8. Brasserie Beaumarchais

Neighborhood: West Village
Address:
 409 West 13th St.
Website: 
brasseriebeaumarchais.com

The former home of Bistro Bagatelle, Beaumarchais has kept the all-white-everything, French-inspired motif and the tradition of unhindered afternoon antics alive.

Things start subtly enough, with classic French brunch items with a luxe, overindulgent twist— foie gras, truffle, and caviar—even the humble pancake is elevated by smothering a generous layer of Nutella and peanut butter across the top. But around 3:00 p.m. the lights dim, the curtains close, and the DJ drops a beat. Suddenly forks are down and glasses are up, the wobbly tables suddenly become impromptu dance floors. Champagne begins flying through the air, literally, courtesy of a Superman-attired waiter who is lifted through the crowd with a magnum of Dom Pérignon away from his body, arms outstretched, as if it's kryptonite. And it is. Only it isn't for you. You came with a hangover, and will undoubtedly acquire a new one well before 6 p.m.