There is no such thing as a New York bottomless brunch party without mentioning IL Bastardo which literally translates to "The Bastard". I first heard about IL Bastardo during the summer of 2015 while doing research on party brunches in the city, and decided to experience the day party-like brunch known for table dancing and samba dancers. The day I ended up at IL Bastardo, I decided to make reservations and eat at the sister Restaurant Bocca Di Bacco, which is a few blocks away for a less “turned up” brunch with a few friends before heading to the day party". After having a delicious meal at Bocca, we walked a few minutes to IL Bastardo just in time for the party. After the bouncer at the door checked our IDs, we walked through 2 sections of the club. The first section was less rowdy and was filled with brunch goers enjoying their brunch entrees, the unlimited bottles of champagne, and loud music. As we walked further to the back of the restaurant, it got darker and seemed like we had walked into a club. The back of the IL Bastardo was almost completely dark and had it's own bar. There were people standing on chairs and couches with bottles of champagne in hand, samba dancers in carnival costumes, and a packed dance floor. Although almost impossible to move through the crowd, we made our way to the bar and ordered bottles of champagne in order to join in on the fun. Unfortunately, we were unable to sit because we did not have brunch reservations prior which was okay because we were there for the party anyway. After an hour of dancing and a bottle of champagne later, I decided to end the party and make brunch reservations for another day in order to properly immerse myself into the complete experience.
A few weeks later, I returned on a Saturday with a couple of friends. The menu, which is much different now, consisted of only a few brunch options to choose from with a $45 prefixed menu which included 2 hours of unlimited bottles of champagne or pitchers of Bellini's per person. Most of my party ordered the chicken and waffles and the others ordered the steak and eggs because of the lack of options. We all decided to go with the prefixed menu and switched between a bottle of champagne or the pitcher of Bellini's. Our entrees arrived pretty quickly but none of us were impressed by the portions of our food, but didn't pay much mind since we were taking bottles of champagne to the head and dancing in our seats to the loud music playing. After our 2 hours were up, we quickly grabbed our belongings and headed to the back of the restaurant for the real party. The ambiance and crowd was identical to my first time there but this time we felt more in sync with the other brunch-goers. We danced with champagne bottles in hand and partied with the samba dancers until the lights came on around 6pm signaling that the brunch party was over. Although that was the last time I brunched at IL Bastardo, I have recommended their brunch party to a few friends and family inquiring about brunch venues to celebrate their birthdays. The prefixed menu is now $60 per person and now includes a bottle of Rose and a more extensive Brunch menu that now includes entrees like Omelet Primavera, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Filet Mignon steak sandwich, and more.
*** Reservations are HIGHLY recommended
*** Great for Groups and Birthdays
*** Price does NOT include Tax and Gratuity