On Sundays in New York City, brunch is the first thing on my agenda. But on this particular Sunday, all of my friends were busy, and I had to recruit my boyfriend to join me. Normally, he’d be more than happy to partake in my brunch shenanigans, but on NFL Sunday? Forget about it.
Luckily, a World of Beer recently opened up in Chelsea and had invited us to try their BEERunch menu. Having been to a handful of World of Beer locations when I was living in Florida, I knew they offered an upscale sports bar atmosphere, and I was successfully able to lure the beau to brunch with me with the promise of being able to watch the football game. So off we went!
You’ve probably walked by World of Beer a countless number of times not realizing it was there. It’s one of those inconspicuous restaurants that’s located in the bottom of an office building and doesn’t stand out. The inside offers a totally different feel.
The restaurant has an industrial vibe, with a lot of original art on the walls, exposed brick, and wrought-iron accessories. There’s an area with comfy couches and chairs right in front of a large TV—perfect for watching sports and events. We were seated right next to this area, and there was a large group drinking and watching the football game. It was nice to find a spot in New York that could accommodate larger groups for games, but not feel insanely packed.
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to kick off the meal with a typical brunch cocktail or a flight of craft beer—we were at World of Beer, after all, and the restaurant offers 50 rotating beers on tap, plus 500 more in bottles and cans. Being a lover of all brunch cocktails and most kinds of craft beer, this was my Sophie’s Choice.
I decided to order what seemed to be the perfect middle ground: the Beermosa, a mixture of a white wheat beer and fresh orange juice. I wasn’t a huge fan of this, as it just tasted like a super sweet wheat beer. I missed the bubbly from the champagne, and the juxtaposition of the sweet and bitter flavors.
My other half grew up outside of Tampa, and as soon as he saw that Cigar City, a Tampa brewery, had a beer on draft, he knew he had to get it. That’s a great thing about World of Beer—they really live up to the name and offer beers from all over the country, as well as the world.
We were absolutely starving, so we knew we wanted an appetizer of some sort to munch on while we decided on what to order for our entrees. Our server suggested starting with the German pretzel, mentioning this is one of the dishes World of Beer is known for and that it fits with the tavern-like atmosphere.
We took our server’s advice, and I’m very glad we did. This pretzel was HUGE! In all seriousness, I think it was bigger than my head. It was served piping hot, hanging from a hook, and was paired with homemade stone-ground mustard and beer cheese.
For my entree, I ordered the ancho-chipotle bacon and egg sandwich. According to the menu, this dish was a fresh egg omelette with jalapeños, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, topped with mozzarella cheese, bacon, and ancho-chipotle sauce, all served on Texas Toast.
This sandwich had so much potential, but was a disappointment. Honestly, the omelette looked like it had been microwaved, rather than freshly made. I didn’t see any jalapenos, onions, or peppers mixed in with the egg—just tomatoes. The Texas Toast was overly buttered, which resulted in a floppy, greasy mess. And I could hardly taste the ancho-chipotle sauce, questioning out loud whether any even made it on to the dish.
My tablemate ordered the breakfast tacos, which were filled with pepper jack scrambled eggs, spicy jalapeño cheddar sausage, chopped jalapeños, peppers, and onions. Topped with roasted corn and tomato salsa and fresh cilantro, these tacos were the exact opposite of my dish. They were flavorful and spicy, and the salsa added the perfect amount of citrus and freshness. I really wished I had ordered these tacos for myself!
Both of our brunch entrees were served with a side of tater tots and ketchup, but these seemed to be pre-made tots that were just popped in the oven, and were nothing to write home about.
We had planned on splitting an order of French toast or Belgian beer waffles to satisfy our sweet tooth, but decided to end the meal with another round of beer instead. I loved that World of Beer offered a selection of pre-chosen flights. This took the pressure off having to peruse the entire beer list, while still allowing me to step out of my comfort zone.
I opted for a beer flight that featured four local, New York beers. I believe the flight selections rotate based on what is on the draft menu that day, but on this particular day, this included LIC Beer Project, Other Half Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, and Kuka.
The Bitches Say: B-. A decent option for the bros who brunch, who want to watch sports and drink amazing craft beer while they eat. Don’t sleep on the breakfast tacos or the German pretzel, but the rest of the brunch selection seemed to be hit-or-miss.
World of Beer
316 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
World of Beer serves BEERunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.