rule of thirds

i mean, the name says it all for this aesthetic restaurant

If there are two rules for basic city dwelling creatives to live by one is to compose your photos using the rule of thirds, and the other is to always locate the nearest aesthetic restaurant for brunching. Rule of Thirds accomplishes the second role beautifully. It is an almost annoyingly pretty restaurant. It’s spacious with outdoor seating that doesn’t feel like an afterthought or a compromise. It has a little sake shop and club adjacent. The menu is Japanese inspired but not precious about it, and pretty tightly curated, making it widely appealing to the people here for the food as much as those here for the vibes. The drink menu is creative and fun, drawing from Japanese flavors and liquors for cocktails (for day and night drinking) as well as a generous list of sake, shochu, wine and beer.

Rule of Thirds is an easy go-to spot for locals and visitors. In some ways it feels like how California would approach brunch, which for some reason on this coast feels novel enough for the hype. But cute branding aside, the food and drinks are pretty good across the board, the atmosphere impeccable. So long as you’re willing to participate in the basic yuppie Brooklyn scene, it is a solid choice to please a wide group (and a rare one that can accommodate large groups without feeling too claustrophobic).

the details

Address171 Banker St, Brooklyn
Hours5-10pm weekdays, 10am – 3pm and 5-10pm weekends
Price$$-$$$ – expect to spend $30-50 per person depending on the meal and drink situation
Aestheticcontemporary design, minimal branding with japandi notes

good to know

Go here for: a trendy brunch or dinner, when you’re feeling basic and want to be immersed in the vibes and don’t mind a bit of a scene, meals for larger groups

Order this: the souffle pancake with honey maple butter, almond miso soup, tamago sandwich, any of their sets, grilled binchotan for snacking

Amount of time to spend: an hour or two

When to come: on a nice day so you can sit outside; during the summer where you can rent out a private pavilion

Getting here: take the G train to Nassau and walk over 3 blocks, or it’s about a half mile walk from the Bedford L

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations via Resy (which is highly recommended for weekends), and have large party menus (priced by person) for brunch and dinner (8 people plus).
  • It’s also great for private events with a beautiful venue as well.

Last visited: March 2022

Last updated: April 2022

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