The Birthday Brunch. Part I.

It’s true. I’ve turned another year older as of last weekend. The old adage may say I’ve turned “another year wiser,” but frankly I think I’m the anomaly if that’s true. Clearly I’m going to analyze this at the BrunchTable in the near future.

Anyways the point of this post is to share where I invited friends to join me in celebration. My birthday weekend consisted of two awesome brunches. One more intimate, and one more celebratory. Today’s brunch is about the former, Burger & Barrel. Sunday’s post will be about the latter.

Burger & Barrel (B & B), on Houston btwn Mercer & Greene.  I met an old friend who I hadn’t seen in ages at B & B. It is owned by the same team behind Lure Fishbar and Merc Bar, and I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. (Oh and I guess the proprietors have a thing for only owning places with “Bar” in the name…? Actually now that I think about it, “Brunch Bar” would be a cool name for a place…).

Anyways. The menu has multiple bloody Mary options beyond the classic vodka & tomato juice version. That always keeps things spicy, no pun intended. Everyone seated around us seemed to have at least one burger on the table, and it is probably because when the waiters walk by with it on a tray, your head turns and follows along, as everything somehow moves in slow motion.  It’s a big burger, and the bun is topped with two huge onion rings made steady by a toothpick. The best plate on the menu was the French Toast Sticks.  Excellent in flavor, but also great for sharing. If you are like me and always want both sweet and savory, ordering these are an ideal way to get that small “sweet,” without getting a larger dish and then the resulting sugar-coma.

The crowd is mixed, so is is a good choice for any type of party young or old. At the end of the day, this brunch was about having the opportunity to see a very dear, old friend. I was actually thrilled with my pick. It was the perfect atmosphere for our catch up.

In Summary, Burger & Barrel (B & B) is:

*A Good place for catching up with an old friend, *The crowd has a mix of people & ages,  *Has a notable Burger,  *Serves great French Toast Sticks, *Great for a group of 4, * and Has a fair number of baby strollers (which was fitting, since my friend is preggers).

I will be back to B & B next time I need a spot nearby the shopping in SoHo or when seeing a flick at the Angelika. It’s perfectly located next to both.

B & B photos and map: here

(For the one-on-one birthday brunch Part II post, see here)

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