Fantastic place. An expensive brunch? Yes. But this place isn’t meant to be just a typical brunch restaurant. Going here is like attending a day long, entertaining event. Here is what my experience was like:
1. We entered the relatively small space, and sat at a regular table. This was when I thought to myself -So this is the famous Bagatelle? Not so impressed.
2. On being seated, we ordered food for the table. Eggs Benedict and waffles with nutella and whipped cream, among a few things. Add some Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Alright, pretty good.
Then things get interesting. The same place that seemed like a quiet sit down restaurant with no space and lots of sunlight begins to slowly transform.
3. At first it feels like a bar with dimmer lights and louder music. We order some fishbowls and play some ridiculous drinking games.
4. Soon after, (and who knows when this happens?) we’re in a night club. Tables are moved. The space gets crowded. The music is better. Different colored lights flash around. Sophisticated Upper East Siders go crazy dancing drunk on their chairs and tables. Superwoman flies down to tables with a sparkler and gives everyone some champagne. Professional dancers in skimpy clothing perform on chairs. Drummers drum at your table. You get the idea.
We were there from about 12pm to 6pm – so yeah, it goes on for about a few hours. Even if you’re not a crazy partier, it’s a great experience. Would I pay a ridiculous amount again for said experience? Probably not in the near future. But it is definitely something to put on your bucket list if you live in New York.
Oh and a small update – I was walking around the meatpacking district one afternoon and heard crazy loud music coming from a small place whose door was closed. I was wondering, what the heck is going on, it’s 3 pm? And soon I realized it was Bagatelle, and that I was clearly missing out one heck of an afternoon.