3 Unique Spots To Visit For Boozy Brunch & Happy Hour
Because we're always in search of something different, and because there is no limit to how boozy our meals can get, we've created a roundup of our top three super unique spots to eat at for both Brunch and Happy Hour. Yes, you heard it right! These NYC hotspots have both incredible breakfast menus and mouthwatering dinner menus – plus, of course, a never ending cocktail list. Check them out and thank us later.
1. Chomp Chomp
When you're feeling adventurous, and in the mood for something truly exceptional, Chomp Chomp is the place to be. The newly opened spot in the heart of the West Village, serves an extraordinary mix of traditional Singaporean platters, ideal for every kind of foodie. Though both menus are meat-focused, vegetarian options are plenty and well worth the trip.
For a good strong taste of this hotspot's cultural cuisine, try out the Hae Mee, a dish made with rice noodles, prawns, spare ribs and vegetables all in spicy shrimp broth. On the side, grab a bite of the restaurant's flavorful Fried Oyster Po’ Boy – a true bite of Asian-spiced heaven.
Since this is, after all, a boozy experience, we suggest going for the Singapore Fling – a refreshing sweet and sour mix made with house gin, Ribena, lime juice, bitters and club soda. Though, if you're feeling brave and sassy, the delicious Chili Shrimp Bloody Mary is a silent killer.
It's never too late to change up your boozy-foodie routine and opt for something as unique as Chomp Chomp. Whether you visit tomorrow night for happy hour or this Sunday morning for brunch, this spot's newest offerings and exotics house cocktails will blow you away with their full flavors, tangy seasoning, deep colors and refreshing taste.
Featuring panoramic views of New York City and offering the best spicy guacamole in town, Cantina Rooftop is a tropical Mexican paradise no matter the season. Celebrating its first winter, the trendy rooftop – now covered by a glass ceiling and surrounded by glass walls – is now open to the public, rain or shine. Even as it starts to snow, we'll be the firsts to seek shelter at Cantina's little patch of summer.
Apart from the spicy guacs - all which are an absolute must – the Mexican hotspot offers a variety of tasty bites and boozy drinks perfect for both weekend mornings and weekday nights. For starters, the Charred Octopus – which is perfectly sautéed with Heirloom Tomato Jarocha Salsa, Squid Ink Vinaigrette and served with garlic chips – is the ultimate savory appetizer you need to start your meal off right.
Next, go for the Spicy Lobster Tacos, a Cantina specialty. Savory, smokey and bursting with flavor, these babies are the crème de la crème of seafood tacos, and will go perfectly with an ice cold Chingón. This hilariously named drink is modern Mexican mixology in a cup. Prepped with Union Mezcal, St. Germain Elderflower, grapefruit juice, Cordial, lime and cinnamon syrup, this spiced concoction is the ultimate late night drink to sip on while munching on some crunchy Cantina goodies.
For an after work pick-me up, we suggest getting a taste of the Salta P’Atras cocktail, made with a mix of Cazadores Reposado Tequila, jalapeño-infused Cabeza Tequila, Union Mezcal and citrus and angostura bitters. Fresh, spicy and with a bit sour, this tropical drink pairs flawlessly with Barbacoa de Cordero entrée. For meat lovers and chili aficionados, this is a pair made in heaven. Provecho!
This Italian gem located in Harlem's trendiest corner offers pure magic when it comes to traditional dishes made modern. Both for brunch and for dinner, this spot's star recipes are mouthwatering and ready to be devoured with a side of vino.
For brunch, be sure to try the Uova al Forno, made with baked eggs in tomato sauce, chorizo and kale. For a late dinner, savor the passionate flavors of the Trenette, a fresh pasta topped with shrimp, Italian hot peppers, Cognac cream sauce and a touch of tomato.
For an early morning boozy experience, opt for the restaurant's sweet mimosas in a variety of fruity flavors. Then, for Happy Hour, try out the Spicy Girl (Jose Cuervo Especial, Agave, Citrus, Spicy Pear Puree) or the Belladonna (Cognac, Acqua di Cedro Nardini, Red Bordeaux syrup, Citrus, Smoked Rosemary) for a damn good time.
No matter what you do, don't forget to sneak a taste of Babbalucci's pizzas. The Sweet & Salty brunch pizza featuring speck, pear, gorgonzola, parmigiano and balsamic glaze happens to be our fave.