BROOKLYN — The egg has long been the star of New York City brunches.
Whether they're scrambled or sunny side up, eggs are what eateries tend to lean on for weekend dishes — along with typical options like pancakes, French toast and granola.
But for diners tired of egg-based menus, DNAinfo has rounded up a list of brunch spots and their popular dishes that defy the norm.
This contemporary Southern food restaurant in Bed-Stuy has its own special shrimp and grits that's served with mushrooms, white wine and scallions. An employee at the restaurant also recommended the Peaches Shrimp Po’Boy for $14. Ask the server for grilled instead of fried shrimp if you don't want the egg-based batter.
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If you’re looking for an alternative to typical French toast and pancakes that most egg-filled brunches serve, Kristophe whips up its own savory and sweet crepes made with gluten-free flour.
Bed-Stuy's Do or Dine, co-owned by Next Food Network Star winner Justin Warner, serves a foie gras doughnut that contains jelly and foie gras. The restaurant also serves a $14 French Fry Bi Bim Bap made with sweet potato fries — just be sure to ask them to avoid the fried egg garnish, an employee at the eatery said.
Dassara's menu offers an array of ramen dishes for brunch as well as a pork belly sandwich on caramelized, house-made Japanese milk bread. Many of the restaurant’s dishes come with a poached egg on the side, but chefs will happily toss it aside and serve you the dish egg-free.
This Red Hook restaurant has a solid burger menu with a few vegetarian and non-beef options as well, like duck, salmon and lamb. Burgers are served with fries and mixed greens.
Thalis or Kal Dosa at Dosa Royale
Location: 316 Court St. between Sackett and Degraw Streets
Prices: Thalis - $17 to $19, Kal Dosa: $11
Weekend Brunch Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dosa Royale's brunch-time fluffy dosa is stuffed with ground lamb, chilis, green peas and ginger. The south Indian restaurant also serves a vegetarian and non-vegetarian Thali with multiple dishes like rice, sambar, vegetables, papad, rasam, yogurt, pickle and a dessert. Thalis are available from Friday to Sunday.