Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch Debuted Over the Weekend at Malt N Mash
I love a cheap brunch as much as the next guy, but there are only so many limited item menus I can look at before I pull an eggs Benedict Arnold and abandon the items I love all together. So on Saturday, I opted for the kind of grandeur only the Meatpacking District can provide: I chose to head to the second Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch experience at Malt N Mash (53-61 Gansevoort Street), the pop-up American gastropub from storied chef Nahid Ahmed, who's served under Gray Kunz and done time at The French Laundry, The Fat Duck, and El Bulli.
All photos by Billy Lyons Hangover steak. For optimum recovery, let egg yolk drip over steak. Enjoy.
The crowd in attendance definitely dressed to impress--brunching in MePa is often one part food, one part fashion. And the concept was experimental, from the early 90s soundtrack provided by the DJ to trend-setting servers wearing extremely short ties. The venue echoed an above-ground underground party, and twists on the ordinary come with plenty of quirk, including a hole in the ceiling where, perhaps, a chandelier was once rooted.
The Malt N Mash Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch crowd
Typical brunch cocktails were overshadowed by options like The Gold Rush and El Diablo, and even Heineken received a facelift. The bar featured an extra-cold draft system which keeps the beer between 29 and 32 degrees, and as a result, the beer that came forth went down a whole lot easier than usual.
The DJ spins 90's hip hop during Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch while the crowd wines and dines