Place: Boulton & Watt
Location: Lower East Side, 5 Avenue A (at First St.)
The scoop: Brunch Gang was invited to try brunch at Boulton & Watt, a new hot spot on the Lower East Side that has been open since the winter (Thank you, Tracey! It was so nice to finally meet you!). Located on the corner of Avenue A and First St., Boulton & Watt replaced the dive bar Nice Guy Eddie’s, which was known for its colorful mural outside.
The vibe of Boulton & Watt was pretty laid-back. Exposed brick and wooden tables added to the welcoming feel. We sat in the front corner by open windows, and although it was hot outside, the breeze made the temperature quite comfortable and the sun rays brought light into the restaurant. Our only complaint was the stools. They were a bit uncomfortable and wobbly. There wasn’t much of a seat to actually rest on.
The staff was friendly. Eric, the manager, greeted us and offered to get us new drinks numerous times. He also recommended dishes. We were also lucky to talk to Jaime, the beverage director. He gave us a heads up that there will be some new additions to the cocktail list. We are looking forward to trying the new cocktails. Boulton & Watt has a full bar, so If you just want to stop in for drinks, the bar is a good place to chill out.
Bottoms up: The brunch cocktails (bloody Mary, mimosa and sangria) are offered for $5 per glass. Not too shabby!
Seasonal sangria $5
We both started and ended brunch with the sangria. The first round of sangria was extremely sweet. Not being a huge fan of overly sweet sangria, we were pleased that our second glass of sangria wasn’t as sweet as our first. In each glass, there was a variety of fruit — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. We liked that your typical fruit — grapes, apples, oranges — wasn’t included in the sangria. This was a pleasant surprise, and Boulton & Watt’s sangria is a refreshing summer drink.
Watts Mimosa $5 / Prosecco, fresh orange juice, gin and Cointreau
This mimosa was strong! It must have been the addition of gin and Cointreau. I can handle a lot of prosecco/champagne in a mimosa, but the gin and Cointreau were too much for me.
Mexican Revolver $12 / Tanteo jalapeno tequila, lime, agave, prosecco
I love jalapenos in my food just as much as I love it in my drinks, so I knew I had to try the Mexican Revolver. If you have the same love of spice like I do, you have to order this drink. It was pretty strong, spicy, with a pinch of sweetness.
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Cinnamon raisin brioche $2 / Served with butter and house-made fruit preserve
There are a couple of bread options to choose from. Being a fan of sweets, we decided to order the cinnamon raisin bread. The bread was good, but the house-made fruit preserve was awesome! It tasted like a mixed berry jam. We liked the thick, smooth consistency of the spread, and it paired well with the hints of cinnamon from the bread.
This was a hearty side order of bacon. There were at least six strips of bacon included in this side, and we couldn’t even finish all of them. That’s a pretty good indication of how large the side was. We loved the way the bacon was cooked, as it was slightly crispy yet still meaty.
Eggs Benedict $14 / Braised short rib and bone barrow on country bread
Being in the mood for eggs and meat, I couldn’t turn down the short rib eggs Benedict I liked that the bread was crispy, and there was plenty of flavorful and tender meat in the dish. Topped with perfectly poached eggs, I couldn’t ask for more as every bite was extremely tasty. There was so much short rib that I had a decent amount left over after I finished the eggs and bread. The potatoes served on the side tasted as good as they looked. They had a slight smokey/barbecue flavor which combined well with the short rib.
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes $13 / Fresh raspberries, robiola cheese, orange maple butter
I ordered these pancakes at the suggestion of Eric. He said it was his favorite brunch dish and one of the most popular items on the menu. The pancakes didn’t disappoint. Topped with a few fresh raspberries, a little bit of robiola cheese (which is a soft Italian cheese) and powdered sugar, the pancakes were just sweet enough. I’m glad they didn’t put too much cheese on top because that would have taken away from the pancake itself. The consistency of the pancakes was just how I like it — not too soft, but not burnt. the pancakes were a bit flimsier than I thought they’d be considering the batter contained buttermilk. Like the house-made preserve, the orange maple butter was delicious, and I could see specks of orange peel in it. All in all, this dish was a good choice.
The final bite: Refreshing drinks, solid food and a nice staff — what more can you ask for? We really enjoyed our experience at Boulton & Watt.
Reviewed by: Stephanie and Victoria