The Sunburnt Calf
If you're familiar with any NYC AYCD brunch, you're familiar with The Sunburnt Cow in the East Village. That crazy, loud, drunken, could've been happening from last night, Sunday morning brunch where you have to get there at like 10am to get a table you get kicked out of an hour later. As my favorite viral video star would say, ain't nobody got time for that. I do, however love a good AYCD so a buddy of mine dragged me to its tamer little brother in Prospect Heights, The Sunburnt Calf.
The Moo Life group is responsible for bringing you Australian-Asian Brunch fusion, Bruce Lee movies, bamboo decor, and strong drinks. They have a couple spots all over the city and the one BK location and they all have the same vibe. They take no reservations and they're always packed, so be prepared to wait. The earlier you show up, the less wait but you'll ultimately get shooed out sometime between an hour and a half and two hours with a final drink at the bar. We arrived at about 12:45 and waited for about an hour. (PS: if you're ever after a delicious Latte in Prospect Heights go to Milk Bar at 620 Vanderbilt. Yum.) When we did get our table, it was at this little table in the back, away from the main dining space but directly opposite the kitchen. I was a bit concerned at first. After we were seated no one came to our table for 15 minutes. In a timed, all you can drink situation, I think you can see where I'm coming from. But at right about 15 minutes in, the chef took our order and it went up from there.
The food was pretty good, although it did arrive before our first round of drinks. I had the Poached Eggs over Coconut Basil Crabcakes and my buddy had the Breakfast Americano. We ate the delicious fries one by one until our first drink arrived. Enter the Moo Mary. This Bloody Mary was damn near perfect. The horseradish was delicious but not overpowering and the vodka was plentiful. I give this 4 out of 5 celery stalks, especially in an AYCD context.
Overall we had 8 drinks which I believe a solid amount for my $25. So if you're willing to make the journey to Prospect Heights to start your Sunday party off a little later, a little quieter and a little more relaxed, The Sunburnt Cow is the place for you.