Every New Yorker has the mantra “work hard, play hard” ingrained in their spirit. We are incredibly motivated, and hustle every day to accomplish our dreams. And while we’re proud of that work, it doesn’t make for a particularly exciting blog post!
So I’m going to talk about the playing hard. Boozy brunch was invented (patent pending?) to reward New Yorkers for surviving the weekly grind. It’s not just brunch with alcohol. Instead it’s a period of time (usually two hours) with unlimited drinks. Plus, almost as an after thought, there’s breakfast food.
No one does boozy brunch like New Yorkers, and if you’re looking to witness boozy brunchers in their native habitat (I’m sure National Geographic is on their way) then head to The Crooked Knife in the Village.
The inside decor is cool and unique.
But the back patio is my favorite spot.
We weren’t just rewarding ourselves for working hard that week. We were also celebrating something special: Jess’ birthday!
In typical boozy brunch fashion, we ordered a round of mimosas before even looking at the menu. And the drinks kept flowing for the next two hours!
Most of the group ordered omelettes, like The Sizzler (chorizo, pepperoni, jalapeño, red onion and pepper jack cheese), The Govn’er (hash browns, bacon, mushrooms and cheddar cheese) and The Health Nut (spinach, cherry tomato, scallions and goat cheese).
I decided to be different, and ordered The Sebastian which is a panko-crumbed crab cake on an English muffin, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. While in theory the dish was awesome (eggs benedict with crab cakes), in reality it didn’t taste as good as I wanted it to. And the restaurant was much too skimpy with the hollandaise sauce!
But The Crooked Knife wasn’t skimpy at all with the alcohol, as they poured mimosa after mimosa.
I want to state clearly that we kept our clothes on. I know as you read this you’re probably thinking “Well of course you kept your clothes on! You’re in public at a restaurant!” But this can’t always be assumed at boozy brunch…
At the table behind us, shirts were coming off in Magic Mike fashion as people were dancing around the patio. And it was hilarious and fabulous and absolutely epitomized New York boozy brunches.
Oh don’t worry, I got video:
Clearly New Yorkers give playing hard a whole new meaning!
To make a boozy brunch reservation at The Crooked Knife, click here.
Now it’s time to get back to working hard… so we can play hard all over again next weekend!