or butter-phobic. Seasonal brunch highlights include thick Apple Johnny cakes framed with sizzling bacon, scrambled eggs and hash browns ($13), fried pork chop paired with fried eggs ($11) and a particularly crispy fried chicken with waffles dish that comes with candied grapefruit ($13). Side dishes include Texas toast ($4)—deliciously thick slices of white bread fried and battered in butter—as well as doughnuts ($6) and sticky cinnamon buns ($4).
But beyond all the gut-busting brunch food is the restaurant's real pièce de résistance: its Bloody Bull ($9), a masterful combo of vodka, bloody mary mix and beef broth topped with pickled string beans. The savory, not-too-spicy bloody is one of the best in the city, and is so hearty and filling it might be its own meal. Other brunch drinks include mimosas ($8), the John Daly ($9), which is a mixture of vodka, lemonade and iced tea, and the gin, cucumber and hot sauce-infused Gordon's Breakfast ($9). Mimosas and John Dalys also come in pitchers ($30-$32) if you're looking to booze up your whole breakfast party. And plan accordingly: after a Brooklyn Star brunch, you find yourself forgoing the subway in favor of running home alongside the BQE.
593 Lorimer St at Conselyea St, 718-599-9899, thebrooklynstar.com, brunch Sat & Sun 12 p.m.-4 p.m.