As an early riser, I have no trouble getting a table at the hottest brunch spots. The only thing I sacrifice is the free mimosa since I arrive before noon to ensure they'll be no line (noon being the time, according to NY's Blue Laws, an establishment can start serving alcohol on Sunday). I get juice instead and like I said, a table without a wait.
On this visit to Buttermilk Channel (524 Court St., on the corner of Huntington St., 718-852-8490), which opens at 10am on Saturdays, we were seated right away and I decided to get the Short Rib Hash, with two eggs sunny side up, toast & organic greens. The hash was bits and pieces of short rib, with it's mild pork flavor, but it was pretty fatty and not as flavorful as I would have liked it. The eggs were good, but there were runny areas. The toast was perfectly suited to sopping up the yolk and the greens had that delicious salty, lemony dressing I love. It was fine, but I don't think I'll be getting this again.
My boyfriend got the Pecan Pie French Toast with bourbon, molasses and toasted pecans. This was incredible, and heavy and really sweet. The molasses added such a deep, different flavor than I'm used to and the dollop of whipped cream really helped cut the sticky sweetness of everything else. It's not a very eggy dish, so it's unlike traditional french toast, but it's good. Maybe best shared with someone who'll also split their order with you.
All in all it wasn't as great as our last brunch here (mmmm, Eggs Huntington), but not disappointing enough to keep us away. It's still one of my favorite places in Carroll Gardens. And, there was a line by the time we were finished!