Place: The Bailey Pub and Brasserie
Neighborhood: Financial District, 52 Williams St. (at Wall St.)
The scoop: After checking out the menu at The Bailey Pub & Brasserie, I noticed similarities to the menu at it’s sister restaurant Dublin 6. Knowing that Dublin 6 offers a solid brunch, I figured we couldn’t go wrong with brunch at The Bailey.
During my visit, the outside of the restaurant was covered with scaffolding so you could easily miss this spot. The inside of the restaurant is modern looking and there were TVs along the wall. I liked the large charging bull statue at the front of the restaurant. It was very apropos considering the restaurant is located in the Financial District.
Large windows surround the pub allowing natural sunlight to fill the room. The seating area is toward the back past the bar and it was spacious and comfortable. Since the restaurant only had a few other patrons, it seemed like we had a lot of space to ourselves.
Even though the place wasn’t packed, the waiter seemed to be in a slight rush when taking our orders.
Bottoms up: For either $16.95 or $19.95 (depending on the dish you order), you can enjoy two drinks and a main dish.
I’ve had the champagne sangria at Dublin 6 during brunch and I was hoping that I would be able to have it at the Bailey as well. Unfortunately, I was told sangria was not an option so I opted for a Blue Moon. They have more than 20 beers to choose from. Beer lovers shouldn’t have a problem finding one that they like.
The bloody Mary was pretty good and strong. Matt liked it enough that even though he was thinking about a beer for his second round, he decided to go with another bloody.
Chew on this:
Prince Edward Island Mussels / White wine, cream, garlic parsley, hand-cut fries
We love going out to dinner for mussels so we were glad to see it on the brunch menu. Since we both wanted the dish, we decided to split our entrees. The mussels did not disappoint as they were large and fresh, and the white wine sauce added a good flavor. We would have liked more broth in the dish and bread to soak up the broth.
The french fries were warm, soft and fresh. You can definitely tell that they were just prepared.
Croque Monsieur / Black forest ham, Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, dijon mustard, country bread, with hand-cut fries or market greens
I ordered the same exact dish at Dublin 6 so I knew in advance that the sandwich would be pretty greasy. Since we were splitting the dishes, I figured that half of a greasy sandwich wouldn’t be too bad. Just as I expected, the sandwich was greasy yet very tasty. The ham, onion and cheese all blended well together and each bite was enjoyable. To limit the grease intake, I decided to order the greens. I was a little disappointed as the greens were just greens. I know the menu states “greens,” but it would have been nice to have more to it, like a cucumber and tomato.
The final bite: Brunch at The Bailey Pub & Brasserie is great because there is literally something on the brunch menu for everybody. Not only is the food better than your average pub, the brunch special is a great deal with two decent drinks and an entree for no more than $19.95.
Reviewed by: Victoria