Brunch gets the distinguishing characteristic of both being a hangover cure and a way to drink yourself back to a hangover. Some people would rather skip the stiff day drinks for eggs and toast, but, for some of us, brunch without a drink is just breakfast.
Catering to the needs of daytime drinkers, there are plenty of spots in NYC that offer bottomless deals. Not surprisingly, however, many of those places don't exactly serve up the best food to go along with it. So rather than worrying about weak pours or cold eggs, read our guide to the bottomless brunches that are actually worth it. The food's so good you won't need a drink — but, with deals this cheap, you'll probably get one.
The Deal: Choice of entree and unlimited brunch cocktail for $30 for 90 minutes
Included in The Regal's bottomless brunch cocktails is the Breakfast Margherita, which is just as dangerously delicious as it sounds. Orange marmalade is added to make it right at home with the stuffed French toast you ordered. Or pair their Bloody Mary with a French onion grilled cheese for a big upgrade on tomato soup.
The Regal, 163 Hope Street (between Union Ave & Keap Street); 212-260-1700. Photo: via @asliceopi. More
The Deal: Unlimited sangria with your entrée.
Calle Ocho's Miami-meets-Manhattan vibes are on full display at brunch, where any main dish comes with unlimited sangria for the entitreity of the meal. There are eight flavors to choose from, and you can mix and match as you go, though you're limited to one glass at a time. If you're wondering what the vibe is like, let the menu provide some hints: "If one person gets cut off, so does the rest of your table. So please ask your boyfriend to save his awesome tabletop dancing skills for another day." The sangrias are strong and the pours are generous, so if you find yourself unable to walk in a straight line afterwards, you can always dry out a little bit at the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History across the street.
Calle Ocho, 34 W 81st Street (in the Excelsior Hotel); 212-873-5025. Photo: Courtesy of Calle Ocho. More
Baby's All Right
The Deal: Any entrée and unlimited brunch cocktail (bloody Mary, mimosa, or greyhound) for ninety minutes, $29.99
When they're not serving up music to Williamsburg's hippest, Baby's All Right is also a one-stop shop for your people-watching, cocktail-quaffing, egg-eating needs. In addition to classic brunch dishes like French toast and chilaquiles, you can also get "things in a bowl" (a Thai tea chia pudding with fresh fruit) or the Wake And Bake (poached eggs served with spinach, cheese, and hollandaise). If bottomless isn't your preferred brunch style, you can also order drinks a la carte, including one dish not available for the bundle deal: the Brass Monkey, Pacifico beer, and orange juice in a bucket.
Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway (at Bedford Avenue); 718-599-5800. Photo: via @alexaeatsatl. More
Pardon My French
The Deal: Bottomless Bloody Mary made with house-infused horseradish vodka or mimosas with one entrée for ninety minutes, $29.95
In warmer weather, you can grab a table at Pardon My French's back garden to enjoy your Bloodies and mimosas, though the exposed-brick interior is cozy year round. It's just like a mini Parisian vacay, but also with as many Champagne cocktails as you can guzzle during the length of a Disney movie.
Pardon My French, 103 Avenue B (between 6th and 7th Street); 212-358-9683. Photo: Courtesy of Pardon My French. More
Miss Lily's 7A
The Deal: One hour of unlimited bellinis, rum punches, or Hotsteppers (their take on a Bloody Mary), $15 add-on to any brunch entrée
For the truly virtuous, you can skip the booze for one of Miss Lily's signature cold-pressed juices that are as delicious as they are colorful. For those of us who want to keep the Friday night vibes going well into Saturday afternoon, however, there's the option of one hour of bottomless cocktails. While we've come to expect pretty basic drinks from an unlimited brunch menu, here drinks could stand on their own, like a twist on a Bloody Mary made with jerk spices.
Miss Lily's 7A, 109 Avenue A (at 7th Street); 212-812-1482. More
The Deal: Two hours of unlimited brunch drinks with any entree, $26 (add $3 for burger, $5 for steak and eggs)
If you're looking for a party atmosphere with food that still stands up to sober scrutiny, hop on the subway, in a Lyft, or CitiBike to Carroll Place. Another spot where the food is as good as the deal, you can dine on a truffle pizza, pancakes topped with gelato, or spicy baked eggs with your choice of sangria, Bloody Mary, or mimosas.
Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street (at Thompson Street); 212-260-1700. Photo: Courtesy of Carroll Place . More