City Surf Fix: The Sunburnt Cow

You know that saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?”  Well, since the Aussies have commandeered the ASP World Tour, I figure maybe it’s time we joined them- at least for brunch.  This is where The Sunburnt Cow comes in.

The Sunburnt Cow is a little Australian establishment in Alphabet City, which boasts some of the best specials in town: Choose any two hours, pay $20, drink as much as you can.  I swear.  For a breakfast person like myself, the Cow’s main appeal can be summed up in two words: Endless.  Brunch.  Yes, that’s right.  Endless brunch, I say.

On weekends from 11-5, $18 will get you Buttermilk Banana Pikelets (pretty much little pancakes) or Bush Benedict, PLUS (this is the best part) all-you-can-drink “Moomosas,” “Moo Marys,” Foster’s, etc.  In other words, sustenance and warmth- perhaps after an ice-cold Rockaway session and a long train ride home.

The awesomely accented service is outstanding, and let’s put it this way: the unlimited drink situation should probably just be called “bottomless.”  Moomosas, for example, are prepared in massive pitchers- all the better to just. keep. pouring.

For a $5 up-charge, the Barrier Reef Benedict (crab cakes, mmmm) and Queen Adelaide (with salmon and avocado) may be added to the unlimited category.  I highly recommend this.  Crab cakes and poached eggs may sounds like a weird combo, but trust me, it’s delicious.  Plus, eating seafood will make you feel more connected with the ocean.  Or something like that.

You can stay for, I think, an hour and a half before they boot you, but if you’re unsatisfied, they’ll buy you a couple of rounds at the bar.  They also serve you shots with your check.  I’ve never before been buzzed so early on a Saturday, but hey, when in Oz…

The Cow is located at 137 Ave. C (and 9th St.).  Just look for the pink bovine hanging over the entranceway, and hit up the ATM before you go because brunch is CASH ONLY.

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