The Ivy – LA

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The Ivy offers a fabulous brunch in Los Angeles. When you walk in they offer you a  complimentary glass of champagne. The restaurant is decorated in bright colors. Cute floral details are everywhere from their seating to their china.  Every table from their dining room to their outdoor patio has a fresh bouquet of roses.

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The Ivy offers fun versions of your brunch favorites like a Fresh Tangerine Bellini and their Cajun Bloody Mary.  They have a full cocktail menu where you can order French Rosé Sangria, The Ivy Gimlet, or their Kumquat Tequila Cocktail.

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The Ivy has something for everyone with breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes, brioche french toast, chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. They have amazing fresh seafood options from a crab, shrimp or crab cake benedict, to fresh wild Maine lobster served with eggs and bacon. You can also order from their lunch menu during brunch where they offer fresh salads, pasta, pizza and risotto.  Their dessert menu is intriguing as well if you have room after brunch.

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The Ivy is a high quality restaurant and the service definitely matches that. Everyone is friendly and accomodationg.

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3 Star Rating

Three cheers! The Ivy is a popular brunch spot in Los Angeles and it is certainly worth the hype! I can’t wait to go back to try more things on the menu.

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.

Overall Rating (1)

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.