The Birthday Brunch. Part II

My 20 person birthday brunch: Gusto, on Greenwich Ave btwn 7th Ave & Perry St. (For the one-on-one birthday brunch Part I post, see here)

While I originally planned to rent half of the back section of Bread in SoHo, ultimately the price at Gusto was just impossible to beat. I wanted my friends to have more food and more booze for their money. Gusto has a $22 prix fixe which includes an Appetizer, an Entree, and Unlimited Mimosa’s and Bloodys. It was a no-brainer.

The other thing that sealed the deal was the fact that Gusto has a space in the back with 4 round tables and booths. (Booth’s make everything better don’t they?!) Fully packed, the space can fit 28 seated. It’s not a completely closed off space so you don’t feel isolated, but you do feel like you are there with your group primarily.

Gusto’s back section would also be great for a social or even a “networking” brunch where you would want a “stand-greet-cocktail” situation before you sit down. Going to Gusto for this year’s large group birthday brunch was just easy.

In summary, Gusto is: *Great prix fix deal, *Good option for birthday party group brunch, *Great back section for group events, *The banana bread pudding (PANE AFFOGATO vinsanto & cinnamon soaked Italian toast with caramelized bananas) rocks. *And, the Chocolate cake with butterscotch compote is a birthday girl’s dream.

I’m thinking of throwing a larger brunch party in Gusto’s back section since the space just works. It will be for BrunchCritic fans. Stay tuned.

Map & Photos: Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano