For more than 20 years, Teresa Brzozowska has kept her Brooklyn Heights clientele from trekking to the Polish section of Greenpoint by dispensing the best blintzes, pierogies, eggs Benedict, thick challah French toast and babka at her namesake eatery, Teresa's Restaurant.
The walls have a woodsy yet airy look of a well-run northern European country-style restaurant, but the clatter of dishes and shouted orders is the familiar morning cacophony of a New York coffee shop.
But Teresa's is no generic greasy spoon. When you eat at Teresa's, you feel you're in the home of an Eastern European grandmother, serving blintzes that are crisp, but smooth and crêpe-like inside, with a semisweet farmer's cheese filling. And although pierogies aren't your typical breakfast fare, Teresa's steamed mushroom-and-sauerkraut with a dollop of sour cream has become a go-to order.
Teresa's Restaurant also strives to flawlessly cook the classics: eggs any style, crisp and salty home fries, sausage links and spiced and garlicky kielbasa.
If you are feeling really Slavic, or if a cold wind is blowing off the Promenade, begin with a belt of cognac from the bar.