From a la carte, to buffet, to al fresco, to boozy, there’s no doubt that New York trumps the art of the mid-day meal taking brunch to new, lofty heights. Bubbly flows at Lavo while bottomless mimosas get downed at Murray Hill hubs and the stylish set swarm spots a la Soho. No matter what corner you turn on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’re bound to get copious glimpses of dedicated NYC brunchers. Thirsting for your next Boozy mid-day meal destination? Check out Liquid Brunch: The Sippin’ 5 Spots for a Mid-Day Buzz.
For the dedicated liquid bruncher, there’s no place like Clover Club. Owned by bar entrepreneur, Julie Reiner, the Brooklyn-based standby really delivers on the A.M. booze front. At Clover Club, you’ll find an entire menu of liquid brunch options in which to choose that’s divided into classic descriptions of families of mixed drinks from The Bloody Mary to Cobblers and Highballs to Royales, Bracers and Pick Ups. Sip Swizzles, Collins and Fizzes. Order up punches too. Clover Club undoubtedly offers one of the widest brunch time sippin’ selections. So, with your bacon-tasting, baked eggs a la truffle and leeks, and side of cheddar grits get your Sunday game face on and sip your way through a few come noon cocktails. Try the Barmen’s Bloody, a blend of Rye Whiskey with additions of basil, Fernet Branca, tomato and spice, the Coupe de Grace, a bracer made of Gin, Lillet Blonde, St. Germain, pineapple and lemon or the Sloe & Low that combines Gin, Maraschino, Sloe Gin, lemon juice, fresh raspberries and blackberries. Clover Club is the perfect place to sip the day away…
Clover Club is located at 210 Smith St. Brooklyn www.cloverclubny.com 718.855.7939.
CitySip’s go-to boozy brunch is most definitely, Maharlika Filipino Moderno. The East Village hot spot serves up traditional Filipino specialties like Sizzling Sisig, Eggs Imelda with grilled prawns and Mango Stuffed French Toast. The brunch-time libation list, crafted by bar star, Enzo Lim also takes a cue from Filipino culture boasting a Bloody Mary made with Patis (fish sauce), Kalamansi Mimosas and the Pacquiao Punch, a blend of rum, ginger, lemon, pineapple and absinthe. If you really want to make for a Sunday Funday order the Chicken & Ume Waffles, a warm gin shot (a gin shot with chased with a shot Maharlika’s house-made warm vinegar) and ask one of the hip staff to bring out the karaoke machine for you and your crew!
Maharlika is located at 111 E. 1st Ave at 7th St. New York www.maharlikanyc.com.
Minetta Tavern is one hot table! This West Village haunt happens to be nearly impossible to snag a seat at for dinnertime. So, if you’re chomping at the bit for a taste of the famous Black Label Burger then try dialing the Tavern for a brunch-time resi. Minetta Tavern unveiled their much-a-buzzed-about brunch menu last summer serving up the burger along with other tasty mid-day dishes like baked eggs drenched in truffle, Brioche French Toast with whipped ricotta and Black Pudding Clafoutis. Wash these decadent dishes down with sips from Minetta’s brunch cocktail list. The extensive menu spans the spectrum from sparkling cocktails to Bloody Marys to classic brunch cocktails. Satisfy your bubble fix with Eva-Marie of Charbay Grapefruit Vodka, Combier Cherry Liqueur, grapefruit juice and Tattinger Brut. Some of the classics that’ll never let you down consist of the Marmalade Fizz that’s made with Ransom Old Tom Gin, Marmalade, Demerara syrup, cream and egg white and the French Toast Flip, a breakfast-friendly blend of Navan Vanilla Liqueur, Hennessy VS, Demerara syrup, cream and egg. Decadence is the word at this celeb friendly hot spot.
Minetta Tavern is located at 113 Macdougal St. New York www.minettatavernny.com 212.475.3850.
Prefer to add a little spice to your Sunday mix? Visit CitySip NY Editor, Joshua Wortman at new midtown Mexican resto/bar, Anejo for your next brunch. Wortman not only writes, he’s a kick ass bartender and consultant too! Wortman crafted the drink list here that at brunch compliments your chips, pineapple chipotle guac and chiliquiles perfectly. The Mendoza will give you that wake-up kick your craving blended with Fidencio Mezcal, Passion Fruit, grenadine, lemon and cava brut. For those seeking a savory, spicy liquid treat, tickle your tastebuds with the Vampiro that’s crafted with Pueblo Viejo Reposado, blood orange, tomato, chile, Jarritos Grapefruit and chile salt. Why not stay all day? Sangria pitchers and multiple Micheladas are the ideal sips for drinking your Sunday away..Viva la Anejo!
Anejo is located at 668 10th Avenue New York anejonyc.com 212.920.4770.
Undoubtedly one of the bar industries go to late-night spots, dedicated drink slingers also come out for this Nolita-based bar’s Sunday brunch. The vibe at Mother’s Ruin is completely low-key and chill making for an appealing hair-of-the-dog day brunch choice. Roll in at 2 p.m. and grab a Furreal Bloody Mary and garnish with something unique like a little pickled cauliflower or spicy green beans. Order up some biscuits and gravy or an egg samy, hob nob with your favorite bartender (who’s bound to be there) or tuck in with a book by the window. Chillin’ is the name of the game at Mother’s Ruin and co-owners, T.J. Lynch and Richard Knapp are bound to make you feel at home along with a killer cocktail too.
Mother’s Ruin, 18 Spring St. at Elizabeth St.