Since updating to the latest version (0.68.131), the bookmarks bar has disappeared from the New Tab page.
Previously, with the bookmark bar disabled (as to not show on all pages when browsing), it was always present on a new tab page. Worked perfectly. Now it’s not there, you have to force the bookmark bar on all pages - entirely unnecessary.
Brave Version: 0.68.131
Mac OSX Yosemite