I usually avoid Union Square on the weekends. I happen to work in the neighborhood and try to steer clear of playing where I work. In the spirit of brunch, we headed to The Stand to see what the fuss was about. The Stand isn’t just a restaurant. They have stand up comedy daily in either the back area or the underground cellar. It’s pretty impressive from the set up we saw. The Stand has a bar area, main dining room, and back dining room in addition to the areas reserved for shows.
There are also plenty of brunch options including raw bar favorites, shareable plates, brick oven pizzas, and much more. Plus, they offer 90 minutes of bottomless mimosas or Prosecco for an additional $22. We were torn over all of the options but ultimately consulted with our server.
I decided to start with a cappuccino and a Torino spritz instead of a typical brunch cocktail. The cappuccino hit the spot while the cocktail was another story. The spritz is prepared with bergamot, lavender, and citrus with Prosecco. It wasn’t my favorite but with no fault to the bartender. Turns out I’m not a fan of lavender in cocktails.
My brunch date began with an order of oysters while I eyed patatas bravas. She was pleased with the oysters and loved the house-made hot sauce along with it. I usually love patatas bravas. These were a little different. The potatoes were cooked well but just didn’t resemble patatas bravas at all. The potatoes were seasoned and served with a chipotle aioli instead of the spicy Spanish condiment.
At this point while we waited for our entrées, I decided to switch to mimosas. We noticed the space was beginning to fill up with large parties and dates. The music was on point. We loved the 90’s music and old school hip hop they played. My brunch pal and I decided to split a margherita pizza along with our respective entrées. The margherita pie was wood-fired and had buffalo mozzarella. It was so good. We couldn’t help but finish slice after slice.
Tasha ordered the duck hash per our server’s recommendation. The duck hash was prepared with madras curry, potatoes, onion, garlic, and two fried eggs. The eggs were good while the duck itself was just okay. She was surprised since she usually likes duck. The dish wasn’t bad but it just didn’t seem to have much going for it.
I decided to try an avocado benny. I was pleased with the Benedict and hollandaise sauce on top. The avocado was light and tasty. The mixed green salad served on the side was too overdressed and far too tangy. It wasn’t a dealbreaker but we did wish it did not have this much dressing.
Overall, we’d say our experience was good. There were a few misses but also a few hits. The service was great, and the bottomless factor alone is worthy of a revisit. We loved the chill vibe and awesome music selection.
The Bitches Say: Four Champagne Flutes
The Stand serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.