When we received an invitation to attend Village Voice’s first annual “Brunch Eats” event last week, attending was a no brainer. Brunch-inspired fare by 20+ top NYC vendors and bottomless mimosas all aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Flight Deck right on the Hudson at dark? Sold!
I arrived right as doors opened at 8 p.m. on the dot and hundreds of party-goers had the same idea. We all didn’t want to miss one specialty glazed doughnut or vegan biscuit Sammy.
I had never been to the museum before and was totally in awe of the space. It was perfect for a large scale event as various restaurants set up booths within exhibits allowing plenty of walking space around fighter jets and sea vessels while we nibbled and noshed.
Vendors offered small-ish tasting portions of brunch fare, which quickly added up in my stomach. I definitely needed to pace myself to do this event justice! I appreciated that the event featured dishes from all across New York city, appealing to various diets including vegan and vegetarian dishes (shout out to Champ’s Diner’s tofu breakfast sliders), gluten free dishes, and plenty of sweets for those with a sweet tooth.
Although there were tons of great alcoholic beverages available, including Whispering Angel rose, a Bitch favorite, I decided to forgo and was happy with the non-alcoholic sips like green juice, Vita Coco coconut water, and flavored seltzer.
My game plan for the food was to start with savory and finish off with dessert. All of the iconic brunch dishes were represented, from bagels and cream cheese from Ess a Bagel, smoked salmon mousse biscuit sandwiches from Osteria Cotta, avocado toast from Mezetto (read our brunch review of Mezetto here), corned beef hash from Mr. Purple, and “Bloody Mary” ceviche from Eugene & Co.
When it came to sweets, I was in hog heaven. It was a tossup between Dough Doughnuts and Underwest for my top bites. They were entirely different doughnuts; Dough offered “extra mini” fluffy pastries with sticky sweet frosting on top, which melted in my mouth. Alternatively, Underwest’s doughuts were of the more dense, cake variety. I loved the inventive blueberry thyme doughnut and the classic brown butter cake. There was a continuously long line for Bustan’s French toast; read our brunch review of Bustan here.
I had to eventually cut myself off and get some fresh air on the flight deck of the Intrepid. I was treated to stunning views of the Manhattan skylight at night and many of my fellow event attendees had the same idea, enjoying some beverages and bites under the stars.
All in all, I had a blast at the event and can’t wait until next year! Some of the lines for more popular vendors were long and it did take about 10-15 minutes to enter the event upon the doors opening, but the crowds only attested to the excellent event concept and execution. NYC is certainly a brunch town and we all jumped at the chance to have brunch for dinner.