Breakfast is one of my favorite meals, and brunch allows me to eat it at 3 in the afternoon without risking burns from cooking in my underwear or having to go to a greasy diner. Once in a while (I won’t say how often) I indulge in the decadent pastime of bottomless mimosa brunch. Here are my top five places to eat and drink on a weekend afternoon.
Poco (East Village)
My go-to brunch spot in Manhattan. The atmosphere is fun, the food is great, and there is outdoor seating when the weather is nice. For $26.95, patrons get an hour and a half of Bloody Marys, mimosas, or white sangria. Some of my favorite dishes are the Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, Poco Benedict, and Truffled Mushroom Omelet. Be prepared for a long wait during peak hours. (cash only)
Macondo (Lower East Side)
This is a great bottomless drink spot with a Latin take on brunch. Choose from three types of mimosas ($13 for all-you-can-drink for two hours) to start a weekend of shenanigans. My favorite brunch items are the Carne Con Yuca (paprika skirt steak over yuca fries with sunny side up eggs, cabrales cheese, and chimichurri) and the El Monumento (grilled chorizo and fried eggs over mashed green plantains).
Maggie Brown (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)
This restaurant decked out with dark wood, chandeliers and velvet-inspired wallpaper doesn’t do bottomless breakfast drinks, but still deserves to be on the list for their delicious brunch fare and excellent brunch cocktails. I order their savory namesake (The Maggie Brown, $9) of scrambled eggs with cheddar, chives, and horseradish that comes with greens and perfectly seasoned and crispy home fries. Or, substitute the home fries with a biscuit and raspberry butter for $2, and definitely add on a side of cheesy jalapeño cheddar grits to share ($5). Oh, and the cocktails! I had the Ethel O’Connel made of whiskey, Baileys, and espresso over ice and it was oh-so-good. They also make a damn good Bloody Marion (their spicy take on the Bloody Mary) and offer many other special boozy concotions for the weekend drinking crowd. (cash only)
Tre (Lower East Side)
This small Italian restaurant tucked behind the famous Katz’s Deli serves up bottomless champagne/mimosa brunch for $22.95. Brunch food items range from a yummy sausage and broccoli rabe frittata, to pasta dishes and burgers. Enjoy the free-flowing booze for an hour and a half. (cash only)
Aperitivo (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
This Italian place boasts the cheapest bottomless brunch drinks I have found and typically has NO WAIT. For $3.95, patrons fill up on their fair share of champagne, mimosas, Bellinis, or Bloody Marys (which are actually tasty compared to other bottomless drink spots). The menu is made up of your typical brunch items ($12.95) and they serve up a pretty good Eggs Benedict. Oh, and the best part? Instead of a side of home fries, they give you potato latkes. WIN.