Sunday Brunch: Big Daddy's


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Big Daddy’s has three locations in Manhattan, but this review focuses on the Gramercy Park location on Park Avenue South. The restaurant first opened in 1969 and boasts a new location coming soon in Dubai.

The food
The restaurant’s popularity came as no shock to me once I read through the menu. The comfort food spot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at all times and the menu itself is absolutely enormous.

I came here for brunch, but the other menu items include a long list of burgers, sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, fried chicken, ribs, and desserts.

Patrons can even order brunch items seven days a week, but I dined here on a Sunday, perhaps brunch’s busiest day. After a lengthy deliberation, I ordered the Bow Wow Wow, which is a sandwich consisting of scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, and American cheese served on a waffle.

I should also mention that most dishes automatically come with tater tots on the side, but patrons can order French fries, onion rings, fruit salad, or salad instead. For tot lovers like me, this place is a haven. The tots are deliciously crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Oh, and the waffle sandwich isn’t half bad either.

If waffle sandwiches aren’t your preferred brunch item, Big Daddy’s offers eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, omelettes, nine varieties of pancakes, and waffles (including chicken and waffles).

The drinks
Big Daddy’s has one of the largest drink selections I’ve seen. Patrons can choose between smoothies, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, beer by the bottle and on draft, over 15 milkshakes, boozy milkshakes, ice cream floats, frozen hot chocolate, giant cocktails, frozen cocktails, soft drinks, and brunch cocktails.

Most important is the last item on that list: the brunch cocktails. Big Daddy’s serves all you can drink Bloody Marys, mimosas, or screwdrivers every day of the week.

The service/ambience
The wait staff is both knowledgeable and friendly, albeit they could be a bit more attentive despite how busy the restaurant can be. The space itself is one of the biggest draws: 80s and earlier memorabilia line the walls, old music plays, and patrons dine in vintage diner-style booths.

The all you can drink brunch cocktails may come in plastic cups, but they’re strong, the food is good, and the ambience is fun. Big Daddy’s is your one stop shop for practically whatever craving may ail you, which includes brunch at four in the afternoon on a Tuesday.