Brunching is a lifestyle choice, a necessary weekend institution that provides vital post-party nourishment and recollection. Each Sunday (and sometimes Saturday,) New Yorkers flock to their favorite eateries for a social outing full of bottomless mimosas and warm comfort food.
Let’s not ignore the obvious: Waking up on Sunday is not always the painless, graceful task we make it out to be. Luckily, we are willing to divulge some of our helpful tips to brunching fabulously.
“I usually go for a dress because it’s only one decision,” Madisen explained this past Sunday. “And typically, there’s one laying on my floor, so I’m multi-tasking… getting dressed and cleaning up.” This weekend, she traipsed into LEVANTeast on Rivington wearing a dress by Sans Souci, a feather earring by BOX 185’s Sarah Keiser, and a slouchy hat to “cover up last night’s hair.”
Nick, arriving fashionably late as usual, donned his new porkpie hat (a’la Hermes Spring Summer 2011.) While our color palette was muted and neutral, the Sunday morning banter was not. Needless to say, Nick found the bottom of his bottomless mimosa… all in order to get his daily intake of Vitamin C, of course. Luckily, his ensemble provided the streamlined and minimalistic style that our attitudes had lacked.
In step with Madisen’s Brunch-Dress Theory, I wore an animal-print dress by Lois Eastlund. Combined with a black knit vest and multi-key necklace by Mint Julep, I was ready to take on an entire Sunday afternoon of brunching in the LES.
But don’t be fooled – Brunching isn’t all about effortless dressing and even more effortless daydrinking. A lot of thought goes into choosing our locations too. First, it has to be local – easy to get to by subway, but even easier to grab a taxi home. Second, the acoustics and crowd need to be right – quiet enough to hear what your friends are saying, and more importantly, loud enough so no one else can.
Last weekend, LEVANTeast (THOR) filled all of the aforementioned requirements. No one batted a lash at our brunch-time photography, as Rachel captured some of the most animated facial expressions witnessed east of Allen Street.
Finally, no Sunday is complete without some post-Brunch shopping. Before heading to our own corners of town, Rachel and the three DL monkeys bought a slew of goodies from Lois Eastlund, BOX 185, and Attitude by Jeanne.