Beaumarchais. I’m not sure where to start. The food and cocktails were good yet overpriced, which was a clear reflection of the crowd. Go to Beaumarchais to people watch, see people, and be seen. It was a mixed crowd mostly with tables of solely men or solely women popping magnum bottles of Veuve Cliquot. Everyone seemed to be significantly older, around 35-45, but dressed to impress. I’m always a little confused by this loud music brunch scene where people dress up. Did you not have a good enough time the night before? If I’m going to drop $50 on pancakes and a drink, I’d personally rather being doing it at a homey foodie brunch place to unwind from the night before’s excitement.
While I can say we did feel fabulous and the music was great, it also felt like the place we would hope to go to have brunch when we are in our 40s, have too much money, are trying to escape our husbands, and are dying to be young again. (friends, +15 years consider it a date!)
I ordered the Croque Madame, a modest open faced sandwich with salad on the side. It had a nice truffle flavor and good cheese, but didn’t really blow my mind. It sort of reminds me of what I eat for breakfast everyday at home so I was left wanting something more.
The final word? Go for the pish-posh party atmosphere if your pockets allow for it, but don’t expect mind blowing food.
409 W 13th St New York, 10014 | (212) 675-2400