The Sunburnt Cow

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
The Sunburnt Cow Aussies know how to party, and The Sunburnt Cow with its all-you-can-drink brunch brings that down-under spirit to the East Village. New York United States 40.725062 -73.9782885
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The Sunburnt Cow - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Aussies know how to party, and The Sunburnt Cow with its all-you-can-drink brunch brings that down-under spirit to the East Village. Singles roaming the orange-and-black cow print seating areas in search of companionship... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    L: 1st Avenue-14th Street

  • Phone:

    212-529-0005

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    F 4pm–4am, Sa 11am–4am, Su noon–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Sunburnt Cow Review

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Aussies know how to party, and The Sunburnt Cow with its all-you-can-drink brunch brings that down-under spirit to the East Village.

Aussies know how to party, and The Sunburnt Cow with its all-you-can-drink brunch brings that down-under spirit to the East Village.

Singles roaming the orange-and-black cow print seating areas in search of companionship may be hypnotized as much by the giant video wall projecting everything from sports to anime as they are by the potent drinks and the other flirty patrons determined to get buzzed as quickly as possible.

Preppy students and young LES professionals gather at the massive bar for moo-jitos and moo-tinis until they feel brave enough to try out their best pick-up lines, while more laid-back urbanites retreat with their house drinks to the enclosed patio, whose faux rock walls and orange paper lanterns create an intimate atmosphere for the couples and groups lounging on banquettes or huddled around candlelit tables.

To top off what’s already a guaranteed drunk fest, the bar is manned by a team of hard-drinking, kickass Aussies who could be straight from Thunder Down Under – though fully clothed – and who make it their business to give patrons their money’s worth and show them a good ol’ Australian time.

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Tip from Lucas:

Endless Brunch has got to be one of the best all-you-can-drink deals in New York City, but the lines are really long. Definitely make a reservation so you’ll be guaranteed a spot.

  • Crowd

    Singles, preppy young professionals, students, and former jocks, early to late 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A DJ spins everything from reggae to commercial pop Thursdays through Saturdays from around 9pm. TVs for sports and big Aussie Rules Football games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Dinner served nightly 6pm–midnight, brunch served Sa–Su open–4pm. Dinner menu includes a good selection of burgers and Australian fare like pesto shark and kangaroo shepherd’s pie. The three-course Counter Meal is served only at the bar.

    Brunch menu features classics with an Australian flair, including buttermilk banana pikelets and barrier reef Benedict. The Endless Brunch deal includes one brunch item and unlimited drinks.

    Cash only.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $3–$9, entrées $12–$15. Brunch menu $8–$15. Counter Meal and Endless Brunch $18. Beer $6, wine $6, house cocktails $7–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for an incredibly packed, fun, and rowdy singles scene. Saturday and Sunday afternoons for brunch.

  • Close By

    Alphabet Lounge (104 Avenue C) just down the street is a fun drunken mess filled with singles looking to flirt.

The Sunburnt Cow User Reviews

Average rating:
Great brunch, wish it was bigger
Melody K. Sep 23, 2013
We had a party of four and sat at the bar on an extremely packed Sunday morning as those were the only seats left. It's a good sign that it's so busy, but I spent half of the time trying to shout at my friend to have a conversation and the other half getting jostled by the crowd. I ordered the pikelets, which are Australian pancakes and had a delicious drunch/boozy brunch/whatever you want to call it. I think it would have been more enjoyable if I felt like I was having drunch with my three friends, instead of my three friends and the 15 other people waiting for a table by the bar. It's pretty dominated by yuppies and recent grads and definitely worth checking out if you don't mind the crowd on the weekends.
If you pour it, they will come
Alison D. Apr 1, 2013
Just like its East Village home, the Sunburnt Cow is a little bit dingy, a whole lot of drunk. Despite its popularity and hype, the Cow is small and cramped even by NYC standards. The all-you-can-drink brunch is not to be missed, as evidenced by the waiting crowds spilling out onto Avenue C on Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by the heavily lubricated patrons stumbling out Saturday and Sunday evening. Brunch is presented in a prix-fixe fashion, serving up twists on traditional breakfast fare like the Barrier Reef Benedict over crab cakes. Owned and operated in typical Aussie fashion, spicy “Moo Marys” and sweet albeit sometimes flat “Moomosas” are unlimited and free flowing. Rounds of shots often appear on the house in exchange for long waits and cramped seating. Despite the hectic crowds, brunch or otherwise, the Australian wait and bar staff are friendly, outgoing, and encourage the fun-loving Aussie mindset of drink now, think later.
Bottomless Aussie Brunch
Justin W. Dec 11, 2012
My grandfather always told me that his favorite people in the world were Australians. Since coming to this place I am starting to learn why. A great brunch that is always packed, so make a reservation and don't be late. Greyhounds that are replenished before your empty drink hits the table and a menu that is easy on the wallet. What more do you need, oh right Australian accents. Also like the Sunburnt Calf on the UWS. cheers
Bottomless Brunch!
Chelsea D. Nov 12, 2012
I have to admit that I first heard about The Sunburnt Cow on Cash Cab. Yep - two girls got into the cash cab, asked to be taken here & then proceeded to mention it was an Australian bar. I'm not sure if they won any money because my mind couldn't deviate from the fact that there was an Australian bar in NYC (eek!). Clearly, I had to check this place out for myself. I went for the bottomless brunch, where they serve unlimited mimosas with your meal. The mimosas did seem kind of flat, but they did a good job on refilling so I guess that made up for it. My meal itself was pretty good, though definitely not the best meal I've had. Again, not my biggest concern since it was so cheap! I think people come here for the atmosphere and the concept of "all you can drink" more so than the food itself. It's definitely crazy during brunch and you'll probably have to wait for a table. The good news is they'll give you a shot while you wait or as soon as you sit down. Go with a group of friends looking for something fun to do on the weekend. The Australian waiters and the atmosphere won't disappoint.
2 Words: Bottomless Champagne
Jaclyn W. Nov 5, 2012
Don't be surprised if you see a roo hop by after being here for two hours. This place is BOTTOMLESS. If you're getting brunch, ask for outdoor seating. No worries if a storm is brewing. They came up with an ace idea to add a tarp over the garden! The bar is always, always packed. People will wait for hours for tables. Do not come hungry and get ready to fight crowds. If you like having fun and you have time to spare on a weekend afternoon, this is definitely a place to check out. **Plus - the staff is Australian aka hot.
Drunk Brunch
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
You might lose your dignity here. There is an unimaginable wait to get in, especially if you have a big party. But it's a testament to how much I love my time spent here that I will endure an hour-and-a-half wait for the Burger With the Lot and Mimosa. I am totally in agreement that this is the best deal in the city for bottomless brunch. You get a shot (well, shooter) as soon as you arrive, then you're seated by your authentically Aussie server. For the next ninety minutes, you are refilled to your heart's content with flat mimosa that's been left to set in a pitcher on the bar (but seriously, you're day drinking and you don't care). The food is pretty decent, though admittedly, it's more about the experience than the quality. I'm pretty sure the buns have been sitting on a shelf for a very long time (but again, you don't care). At the end of the meal, you get one more shot (shooter), then you walk into the street and realize that it's one in the afternoon and you will be getting absolutely nothing accomplished for the rest of the day. Enjoy.
Best bottomless brunch!!
Manasa R. Oct 4, 2012
If you want a crazy crowded, fun, and energetic place for brunch on Sunday mornings, Sunburnt Cow is the place to go. Their bottomless brunch deal is the best I have seen-- $20 for all you can drink and 1 breakfast entree! Really fun place to go with friends. Also they have an awesome music playlist going. Make sure you either get there early or else be willing to wait because it is almost always crowded, but definitely worth it!!
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