With a three-day weekend in sight for some of us, spending an hour or three at brunch is an even more enticing proposition than usual — especially if it leads into playoff football or a night of debauchery. Here are a few places that can help your day get off to a great start.
Toloache Thompson, 205 Thompson Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.
For $19.99, fill up on bloody marys, vampiros, or margaritas for an hour and a half in Julian Medina’s classy Mexican dining room. The brunch menu offers a few twists on brunch classics like steak and eggs — which come with guacamole and a mole cheese enchilada here — as well as a pork carnitas sandwich. Entrees range from $12 to $19 and can be ordered in addition to the bottomless brunch offer.
Crown, 24 East 81st Street, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Starting this Sunday, the Upper East Side will be a bit more lively courtesy of the Mimi Jones Band and unlimited bellinis. For $45, guests can opt for a bottomless prix fixe brunch that includes those bellinis, mimosas, an entree, and sides served family style. Choose from a selection of items like ricotta pancakes and an egg white frittata; the restaurant’s a la carte menu is also on hand should you be craving John DeLucie’s burger instead.
Corlette NY, 193 A Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m./noon
Offering Caribbean specialties, this Bedford-Stuyvesant brunch spot is a good location for anyone on a budget. Diners can select from sweets like cocoa bread french toast or a protein packed jerk salmon dish. There’s also a selection of four dollar taco plates with fillings like octopus and chimi churri steak if you’re looking for a lighter bite. Entrees are all less than $14, which means you can pick up a starter for the table (like panko crusted wings, for instance) without worrying about who pays what when the check comes.
The Sparrow Tavern, 24-01 29th Street, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.
Though walking by this dimly list Astoria bar might tempt you to seek food elsewhere, don’t judge a place by its outward appearance — especially in the outer boroughs. The homely space has a serious cocktail list — the central coast michelada is a solid brunch starter — along with a comfort food-focused menu. A cilantro egg sandwich, speck and eggs, and slow cooked lamb ribs are a few of the dishes you’ll find; you’ll probably need to save room for sweet potato fries if you’re looking to soak up all the partying you did from the night before.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 17, 2014