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. 

Toca Madera – LA

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Toca Madera is a hotspot in West Hollywood specializing in Organic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is super cute with a huge bar, lounge area, outdoor patio, and photo booth.

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Brunch cocktails? Yes please! Toca Madera offers a variety of beverages from cold brew with vanilla infused tequila to margaritas to bloody mary’s. I went for the Mexican 69 – patron, pomegranate, la pinta, prosecco and lime.

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Toca Madera offers classic brunch dishes with a Mexican twist like Tres Leches French Toast,  a Mexican Omelette, and Carne Asada & Eggs. You can also go for tacos served on house made corn tortillas filled with your choice of  chicken, shrimp, mushroom & sweet corn, mahi-mahi, sea bass, tofu barbacoa or skirt steak. If you’re feeling healthy, they have avocado toast, a coconut parfait, vegan bacon, sausage and ‘soyrizo’. They also offer a ton of sides and appetizers. The guacamole with plantain chips and sweet corn are a must! I’m not usually one for dessert during brunch, but you absolutely have to save room for the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! Warm cinnamon sugar churro filled with dulce de leche ice cream. So delicious!

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The restaurant is huge and there’s enough staff to accommodate. Everyone is super friendly and helpful!

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! I absolutely love Toca Madera! The first time I went was for dinner and I was excited to try their brunch. Their menu is great and food is delicious. The only reason for not giving them three cheers is because they don’t have a bottomless mimosa option 😦

Toca Madera does brunch on Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

*On Cinco de Mayo, Toca Madera will have menu specials, specialty cocktails, tequila  flights, special performances and musical guests from 12 pm to 2 am

 

Penn Commons – DC

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One of the best things about Penn Commons is how spacious the inside is. I have been to many restaurants where I feel cramped and like I am sitting way too close to the party next to me, but that is not an issue here. They have a variety of seating options such as the bar, high top tables, regular tables and circular booths, which is another plus. Although they play sports games and serve drinks, it does not feel at all like a sports bar. The design is very clean and simple, something which makes it comfortable and cute.

 

 

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Penn Common’s menu/brunch options is what sets it above other brunches in my eyes. They offer a two course brunch with bottomless mimosas all for $33. I truly don’t think it gets better than that! You are able to get an appetizer and entree or entree and dessert. They offer BBQ chicken spring rolls, calamari, french toast bites and smoothies as some of the options for your first course.

The entrees include all of your favorite brunch options, with special spin of “chicken & cakes” as opposed to chicken and waffles. Their dessert options include various sundaes, a root beer float and cake. With a two course brunch and all of the menu options you can visit Penn Commons over and over and switch up your brunch order to enjoy a new combination each time.

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When it comes to appetizers, the BBQ chicken egg rolls are my favorite. They come with a blue cheese dipping sauce on the side, that it is not quite blue cheese dressing but similar and very tasty. I think I have mentioned before that shrimp and grits is my go-to brunch food, so I’ve tasted them at many places and Penn Commons’ is by far my favorite. The grits are creamy and well cooked, they don’t skimp on the shrimp, it is well seasoned, and the bits of ham add a nice finishing touch. But, if you aren’t a shrimp and grits person, the brunch quesadillas are delicious as well. Overall, not matter what you order not only will you be full (and possibly have leftovers) but satisfied by the quality as well.

 

 

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I have been to Penn Commons on many occasions, and I usually receive pretty consistent service. There is one particular waitress that I have encountered a few times who can be somewhat scatterbrained and a little slower on the mimosas, but with a little reminder about fill ups she is fine. Even with the slowest server, I can still make the most of my two hours and leave having downed just enough mimosas.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I can’t think of anything negative to say about Penn Commons. Even on a bad day I am always satisfied. From last minute brunch decisions or a planned ahead reservation, Penn Commons is the place to go. I never have to wait for a table and I leave satisfied and a little bit saucy!

P.S. They also have a great happy hour, with good food and drinks,  from 4pm-close Monday – Saturday and ALL DAY Sunday.

Penn Commons offers brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm. 

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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