Blend – LIC

WARNING: the following contains a pretty harsh review… parental advisory is suggested…

http://blendlic.com/

Oh, Blend… we wanted to like you… we really did.

The brunchaholics ventured into Long Island City (LIC) for brunch, and arrived at Blend. At first glance, the place looked vibey and fun. It’s a small place, but with it’s high ceilings, cool lighting, and art, it feels spacious.

We were led to our table… and then, it was all downhill. Once we were seated our waiter was gone, rarely to come again. We waited almost 20 minutes to order drinks… and then we waited again. We could SEE our pitchers of sangria sitting on the bar getting watered down, but none of the servers seemed to notice. We were tempted to get up and bring them to our table ourselves, but we try not to seem impatient or rude. Twenty minutes after our drinks were ordered, they arrived and we ordered our food (this was the second time we saw our waiter).

Conversation was flowing, but we were hungry. Our food took nearly 45 minutes to arrive. We quickly snapped pictures before we dug into our food. The food was okay, but did not make up for the wait. We ordered…

banana pancakes – came with chorizo – great idea…

the big burrito – ingredients tasted fresh, but came out luke-warm…

the breakfast burrito – tasty, but barely warm. it came with fries which were sparse, but they weren’t that great anyways…

the arepas benedictos – came on white corn cakes, with a cilantro hollandaise sauce. great concept, but nothing to brag about. also came out luke-warm.

the huevos rancheros – another unimpressive interpretation of this classic dish. great if done right… but this didn’t cut it. another barely warm plate…

the turkey and spinach omelet – hard to do wrong – but could have been hot.

we also got a side of sweet potato fries. the came out barely warm, oily, and limp.

We weren’t hungry anymore, but the frustration was still brewing. We asked for the bill and, or course, there were problems. We should have had a discount for checking in on foursquare, it was not there. We should have had free juice or coffee with our entree purchases, we were charged for 3 juices. It took us nearly 15 minutes to get this situation dealt with.

The only saving grace for this brunch was the sangria. It was delish, but not worth the headache and frustration of this place.

Overall…

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 Bellinis (the place has potential… i gotta give it to them)

Service: ZERO Bellinis. That’s right – 0 out of 5 Bellinis. 

Food: 1 out of 5 Bellinis

We will NOT be returning to Blend… 

reviewed by: @mieko831

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Fred’s Restaurant – UWS

Conversation with the host…

“Can I have a name?”

“Catt.”

“Really? I ask you for a name, and you say Catt? At a DOG restaurant?”

http://www.fredsnyc.com

For our latest excursion the Brunchaholics hit up the Upper West Side. Dog lovers will enjoy this post – since the restaurant is lovingly named for a female black lab named… Fred (insert “awww” here). Brunch at Fred’s is offered on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10:00am to 3:30pm.

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ACME Bar and Grill – NoHo

www.acmebarandgrill.com

OK, OK, a little delayed, but in March a few of the @brunchaholics crew members decided to chow down on some Southern and Cajun style food at ACME Bar and Grill on Great Jones street in the NoHo section of the city.

If you’re looking to keep that slim waist line… stop reading. Everyone else who likes biscuits, cornbread, gravy, hot sauce and overall Southern cuisine…. continue.

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Il Bastardo – Chelsea

Il Bastardo – Chelsea, NYC
191 Seventh Avenue
http://www.ilbastardonyc.com/media/ilbastardo.html

Il Bastardo outside
An abbreviated group made its way to Il Bastardo to get an “official” review done for it.  All of us have been here at least once and a few of us have gone several times.  Il Bastardo is known more for its atmosphere and drinks than for its food.  To really enjoy this place, you need to be with a large group that is all participating in the drink special.  And so, before I really get into this review, I need to preface that the four of us did not go with the unlimited drink special.  We did this for two reasons; it was Sunday, and we remember the hangovers from last time.

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Blue Fin – Times Square

Blue Fin – Times Square, NYC
Located in the W Hotel, Times Square; 1567 Broadway
www.bluefinnyc.com

Outside of Blue Fin

Seven of us decided to try Blue Fin in the W Hotel, Times Square.  While outside was hustling and bustling with tourists, inside was serene with interesting architectural details and decorations.  The place was fancier than we’re used to for brunch, but the prices were pretty good considering location, food and overall ambiance.

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The Ultimate Up-to-Date Guide to NYC’s All-You-Can-Drink, Unlimited, Boozy, Endless Brunches (Via Wined & Dined)

Wined & Dined’s Guide to All-You-Can-Drink (AYCD) Brunch Spots in NYC

Recent Additions as of 2/23/11:

Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel – $15 drink special — unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, and beer on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-2 p.m (in addition to price of entree), plus we hear there’s a DJ playing a fun mix at this rooftop spot on East 50th near Lexington.

Agozar — How in the world did we miss this one before! They offer you unlimited sangria with any brunch item ($12-$16) for 2 hours at this lively Cuban bistro right off the Bowery!

DiWine — $19 gets you the unlimited prix-fixe (mimosas, bellinis, bloodys) at this wine bar and restaurant in Astoria.

Caliu — $25 Includes One Brunch Item and your choice of Unlimited Sangria, Mimosa or Bloody Marys at this West Village tapas joint.

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GIVEAWAY

We have partnered with our friends at http://www.screentours.com/ to send four lucky brunchaholics on a Gossip Girls Site Tour this Friday March 4th in NYC.  We will be giving away two pairs of tickets (valued at $84 a pair). To enter through Twitter all you have to do is:

RT this & follow @brunchaholics & @onlocationtours to win a Gossip Girl Sites Tour Friday for you & a friend #NYC #contest #XOXO #GossipGirl

 

We will pick the winners Thursday afternoon!

Tour Highlights:

  • Check out the hotel that is home to the Bass and Van der Woodsen families
  • Get “spotted” at Constance Billard  & St. Jude’s
  • See the Upper East Side mansion that was the site of Lily & Bart’s wedding
  • See the lavish Fifth Avenue building that Blair Waldorf calls home
  • Hold court at the Met Steps while you stop for a photo op
  • Shop at Henri Bendel where Blair and Serena shop
  • Go on location to the NYU campus where Dan and Vanessa go to school

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Mojave – Astoria Queens

Mojave – Located at 22-36 31st Street, Astoria NY
http://mojaveny.com/home.asp

It was bad weather out so @Astoria_bandito @Knickofsanity @Mieko831 Catt and Lindsey kept it local and went to Mojave.

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57 Napoli Pizza e Vino – Midtown Manhattan

57 Napoli Pizza e Vino – Located at 120 East 57th Street (upstairs) http://www.57napoli.com/

57 Napoli

Half of our group took a trip to 57 Napoli on a Saturday around 1pm. When we sat down, there were two other tables seated, so this place was fairly empty. Typically, this is not a good sign in NYC. Next came the menus and some bad news. The website for 57 Napoli is apparently 6 months old and they no longer have an unlimited drink special. Instead you have your standard options of two Mimosa’s  (although the menu said one).

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MexiQ in Astoria, Queens

This weekend we decided to give Queens a try, we visited MexiQ located at 37-11 30th Ave in Astoria. Take a peek at their menu .

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MexiQ

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