Tavern 29 – NYC

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Tavern 29 is a true tavern: cozy with, dim lighting and a lot of word finishing. While the restaurant was long, it was pretty narrow ( but not crowded.)  All of the tables are high tops, (which I have a love/hate relationship with.) Tarven 29 has a Black, Le Cordon Bleu trained executive chef, which is what drew me in. The restaurant’s track list was super nostalgic and included all the songs you loved when you were in middle school (think: Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child, and Fergie.) My favorite thing about Tavern 29 is their rooftop. After brunch we headed up there; it has a beer garden vibe and it’s perfect for when you don’t have after-brunch plans, but don’t want to go straight home after.

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Tavern 29’s menu options are very American: omelettes, burgers, pizza, and a salmon Benedict if you’re feeling breakfast. If you’re really feeling lunch instead of breakfast wings are on the menu too. The restaurant also gives an option of avocado toast or a Farro bowl for a lighter diet. If you’re anything like me, though avocado toast is delicious, $15 for it is insane. The menu has great options but leaves out brunch favorites like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. Bottomless mimosas are priced on the higher side at $25. 

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I went with the hangover pizza. The pizza was about the size of &pizza’s pizzas (if you know, you know). On the pie was Bechemel (white sauce), cheddar jack cheese, spinach, and bacon topped with two eggs sunny side up. It was absolutely amazing. I would love to wake up to that pizza every time I’m hungover. I’m not usually a fan of white sauce, but I didn’t even notice. My friends both ordered the hangover burger which also received rave reviews.

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The restaurant served mimosas in stemless wine glasses instead of flutes which meant more mimosas and less empty glasses. In addition to larger glasses, our waitress was extremely attentive, filling our glasses up until the last minute. The was a party of ten dining at the same time as us, and our waitress skillfully balanced both parties, never forgetting about our table.

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Three Cheers. Tavern 29 is now on my go-to brunch list. The food is satisfying, the service is great, and vibe was right. My pizza was so delicious and I can’t wait to try everything else on the menu. I’m that friend who never wants to go home, so beer garden rooftop was also perfect. I’d recommend Tavern 29 for lowkey brunches, catching up with old friends, and even dates (but not the first date LOL.)

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West Third Common – NYC

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West Third Common Bar is a restaurant in the heart of Soho. The restaurant’s vibe is comfortable, and cozy. We only had a party of five, but the plush couches, and huge tables in the back make this place perfect for groups. There are board games available to play, to add to the communal aesthetic. Everyone there was in their twenties and ready to drink (safe to say we fit right in).

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The brunch menu is pretty standard. Chicken and waffles, Steak and eggs, eggs Benedict and other typical American, with a “fun” option thrown in- pacos. Pacos are pancake tacos with breakfast fillings; sadly no one got this, so I can not report on if it was good or not. For $35 you get an entree, and unlimited mimosas. No matter what time your brunch reservation is you drink from 10 am to 4 pm. I was finished with my seated brunch at 2 pm but stayed the extra two hours for more drinks. Guests are encouraged to come early if you have a late seating too!

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Overall the food was underwhelming. I ordered the chicken and waffles after being told it was the best thing on the menu. The chicken was overcooked, to the point of the skin being almost burnt, and the waffle was just sad. The table also ordered the brunch burger and steak and eggs- both mediocre. This place is heavy on the booze and less focused on the brunch ( it’s so hard finding a happy medium!)

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The service here was great. Aside from the bad food recommendations, our waiter was perfect. He explained how brunch worked, and never left our glasses (or pitcher) empty. Once we switched over to the bar, the bartenders were just as attentive. You definitely get your money’s worth of mimosas at West Third Common.

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1 Star Rating

One Cheer! The food was extremely mediocre, but the drinking option was pretty cool. We were able to bridge the awkward time gap between brunch time, and our day party, which was cool. This place made sure which I we had plenty of drinks. I would come here with a large group on a chill day, but wouldn’t recommend for a special occasion like a birthday.

Mission- DC

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Mission is a Mexican cantina in the heart of DuPont Circle. Whether you’re there for happy hour, brunch, or dinner, the restaurant is always bustling with 20-something year old young professionals. The decor of the restaurant is very rustic, think wood paneled ceilings, antique futures, and neutral colors. There is a front patio as well as an open upstairs room that can be rented for private brunches.

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Mission’s cantina feel translates into its menu as well. They incorporate breakfast food into your favorite Mexican dishes like burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and even fajitas. If you’re in the mood for lunch the taco platter is the way to go. Mission not only lets you choose your brunch entree, but your brunch beverage too. The options include mimosas, bloody Mary’s, margaritas, and Tecate (beer); if that isn’t enough to get you through the door, your brunch is topped off with a shot of tequila. All brunch drinks are bottomless, so there truly is an option for everyone. The best thing about all of this is it’s only $36.99.

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As with any traditional Mexican restaurant, you get chips and salsa upon arrival. As a self proclaimed chips and salsa connoisseur, I’d like to note that Missions chips are delicious. (I obnoxiously kept asking for refills.) The mild guacamole was pretty tasty also. I loved that we could pick the spice level of the guac. For my entree, I ordered the taco platter. The tacos have become my go to because there are endless options to mix and match. The pork belly, chicken, and al pastor are my favorites. I have to admit that the rice that came with the rice and beans was pretty hard and stale. My friend, who ordered the breakfast bowl, which has a rice base, had the same problem. She did, however, say the bowl was otherwise good. The steak and eggs got outstanding reviews as well. The portion was large, and the steak was cooked perfectly.

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On my first visit to mission the service was less than desirable, however the manger listened to our complaints and rectified the situation. Because the manager quickly resolved our issue, I decided to give it another try. On my second visit to mission the service was top notch. Our waitress brought us pitchers of both mimosas and margaritas so that we could drink as we please. Why choose when you can have both? I’m happy I didn’t write off the restaurant the first time because of service, because Mission is truly a gem. Everyone is entitled to bad days, but sometimes it’s the little things that can change the view of your experience.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! Mission’s bottomless margaritas take the brunch experience to the next level. The fact that the brunch package, with all of its options, is affordable is a reason to stowaway try it out. The addition of bottomless margaritas take the experience to the next level. Overall Mission has good food, good drinks, and good vibes. It’s the perfect spot to pregame for a day party or celebrate a birthday. Try stopping in for happy hour too, it’s just as great at brunch!

Mission serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am.

*Mission will have Cinco De Mayo specials from 11 am- 3 am. There is no cover, a DJ and bottomless margaritas all day. 

Tre – NYC

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Tre is a trendy Lower East side Italian spot located on Ludlow Street. The restaurant’s cool vibes fit in perfectly with neighbors Pianos, The DL and Ludlow House. The space is super intimate, with a bar and only a few tables. Once the weather warms up, the back patio will be open to enjoy some sun as you dine.

 

 

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Tre’s brunch menu features italian entrees with a few American dishes sprinkled in between. I’m definitely not used to eating so heavy so early in the day, but was down to try something different. The restaurant’s brunch special is the most attractive thing on the menu: bottomless mimosas plus an entree for $27.95. Finding an all inclusive brunch for less than $35 is pretty much unheard of, especially downtown, so I had to check this place out. The downside to such a great priced brunch, is usually limited options. There was no room for substitution, and because the physical brunch menu was separate from the regular menu, I wasn’t able to get a full scope of Tre’s offerings.

 

 

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I went with the carbonara and because the table ordered a variety of dishes, I was able to try a few things. With a day party planned after brunch, heavy carbs seemed like a great choice. The pasta was simple but very good. I also got to try the steak and eggs, and Tre burger: very good! I’m still thinking about the fries.

 

 

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I would recommend making a reservation here because the space is so small. Though the bartender also served as the host and waiter, he did not skip a beat. Our mimosas were heavy on the champagne, just how I like it, and our glasses were never empty. After our two hours was up, the waiter politely told us there was another party waiting for our table, which is expected on a beautiful Saturday. My only caveat with Tre is there cash-only policy, in the year of Apple pay, Master Pass, and Square, it’s almost a chore to carry cash.

 

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I really enjoyed Tre’s quaint and warm atmosphere . The restaurant’s intimate vibes make it great for a date or catching up with a friend. I would not recommend going here wit a party of more than five. I can’t wait to return when the weather is nice to experience the patio. You will never leave Tre hungry, as their carb-forward and high protein dishes are quite filling. Don’t forget to bring cash or you’ll be washing dishes!

Tre serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Maya – NYC

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Maya is a Mexican tapas restaurant located on the Upper East Side. You can feel the Latin vibes through the decor, menu and even the warm hospitality from the staff. This a a great spot if you’re looking to venture out from the normal brunch menu of chicken and waffles and steak and eggs. Maya’s boozy brunch was a fresh take on a Saturday tradition.

 

 

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The best thing about Maya is that it is both bottomless brunch drinks AND bottomless food for a flat rate of $49. Sounds amazing right? The mimosas come in four flavors- strawberry, mango, passionfruit and guava. All flavors were great but passion fruit was my favorite by far. If you’re looking to have another drink after brunch, the Maya margarita is to die for!

 

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Only thing I love more than endless mimosas, is endless Mexican food. I love Mexican food; so naturally this place was a dream. I loved that Maya had such a variety of food. We had everything from empanadas, to Mexican donuts, to salmon. The dish that stood out to me the most was the “Maya dog,” a bacon wrapped hot dog with chipotle rouille- it was absolutely delicious. As you can image, after a few cocktails, it really hit the spot.

 

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I’m always nervous of going out to eat with large groups. To be frank, I fear that I’ll see the bottom of my mimosas because the waiter is (understandably) overwhelmed managing the large group. Maya completely took away that fear, our server was prompt and ready with the pours. The plates continue to come for the whole two hours too. Overall, the waiter was extremely attentive to the needs of the table.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! Maya is easily a three cheers in my book. After going, I raved about this spot to anyone who would listen. Maya has mastered great drinks, great food, and great service. I can’t wait to return for more Maya dogs and margaritas!

Maya has brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am- 4 pm. 

 

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Essex – NYC

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The interior feels like the inside of an old factory or warehouse with white exposed brick, a line of windows and extremely high ceiling. Essex offers multilevel seating, but no matter if you’re upstairs or down stairs you’re in a great spot. Expect to hear a mix or techno and pop hits blaring through the speakers.

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Essex has a pretty extensive menu with 20+ brunch options. Pricing varies depending on the number of guest in your party: under eight- $34.95 and over eight guests- $42.95. In addition to an entree, brunch includes your choice of bottomless mimosas, screwdrivers, bloody Mary’s, or all three (brunch drinks are interchangeable).

 

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Anytime I see lobster added to a classic dish, I’m sold. I’ve had both the lobster eggs Benedict and the lobster mac and cheese. Essex does not skimp with the lobster either; both plates came with a healthy serving. The lobster mac was particularly delicious. I’m always skeptical of any mac that isn’t home cooked, but this one did not disappoint.

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I can’t sing enough praises about the service at Essex. They are extremely accommodating. Essex also is great for large groups. After waiting almost three hours for a table at another restaurant, I called Essex for a last minute table for 12. Not only did they have a table ready for us, but they also greeted us with mimosas at the door— I really couldn’t ask for anything more.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! Essex is my go-to brunch spot. Not only are the staff super kind, accommodating, and attentive, but the food is great too. If you’re looking for a great vibe, but don’t necessarily want to do a full blown party brunch, head down to LES and get a taste of Essex.

Essex brunch is every Saturday from 10 am- 4:30 and Sunday from 10 am – 7 pm.

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Woodland – NYC

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The decor is rustic with exposed brick, oak tables, and metal chairs. The basement is very clublike, with dim lighting and a dance floor while upstairs has floor to ceiling windows. In the summer there is a back patio that offers more seating.

Woodland is a staple for young, Black, millennials in the city because of its vibes. There’s a live DJ spinning hip hop, R&B, reggae and soca. Once everyone has a couple mimosas and the music is blaring, expect to see people getting out heir seats to twerk, whine, and two step. Once you’re finished eating, you can head downstairs and go into full party mode.

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Woodland offers typical brunch plates like Steak and Eggs, Egg Frittata, and Chicken and Waffles. They also have Caribbean inspired plates like Jerk Shrimp and Grits and Ackee & Saltfish Spring Rolls. Bottomless mimosas will run you $20.

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I went with fried calamari with jerk aioli to start and had chicken and waffles for my entree. The calamari was perfectly cooked and the jerk aioli took it to the next level. The fried chicken was nicely seasoned and the waffle has hints of cinnamon; a nice take on a classic. Overall the food wasn’t bad. Most party brunches’ food is lackluster, so the food being tasty was a pleasant surprise.

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If you’re going to Woodland, expect to stand outside for no less than 45 minutes waiting for a table, and if you get there after 1 o’clock, you probably won’t be seated. Woodland does not take reservations, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to make friends with the people in line with you. Once you make it to the door, you’ll be greeted by rude hostess with bad attitudes. If you actually get in, I will say that mimosas are truly boomless. Woodland has perfected the “boozy” part of boozy brunch.

PS: Expect to wait extremely long in line again for the bathroom. At least they’re consistent right?

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Two Cheers

Woodlands is a great spot for brunch-beginners and those visiting New York. It’s a great spot to go for a one stop party and brunch. I recommend going during the summer, so you can fully experience Woodland!

Woodland has brunch every Saturday 12P- 5P, and Sunday 12PM – 6PM

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