One of my good friends recently had a birthday and we celebrated by doing what all good millennials living in NYC do: Bottomless brunch.
For anyone a little skeptical, no, in this case bottomless does not mean pants are optional. It means the restaurant offers the option of a set price for your food with unlimited drinks for example Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Ok, most of my blog is focused on living a healthy lifestyle, so, just to clarify, I didn’t opt into the unlimited drinks part of the celebration (too much sugar and too many calories not in my plan for that day), but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t be part of the fun and I did enjoy one delicious drink, yummy food, and some pretty great company in a nice atmosphere to boot.
Also, FYI, if you are planning a trip to NYC, brunch is a thing here. A thing that is taken very seriously. So you should seriously consider looking into a bottomless brunch. Just thought you should know!
The birthday girl (the lovely lady in the middle) happens to be a master at finding awesome places online (restaurants, bars, apartments, etc…). I assume she found Poco NYC the same way she finds everything else: a good, old google search.
On their website, Poco NYC refers to the restaurant as “home away from home” for the local residents of Alphabet City. It also talks about how it has begun attracting people from other neighborhoods and boroughs during its four years in operation.
It features an organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu with popular signature items such as Lobster Mac and Cheese and Mushroom Truffle Croquettes. They also offer a tapas menu created by chef and winner of the Food Network’s hit show “Chopped,” Abe Lopez.
The ten of us met up on the corner of Avenue B and East 3rd St at 1 pm by the entrance to the restaurant. We were seated within about 5-10 minutes of our reservation time which wasn’t too bad considering it was pretty busy! If you plan on going during prime brunch hours like we did, I would suggest booking a reservation ahead of time!
The restaurant had three seating areas: the main floor, downstairs, and outside. We sat on the main floor inside at a long high top between the bar and some floor to almost ceiling windows. They also offered your choice of a meal with unlimited drinks for $33.00 which is pretty good!
I went for a drink called Sparkling Flower, a mix of German elderflower, blood orange, and champagne. Food aside, I would go back just for that drink. Just sweet enough and bubbly from the champagne, it was a great twist on the classic Mimosa. I also tried my boyfriend’s white wine sangria next to me and that was great as well.
For my meal, I ordered the Avocado Smash and was able to substitute the white bread for wheat. They made this version of avocado on toast their own by also adding pico de gallo. Any restaurant with excellent healthy options like this is good by me! And whatever was on the lettuce, yum.
They definitely made it easy to make the healthy food choice! (I only had a few bites of the potatoes and gave the rest away. They were very good though!)
Here’s a look at some of the outdoor seating options (it’s on a corner so the other side had a similar setup):
We actually sat at the table just inside of the first four windows in the picture.
And here is part of the downstairs which also featured another bar:
(I’ve blurred or edited out the faces of the people I don’t know throughout this post. BTW, I have a great app for photo editing called Snapseed.)
All in all, this was a great spot for brunch, especially if you are looking to eat out but not break your diet or healthy eating plan. Wait staff was super nice, food was delicious, and the whole place had a great vibe.
Whether you are planning your visit to NYC or you live here, Poco NYC is definitely a place to add to the list! It also doesn’t hurt that it’s in a great neighborhood to walk off that meal afterwards.
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