Brunch at Atrium & GMT, and a friend

In this weeks newsletter I highlighted Atrium and GMT. Obviously both are excellent because two of the best spots are recommended each week in the Newsletter, “One & One.”

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The restaurants have completely different atmospheres, but will provide two great experiences. Atrium was selected because I hadn’t covered a Dumbo spot in a while, and after trying it just the week before, I knew I had to share it via the newsletter. GMT was selected because timing is perfect– the World Cup launched on Friday, and I knew that on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, games would be playing non-stop. GMT is one of the best places to watch a game and eat your brunch in the city.

For a description of each place, what to eat, and what to drink, check out this week’s One & One.

But first, here’s a little more about my experience at each Atrium.

When I went to Atrium, I went with my friend Lucas. I met Lucas fairly recently. We were at a scotch & cigars event and I was telling him that I loved meeting new people and needed a Brooklyn brunch wingman. He said yes in a New York minute, and he also lives down the road from Atrium. He hadn’t been either.

Lucas is a principal at the venture capital firm Gotham Ventures.  I’m of course really interested in what’s happening in the NYC tech scene (and all tech and startups across the US right now) so it was really great to be able to sit down and brunch with him. We are living in a unique time where companies are being started at an incredibly fast pace, and there is a lot going on at the angel investing and venture capital levels. I really enjoyed getting together with Lucas, and brunch made it possible.


Here’s a shot of us together. We both agreed my cocktail was the better of the two– the Herbs & Peppers (Fords London Dry Gin, Yellow Bell Pepper, Agave, Tajin Spice, and a Cayenne Pepper Rim).

Cheers Brunchies™!



A big Thank You to Kelly S.

I wanted to follow up on the Group Dining Guide I had posted about yesterday.

We had a woman who really found the Guide useful to her Shower search, and was very appreciative via email. We ended up helping her out with other details that went into her shower as well. She also invited us to her shower which was So. Darn. Nice. I  sent Kelly a note wishing her Congratulations on her Shower and upcoming baby and I thought I’d share this little video with you.

Cheers Brunchies™


Baby Shower Bridal Shower Group Dining Guide

Have you Downloaded the Baby Shower Bridal Showing Group Dining Guide yet?

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A lot of people ask us for suggestions on where to host baby and bridal showers. I thought it would be useful to compile all the suggestions we provide people into one useful package.

Historically it’s hard for people to know what restaurants to go to for showers. Consumers require a large space that is often separate or semi-separate from the rest of the restaurant, and you want a place large enough where you can circle round the guest of honor to open gifts, etc. It’s also historically difficult and time consuming to navigate the pricing, see each place in person (who has time for that!), and find who the correct “events specific contact” at the restaurant is, on top of all the other logistics that go into planning a shower.

In usual BrunchCritic style, we’ve aimed to make finding the right venue for a shower as easy as possible. And I hope we’ve done that for you. We’ve provided details and photos of locations we think are ideal for showers and other group events, along with a rough guideline to how the pricing works at each place. This was our Spring/Summer guide, but all the information is relevant still, with the exception of Park Avenue Spring-Summer-Autumn-Fall. They will be closing at the end of 2013 (Dec. 31st 2013 to be exact…they couldn’t negotiate a better deal on their rent). We will also be doing another guide for the Winter season. Stay tuned. As always, if you have any input on what you’d like us to include, please let us know! Email me directly or Thank you for your interest in the guide!

Cheers Brunchies™


Group Brunching & Planning Group Events

BrunchCritic receives a lot of inquiries about planning large group events, namely graduation parties, baby & bridal showers, and company events. What know is that it is a pain to get accurate and easily accessible information on what restaurant venues are great for hosting these events. While a lot of restaurants have private or semi-private rooms for a special event, people get shuffled around between the hostess stand, managers and event directors when looking for specific information. Restaurants require prix fixes, increased gratuity, and have other specific requirements. We’ve found that people don’t have time to do all the research and compare venues. So, we thought one of the most useful things we could do is provide all this information in one concise Guide. We did the work, so you don’t have to. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Group Events & Shower Brunching. It can be downloaded at this link, and best viewed as a PDF. As always, we want to be as helpful as possible!