If looking to continue the festivities from the previous night, or are simply in the mood for a boozy afternoon, these party brunch spots are sure to satisfy.
Bottle service, sparklers and the sound of Louboutins clicking on a marble floor may be the familiar sights and sounds of nightclubs in the meatpacking district, but it’s also the scene at Bistro Bagatelle. Specifically known for its elaborate “party brunch,” the NYC outpost of Bagatelle opened in June 2012 and has since garnered quite a following; it’s a space filled with celebrities, club-goers, foodies and foreigners alike. Built on the concept of “joie de vivre,” the restaurant/club is the ultimate spot to immerse in pleasure on a Saturday afternoon. But it’s not just table dancing and superman-like figures soaring through the air to present over-sized bottles of Perrier-Jouët, no- it’s a modern day French Mediterranean restaurant that offers a delicious and seasonal and menu courtesy of Executive Chef Romuald Jung. It just so happens to feature world-renowned DJs at the same time.
1 Little West 12th Street
If there were a king of the boozy brunch epidemic, it would be LAVO. Putting to use the concept of “models and bottles,” the brunch is just as well known for the endless amount of Rose Champagne flowing as it is for the scene of runway-esque figures dancing on tables and parading through the crowd. Smog guns and confetti cannons elicit the party energy, in addition to the bumping tunes that signal diners to hop on tables. The reason for such an elaborate midday party? Noah Tepperberg, the owner of LAVO, wanted to fill the void for non-jet-setters who simply want to have a good time- and he certainly did. “Not everyone gets to run to the beach or jump on a plane,” says Tepperberg. So stay right here in NYC, and get showered in over-sized bottles of Rose (delivered by gold-painted waitresses), while chowing on some fluffy polenta pancakes.
39 East 28th Street
3 Day & Night
This traveling champagne soaker has made its mark on some of the best party spots in the world such as Miami, the Hamptons and St. Barth’s, and it’s back with vengeance at New York City’s Ajna Bar. A French themed party developed by promoters Daniel and Derek Koch, Day & Night is known as a “scene-and-be-seen” rager with all of the elements that make for a boozy, club-like brunch. Dancers in bathing suits, pipes blasting with fog, and tunes courtesy of Calvin Harris, Oasis and the like is the normal scene. With a mix of upscale internationals and New York City elitists, it’s not uncommon to spot multiple Magnum Dom Perignon bottles flying through the the air with recipients rejoicing in alcoholic bliss. Everything about this party is upscale, from the people and atmosphere all the way down to the food. Try the ostrich egg omelet filled with lobster, foie-gras, truffles, and caviar to pair with the forever-flowing champagne.
It may seem as though Meatpacking has a monopoly on the best party brunch spots around New York City, save for the fact that Essex on the LES offers one of the booziest brunches in town. With table reservations for up to 16 guests, or for 30 guests if you book one of their two private balconies, Essex is the spot for some down-right, afternoon binge drinking. In cash-only style, brunch-goers are allotted three drinks per ticket, but with an overly-friendly staff and party atmosphere it’s not uncommon to throw back six or seven, with the latter beverages on the house. And if that’s still not enough booze, this place gives out raffle tickets for excess consumption on the house. How can one possibly consume so many beverages? The brunch party spans from 11a.m.-8p.m., so there’s ample time to throw back all those mimosas and mary's while mingling with overly-buzzed scenesters. When it’s time for food, try the Mexican Matzo Brei, a house favorite.
120 Essex Street
If looking for a quiet place to take the in-laws, Beaumarchais is not it and for good reason; it just so happens to be one of the craziest daytime brunch parties in Manhattan. A restaurant reminiscent of the French Renaissance, it’s a sophisticated down to every detail; from the food and decor all the way to it’s inhabitants. With bumping music, an upscale crowd and an atmosphere so dark its hard to remember its midday, (they have a flexible two-hour minimum on tables for that very reason) Beaumarchais is the ultimate party. So what exactly puts Beaumarchais in the brunch category? Besides the sparklers and heel-donning fashionistas dancing on tables there’s a French-inspired Mediterranean menu crafted by Chef Marco Porceddu offering delicious delicacies, such as their Nutella Paris Brest (nutella in choux dough) to soak up all that bubbly. Bon Appetit.
409 West 13th Street