Colonie

Colonie

American Restaurant$$$$
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
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  • Sam B.
    "Killer brunch, the duck hash is the most popular item for a reason."(24 Tips)
    Drewski
    "Brussels sprouts (when in season) and sticky date cake are great."(12 Tips)
    Ariel D.
    "The cool hand cuke cocktail is my favorite cocktail ever."(9 Tips)
    Amy M.
    "Ricotta crostini, pork chop, and the burger are phenomenal!"(8 Tips)
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  • Drewski
    DrewskiOctober 19, 2016
    Sit at the chef's counter for brunch if you can. Small menu, but pretty reliable for both food and cocktails. Brussels sprouts (when in season) and sticky date cake are great.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyFebruary 22, 2014
    Order many small plates, like this cavatelli with beef ragu, then split hanger steak as your main. If there's a long wait, head across the street to Long Island bar for killer pre-dinner cocktails.
  • Essex
    EssexSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork chop melts in your mouth, there seasonal cocktails are excellent as well! Summer salad, crostini, oysters and dessert doughnuts are all must. Fantastic eats, service and ambiance.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Part of the restaurant's push for sustainability are nose-to-tail practices: Colonie recently switched to entirely sourcing its beef from a small farm in Pennsylvania and butchering the cows in-house. Read more
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 25, 2016
    the duck hash is PHENOMENAL. their special pork belly sandwich is sinfully incredible. cocktails look delicious as well. generally a wonderful place for brunch or dinner.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 14, 2016
    Voted our Best Eggs Benny in 2014, this biscuit Benedict is easily our favorite dish at Colonie. Featuring a crispy house-made biscuit, smoked ham & poached egg, it's topped with a unique Hollandaise. Read more
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangOctober 11, 2015
    Share small plates (the egg salad crostini is rich with lardo but not overwhelming), get a pasta, and split the Bavette (steak). Save space for the sticky date cake, it's moist, sugary, and amazing!
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownNovember 14, 2015
    Killer brunch, the duck hash is the most popular item for a reason. Sit at the bar, get a bartender to make you a custom cocktail, anything with bourbon.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangJanuary 24, 2015
    I had the Empire State Sour cocktail, yum :) The House Ricotta was delicious. The Pork Chop was a bit too salty for me, but my friend really enjoyed the Butcher's Cut. End with Sticky Date Cake!
  • Claudio E.
    Claudio EspinalDecember 27, 2016
    Great brunch, loved everything we had. Best brunch burger I've had and I typically don't like eggs on my burger, def beats out Saxon & Parole's burger. Food here is made with love and you can taste it
  • Keith W.
    Keith WoodJune 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent for dinner with friends/colleagues. Cocktails are always on point, but the consistency & creativity of the food that pulls you back. End it with a glass of Madeira with the sticky date cake!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.May 12, 2014
    I've never been to a spot that cared more about its product from farm to check. Sit with Chef Andrew and crew at the kitchen counter. Order doughnuts, duck hash, burger, date cake, and french press
  • etta y.
    etta yMay 3, 2014
    Menu consists of comforting, familiar fare, nothing too weird, but prepared with care and attention to detail. Love the high ceilings and open kitchen. Attractive, non-snarky staff. Two thumbs up. <3
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 24, 2014
    Apparently Feb 21 was the FIRST DAY EVER they offered their burger w/ a duck egg... and it's the most delicious thing ever. (beware: a little sloppy tho)
  • Brad G.
    Brad GaroonJune 10, 2015
    The Colonie Burger has a grass-fed beef patty, topped with beet ketchup, aged cheddar, bacon, and cucumbers. It came with a side of grilled corn. The bacon's a bit tough, but the burger is tasty. Read more
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickJanuary 10, 2016
    crostini & small plates are great. creste rigate is delicious. tagliatelle is just ok. for drinks, try eve's hard cider & the cool hand cuke. they accept limited reservations, so try to call ahead.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great service, really good food!. Definitely one of the best places to go. Brunch here is fantastic, try leek and gruyere omelet or duck hash. They have French press coffee too!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.January 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Possibly my favorite brunch place in downtown Brooklyn. First time? Order the scramble, crostini w/ ricotta, and a side of Brussels sprouts. Wash it down with a delicious crisp michelada.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertJune 2, 2011
    You can't go wrong here. Favorite new spot. The steak, duck rillette crostini, deep fried brussell sprouts and bacon, pork belly and pickled radish and Cool Hand Cuke cocktail were all amazing. Do it.
  • Nicholas D.
    Nicholas DoyleJanuary 6, 2014
    The buttermilk biscuits are beyond buttery. You've been warned. Wildly flavorful and juicy scrambled eggs. Also: Duck Hash: never fails to blow socks off. Great brunch, You can't go wrong.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 21, 2014
    Wood, brick, and living greenery walls are a natural backdrop to the heirloom salads, farm-raised game, and playfully named cocktails you’ll find at this upscale seasonal dining den.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 21, 2014
    Wood, brick, and living greenery walls are a natural backdrop to the heirloom salads, farm-raised game, and playfully named cocktails you’ll find at this upscale seasoal dining den.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    For $15, the spaghetti squash is not really as filling as a pasta dish might be, but if you're looking for something light, flavorful, and delicious this is it. Read more
  • Alisa M.
    Alisa M.October 2, 2011
    The most fantastic addition to the neighborhood- worth the trek to BK if you live in a different borough. Menu changes often. This place is so fantastic they can even make brussle sprouts taste good.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KAugust 8, 2011
    So far I have yet to be disappointed. For brunch try the pancakes and the asparagus gruyere scramble w/ a side of homemade bacon. Both their bloody Mary w/ special celery salt & peach Bellini r fab!
  • Dean K.
    Dean KevlinNovember 16, 2014
    Duck hash is amazingly good. Warm mini donuts wonderful. Biscuit Benedict good. House cured salmon and potato pancakes a bit disappointing - salmon bland and pancakes a little too crispy.
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HerronApril 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If a garden could grow a fresh, delicious cocktail, it'd be the "Cool Hand Cuke". Unique, tasty & a perfect drink to sip as you wait for a table (they don't take reservations, but the wait was fun).
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DocktorDecember 6, 2011
    Black mission fig crostini were amazing! Also, the mamasita and autum squash agnolotti. Fun to get a bunch of things and share because portions are a little small but everything is delicious!
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GammieAugust 4, 2013
    Really tasty brunch. Get the monkey bread!! The Biscuit Benedict paired the their French press coffee is amazing, as well. Afterward, stroll down to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CApril 27, 2014
    Duck rillette crostini, Brussels sprouts with cranberries & pancetta, and multiple date cakes! Im addicted and I don't even like dates. the Empire State cocktail is extra lovely
  • jake f.
    jake furstJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    probably the best shrimp and grits I've ever tasted. and if you're having it for breakfast, you can Put An Egg On It.
  • John C.
    John CondonAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong here. Order a mix of small plates & veggies and don't forget the duck rillettes. The steak & scallops are amazing. One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn.
  • Ariel D.
    Ariel DavisJune 3, 2012
    Amazing food! Great vibe. The scallops with carrots in some kind of purée were heavenly. The cool hand cuke cocktail is my favorite cocktail ever. So refreshing!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The main courses, among them roast chicken and a sizable pork chop, tend to be hearty, though whole fish, fresh from the market, is on the menu as well. Read more
  • David H.
    David HuJuly 28, 2014
    The steak comes with a very small steak knife. It does the job if you try hard enough. Then again, real men don't need to cut their steaks.
  • Corey C.
    Corey CirilloDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great restaurant! Living wall is so cool and open kitchen is mesmerizing! Try the spaghetti squash! Great selection of oysters!! We'll be back again and again...
  • Audrey
    AudreyApril 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The place does get crowded. I made the mistake of asking about the status of my table after 45min and got YELLED at by one of the owners (Max?). Too bad, it's around the corner and food is delicious.
  • The New York Times
    Have some ricotta on toast to begin, mushrooms or a steak if available, and a date cake you can walk off with a hike down Atlantic Avenue, to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Read more
  • Jason K.
    Jason KooJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place. Easily the best restaurant in the Hts. Cool hand cuke, duck rilette, spaghetti squash, la Crotta Pinot. Palette heaven.
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 24, 2014
    Even if you are so full that you can't even consider dessert, you need to order the "Date Cake" -- it's like lick-the-plate-clean-good which is exactly what we did and it was weird.
  • Damola A.
    Damola AbiolaNovember 19, 2012
    Some of the brunch dishes, like the poached egg and salad thing, are tiny. Like, appetizer-tiny. If you're hungry definitely ask about portion sizes before u order. Good food tho.
  • Annabelle M.
    Annabelle MooreJanuary 3, 2016
    Cauliflower, date cake, butchers cut (steak) -- all delicious! Also staff was insanely nice. Great first date spot. Apricot sour was also lovely.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroJuly 30, 2016
    Incredible brunch menú and service. Duck hash, pork belly special, ricotta crostinis and the sticky date cake with some stuffed doughnuts!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 17, 2011
    The giant, plump crustaceans float on a bed of velevetty, Saturday-decadent grits. Each spoonful pools in some of the rich, buttery juices in the wide bowl Read more
  • Liz C.
    Liz CohenJuly 21, 2013
    Order the pork chop entree with couscous. Cooked perfectly, juicy, flavorful, just right. Also the ricotta, mint and honey crostini.
  • Amber G.
    Amber GardnerDecember 6, 2011
    Colonie is amazing from start to finish! I didn't even realize I liked beets until I had them at Colonie. Everything is so fresh and flavorful. A must visit!
  • Erika P.
    Erika PerziJuly 5, 2016
    Spaghetti and crostini are good, but for a place w oysters - they only offer one kind for a 1/2 dozen order. Who does that? Skip the grilled salad. Heard brunch is good, not worth hype for dinner.
  • Shrutika S.
    Shrutika SachdevJuly 29, 2012
    Small decor details make this simple place special. Duck Hash and Asparagus and gruyere scramble with sticky date cake for dessert! All very good but the ice-cream with the cake was way too salty.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChanJuly 16, 2016
    All of the food is delicious. The Cool Hand Cuke is perfect for a hot summer day
  • Iris B.
    Iris BasicJanuary 17, 2013
    Amazing food and service! The crostinis and seabass were pure perfection and we got to sample desserts for free. Great staff!!!
  • MidgeMadge D.
    MidgeMadge DSeptember 4, 2011
    Just wow. Might be my new favorite Brooklyn joint. Standouts: The hanger steak, the heirloom tomato salad, sweet corn, egg salad and ricotta crostini.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FAugust 24, 2015
    A great place to splurge and order the steak. Friendly staff and great cocktails.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakSeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 oysters from 4pm to 7pm, plus amazing cocktails and killer burgers. menu is full of yummy small dishes, too.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HoliberJune 15, 2013
    Anything with peas. They are fresh and crunchy. Simple ingredients. Also get the baby lettuces with buttermilk and herbs.
  • jake f.
    jake furstJune 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the drinks, apps, small plates and crostinis are better than the mains. you can't go wrong with any of those and it's a lovely atmosphere.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KolodnerAugust 11, 2014
    Fun twists on classic dishes, great cocktails, cool space. Great for brunch or dinner, but don't expect a bargain.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyJuly 4, 2016
    May seem trivial, but some of the best mignonette sauce I've ever had. The oysters turn into a vehicle for sauce eating.
  • Hannah D.
    Hannah DNovember 18, 2011
    Garlic soup, egg salad crostini and duck breast were the best of a few items. The Loire chenin-blanc paired well with the crostini
  • jake f.
    jake furstApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Menu changes daily so I can't tell you what to order, but I'm pretty positive you'll leave here happy. Great staff, great food, great ambience.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderMay 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Doesn't matter what you get for dinner, it's all good... Just make sure and get the sticky date cake for dessert.
  • Pat M.
    Pat McCoolSeptember 29, 2012
    Try and sit at the kitchen counter in back - it's much more entertaining and you will appreciate the craft more!
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderNovember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I personally don't think French toast is the time or place to get creative with your toppings.... You'll have to ask for butter and syrup.
  • Andres
    AndresSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is amazing for brunch. The duck hash (with egg) and the biscuit benedict are very good. Coffee is ok
  • Kris Y.
    Kris YoungApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    get the shrimp and grits with an egg. also ask for a side of siracha to go with it. perfection.
  • Basak H.
    Basak HaznedarogluApril 1, 2015
    Start with some roasted fig and ricotta. Try their fish specials. If you like refreshing citrus drinks, get the cool hand cuke.
  • Alexander L.
    Alexander LeedsJanuary 15, 2014
    For ambiance and standard fare, best spot in the area for Sunday brunch, despite lots of competition.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This Burger. Get it even if it's not "on the menu" today. Just wow.
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickMay 19, 2016
    get the blazing saddles to drink and the gemelli with ricotta, peas, basil, nettles, & pecan pesto to eat
  • Ben W.
    Ben WymerDecember 21, 2013
    Sit facing the open kitchen if you can and have a Bloody Mary at brunch. Spicy and not too thick.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay Deak FriedmanSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great addition to the neighborhood. Michelle at the bar is a pro. Nice set up, great service an food. Check it out!
  • Mell P.
    Mell PerlingSeptember 1, 2014
    Shrimp and grits are excellent. Leek and mushroom scramble was ok, but similar dishes are done better elsewhere in the neighborhood
  • Connie W.
    Connie WilliamsOctober 1, 2016
    Love that they cleverly use everything, very little waste for delicious food. Great drinks, too.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GoldOctober 12, 2013
    They will literally juice anything, which is awesome because both times I've been here I've forgotten my ID.
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettApril 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Ian the bartender for the gypsy (not on the menu): bombay sapphire gin, elderflower, splash of orange juice, mint
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love brunch here. The best scrambled eggs I had for years.
  • Steff H.
    Steff HindOctober 28, 2014
    Amazing brunch! Scrambled eggs are delish and you can get filled doughnuts.. #brunchpudding
  • Melody G.
    Melody GambinoAugust 22, 2014
    Get the duck hash at brunch, and come for the happy hour oysters!
  • Gluten Free GRL
    Gluten Free GRLNovember 15, 2015
    I used to think this place had the best brunch in the area but the quality and service has gone down tremendously. I won't be dining here again, even though it's a neighborhood staple.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KMay 14, 2011
    Cool Hand Cuke is delicious! Aaron is a fantastic bartender. Also love the Ricotta crustini, and beet salad
  • David M.
    David MaddenJune 6, 2011
    Ask for a seat at the kitchen bar and enjoy the show. Great team cooking up some great food
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiAugust 19, 2013
    Lovely food. If they have it, get the rabbit & foie gras terrine.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CiprianoDecember 14, 2015
    The ricotta crostini & fresh doughnuts w/ caramel custard were both incredible.
  • Maryam K.
    Maryam KhanSeptember 14, 2013
    Gorgeous space, great doughnuts, stellar vibe -- please get soy/almond milk!
  • Jannica R.
    Jannica RobertsonJanuary 14, 2013
    Loved the ricotta crostini, duck hash, shrimp & grits and the pancakes.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BowersJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the ricotta crostini and sit at the bar overlooking the very busy kitchen.
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun StewartJune 17, 2012
    Baby lettuces = the surprise home run, great staff - solid tunes, get your cheese and meat on and enjoy
  • Jo L.
    Jo LeavensSeptember 23, 2012
    The bartender makes a killer dark and stormy. Oh, and order everything with bacon.
  • Holly M.
    Holly Moore3 weeks ago
    Duck lovers, get the duck hash. They don't skimp on the duck!
  • José D.
    José DucósApril 29, 2016
    Great atmosphere and delicious food. Don't forget to try the Burrata.
  • Victor R.
    Victor RadzinskyDecember 16, 2015
    Black pasta was great. Also loved the custard-like desert with dried blueberries.
  • Patty G.
    Patty GolsteijnMay 2, 2012
    Great atmosphere. If you're hungry, go for a large plate. Small plate is SMALL.
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago LinsMarch 10, 2015
    Great service. Sit at the bar in the back, order the fish.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Au-YeungAugust 25, 2013
    The Bloody Caesar is perfection. Best to have at least two.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldNovember 1, 2014
    Better for dinner than brunch. Avoid the pancake (doughy, thick, and not made with love).
  • Erin P.
    Erin PettigrewJuly 9, 2012
    Day or night, order an orange juice. It's cool, creamy, and frothy. A spa treatment for your alcohol-beleaguered gullet.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaJanuary 3, 2015
    Ricotta crostini, pork chop, and the burger are phenomenal!
  • Amber R.
    Amber R.March 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the Biscuit Benedict for brunch. The hollandaise is delicious.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KorybskiFebruary 10, 2012
    The acorn squash agnolotti and brussels sprouts were so good I was almost in tears.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    The best cocktails are mixed here with Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila!
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LockeJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fig and ricotta crostinis. Heirloom tomato salad. Must haves.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HenriquezJuly 20, 2015
    Buen brunch. Los huevos benedictinos son lo que deberían ser. Las papas que vienen en el scrambled egg son realmente sabrosas
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