Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch Debuted Over the Weekend at Malt N Mash

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All photos by Billy Lyons
Hangover steak. For optimum recovery, let egg yolk drip over steak. Enjoy.
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.

The Malt N Mash Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch crowd
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 DJ spins 90's hip hop during Ain't 2 Proud 2 Brunch while the crowd wines and dines
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.

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