Bacchanal, the restaurant from the team behind the Dead Rabbit and Bathtub Gin that opened in June on the Bowery, launched their Sunday “Barrel Brunch” on December 7. Along with an impressive, creative, and delicious array of menu items, they’re also offering something that you won’t find anywhere else: Where most “bottomless” brunches only offer, say, mimosas or Bloody Marys, Bacchanal offers two hours of unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, draft beers, wines, and craft cocktails for $20 per person. We had the opportunity to dine there at the invitation of the restaurant, and were very impressed.
While there are more ways to stay lubricated here than at other “bottomless” brunches, the food, from chef Craig Hopson, is the main draw. Appetizers include a tempting pastry basket filled with croissants, scones, and cinnamon rolls, steak tartare with egg yolk jam, and dry-cured culatello. Entrées include whole grain Belgian waffle with candied orange and cranberries with maple mascarpone, an “everything bagel” Paris-bresse with smoked salmon and dill cream cheese (pictured), fried chicken and kale salad, and shrimp and grits. On the side, don’t miss out on slab bacon and outrageously good buttermilk biscuits.
The space is charming and homey, dominated by a large bar that’s turning out some truly stellar cocktails, and service is smart and friendly. So drop by and try some (the Fiori e Uva, with St. Germain, pink grapefruit, grapefruit bitters, Champagne, and fresh sage, is a standout), sample some delicious brunch food, and make Sunday memorable.