“We need a brunch in the neighborhood with no wait that we can be in and out in 45 minutes.” That’s a tall order in downtown Manhattan, but sometimes a girl on the go needs to brunch quickly.
On this particular Saturday, I was in the middle of helping my boyfriend Andrew move from his Gramercy apartment and we worked up a well-deserved appetite. We had previously enjoyed drinks al fresco in The Brazen Fox’s open-air dining room so we decided to give it a shot for brunch. Despite the perfect 70 degree day, half of the restaurant was empty so we were seated right away.
The Brazen Fox is a relatively new addition to the neighborhood straddling Union Square and the East Village and features a plethora of draft beer and great happy hour specials.
We were surprised by the variety of inventive brunch items on the menu such as apple brandy French toast and a grilled mac and cheese sandwich. Each brunch dish comes with a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa. We tried one of each and found them perfectly standard. No unexpected twists, but it’s tough to find complaints about free drinks.
Andrew was intrigued by the beer float on the menu and gave into his sweet tooth. Unfortunately, this drink was nothing like he imagined. He envisioned a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream paired with a chocolatey stout. Rather, we received a sickenly sweet pink float based from a raspberry beer. After two sips and a few photographs, we gave up on the beer float.
For my main course, I went with the hearty-sounding smoked duck hash with a poached egg served atop home fries. I’m a sucker for caramelized onions, which swayed me to order this entree. However, the dish arrived sans onions. Our server quickly brought a side of caramelized onions, but even one of my favorite ingredients couldn’t save this dish. The duck was dry and scarce. Even worse, the home fries were not seasoned and tasted like they came from a box.
Andrew saw the words “bacon bowl” on the menu and couldn’t resist ordering this entree. This concept was a fun twist on classic scrambled eggs and the bacon was crispy and flavorful. The eggs were simply prepared with diced onions, but average at best. His dish came with a side of toast, which was also forgotten by the kitchen.
Between forgetting an element of each entree, under seasoned food, and an over sugared drink, I was extremely disappointed about brunch at The Brazen Fox. The brunch menu describes innovative, fun fare, but what eventually made it to our table was poorly executed and left much to be desired.
The Bitches say: D. This is a great bar for beers and sports, but there are much stronger brunch offerings in the neighborhood.
The Brazen Fox
106 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
The Brazen Fox serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.