A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 26, 2014
Bottomless Brunch

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Google Books
April 1983, Cincinnati (OH) magazine, pg. 101, col. 2 ad:
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH
All you can eat for $7.95.
(...)
The Bottomless Brunch that no one can top. Only at Chatterley’s. Sunday 10:30 to 2:30
CHATTERLEY’S
HILTON INN Sharronville

24 July 1987, Daily Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA), pg. 53, col. 3 ad:
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH
ALL YOU CAN EAT FOR ONLY $9.95
Wimbledon Restaurant
Chalfont, PA

Twitter
Meg Nesterov
‏@thenotoriousmeg
Another bottomless brunch roundup that misses all my faves (Cafe 50 West, Sette, Sunburnt Cow, Pomme de Terre)! http://bit.ly/owStJ
3:04 PM - 13 May 2009

Twitter
Meg Nesterov
‏@thenotoriousmeg
-@jennifer_gaines I love Cafe 50 West on 22nd Street. Bottomless brunch for $15 and there goes your afternoon! http://cafe50west.com/
5:05 PM - 5 Jun 2009

Gothamist
NYC’s Best & Worst Bottomless Brunches
By Gothamist in Food on Feb 20, 2014 12:10 PM
I’m known as a bottomless brunch type of guy. I take big groups of people to brunch all the time and the bottomless kind is (almost) always more fun. Let me first preface this by saying that I am not an alcoholic, and I don’t condone bottomless brunches every single weekend. However, every once in a while, a weekend comes along that demands a total commitment to excessive consumption, especially when you’ve got friends along for the boozy ride.

Brunch is the quintessential “Weekend New York” thing—for some people—and yet so many places don’t have it figured out. People work hard for their money and they don’t just want to burn it away; they want to drink it down—unlimitedly! And while you never want to get aggressive with your “GIVE MY MY BOOZE” attitude, we’re all so busy that we need our drinks and we need them now!

Eater
Turns Out Bottomless Brunch is Actually Against the Law
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, by Marguerite Preston
Restaurateurs and mimosa-lovers take note: the New York City Hospitality Alliance would like to point out that all those “bottomless brunch” drink deals out there are, and always have been, unlawful. The law, according to the SLA website, specifically prohibits restaurants “from selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price.” Letting promotors or party organizers do the same is also unlawful, as is any drink special that “attempts to circumvent the law.”

In fact, the only kind of drink deals that are legal are two-for-one specials and discounts no larger than half off the original price.

Food Republic
Feb 26, 2014 12:30 pm
Famed NYC ‘Bottomless Brunches’ Declared Illegal, Sunday Funday Doomed
State Liquor Authority is taking back the pitcher
BY JESS KAPADIA
To those who live outside New York: please continue to fantasize about our city on Sundays as a poached egg haven where you’re entitled to as many watered-down vodka or champagne cocktails as you can drive into you. To those within the state limits: bad news.

According to the press release from the NYC Hospitality Alliance, the New York State Liquor Authority’s ABC Law, “prohibits licensees from creating drink specials which, in the judgment of the Authority, are attempts to circumvent the law. This includes offerings of free drinks, or multiple drinks for free or for the price of a single drink, or for a low initial price followed by a price increment per hour or other period of time.” Open bars at private events like weddings or your cousin’s bar mitzvah are still allowed.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Permalink