Me: So, I'll meet you guys for brunch.
Gemma (visiting from London): Um, okay so...see you at lunch.
Me: Oh, did you want to meet on Friday for lunch instead of Saturday for brunch?
Gemma: No, Saturday works. Wait...what's "brunch?"
Ah yes, brunch: the marriage of breakfast and lunch. That magical time when it's perfectly acceptable to consume three Bloody Marys at 2pm while catching up with friends. Oh right, and there's food. Lots of fantastic food. Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, pancakes, muffins, bacon, sausage... Why oh why can't it be the brunch-friendly weekend right now instead of stinky 'ol regular menu Monday?!
Yes, brunch gets a special menu and it only comes out on the weekends. And bonus, no one is hovering over you, with the usual "are you DONE" look, waiting to seat the next guests. I do believe that brunch and flea markets are the only occasions that NYers function at a leisurely pace. (Just remember to tip well if you're on a three-hour, all-you-can-drink mimosa spree as you are keeping the waitstaff from other tips.)
Things to know:
--Many restaurants serve brunch, but not all. Google "brunch NYC yelp" or "brunch NYC chowhound" to start
--The most popular brunch time is 1pm-3pm, oftentimes expect an hour or more wait
--Brunch can range from $10-$75, depending on where you go
So the next time you're visiting NYC with friends ask if they want to "do brunch." They may be confused at first, but it's nothing a few Bloody Mary won't help clear up.