Place: Dublin 6
Neighborhood: West Village, 575 Hudson St. (between W. 11th St. and Bank St.)
The scoop: We were looking for a casual Sunday brunch spot with a decent drink special and good food. We wanted at least one drink with brunch, but did not want unlimited drinks. Dublin 6’s prix-fixe special caught our attention, and we liked a few of the menu items that they offered. For either $14.95 or $17.95, you can chose an entrée and two drinks. The entrées were a good mix of breakfast and lunch dishes, and there was a huge variety of drinks offered with the prix-fixe deal.
We made reservations and arrived around 2:15 p.m. It was pretty crowded, but there were a few empty tables. We were comfortably seated in the dining room area toward the back of the restaurant. The tables in the back were not too close to one another, and it was the perfect setting for us to converse. There is a bar area with several TVs and high top tables on the other side of the restaurant. Dublin 6 was all decked out for the holidays, and the decor reminded us of an upscale pub or tavern. While the server was initially very helpful, we never saw her again after we placed our order. The food was out quickly, but the drink service was quite slow. We had to ask for silverware and were taken care of by a few different people over the course of our meal.
Bottoms up: Dublin 6 has a very extensive drink list to chose from. They offer your typical brunch drinks like mimosas, bellinis and bloody Marys, as well as several draft and bottled beers. We were both craving sangria and noticed two gentleman drinking it when we walked in, so we asked if it was part of the drink special. Sangria was not listed on the menu, so we were thrilled to find out that it was an option. The waitress asked us if we wanted them made with champagne, and we both said yes.
Although there was no fruit in the sangria, I really enjoyed it. The champagne gave it a kick and light, crisp flavor. The drink was huge! I had a good buzz going after two.
At first I was debating as to whether I should order the sangria with or without champagne. The waitress said she likes sangria with champagne to minimize the sweet taste. I rarely drink sweet drinks, so I went with the waitress’ suggestion. The sangria was so big that I was still drinking the same drink throughout the majority of the meal. I really enjoyed the sangria, but I feel like it would have tasted even better with some fresh fruit.
Chew on this:
Eggs Benedict “House Style” $14.95 / Poached eggs, Boxty potato cakes, béarnaise sauce, baby greens. Add Irish smoked salmon – $19.45 prix-fixe. Add Serrano ham or sauteed spinach – $17.95 prix-fixe
I was very happy with my dish! I decided to add Serrano ham, and it went really well with the eggs and potatoes. It was sliced thinly and had a taste and look that was very similar to prosciutto. I liked how they used the potato cakes in place of an English muffin. The potato cakes had a nice flavor and were crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The eggs were poached just right. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the béarnaise sauce instead of the hollandaise sauce, but I really liked it. There was just the right amount of sauce on the eggs, and I got a subtle taste of the herbs in the sauce. The greens on the side were dressed in a champagne vinaigrette. It didn’t have too much flavor, and I would have liked more dressing on the salad.
Croque Monsieur $17.95 / Black forest ham, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, Dijon mustard on country bread, baby greens. Add one egg – $19.95 prix-fixe
I could smell the butter the second the dish was placed in front of me. I didn’t taste much of the onions, but the cheese, ham and the kick from the Dijon mustard made this a flavorful sandwich. My only complaint was the extremely greasy bread. Every time I lifted the sandwich, I had to wipe the grease off my fingers with a napkin. The baby greens were fresh, and although it didn’t have much dressing, I felt like it was OK to eat since the sandwich was overly greasy.
The final bite: Dublin 6 offers an affordable and tasty brunch with a nice variety of drink options. The quality of the food goes beyond your typical bar food.
Reviewed by: Jen and Victoria