Vanderbilt Ave & Bergen (Prospect Heights, BK)
I've become pretty jaded on going out to brunch - it's always the same thing wherever you go - a riff on Eggs Benedict, some omelettes, huevos rancheros, French toast, etc.
Today Alex decided to take us out to brunch and we picked a few places that looked good in Prospect Heights, which is just south of us and within walking distance.
I'd been to The Vanderbilt before, for cocktails. The cocktails were designed with help from their neighbors across the street at Weather Up (whose bartenders were trained by Sasha Petraske) and were interesting at best, but not exactly delicious.
The space is cavernous with two separate bars to eat at, one at the actual bar and one by the kitchen, diner style. There are high top tables in the front and regular ones in the back. Being on the corner, there is also a lot of natural sunlight which is a rare commodity in New York.
Several things on the menu caught my eye but we decided on:
I wish we'd saved room for beignets, which I'll remember for next time.
The service is cordial and attentive without being overly so, and the servers are very knowledgeable about their dishes. I also liked that they placed our dishes with the appropriate person without having to auction them off at the table. There's no dining boner kill like a server showing up and saying, "Okay, who's got the...."
Cocktails were just okay. My bloody mary was a little thick and had to be chewed and Alex ordered the "Vandy Shandy" which is a pilsner, ginger, lemon-lime soda and bitters.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this spot - I'm hoping it continues to do well so we can keep coming back here. I'd definitely do brunch again, as well as dinner. Game?