Place: Chelsea Pub
Neighborhood: Chelsea, 362 W. 23rd St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
The scoop: Chelsea Pub is a new bar/restaurant located in my parents’ neighborhood in Chelsea. My sister, mother and I had seen a sign in their window advertising their $5 brunch drink special and were looking forward to stopping in for brunch one weekend.
We ventured into Chelsea Pub on a Saturday afternoon around 12:30, and to our surprise the restaurant was empty, with the exception of two small parties and two people at the bar. The inside of Chelsea Pub isn’t what I expected. Having the same owners as Westside Tavern, which is next door, Stitch and Houndstooth Pub near the Garden, all three of us thought the interior would be dark with dim lighting and dark-wood tables. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Chelsea Pub’s walls are covered in red wallpaper, and the low and high-top tables are made of a light wood. The space is very roomy and can fit small and large parties alike. While I’d consider Chelsea Pub’s sister restaurants sports bars, Chelsea Pub only has two TVs, so I wouldn’t consider it a sports bar, but it’s definitely a chill, comfortable bar. It wasn’t loud either, which we liked.
There was only one server during brunch, but he did a great job. He was enthusiastic, willing to give suggestions and friendly. He checked up on us numerous times and was excited to learn about the blog when I slipped him our business card after our meals.
Bottoms up: Chelsea Pub offers $5 mimosas, bloody Marys and screwdrivers during brunch.
Kelly and I both had a mimosa. Kelly said she isn’t a big drinker and wouldn’t know the perfect mimosa, but she thought this one was very good. I agree with her. The drink had the right mixture of both ingredients. We could taste the orange juice, but it wasn’t overpowering.
Bloody Mary $5
My mom enjoyed her Bloody Mary. It was spicy in a good way. The drink had just the right kick to it. This bloody Mary was one of the best she’s ever had.
Chew on this: Chelsea Pub’s brunch menu has good mix of breakfast and lunch items.
Breakfast Sandwich $12 / Two eggs, bacon or sausage with a choice of cheese on brioche roll
The breakfast sandwich caught my eye when I was looking at Chelsea Pub’s brunch menu. I was surprised by how big the sandwich was when it was brought out. The soft roll was huge and was stuffed with fluffy eggs, melted American cheese and crispy bacon. I added pepper and and ketchup to the sandwich. The brioche roll added a slight sweetness to the sandwich. The cubed home fries were just OK. They reminded me of home fries that were served in the dining halls in college. Overall, I enjoyed this dish and would order it again.
Breakfast Burrito $12 / Scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, hash browns, baked beans and sautéed onions and peppers
Kelly was debating between eggs Benedict and this burrito, but she always gets the Benedict , so she decided to take the plunge at the recommendation of the waiter and get the burrito. While the burrito tasted very good, it wasn’t for her. She isn’t a fan of spicy food at all and the sausage had a kick to it. Also, she wasn’t anticipating the burrito to be so greasy and include baked beans. Usually, burritos have Mexican style beans, like refried or black. She thinks people who like things with some heat will really like it. Kelly ate half of it and gave the other half to our mom. Again, it wasn’t for Kelly, but our mom, who likes spicy food, loved it. She recommends this burrito, but not to those who don’t like greasy or spicy food. Kelly really liked the potato pancake. It wasn’t too greasy and had good flavor to it. She’d order one of those again.
Eggs Benedict $12 / Poached eggs and Bearnaise sauce
My mom ordered Eggs Benedict, which is what she usually gets at brunch. She asked for the sauce on the side. When the server brought over her dish, the sauce was on the side, however, it wasn’t a traditional Benedict sauce. She hadn’t noticed that the menu stated the sauce would be Bearnaise. While Benedict and Bearnaise sauces are very similar, this Bearnaise sauce wasn’t as smooth and creamy as it usually is. The sauce looked like melted butter. My mom didn’t ask the waiter to bring her Benedict sauce instead, but when he noticed she didn’t like Bearnaise, he brought out Benedict sauce, which was nice of him. The eggs were cooked perfectly, and when my mom poked one of the eggs, yolk poured out. She received a generous piece of ham on the English muffin, and she thought the English muffin was bigger than your average.
The final bite: Chelsea Pub is a good spot for a casual, no-nonsense brunch. The service was good, and we were pleased with the majority of our dishes. I want to check out their dinner, too.
Reviewed by: Stephanie