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.
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Millennials & Mimosas: Essex

Brunch can be so many things for the millennial. It’s the best way to end a tough week. It’s the best way to get your drink on before the sun goes down. And, it’s the best way to connect with friends you don’t see as much as you wish you did.

Have you ever wondered where to go, what to order and what the scene is like? Well, Life in the QLC brings you a brunch review series meant to give you the best and worst of our brunch experiences. We care about how good the drinks are and if the vibe has us so hyped we forget it’s barely noon. And yes, sometimes the eggs benedict is important too.

Meet your Mimosa Millennials

Goch: I am my best person when I am at brunch. It’s honestly my favorite thing to do. There’s something about champagne and eggs with your best friends that makes me incredibly happy. I’m not a picky eater, and usually go with whatever food item on the menu has an up charge (hello, steak and eggs). I enjoy brunches with loud music and cool people.

Vinnie: What’s most important to me at brunch is how quickly my glass is filled up and how much fun I can squeeze into a 2 hour time slot from the first pour. You can have the best eggs benedict in town but if i can see the bottom of my bottomless mimosa glass or the vibe is wack, we’ve got an issue. Also – what are we doing after the check comes because, it’s still sunny out and we need to meet up with everyone else. 

Essex

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Quick Deets: Saturday Brunch hours are 10am – 4:30pm, choice of entree + unlimited bloody marys, screwdrivers & mimosas $34.95, 1.5 hour limit for reservations before 3pm, 2 hours after 3pm. Reservations go fast! 

Food

G: Ok seriously, is chicken fried steak, chicken or steak? That’s the question I asked before I ordered and honestly I’m still not sure I know. This dish came with a biscuit, it was mediocre. Actually the entire dish was very mediocre. But I wasn’t in the foodie vibe so I did not mind this. It provided the carbs necessary to not be black out by 1pm. Sometimes, that’s all you can ask for.

V: Wait, did I eat? I was very focused on the fact that Goch made our reservation for 11am instead of the standard 1pm that would give me time to be a real human. I panicked when the waitress asked and went with the grilled shrimp and avocado salad which I was not excited about- but then it came and was perfect ❤ Light enough that I could fit a few more mimosas than expected but yummy enough that I remembered it after all the champs.

Drinks

G: You know why I’m here. And so did our waitress, because she didn’t even ask if we wanted to participate in the bottomless brunch special. She just asked mimosa, screwdriver, or bloody mary. I obviously went with the mimosa because I am a classy bitch. The mimosas started off as very bubbly or as I like to call them “light-skin” but as our hour and a half continued I could tell that the vitamin C started overtaking the drinks. Essex has pre-made pitchers of mimosas that they go to each table to refill. I wasn’t really feeling that method but I guess they were going for efficiency. I ended my last 15 minutes with screwdrivers which may not have been the best idea, but who among us can truly judge? All in all, I never saw the bottom of my glass, so Essex passed this test.

V: I may have had heart failure when we learned that bottomless was for 1.5 hours as opposed to the customary 2 hours. BUT, the waitress was very great at making sure all 90 minutes counted. I stick with mimosas the entire time but the bachelor party bros next to us seemed to love the bloodys as well. I got a Manhattan at the bar afterwards as well but to be honest, I couldn’t tell you much about how it tasted or much of what happened the next hour or so. Guess we’ll need to go back to try it again.

Vibes

G: Our reservation was for 11am which is honestly a ridiculous time to get to a restaurant for a day of binge drinking, but it also means that this restaurant is a popular destination for the brunch crowd. When I walked in I begged our waitress to not sit us in the area by the door because I’ve been to Essex before,  and sitting there means you and the crowd waiting to be seated are one. We were eventually seated in one of the balcony areas. Our waitress was great and the vibe was standard. Nothing spectacular, but what can you expect at noon? After the allotted brunch time ended our waitress sent us on our way with one more glass of mimosa/screwdriver and told us that we could hang out by the bar. This was fun for a total of 5 minutes, then it became an awkward time of balancing drinks and making way for others to get by.

V: On. Point. The aesthetic is simple with lots of natural light and white walls that make you happy to be alive and brunching. Sitting up top on one of the 2 balcony areas gives you a little more seclusion to spill the tea with your friends while still scoping out after brunch date potentials. I liked that after our brunch was over some people that finished and some that were waiting to be seated all gathered around the bar to keep or get the party going. Music bumped throughout as well, more so as background music than something that took over the vibe.

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. These are your best bets.

  • Sons of Essex – For proximity to Essex and awesome music
  • Mr. Purple – For bougie vibes and Instagram pics
  • Hair of the Dog – For fratty vibes and cheap beer

*Extra perk – The graffiti wall in front of the restaurant is a prime location for THE best post brunch photo-shoots. 

 

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

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