One of my top, most favorite things to do is 1. find a reason to get dressed up and 2. go to brunch.
Saying that the brunch culture in New York City is a big deal is an understatement. Most places won't even take reservations for parties smaller than 6 so your estimated wait time is around 46 moons and a donation of your left leg and unfortunately there might not be a way to avoid that most days.
The best neighborhood, in my opinion, to do brunch in is Lower Manhattan.
Not only does Lower Manhattan have some of the most impressive restaurants and cuisine, you will NEVER leave the neighborhood without a couple good, Instagram-worthy, "outfit of the day" shots. The exterior of Grey Lady alone makes the perfect spot for a street-style photo even if you're just walking by.
Outfit details: Rumble Red British Camo Pants, Boots: Aldo, Shirt: Poshmark, Bralette: F21
It's something about those brick walls that add a certain grunge to a photo.
The windows on the side of the building reflect the street behind you during the day, giving the shot a cool contrast against the brick.
The Grey Lady is actually a nickname for the fog on Nantucket. Considering this painting is on the wall behind the bar, I thought the three owners were just really into mythical creatures. It turns out they are all from Nantucket and decided to open a seafood restaurant with a name that symbolized their hometown.
Callum McLaughlin is the brains behind their bar menu and while I was waiting for the rest of the party to arrive, I got the Caliente, Caliente cocktail. Grey Lady is known for their unique drink menu, so do not leave without trying one.
Caliente, Caliente •Mezcal, el jimandor tequila, lemon, habanero shrub, chili salt•
I think it is something about Mezcal that doesn't taste that good to me, so whenever I get a spicy tequila cocktail that has it as an ingredient, I just ask for more lemon juice to mask the bitterness.
My rule of thumb when going to brunch is to ALWAYS get the bottomless mimosas. ALWAYS.
For starters, it is typically reasonably priced. At Grey Lady, you get 2-hours of unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and Screwdrivers from the time they bring you your first glass for just $20. Since just one of their cocktails alone is $15, you best not skip out on the bottomless deal.
Since I go out for brunch a few times a month, I noticed that I only order Eggs Benedict if there is absolutely nothing else on the menu that excited me. Grey Lady's brunch menu is probably one of the best I've seen in a long time. On Sunday, I opted for their Shrimp and Grits entree with Andouille sausage and shaved almonds. The menu described the sauce used as a "BBQ sauce," and I almost let that deter me from ordering. However, the sauce tastes nothing like your typical BBQ, so I definitely recommend this dish for your visit.
I hope you enjoyed my review! If you've been to Grey Lady share your favorite dish and cocktail with me!
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