Place: Tammany Hall
Location: Lower East Side, 152 Orchard St. (between Stanton St. & Rivington St.)
The scoop: I randomly came across a Groupon for Tammany Hall, and after viewing the menu, I thought it would be an OK deal to buy.
The inside of Tammany Hall is your typical dark bar. In fact, it was very dark as you can see in the picture below. There wasn’t much seating on the first level, but it was fine since the place wasn’t packed. Also, there is a second floor which overlooks the main area.
Toward the front, there was a stage and a band was setting up. Unfortunately, I was in a rush, so I didn’t have time to hear the music. I imagine that with a good band, the place would be rocking as there is a lot of space for people to dance around.
A lot of the brunchers seemed to have a Living Social or Groupon deal. The waitress was friendly, and she was readily available to answer any questions. I often hear that waitresses get annoyed when people have Groupons, but she didn’t seem bothered by it.
Bottoms up: Tammany Hall has a cheap and boozy brunch special. For $10, you can sip on unlimited mimosas, bloody Marys, Micheladas and domestic drafts for two hours.
Matt really got me hooked on Micheladas so we both ordered one. Honestly, the michealda was probably the only part of brunch that didn’t disappoint. Served in a tall glass with a salty rim, the drink was very spicy — just how we like them. The glasses were huge that I was content with just one. Since the deal came with two brunch drinks, I decided to get a beer for my second round. Bud Light was the only option. It was pretty gross and tasted extremely flat. I should have stuck with the Michelada.
Chew on this:
Tammany Hall Burger $10 (add cheese +$1) / 8 oz. burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles; served with fries or cucumber salad
I know we weren’t at a gourmet restaurant, but I feel like you can’t really go wrong with a burger at a bar. Wrong! Not only was the burger tiny, it tasted burnt (Matt asked for it medium well). Also, the French fries were not fresh.
Tomato, mozzarella, basil panini $10 / Served with fries or cucumber salad
My panini was OK. The bread was crispy and the tomato and mozzarella were fine. The description of the sandwich pretty much says it all. I opted for the cucumber salad which came in a small cup with some onion. I personally thought it was too oily. The dish wasn’t filling, and I think a full salad would have made the meal more complete.
The final bite: If you are looking for a cheap and boozy brunch, Tammany Hall could work for you, but don’t expect to have great food. On a positive note, I’m sure the live music will make it a lively atmosphere.
Reviewed by: Victoria