Ever since I started working 40 hours a week, I’ve been having difficulty managing my leisure time. Every hour that I’m not at work is cherished intensely and I try to cram as many activities into it as possible. Lots of sleep has been sacrificed so I could see my friends, write a blog post or go for a jog. I try to plan out every weekend, too. And what do New Yorkers do on summer weekends? Why go to the Hamptons, of course! But, those of us who cant afford it (me), indulge in the less expensive but almost equally pleasurable luxury of having brunch – one on an outdoor patio, and with alcohol, please.
I have walked by B Bar and Grill probably upwards of 50 times to date, each time thinking how freaking cute it was. Alas, several weekends ago, I made brunch plans with my friends Paige and Michelle, and finally got to experience it from the inside out and not the other way around.
The B(owery) Bar and Grill is located inside a converted gas station. The half indoor-half outdoor space is unlike any other. Outside, round marble tables are dispersed among full-grown trees, with vines and various lamps hanging overhead; inside, a plethora of chic leather booths and several bars. Although located on as busy an intersection as any other, the setting gives it an illusion of privacy in the middle of the city. Passersby slow down to glance inside at all its glory, creating a feeling of exclusivity.
But don’t let me mislead you – the menu is not impressive. There is nothing surprising or tantalizing about it. It is exactly what you’d expect from a standard brunch, including french toast, eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros (pictured above) – but they’re good and at least not overpriced, which they totally could be considering the ‘hood. One nice touch is that they offer freshly baked banana bread and honey butter in the bread basket.
The cocktail list is short but very well curated, featuring ingredients like peach, cucumber, and berry purees, jalapeno tequila and fresh herbs. We opted for a pitcher of sangria and it had that awesome standing-out-in-the-sun-all-day, wooden-barrel-aroma flavor. Two thumbs up!
The food at this place may not blow you away, but with a drink in your hand and your friends at the table, you may not even care.