137 Avenue C, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.725119 -73.978407
Mon-Thu, 4pm-2am; Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat, 11am-4am; Sun, 11am-2am
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City, Downtown
Cute place, but it attracts the Jersey Shore crowd – One of the worst places I'd ever been to in New York, hands down, but not because of the restaurant itself. For some reason this cute little place in Alphabet City (right across the street from a hipster wine shop and next to a little hippie garden called La Plaza Cultural) attracts Jersey Shore types. My friend and I were the only non-orange-skinned people in there. An otherwise lovely brunch with unlimited mimosas and bloody mary's ruined by the worst kind of conversations, which we heard loud and clear due to the proximity of the tables to each other.
I give three stars, though, for the excellent service, the decor, and the food. My friend and I showed up around noon on a Sunday, and there were crowds of people outside on the sidewalk and inside at the bar area. We thought the wait would be incredibly long, but we were seated within ten minutes. We asked for a table out in sun in the enclosed outdoor back area and was told that they were all full, but the host came back to get us after we were seated when a table outside opened up. I really appreciated the gesture because one, there were other people waiting for tables, and, two, it was hard for anyone to maneuver around anywhere and the host didn't have to go to the trouble of moving us. Throughout our entire stay all the waiters were available to refill our drinks, and all of them were helpful and courteous despite the number of orders and customers and demands. I was very impressed.
The decor is hip and cute - we were drawn to it in the first place because of the name itself ("sunburnt cow" = adorable). There was a live DJ spinning 80s hits, creating a nice, intimate atmosphere. Too bad the intimacy was rather overwhelming...The back area is made to look like a cave; I loved the fact that there was a tiny lamp nestled into a crevice in the "cave wall" right behind my seat. The food was pretty good - my friend and I both got eggs benedict with salmon and avocado. There are limited choices for brunch, but they all looked great. No vegan or strictly vegetarian options, though. The check comes with lemon drops! I do have to say that our bloody mary's had very little alcohol. Then again...being unlimited...
Great restaurant in and of itself, but factor in the clientele...I will not be going back there.
WOW – This is the best brunch experience I've had in NYC to date. I had a burger with a slice of beet and pinapple and it was out of this world. I was with 5 people and everyone agreed that the brunch was out of this world. Now I have to try their other restaurants.
Totally over-hyped. It leaves you confused and wondering if you are experiencing a wild party from the prior night, or if you just have a really bad hangover. It's a great place to go if you want to drink during the day, in the pitch darkness. Or if your solution for a hangover is to... just drink some more. They do have an all you can drink special, but I found that the drinks aren't fresh and have obviously cheap quality.
There's something about this place that didn't really settle well with me. I can appreciate the fact that it is a total hipster spot, so I suppose they are going for the "what you see is what you get" look.
They have a limited menu, so I ordered the egg white veggie omelette. Kind of greasy. I really don't have anything good to say about it.
Meh. I've literally had better. If I were you, I'd find a different place for a weekend brunch. Unless you're looking for a fratty booze-fest. Then, go for it! After all, your weekend is usually well deserved if you live in Manhattan.
not for everyone – Went here with a large group recently for brunch, and was unimpressed. The unlimited drinks brunch seemed to be a big draw for the other customers, but since I couldn't drink for health reasons, I wasn't able to take advantage. They don't have much of a selection in non-alcholic drinks - actually, all they have is cocktails and mixers like juice and soda. They don't have coffee either.
The food was pretty mediocre, kind of overpriced for the quality. I was seated under a leaky skylight which dripped on us the whole time, and the kitchen and dining area looked pretty dirty.
The waitress was really great, but I wouldn't go back to this place. I might have liked it better when I was younger, but I prefer more grown up restaurants now.
Excellent value! – I am sort of in love with this place. Hands down my favorite place to go for a fun brunch! The food is pretty good, but you can not beat the unlimited mimosa brunch. I have also been for dinner and they have a $16 3 course deal. I was not a fan of the shrimp appetizer, but my barramundi entree was great and the burgers here are really tasty. The atmosphere of this restaurant is super fun and is a great choice for a group dinner or just a good deal!
Yes, Yes- "We Luv Brunch", but don't forget the A+++ Dinner!!! – Granted, my boyfriend and I were only one of 3 tables seated that quiet dinner night, but the food was absolutely delicious....we did the fixed priced 3-course dinner, and by god...our burger was REALLY something special!! If you're really seeking a truly different flavor between your buns, the one they serve here is absolute HEAVEN! Granted, I felt like I'd just consumed enough greasy calories for the rest of the week when I was done, but considering the fact that I was looking for exactly that --a deliciously unique and totally gratifying meal-- well, i wouldn't go back and change a thing.
I will also disagree with anyone's complaints about the service...if it sucked for you once, then give it another try, because our server was as kind and helpful as could be. So aside from the yummy entree, excellent service, and even more excellent dinner price, I save the best for last:
YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY TRY THE DATE PUDDING DESSERT!!!! It is hands down ONE OF THE BEST DESSERTS to have ever touched my lips!!!!! Yes, i have a sweet tooth and have probably tried almost everything there is to offer in your typical dessert fare menu, but this one had me dreaming about it the next day. PLEASE PLEASE don't miss out on this thing, even if it's the only piece of food you order from the SB Cow, period!!!!
It may be sunburnt, but it's very cool – The fellow/gal who wrote "No fun allowed at Sunburnt Cow 03/17/2008 Posted by mcgintax" just doesn't get it. One of the reasons that this place is so great is that they don't allow drunken people having what they may term "fun" into the place in order not to spoil the dining experiences of others. Maybe it's just me, as an Australian living in NYC for many years, but we Aussies generally don't stand for loud, obnoxious, intoxicated people. I have been to the Cow numerous times, and it's always been fantastic. The biggest complaint I could make is that my side salad one night was a bit limp. Big deal. The service is always wonderful and everyone who I have taken there has adored it.
PS: "mcgintax" sounds like he is a good pal of the owner of Esperanto - "a wonderful brunch at Esperanto (Sunday jazz brunch at Esperanto is HIGHLY recommended!) After our brunch (which included a few mimosas, because what NYC brunch doesn't)"
Well, let's forget his/her very poor punctuation/sentence structure skills and just leave it at that.
The Sunburnt Cow is a genuine find. Enjoy.i
All you could want for a Sunday brunch in the city – I go to The Cow at least once a month and there's nothing more relaxing and enjoyable on a Sunday afternoon. The food is great and everything is really cheap. The drinks are non-stop and not watered down as you would expect from an "all you can drink" brunch. Kimiko, the DJ, tops the experience off playing everything you could want to hear, even if you didn't know you wanted to hear it.
No fun allowed at Sunburnt Cow – I had two friends visiting from Spain this weekend, and we started off our Sunday with a wonderful brunch at Esperanto (Sunday jazz brunch at Esperanto is HIGHLY recommended!) After our brunch (which included a few mimosas, because what NYC brunch doesn't) we walked over to Sunburnt Cow. We were admittedly being a little silly and having a LOT of fun with our visiting friends, while waiting for a bartender to take a drink order. After waiting some time without any service, the bartender approached me and told me his manager said we were too drunk, and "would we like some water?" Seriously???! Not once in my life have I not been served for being too drunk, that is so not my style, so its quite insulting when someone calls you drunk at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, after brunch! I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. Apparently no fun is allowed at Sunburnt Cow, who wants to hang out there?!
Authenticity Counts! – My friends and I love exploring new brunch places throughout the city, and our latest stop along the tour was the Sunburnt Cow, and we were not disappointed at all! For just $15 we got a decent and satisfying brunch and all we could drink. They make a great Bloody Marry! The menu is limited but the wait staff w/ their cute accents def make up for it (i.e. Nathan)! You will definitely have to wait on a Sunday, but I assure you it's well worth it. They also have a great DJ who plays everything you want to hear but nothing you would put on your i-pod (trust me it makes sense when you go). I can't wait to go to this spot up on a week night and check out the scene! If you looking for a hip, fun, and cheap brunch definitely check out the SB COW...I mean it's the cheaper than going down under!
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