March 9, 2015
This past weekend, my friends and I woke up at a decent hour on Sunday morning, popped two advils to cure the morning hangover, dressed to impress (ahem, Rebecca) and headed out to brunch.
While nobody needs an excuse to partake in a booze-filled midday meal, we were all gathering to celebrate one of our friend’s birthdays! I love when someone has a brunch for their birthday. It’s not as formal as a sit-down dinner where you have to shower beforehand, but it’s not as casual as meeting at a bar for drinks. It is, in my opinion, the best way to celebrate a birthday.
Plus, there is a copious amount of affordable alcohol, which helps celebrate and aid that hangover.
Wanting to try someplace new, we found Boulton & Watt located on 1st and A in the East Village. Boulton & Watt is a gastropub that has a very unique and reasonable brunch menu with a rustic and comfortable atmosphere. It’s the kind of place where you drink out of a mason jar. I like that.
Our party of 8 was sat very close to our reservation time, and we began ordering our cocktails. Most of the table ordered a mimosa, the standards brunch drink, while one or two tried the red sangria. I forgot to ask how it was, probably because took no time to get me drunk.
Now, one of the biggest struggles at brunch is the decision of what to get: breakfast or lunch? It is very rare that I am up and out of the house before 1pm, so I rarely get to eat eggs or pancakes, so I usually stick to the classic eggs benedict. But the only thing with breakfast foods is that it never fills me up. Not having had anything to eat since my pop tarts that morning, I was starving and knew I needed to eat something to last me until dinner. So, I went with a burger.
Gasp! I know, you are all shocked that The Hunger James ordered a burger. Whatever. But it was SO good. I had a medium rare patty topped with fresh blue cheese crumbles and bits of bacon, with a heaping of French fries on the side.
A few other meals I got to taste when my friends went to the bathroom were: Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes, Cast Iron Egg Frittata, and the Eggplant Parmesan Benedict. While all extremely tasty, I would have to say the best meal at the table was the Eggplant Benedict. Crispy pieces of eggplant, topped with mozzarella cheese, a light tomato sauce, and two poached eggs. It was not only delicious, it was inventive and unique.
Whether it is just you and a friend or an entire group, I highly suggest you all check out Boulton & Watt for your next brunch outing!