Monday, September 3, 2012

Richard Sandoval's FOUR at YOTEL Redefines Boozy Brunch.

The Terrace at FOUR
For over a year now, chic hotel, YOTEL, has been redefining boozy brunch at its restaurant, FOUR, a brainchild of celebrity chef, Richard Sandoval. On Saturdays and Sundays, between 11am and 3pm, FOUR draws a vibrant crowd for its $40, all you can eat, all you can drink, brunch. A live DJ pumps out hip tunes on the large rooftop terrace, where young professionals, hipsters and fashionistas gather to enjoy good food, good company, and great views of NYC.

Unlike your run of the mill weekend brunch, where some pancake or waffle dish might be the main event, Sandoval's FOUR expands the notion of brunch into an all day affair (even though groups are technically only allowed to place their unlimited food and drink orders for two hours). With a menu that includes sliders, salads, sushi, meatballs, fried rice, general tso's chicken, and even Mexican chilaquiles, served with nachos, in addition to four different types of scrambled eggs, pineapple french toast, and three different bacon-infused dishes, Sandoval draws on Latin, Pan-Asian, and American flavors to create dishes that can be enjoyed throughout the morning or afternoon. All groups dining during brunch hours must participate in the $40 deal, but the "free-flowing cocktails" and unlimited small plates are sure to fill happy customers' bellies, and chances are you won't want to eat another meal all day.

Choose from unlimited bloody marys, mimosas, or sangria. Mix and match cocktails during your meal, or, if you have a large group, ask the waiter to leave a pitcher or two. Unsurprisingly, it's easy to over order at FOUR, so parties are asked not to request more than one dish per person at a time, though all plates are served to share, and it's impossible to leave hungry. Make sure to also keep your waiter on his or her toes when ordering small plates, as service can get slow during the busy brunch hours. WGINY recommends starting light with some eggs and salad plates, before moving onto the meatier hot plates. Skip the bland, underdone cod sliders, but don't miss the herbed house-ground meatballs or the addictive bacon rosemary french fries.

YOTEL is located just two blocks from Times Square, at 570 Tenth Avenue, off of W. 42nd Street. Reservations can't be made for terrace dining, but you're still better off having one than not.

1 comment:

  1. Good to know. I am always looking for a brunch spot. There are so many bad ones.