Some of you may be confused – “She’s already gone to Pizza Beach!” you’re saying to yourself. Well, think again. The delicious Upper East Side outpost semi-recently opened a new location on the Lower East Side. And with my undying love for the original location, I knew that I had to check out it’s hipster sister-spot downtown. Another major, huge, giant draw: the Lower East Side location serves brunch. Brunch! How can a girl turn that down?
This little spot stands out among the grit and grime of the Lower East Side. The vibe and bright turquoise exterior is hard to miss, and the front windows all open up and make for a lovely and breezy dining experience on a nice New York afternoon. Like it’s first outpost, this location transports you straight to the beach (duh) with vibes reminiscent of Montauk or the Rockaways – a surfer’s haven. White washed brick, light wood ceilings and dangling strands of Edison bulbs brighten the space and add to the laid back feel. The high ceilings and insane amount of natural light make it feel as if you’re dining beachside instead of on the corner of Orchard and Stanton.
The menu isn’t totally unexpected, and features a lot of traditional brunch fare. Forewarning: THEY DO NOT SERVE COFFEE. For me, this was a little surprising and definitely a major issue. The problem was quickly solved, though, and we just popped around the corner for a cup of cold brew. A few of us started out with brunch cocktails – I opted for the spicy bloody Mary which was good, but very very spicy.
Since we are Pizza Beach, most of us opted for the brunch pizzas. When in Rome, ya know? I had the truffle pizza with a fried egg on top and fennel. It had almost a sweet aftertaste, which was unexpected but kind of delicious. My friend Betsey had the breakfast pizza with panchetta, and I had a little bit of order envy – I think she definitely won the order game.
The one negative of this spot was the service – we were there on Passover weekend, and the place was pretty deserted but our entrees were brought out very slow and the wait staff could have been a little more attentive. There was a whole debacle when they brought the check that’s not worth going into, but if you’re there with a large group make sure to double check their credit card policy. If you’re looking for a fun, new brunch spot definitely give this place a go, if not for the food for the killer atmosphere.