Whoever said that Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were the most happening times to head out for a drink in New York City was clearly too hungover to get to Sunday, the true day of debauchery. After all, there’s no cool rhyme to go along with the other three days, so by process of elimination, Sunday Funday takes the cake for best day of the week. For the Sunday Funday fanatics out there, here are our favorite spots to head to if you’re looking to end the weekend with a bender to go along with the bang.
If your idea of a perfect brunch includes Champagne, cocktails, loud music, and throngs of beautiful people dancing on tables, chairs, booths, or anything else they can find, then Bagatelle in the Meatpacking District is your place. This seemingly innocent-looking French bistro turns into a Studio 54 replica by mid-afternoon. So go ahead, enjoy your Eggs Benedict. Just hope that nobody steps in it once the lights go dim.
Like Bagatelle, Felix has the appearance of a stuffy French bistro. And like Bagatelle, looks can be deceiving. This SoHo hot spot draws a diverse, and often rowdy Euro crowd — especially when soccer games are being aired on the TV above the bar — that takes advantage of the tasty mojito or caipirinha pitchers. Stick around after you finish your Sunday brunch when it’s warm out and watch as the windows open, the music blares, tables get pushed together, Champagne bubbles, and the crowd oozes out into the street for a memorable Sunday Funday.
The Frying Pan
Outdoor drinking goes hand in hand with Sunday Funday, so The Frying Pan makes for an ideal destination. One of just 13 lightships remaining in the U.S., the once abandoned ship actually sank while docked along the Chesapeake Bay for a decade. After being rescued, the ship was brought to Pier 66 Maritime where its owners turned it into an outdoor bar that now sports a stage for live music, and a massive patio with a kitchen that serves delicious raw seafood and other fare. Bottom line: Sunday brunch mixed with the young, hip crowd that rocks the boat makes The Frying Pan a top Sunday Funday spot for sure.
This dimly lit East Village favorite looks like a Mars bar–or should we say bar from Mars–on the inside, but it sports a huge backyard patio that sizzles with Sunday Funday love on hot summer afternoons. It’s a pretty simple concept presented by this Aussie-inspired restaurant: endless brunch. That is, for 18 bucks, you can fill your belly with brunch fare and all-you-can-drink “Moomosas,” “Moo Marys,” Fosters, Greyhounds or screwdrivers. Drink your bladder out and party with the lively bunch who are there to celebrate Sunday Funday with you.
The brunch menu at this chic, Latin restaurant on the Upper West Side warns you: “Please do not forget your children here. (We will put them to work!)” Understandably, it might be easy to forget about your loved ones if you’ve taken advantage of the all-you-can-drink sangria during your delightfully spicy Cuban brunch. With four types of white sangria and four types of red, Calle Ocho may not get as raucous as some of our other Sunday Funday favorites, but come with a large group and you’ll be sure to inject some salsa into your Sunday afternoon one way or another.