Aug 07 2009
We checked out Yerba Buena (Ave. A b/t Houston and 2nd) a couple of months back and both agreed it’s one of the best AYCD brunch spots in Manhattan. Here’s why: they don’t just pop open cheap $5 bottles of champagne for their $12 unlimited drinks option (cash or AMEX only) or pre-make big mimosa pitchers, but instead offer 3 cocktails that actually receive a fair amount of attention from a mixologist, including a fiery jalapeno bloody mary. (NB: YB’s brunch menu says there’s a 1-hour limit on the AYCD — but they didn’t enforce it when we were there) Also, the food didn’t take a backseat to the booze like happens at so many brunch spots. The bartender recommended the Steak “a Caballo”, or steak n’ eggs, which I devoured, while Jill loved her Ensalada de Pollo (chicken breast with baby spinach, jicama and avocado) and a side of tasty wild mushrooms. The place is small and gets packed so would recommend making a reservation. If you’re spontaneously lazy like myself, you should be able to find yourself a couple of seats at the bar no problem.