Holiday brunch at Gotham Bar and Grill: Celebrating a first

December 19, 2017 | By | 9 Replies More
The inviting dining room at Gotham Bar and Grill

Inviting dining room at Gotham Bar and Grill

Our fixed price Holiday Brunch at Gotham Bar and Grill on Sunday was memorable for a variety of reasons. It turns out that this was an historic first “holiday brunch” offered by Gotham, one of the most highly acclaimed New American restaurants in the nation—a holiday brunch before Christmas was an experiment of sorts.

Also, this first brunch coincided with our son’s milestone 30th birthday, which allowed us to return to the same place where we’ve enjoyed family celebrations over and over since his college years at New York University.

It’s safe to say that Gotham is probably as much a Greenwich Village institution as is NYU on Washington Square, located only a few blocks away.

A penchant for brunch

Whether we’re traveling far or close to home, we’re avid Sunday brunch lovers, preferring a large mid-day meal to one late in the evening (perhaps a sign of age?)

However, weekend brunch openings at Gotham are rare. (Clearly, culinary and wait staff at this establishment work so hard all week, they deserve a break on Sunday morning.) We were fortunate to find out about another special opening earlier in the year when we enjoyed the restaurant’s first Father’s Day brunch.

A birthday treat

When December rolled around, we had already made a Saturday night birthday dinner reservation but when an email popped in my inbox announcing a special holiday brunch at Gotham Bar and Grill the same weekend, we couldn’t’ resist.

The $75 per person fixed price meal included a celebratory cocktail and live jazz. For us, it was a no-brainer to take advantage of the offering. (Foodie tip: If you have a favorite restaurant, join its mailing lists. If we hadn’t, we probably wouldn’t have learned about this one-time offering.)

The always-appealing menu

Menu at Gotham

Menu at Gotham

Chef Alfred Portale’s menu is consistently inventive as well as extensive—and this one was no different.

At Gotham, fixed price doesn’t mean limited choices.

There were lighter breakfast offerings (like a Meadow Creek Farm omelet) as well as heartier lunch dishes that might also carry you into dinner. In fact, it was hard choosing among 8 very varied and interesting first courses and 9 second ones.

Gotham caesar salad with white anchovy, parmesan, deviled egg, and garlic croutons

Gotham caesar salad with white anchovy, parmesan, deviled egg, and garlic croutons

Smoked Norwegian salmon with crisp potato galette, creme fraiche, golden trout roe and micro salad

Smoked Norwegian salmon with crisp potato galette, creme fraiche, golden trout roe and micro salad

Wild mushroom risotto with pancetta, baby arugula and aged gruyere

Wild mushroom risotto with pancetta, baby arugula and aged gruyere

Maine lobster tagliatelle with leeks, arugula and chervil butter

Maine lobster tagliatelle with leeks, arugula and chervil butter

The menu is always seasonal but Gotham devotees are always happy to find some of their favorites are omni-present on the menu. The New York strip and Gotham burgers are legendary. Pastry chef Ron Paprocki’s Gotham chocolate lava cake, served with ice cream, is unforgettable.

28-day dry aged New York steak with Dijon mustard custard, crispy potatoes and Bordelaise sauce

28-day dry aged New York steak with Dijon mustard custard, crispy potatoes and Bordelaise sauce

Gotham chocolate cake served warm with salted almond ice cream

Gotham chocolate cake served warm with salted almond ice cream

The creative complimentary cocktails were pure holiday fare:

  • Under the Mistletoe, made with Boodles British dry gin, cranberry sage, lemon juice and Majolini Franciacorta Rose
Under the Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe

  • Holiday Revelry, made with Stranahan’s Colorado whisky, St. Elizabeth allspice dram and Angostura bitters
  • La Montina “Saten brut” Franciacorta

Perfect for celebrations

We return to Gotham because we are never disappointed by tasty New American cuisine that’s beautifully presented, the relaxed but professional service, and the elegant setting that evokes all the charms of New York. It was a great way to celebrate the holidays and Andrew’s special day. We toasted to another holiday brunch at Gotham Bar and Grill next year.

Birthday greetings from Gotham

Sweet birthday greetings from Gotham

Visiting the Christmas market on Union Square (just two blocks away) afterwards was the icing on the birthday cake!

Union Square Christmas Market

Union Square Christmas Market


Some previous New York Sunday brunch reviews on MoreTimeToTravel.com:

And our review of our Father’s Day Brunch at Gotham Bar & Grill:

Brunch at Gotham Bar and Grill: Simply the Best!


IF YOU GO

The restaurant serves dinner seven nights a week. The weekday fixed price, three-course Greenmarket Lunch, served Monday through Fridays, is a great deal at $38. The restaurant has maintained its Michelin star since 2006.

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  1. Sue Reddel says:

    I’m with you, Irene, I prefer to eat a larger meal in the middle of the day too. Brunch is just perfect! The food dishes at Gotham – one looks better than the other. This would make it really difficult to choose.I’m sure we’d muddle through!

  2. Hi Irene! I’m sitting here before lunch and your post has made me famished! I would absolutely adore to have brunch at The Gotham. Like, you, I enjoy a large meal in the middle of the day. As long as I don’t have to go back to work after that!!! Cheers and Happy Holidays to you.

  3. Sheryl says:

    I know where I’m going the next time I’m looking for a special weekend brunch- looks fantastic! Happy bday to Andrew.

  4. That Gotham caesar salad looks divine, and I’d love eating it with an Under the Mistletoe. My daughter just moved from Jackson Heights to San Antonio, so I guess I won’t be sampling it any time soon.

  5. Oh, a 30th birthday! Bet you can remember when he was still a babe :-). Time passes too quickly… Gotham Bar and Grill sounds like a great place for your family celebrations :-).

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