Sunday Brunch: Jimmy's Diner


By Molly Freeman

Photo by Molly Freeman.

Jimmy’s Diner is located at 577 Union Avenue in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC. This spot came highly recommended to me by a friend, who had raved about their tater tots on multiple occasions. I dined at Jimmy’s Diner for brunch with that same friend along with two others and we were not disappointed by the tots.

The food
Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy’s Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters. However, since my friends and I were there for brunch, we stuck to the breakfast side of the menu.

I ordered The Cornbread Bowl (a slice of cornbread topped with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, and fresh chopped tomatoes) and shared a side of the highly-recommended tater tots with one of dining partners. The cornbread was perfectly fluffy and delicious, the eggs scrambled expertly, and it contained enough melted cheese and fresh tomatoes to balance out the dish. It was incredibly filling, but it was hard to put my fork down when I was full even though I hadn’t finished the entire bowl.

As for the tater tots, they were absolutely the best I’ve ever tasted. The outside was fried to the perfect level of crispiness while the potato inside was soft and fluffy. Although my Cornbread Bowl was delicious, I would recommend Jimmy’s Diner for their tots alone.

That being said, my friends were all pleased with their dishes as well. They ordered the Tater Heaven (tots topped with scrambled eggs, sauteed onions, jack cheese, and guacamole), The Breakfast Club (two eggs scrambled, bacon, tomato, and American cheese on a sesame roll), and the 3 Egg Scramble. All the portions were relatively small but filling; not a single one of us finished what we ordered.

The drinks
Jimmy’s Diner serves coffee, juice (beware: the OJ has pulp), fountain drinks, egg creams, milkshakes, local drafts, and cocktails. I ordered the bottomless coffee, which Jimmy’s Diner receives from Stumptown, and the servers were quick to refill my mug when it was empty.

The service/ambience
Jimmy’s diner is small, with less than 10 tables and a handful of bar seats, so there will likely be a wait. However, it’s a bit off the beaten path of brunch spots in Brooklyn so it’s not quite as busy as I would have imagined. Additionally, the servers are knowledgeable and attentive, and manage to turn tables over quickly without making patrons feel rushed.

The space itself is small and a little cramped, decorated in old-fashioned diner style with a bit of Brooklyn flair. However, since the service is so quick and the food so delicious, you’ll barely notice the other patrons.