During church one Sunday, the pastor jokingly talked about the cold weather. She said before Christmas the cold seems to have a purpose, but come January 1st she’s immediately ready for it to be warm again. I couldn’t agree more, and am a strong believer that winter should only last about a month!
Since I don’t control the weather, I try to implement my warm weather wishes in any way possible. That means either a vacation (if I’m lucky!) or heading to any NYC location with summer vibes. So one Sunday after church, Greg and I joined our friends, Davis and Chelsea, to do the latter.
We had brunch on the Upper West Side at Playa Betty’s, a restaurant known for its California beach vibe.
While it’s not the same thing as traveling to Malibu, it’s the best you can do in New York City!
We sat down at a table by the window which, as a blogger, always makes me secretly excited. You get the best food pictures with natural light!
Oh and I suppose the natural light made us all look good too!
Playa Betty’s offers a bottomless brunch (which may or may not be the reason we chose it)! For $18 you get all-you-can-drink mimosas, sangria or cactus pear bellinis.
We were intrigued by the cactus pear bellinis (it’s not every day you see that on the menu!) so we started with a round of those. We didn’t expect them to be so pink, but Chelsea and I were pleasantly surprised. The boys… not so much.
Then as the brunch went on we moved to mimosas (my favorite) and sangria (everyone else’s favorite). While the cactus pear bellinis were fun to try, none of us liked them enough to keep drinking them.
We couldn’t decide whether we wanted queso or guac as an appetizer, so we decided we may as well get both!
I loved the Queso, especially since it was “Austin style” and reminded me of going to college at UT.
And the Guacamole was fun too. You’re able to make your own mix using the classic ingredients, as well as unique items like pomegranate and pumpkin seeds.
I hate cooking so Davis set to work making our guacamole.
And it turned out deliciously. Thanks, Davis!
I loved the queso, I loved the guacamole, and I loved Playa Betty’s drinks. But I didn’t think the brunch main courses were all that remarkable.
I had the Mexican Benedict with chorizo, poached eggs and Valentina hollandaise sauce served over homemade sopes. It tasted fine but nothing I’d be excited to order again.
Greg chose the Chicken & Churros which is southern-fried boneless chicken served with homemade churros, Valentina maple butter and organic maple syrup. It’s the restaurant’s version of chicken and waffles, and while it’s a creative idea it wasn’t all that amazing either.
Chelsea and Davis got an assortment of tacos and felt the same way about their meals. Everything was fine, but nothing was remarkably good.
After we finished our food, we still had time left on our hour and a half of bottomless drinks. So we kept hanging out, drinking and talking. At one point the waitress told us that even though our time was technically up, since there wasn’t another group waiting for our table she would keep pouring our drinks.
Over three hours went by before our waitress finally told us the restaurant was out of mimosas! Now that is a successful bottomless brunch if I do say so myself! I was really impressed with how chill the restaurant was about our unlimited drinks, and our waitress certainly earned herself a nice tip because of it!
And since there were no more mimosas, it meant we had to head back out into the cold and remind ourselves we weren’t actually in California in the summer.
Oh well. At least Greg and I have real California travel plans this summer!
To find out more about Playa Betty’s, or to make a reservation, click here.
P.S. My dress is by A.L.C. You can find it here.