Experience your own little version of wonderland tucked away on the South Side of Bedford in Williamsburg. Rabbithole, complete with hidden homages’ to the book Alice In Wonderland, serves delightful brunch with a hospitable wait staff in their charming back garden.
I stumbled upon Rabbithole by accident, almost in an Alice like sense, seeking the perfect spot for a light meal, outside on a gorgeous spring day. Overheard on the streets of Brooklyn, trendy girls walking behind me were contemplating the same thing, saying “well, Rabbithole down Beford is always great.” I sprinted (well, walked more quickly) to get there before these girls to snag one of the tables. Upon our arrival, the host with the most apologetic eyes informed us we would have to wait approximately 2 minutes while they cleared the table. 2 minutes. And he was apologetic. Brooklyn is so much kinder then Manhattan.
After the “wait,” we were through front part of the restaurant with exposed brick and vintage mirrors and light fixtures.
When you arrive in the back, it feels like a tucked away secret garden.
Plants and flowers hug the brick walls and intricate wooden structures providing bits of shade from the sun. We ordered refreshing cocktails, a St. Germaine Champagne cocktail for Leigh and a Bourbon spiked fresh-made Lemonade for me. When our drinks arrived, I sipped my lemonade just tasting the tart, sweetness and no liquor. I asked the waiter about it, and without a second’s hesitation, he picked up the drink and returned it with a layer of the light brown liquor on top. I’m not sure if I was mistaken or just got an extra dose of Bourbon, but either way the service was fast and phenomenal.
For our meals, we both ordered the French Style Soft-Omelettes with different fillings. Leigh’s was filled with roasted tomato, caramelized onion & goat cheese, while mine was more traditional combination of smoked salmon, chive crème fraîche and capers.
I’m a huge fan of soft scrambled eggs, but never before had I tried an omelette prepared in a similar fashion. As a result, the eggs had that silky, creamy texture which was even more rich and delicious with from the layer of crème fraîche inside. Saltiness came from both the bright capers and smoked salmon. A lightly dressed simple mesclun salad balances out the crisp, generously seasoned potatoes, making this a perfectly light and bright brunch.
Stumbling upon the Rabbithole for brunch proved to be such a pleasant and wonderful surprise. Next time, we plan to try their homemade pastries, which include scones in a variety of rotating seasonal flavors. The gorgeous garden provides exactly what you want for brunch on a warm, sunny day. The equally sunny and bright staff elevate the experience, and the delicious and simply prepared food hits the spot.
Rabbithole – 352 Bedford Ave – Brooklyn, NY
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Type: American (Traditional) , Bistro
Perfect For: Chronic Brunch, Casual Meal, Outdoor Seating
Reservations: Not Accepted
Favorite Dishes: Soft Scrambled Omelettes