The power of social media brought me to Chefs Club by Food and Wine over the weekend here in NYC.

After seeing an Instagram post highlighting the acclaimed restaurants new brunch bottle service I reserved a spot via OpenTable . Chefs Club was already on my go-to list. With a constant amazing line up of visiting chefs, a fabulously visual Instagram feed and after the last few weeks of the upcoming turning 30 growing pains, it was just what the doctor ordered. Brunch, unlimited Prosecco and girl time with my fab friends seemed perfect. Or so we thought.

We arrived at Chefs Club on a Sunday, mid afternoon. The decor at Chefs Club is slightly masculine but bright and large which easily fits in to its trendy location in NoLita. The spacious restaurant with tables siting in front of the colorful open kitchen, and large windows was slightly more empty than what I would have thought for Sunday brunch in New York City. I glanced at the menu on there website before brunch and nothing really intrigued me but never the less as we got settled into our table, we were still happy to be there. 

Both the server and the manager greeted us and started us with water and coffee. Our main focus was on the Boozy Brunch add-on which consisted of unlimited Prosecco for 2 hours, fresh mixers and garnishes for $20 per person. Of course we choose this option.  As the pop of Prosecco occurred and glasses were poured, we looked over the menu while we kept chatting. The server and the manager came over yet again, and by the third time we figured we better order something, so heres what we dined on: 

Cider House - Gin, NY Cider, Honey, Sage 
Chefs Club Salad - Radicchio, Honey Crisp Apple, Smoked Pecan, Humboldt Fog 
Eggs Benedict Florentine with Smoked Ham 
Eggs Benedict with Catsmo Smoked Salmon 
Dutch Baby - Lemon Ricotta, Blueberries 
Smoked Neuskes Bacon

My friend asked for the Dutch Baby to arrive at the table first. We were presented with the Duck Hash which although looked amazing, sadly was the wrong order. We were presented with the hash twice before our Dutch Baby touched our table. As our food began to arrive, we all braced ourselves for some decadent food. None of the decadence ever happened. Although everything was fresh, the food was flavorless, under seasoned and very underwhelming. I wasn't even phased by the bacon or the smoked salmon, which are 2 of my favorite things. 

My experience at Chef's Club by Food & Wine was just ok. We felt rushed by the manager even though the restaurant was fairly empty and with great presentation, the food completely lacked flavor. I should not have to wait for a guest chef to come to Chef's Club to have an amazing meal, especially with such a prestigious name behind it. Did I mention we went to Wendy's after because we were still hungry? With a bill of $200, Wendy's should have never crossed our minds. 

Im not going to write off brunch at Chef's Club completely. Also on the menu, is a $28 brunch prix fixe which is actually a great deal if your looking for a light brunch while spending the day in the trendy neighborhood. Add on the $20 bottle service and you actually have a decent brunch. I just hope the food gets a lot better. 

275 Mulberry Street 
New York, N.Y. 10012

1 comment

  1. Unfortunately I've had the same experience here for dinner.



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