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Bristens Café

525 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205 40.690881 -73.955827
between Bedford Ave. and Skillman St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-935-0218 Send to Phone

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Nearby Subway Stops

G at Bedford-Nostrand Aves.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Daily
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

Bristens Café is the kind of low-key neighborhood spot where you can order breakfast all day. Eggs Florentine and Benedict highlight the menu, both light for their ilk, with trim white toast instead of English muffins, and a lemony hollandaise sauce. Shoestring fries are the accompaniment, in an even division of sweet and regular potato. Fluffy omelettes and creamy cheddar-laced grits are also available, the latter served with a side of kielbasa-like barbequed sausage. Spongy French toast absorbs the juice of canned pears and maraschino cherries on a long platter adorned with whipped cream dollops and dusted with cinnamon. That cinnamon reappears as a subtle note in the fresh dark coffee. Beyond breakfast, the cafe serves salads, burgers, fried chicken, and a long list of grilled paninis. The sandwiches, named for local streets, have ambitious combinations, like the Willoughby's turkey with brie, spinach, and cranberry sauce. Free Wi-Fi and tempting deserts encourage lingering, over chipped-paint tables along a cordial wall of windows. The dilemma: red velvet cake with walnut-encrusted icing, or a broad sliver of sweet potato cheesecake bordered by a moist graham-cracker and amaretto crust.


Every other Sunday is a jazz brunch with live music. On selected Fridays the café hosts open mic poetry nights.

Recommended Dishes

Spanish omelette, $7.50; grilled shrimp Caesar salad, $8; herb-fried chicken breast, $8.50