Monday, February 3, 2014

Thumbs Up to Bottomzup

At first glance, I assumed the new sports bar, Bottomzup, in Kips Bay, was a new spot by the managers of Stumble Inn, Three Sheets, & Off the Wagon, which are the best bars in the city when you are under the age of 23 and the worst bars in the city when you are 23 or older. The "let's get drunk" name and the cartoon logo are a little misleading, because Bottomzup is unaffiliated with the aforementioned bars and I think it's a place that all would enjoy.

Now, I'm not a big sports fan, unless we're talking Quidditch, but I do love myself a good neighborhood bar, and it appears that I've found a new go-to in Bottomzup. It's a fairly big space, filled to the brim with 45 televisions - to view any sport you want - and pictures of athletes who I have no hope of identifying except for the womens gymnastics team. A nice touch at this place is that there are charging stations scattered around - if you're anything like me, watching your phone battery run down can give you enough anxiety to ruin a fun night. Kristyn and I enjoyed a few drinks and appetizers there on Friday evening. I've yet to find a fried pickle I don't like - Bottomzup's "Atlanta Fried Pickles" are cut long and served with a "kickin' bayou sauce." Their "North Carolina Pulled Chicken Sliders" are oozing with both chicken and flavor.

The next afternoon, MK and I went to Bottomzup for their new brunch deal. At $25, it's one of the least expensive all-you-can-drink brunch specials in the city. 90 minutes is definitely enough time to get your money's worth of mimosas, bellinis, screwdrivers, or Bloody Marys. Plus, remember, you get a meal in there as well - your  choice of eggs & meat (including steak), a feta omelette, chicken & waffles, eggs benedict, and bagel & lox. I ordered the chicken & waffles because of course I did. The way Bottomzup does chicken & waffles is a lot easier for me to eat than other places I've tried. Instead of using fried chicken on the bone, they use their already delicious chicken tenders. This makes the meal way easier to cut, eat, and share. And hot dang, it was good.

Besides the environment and the food, the other great thing about Bottomzup is that the managers and owners are genuinely interested in making sure everyone is having a great time. They passed out packs of Skittles and awesome mimosa-infused cupcakes with orange zest on top of the frosting. If you get as lucky as we did, just try to remember to take the wrapper off the cupcake before you dive in. This was hard for me to remember after a few bellinis.

I'll definitely be heading back to Bottomzup many times over the next few months for the short walk from my apartment, the sweet brunch deal, and to watch some of the few sports I do enjoy - Curling and College Basketball (as long as I have my bracket and a highlighter). In future visits I will also take advantage of their Happy Hour deals - $1 Oysters, $2 Sliders, $3 California Rolls, and $10 beer pitchers from 4 to 7 every day.

Many thanks to Bottomzup for hosting us for brunch. Opinions are always my own.


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