Wellllll I hope you all brunched yrselves silly this morning. I didn't, exactly.
See, the thing is - New York is cool and all, sure, (hence this MoFo theme) and I've HEARD of people enjoying their Sunday brunches in the city but I wouldn't know a thing about it. New York is full of people hungry and hung over and grumpy and too tired to cook and in cramped, small apartments and I'm pretty sure we all hit the streets at the same time. Anytime I've ever ventured out to try and find brunch, there's always a crazy wait for a table.
Allysia has some pretty fantastic brunch time going on at her place, but I never really plan ahead enough to have groceries or prep done in the apartment already - plus, most of the time, all I can do for the first couple hours on Sunday is clutch my head and grope for liquids: Water, coffee, and...more alcohol.
Hey, hair of the dog, right?
THAT'S where Pine Box Rock Shop comes in.
It's an all-vegan bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn specializing in Bloody Marys! That's right, no more nasty fishy Worcestershire sauce in yr drink, or even worse - actual clams or bacon-infused vodka, blegh. And, as their sign on the menu says, "We make them as hot as you can take them." Yes, please.
Two of their...seven (?) bloody options:
SO YEAH. Plus Happy Hour from 2-8 makes for a very dangerous day off for me, but, uh, Bloody Marys are kind of blended salads, right??
If you do actually want to get some real food in yr system, PBRS offers three different types of vegan empanadas that are made locally. I'm pretty sure I've tasted their three varieties - Philly Cheeze Steak (with Daiya), a jerk collards and seitan one, and a black bean and corn one, or something. All served with a side of salsa. Really, really good.
Another bonus of this being a vegan bar is that people bring a ton of cute dogs in. Last time, a dog totally tried to order from the bar, paws up, sniffing around and everything. He definitely got the bartender's attention much better than I could.
Need one more bonus of this being a vegan bar? Vegan Pop-Up shops! Abby can probably tell you more about these than I could, as I only tried to go once but then saw the crowded bar and promptly turned right back around...but they are seasonal all-vegan mini flea markets of sorts and (sound like) lots of fun. Hopefully, come November there will be a holiday one and I can report back to you on that.
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St., Brooklyn
L to Morgan ave.