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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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.

Overall Rating (1)

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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