Millennials & Mimosas: Del Frisco’s Stamford

What’s better than brunch? Brunching for a cause! This is a special edition of Millennials & Mimosas. Our friend (and member of the QLC Squad) Gina hosted a private brunch to benefit her awesome work for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Click here for more info or to donate). It was a special occasion, but brunch is brunch, and your fave Mimosa Millennials are always ready to review (read: judge).

Del Frisco’s Stamford

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Quick Deets: Saturday Brunch hours are 10am – 4:30pm, Menu here

Food

G: Before the event, I made sure to ask Gina about the menu. I needed to know if what was served at this brunch would be the same as the usual offerings. It was in fact a special menu and the only item that matched up to their regular brunch was the Scrambled Egg Tacos. Skip that if you ever decide to come here. But the appetizers were a hit. Ahi Tacos and Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls were amazing (and can be found on their dinner apps menu). All in all, I was very satisfied with the food.

V: TBH I underestimated Stamford traffic (which was ok because my Uber driver was very cute) and missed the food. After saying hi to friends that were there on time,  including a somewhat angry Goch who had arrived early as compared to my 90 minutes of lateness (sorry again Goch, hugs and kisses) I realized I would not be partaking in the buffet line. A buffet was a great idea so folks could get eating out of the way and focus on the hours of unlimited drinks for a good cause (a combination that is unparalleled, am I right?). After a few minutes of not-so-subtle flirting with the waiter, we were brought a special plate of the philly cheese egg rolls everyone was raving about *VIP Treatment* and they did not disappoint. After inhaling them, I started to catch up on my mimosa intake.

Drinks

G: I don’t play around with my bottomless brunches. Gina told me it was 4 hours and it started at 1pm, so that’s when I arrived. I immediately got my glass of vitamin c packed goodness and the waiters made sure to keep them coming. I was very satisfied for the 3.5 hours of our 4 hours of unlimited drink time. What about the other 30 minutes, you ask? Vinnie is not going to tell you this but, they ran out of champagne. And then started to make weird mimosas with orange juice and CHARDONNAY… I was disgusted! I also had 2. Once I realized I didn’t have to subject myself to the orange juice part of this, I switched to regular wine. I’m sure if you went there on a regular brunch day they wouldn’t run out of champagne. But I feel like it is my duty to report to the people that this is a possibility.

V: I mean, it’s kinda unfair to compare this to a regular brunch because it was a special event that included 4 HOURS OF BOTTOMLESS. When we saw that on the invite we had to actually ask the group chat if it was a trick. It was no trick, friends. I also appreciated that the wait staff could tell I was late and very anxious about missing out on the first 90 minutes of this gift from the heavens and stayed close to keep the glasses filled (as we know, the most important part of this experience). After the event we also did some shots at the bar (remember, all for a good cause of course) and they did not disappoint either.

G: See I told you he wouldn’t mention it!

 

Vibes

G: I enjoyed my time here because I was with awesome friends for a great cause. I can tell that this place doesn’t get a lot of brunch business, but if you are ever looking for some good drinks and chill vibes in Stamford, I think this place will do just fine.

V: Obviously for this event it was great because we were all there for a great time and the same reason. It’s hard to tell if there is usually a fun crowd at brunch or not since we took over the entire place (guess that is a reason to go back, am I right??). The set up is a large open dining room that definitely looks like a great place to grab dinner after work (let’s not forget Stamford’s motto is the “City that Works” so their happy hour and dinner scene is typically an awesome place to unwind from work or find a new bae). I would definitely want to go back and see the true vibe (*hint* someone ask me on a date) .

After the brunch it’s the after party.

It’s now between 12:30 and 6pm, you and the crew are saucy and looking for where to go to keep the party rocking. Stamford may not have the variety of options for after brunch that NYC has but these places still will not disappoint:

  • Sign of the Whale- multiple floors including a roof deck. Sometimes they have a DJ and other times live music. Not in walking distance to Del Frisco’s but worth the Uber ride to be down in that area
  • Tigin Irish Pub- Traditional Irish Pub that is across the street. Great spot to keep the drinking going!
  • Hudson Grille- This is one of the staple late night spots in Stamford but usually is not too packed during the day. You could go there after brunch to transition into a night of debauchery or have one last (six) more drinks before going home.

10 Restaurants to Visit this Spring

By Michael La Corte

As the snow thaws and the weather begins to warm, the spring is an optimal time to visit some of the city’s best restaurants for top notch meals and fantastic service (not to mention delicious libations). Whether you’re uninitiated with the city’s best offerings or you’re a fellow common restaurant goer, here’s a list of some of the best spots to check out this season:

 

Prune
East Village

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A quintessential New York restaurant, Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune is straightforward, charming, and free of pretense. Hamilton’s wife, Ashley, currently runs the kitchen, but the food is as enjoyable as its ever been. Hamilton is also a NYTimes columnist and an author with some deeply enjoyable memoirs and cookbooks. If the lemon semifreddo is being offered as a dessert, do yourself a favor and DO NOT MISS IT.

Alta Calidad
Prospect Heights

An incredibly imaginative Mexican restaurant free of the trapping of the usual Mexican-American fare, this eatery boasts some super unique offerings (like pumpkin blossom quesadillas with oaxaca espuma) and some strong drinks, too. This spot is also quite affordable, but without missing out on culinary artistry and impressive flavor.

Miss Ada
Fort Greene

With authentic Mediterranean/Israeli cuisine and a beautifully decorated back patio, this Fort Greene restaurant might be the ideal spot for a spring dinner. Don’t miss their unusual hummus offerings or their spectacular octopus appetizer. The service isn’t ideal, but the food is pretty darn good.

Olmsted
Park Slope

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A darling of the Brooklyn food scene that recently just added brunch to its offerings, Olmsted is helmed by Chef Greg Baxtrom and the kitchen is currently being run by Chef de Cuisine Jenny Treantafilos. With a minimal menu and no dish over $30, this tiny restaurant is a true gem. (I may or may not have ordered the entire menu except for 1-2 dishes. Whoops). Sitting at the counter overlooking the open kitchen is super fun, too, and you can have some great chats with the cooks.

Ko
East Village

If you happen to have an alarming sum of money readily accessible, go to Ko. Boasting 2 Michelin stars, the crown jewel of David Chang’s Momofuku empire offers a heck of a meal. With stunning service and 13-15 (!) courses, Ko provides the diner with a truly memorable evening that doesn’t feel stuffy or overdone.

Cote
Flatiron

Newly adorned with a Michelin star, Cote is the newest restaurant from the team behind Piora. A higher end Korean steakhouse in a club-esque setting, this is also an ideal party/birthday spot. Also quite affordable, Cote also has incredibly high quality meats and spectacular banchan to fully round out your meal. The grills on the table are obviously pretty darn fun, too.

Hemlock
Lower East Side

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One of my favorite from an aesthetic perspective, this tiny eatery offers delicate, focused plates in a small space with an open kitchen. It is also boasts natural and organic wines. This is an ideal spot for a vegan or vegetarian, too. They also have some incredible desserts, too, and it’s probably optimal to order a whole slew of small plates for the table to enjoy.

Finch
Clinton Hill

Located in the bottom floor of a townhouse, Finch offers a full bar, two dining rooms, and a fully open kitchen. The chef’s welcoming nods and smiles are quite welcome, and although the service is oddly hushed, the flavors are anything but. Yet another spot that offers lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as some lovely and strong drinks.

Atoboy
NoMad

Honestly, this restaurant offers one of the absolute best deals in the city. For only $42 per person, each diner chooses 3 courses of Korean-inspired dishes that are absolutely stunning. Simultaneously subtle yet immensely flavorful, I still haven’t gotten over my meal at Atoboy. They also had one of my favorite desserts of all time, featuring burrata – a type of cream-filled mozzarella cheese – that must be tried to be believed.

Cafe Altro Paradiso
SoHo

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An offshoot of Flora Bar and Estela, Cafe Altro Paradiso is the Italian component of Matter House restaurants. Their fennel and provolone salad is a star dish, and the vaulted ceilings and all-white aesthetic makes this such a great spot for almost any occasion. They also have the “best burger in the city,” so that’s another good reason to stop by.

BONUS:

17 Summer Restaurant
Lodi, NJ

17 Summer

In case you find yourself in North Jersey sometime soon: come here for the best food you’ll get outside of the city.