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.

A-Frame – LA

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A-Frame is almost like a Hawaiian shack in Culver City. My friends and I were working out at the Culver City stairs and we were looking for a new brunch spot that could accommodate a big party and we stumbled upon A-Frame. Nothing about it is classic, it is very fun and eclectic yet still casual!

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A-Frame is not your ordinary brunch! They do their own take on Hawaiian fusion which is fun and different. They have all you can drink Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Michelada’s.

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So many options! A-Frame has all you can eat pancakes. You choose your flavor of buttermilk, banana mac nut, pineapple, orange & guava, or buttermilk pancakes with mochiko fried chicken. They have cracklin beer can chicken, kalua pork ramen, baby back ribs with a chili glaze, pork fried rice, or “scrimp” with polenta. For the less adventurous they have a double cheeseburger, steak and eggs, or a breakfast “sam which” with bacon, avocado, tomato, and lettuce on sweet hawaiian bread. I went for the black kale salad with asian pear, cucumber, edamame, wonton, pepits and a gonzo vinaigrette which was delicious.

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Everyone at A-Frame was super friendly! The restaurant is almost communal. They have long tables so if you have a small party you could end up sharing the table with another party. Our waiter was very good on refilling mimosas! We were the last group left in the restaurant and they let us stay until we were ready to go!

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! A-Frame was a fun brunch and is good for if you have a big group. I would definitely recommend this brunch to anyone in the mood to try something new.

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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