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.