One of my favorite pastimes in New York City is brunch. Myriad sandwich boards line the streets advertising bottomless mimosas or three free drinks with prix fixe brunch. With all of these options, you’d think it would be difficult to chose, however, hands down, the brunch spot I visit and love the most is Barbounia.
Chic, Mediterranean, arching marble balustrades and unlimited mimosas or bellinis for only $12.00 – that’s my kind of place. Unisex restrooms may come as a shock for first-timers, but the cool hues of the blue mosaic floor and the heavily frosted glass doors on the stalls make it a safe, comfortable zone.
The mimosas and bellinis are impeccably made. The food menu boasts a tantalizing fusion of Mediterranean cuisine and American favorites. From Moroccan eggs cooked and served in a skillet with tomato sauce, paprika, garlic and lamb mergueza, to challah french toast served with creme fraiche and sprinkled with cinnamon, the food is to die for and well worth the $10-$15 you will spend on any given brunch item.
Located on 20th Street and Park Avenue, Barbounia is a perfect location for post-brunch wanderings through the Union Square market, the fountain in Washington Square or the L’Arte del Gelato for a refreshing snack in the West Village. Or, if you feel more inclined to do a little happily-buzzed sunbathing, it’s just a short ride on the 6 train to Central Park. Either way, its prime location only adds to the incredible place that is Barbounia.
Of course, bottomless mimosas can be found all year round in New York. But there is something about sitting at that wooden table for parties of five or more with the floor to ceiling window panels open to let the outside warmth in; it gives summertime brunch a special place in my heart. Some of my favorite memories are of eating, drinking and laughing at Barbounia with all the amazing people I’ve come to know and love from all areas of New York City.
And so with this, we say goodbye to summer. Until next year…